Hi Internet People,
After watching season one of The Magicians I really wanted to check out the book series. I went to the library, I tracked it down, and I put off reading it for a week and a half. When I did start reading it the first thing that shocked me is that everyone in the book is way younger than the characters in the show. Now I read books and comics where the protagonists are younger than me, I don’t mind that at all. I just had an issue relating to the written characters as much as I did to the on screen characters.
Now for the big reveal, I only made it like 60 pages in and stopped reading it. What really bugged me was the description of Eliot and how he already revealed his “secret background” to Quinton. That totally threw me for a huge loop. I didn’t anticipate it happening so quickly because it seemed like a really big deal in the show that he didn’t want people to know who he really was. Julia also wasn’t at the test and I really like her character, I wanted more of her and Quinton together being excited by the appearance of magic. Then Penny’s intro was not what I wanted. I really like Penny in the show, he does stuff to piss people off, but he is still a developed character. Yes, I know I didn’t read that far, but I just couldn’t connect with it.
In the show I felt drawn in super quickly and I wanted to know everything about the world. With the book I just couldn’t bring myself to care as much about the characters. I was honestly just reading to see how things would differ from the show and I couldn’t even make it far enough to see classes or the action stuff. If I had read the book when I was younger, like high school or even in college, I think I would have liked it more. I also really think if I ‘d read it before watching the show it would have been something I’d loved. I can see why people would like it, but I just can’t read it now.
Talk to ya tomorrow,