I’ve never been particularly quiet about my love for Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels. As infrequently as I post here, I’ve still managed to rave repeatedly about these books – most notably here. I have no shame when it comes to bragging that I’ve been a part of this fandom from the very beginning, bringing others into the fold when I can.
Yet, in spite of, or perhaps because of, my love for the books, I really wasn’t holding out much hope for the upcoming Netflix adaptation. I was worried it would follow other YA novel adaptations into the CW-esque cheesy teen melodrama territory, the variety where editing, slow motion segments, and musical cues are used to compensate for absolutely horrid writing and acting. Too often, especially when it comes to fantasy and sci-fi, adaptations are nothing more than a shitty show cosplaying as superior storytelling.
But I tell ya what, this first look at Shadow and Bone is fucking dooooooooooope!
I told you in the final weeks leading up to the first season of Game of Thrones (although I never, ever imagined just how obsessed the world would become with that show), and I’m telling you now: if this trailer is a true indication of this adaptation‘s quality, prepare to meet pop culture’s next big obsession. We’re talking memes and gifs and shipping and crushing and cosplaying and character fan clubs and gasp-inducing episode endings and widespread agonizing while we wait for season two! [Oh, and if the Game of Thrones comparison scares you, because we got burned so badly, the endings of these stories are already written. No inherent risk of your favorite show go through a nightmarish death spiral before your very eyes.]
For realz, tho. The Grisha scenes were *chef’s kiss*, and getting to see the Crows in action warmed my little nerd heart. Also, I’m pretty sure this means the portion of the series set in Ketterdam will all be prequel to the Six of Crows duology, which means entirely new heists-cons-thieving-etc. from Kaz, Inej, and Jesper!! Fuck yes! [Update: turns out, this is absolutely true!!!]
As I’ve had time to reflect – aka, pace with antsy and impatient expectation since this show doesn’t come out until late April – the takeaway from this trailer that encourages me most were the many brief flashes of scenes that will make fans swoon. Not over-the-top fan service, but nods that let those already initiated know, “Hey, we get what you love about these stories and characters. We’ve got this.”
My only complaint is that it wouldn’t have killed them to release the show two weeks earlier for my birthday.