Friday, December 20, 2019

Yennefer is the Real Star of 'The Witcher' Series

'The Witcher' is finally out on Netflix and I can finally talk about it in detail!!!

I first watched 'The Witcher' a couple of weeks ago through press screeners, but I didn't have anyone to talk to about it. I'm hoping that now that it's out on the app, more people have watched it. I am also hoping that the people who have watched it are fans of the books and/or the games. Coz seriously. I need to geek out about this. If you've seen it, please hit me up!!!

So, as just mentioned, I have been a huge fan of the Witcher books for a while now. And then, a few months ago, somebody forced convinced me to buy the game on Switch - and my life changed forever. What I thought was already pure love for the books turned into an intense passion bordering on obsession and it literally made me turn almost every topic that people would bring up into a Geralt moment. I even thought about getting a WWGD (What Would Geralt Do?) bracelet made, but I don't know where to get that done. If you have leads, please let me know. :p

In the Witcher series, however, my love for Geralt has faded and has instead turned into a love for Yennefer.

Don't get me wrong. I loved Yennefer in the books. I felt like I could relate to her more than to Triss. But when I hit that part in the game where Geralt takes Triss to a masquerade ball (which is like my ultimate favorite type of event in real life), I let my girly feelings take over and chose Triss. My love for Yennefer has come back to the surface through the series, though. In fact, Yennefer totally steals the show for me, and I watch it solely for her.

When I first started watching 'The Witcher', I'll be honest and say I wasn't really 'feeling' it. I felt like too many parts of the book had been left out, no matter how cool the battle scenes were and how much it gave us the gamer feels in the fight scenes and with the scenery.

By Episode 3, however, I found myself clapping and shouting. "YES. THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE," I thought to myself. Yennefer single-handedly - okay, that's not true... she had some help from the striga, which was as spot-on to the book as could be imagined - turned my entire feelings for the show around. EPISODE 3 WAS BAD-ASS.

And from there on out, I found myself looking forward to seeing Yennefer more than seeing Geralt - which is really saying something since I am a Superman-loving straight woman, who used to crush on Henry Cavill real bad.

And it's such a great thing how the female leads in this show don't feel forced. I've seen many shows and movies where I felt like they were trying too hard to portray women as strong to the point where it was too forced. But everything about Yennefer in 'The Witcher' is believable and relatable. And she is just so darned... ergh. I just... I wanna be her.

As mentioned before, I wasn't entirely happy with the show in the beginning. I hated the cast and how they didn't fit any of the descriptions of the books or any of the looks that I had become accustomed to in the game. They even just sorta set Triss aside as a side character, ultimately forcing you to ship Geralt and Yen (though before playing the game, I was on that ship myself).

But if you decide to stop comparing the series to the games and to the books and just enjoy it for what it is, I have to say that it is definitely a good watch. You might struggle to like it in the beginning, as you did with 'Game of Thrones' (come on: we all did!); but I promise you that Episode 3 will change your mind.

And if it doesn't, then I guess we won't be able to geek out together.