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Metro 2033 Author: The Witcher Author Is Totally Wrong, The Games Made The Series Popular

Metro 2033's author Glukhovsky called The Witcher's writer Sapkowski arrogant for his denial of the popularity the games made by CDPR to his books, stating that without them the series would never have been this popular.

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HotMess243d ago

We all should read more.

IamTylerDurden1243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

Glukhovsky is correct, the games absolutely made the written work more popular. Side note, Metro 2033 is fantastic and I'm hyped for 2034. If u haven't played the Metro games buy Metro Redux now. 2033 > Last Light.

Patriot4Life243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

The Metro games are good but suffered the same thing the Killzone games suffered...character attachments or importance.

All characters feel generic and you really don't care what happens to them.

BioShockGX242d ago

2034 is the new book? If so, then i hope it also get turned to a game.

Eonjay242d ago

This is completely wrong. The Witcher author was upset that he sold the right to CDPR. He even said he has nothing against the game and lets be clear: in hindsight, it was a mistake. Obviously. These blogs....

roadkillers243d ago

I read the message boards. Really no time for it. Tried "The Stand", got to chapter 7 (Fantastic so far), but the time is not there. I'm not killing a hobby that I enjoy more for a hobby that I enjoy less.

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KaiPow243d ago

It's fascinating how going to a new form of media can just explode with popularity. I never would have known about the Witcher books if it weren't for the game, likewise with A Song of Fire and Ice with the TV series.

Bathyj242d ago

Exactly. Theres probably kids out there saying wow, they wrote a book of The Lord of the Rings movies?

franwex242d ago

I actually knew of song of ice and fire before HBO came along. I met George R R Martin and he signed my book too. Lol.

But for The Witcher, I knew it was based on something, just didn't know it was a fantasy series. Then again it's a Polish series, and I'm in America. Maybe the series was popular in Poland already, for sure not popular world wide. That's because of the games.

Geraltowski242d ago (Edited 242d ago )

It was already popular in Europe , but the games definitely made it more popular around the world

ccgr243d ago

Are the book s better than the game? Is that even possible?

Alexious243d ago

No, they aren't. He's not nearly as good as a writer as Martin for example, but he did create an interesting universe which was brought to light by CD Projekt RED.

_-EDMIX-_243d ago

I don't know. I can't say.

You'd have to read the series yourself I guess.

l3w1s243d ago

Yes, a lot better, actually. The only Witcher game with good writing was the first one.

_-EDMIX-_243d ago

I mean, I thought so.

I just didn't like the writing in 2 or 3. I LOVED the first game though.

Scatpants242d ago

I feel like the newest one has the best writing of any open world game.

IamTylerDurden1243d ago

Witcher games > the books. Certainly worth a read though.

Lynx0207243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

They are much much better. I've never read better fantasy novel, and I've read almost every major author. The Witcher saga is smart, fast, written in brilliant language and full of references to literature (from medieval to present times). After reading Sapkowski, I find Martin's novels very infantile. The games are little more generic, W3 is amazing game, sure, but it is nowhere near the level of novels.

_-EDMIX-_243d ago

if you say so. You read the books so lol

What would you recommend starting with? I've always wanted to read the books.

Movefasta1993243d ago

Edmix read the sword of destiny first,it will show you how ciri and geralt first met up,it's my second fav book in the series.They are all very good,and some amazing like the sword of destiny.IMO they are better than the games,but that's me.

Lynx0207243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

@_-EDMIX-_
You need to read it in order, "Blood of Elves" is the first novel of the saga. Before the saga there are two collections of short stories and they are the only proper point to start ("Sword of Destiny" comes first). If you are advanced reader, you may find it a little repetitious and not so brilliant - the saga is Sapkowski's opus magnum, but that's just my taste (I have master degree in Polish literature), so if you didn't like short stories, "Blood of Elves" is still worth a shot.
Just keep in mind that Sapkowski loves to play with culture and language, so it is much more complex (both story- and language-wise) then "A Song of Ice and Fire" for example (don't get me wrong Song is epic novel with many plotlines but they are told very straightforwardly). Unfortunately, I don't know what is the level of english translation ;(

nowitzki2004243d ago

I havent read them.. for books i have read the books were always better than the movie versions or game versions. I read Godfather before i ever watched the movies and couldnt even watch the movies because of how much better the books were.

Movefasta1993243d ago

i had no idea that the god father had a book version of it,i loved the movies,i got to read it now!

Lynx0207243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

First movie is amazing, but to fully appreciate it, you need to forget about the novel. Too much was cut out from the story and some characters (Luca Brasi for example) aren't even close to their novel origin. Imo it is worth watching just for Brando.

Bathyj242d ago

Only book Ive read twice. Great read. But you really should see the movies, they are celebrated for a reason. Dont let one spoil your enjoyment of the other.

AspiringProGenji243d ago

They are better than the games. The games don't stick to the source material 100%. For example, Yennefer is Gerald's only love in the books, while in the games you can choose between her and Triss.

RabbitFly243d ago

the games are set after the books though.

Gwynbleidd243d ago

Yes! If you are a fantasy fan read them. I started reading the books after the first game. Awesome stuff, my alltime-favourite fantasy novels!

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Cybermario243d ago

while it was truly stupid to sell the rights, he is wrong, the games made the books a thing, before the games i had no idea the books existed at all.

IamTylerDurden1243d ago

The games made the books a bigger thing*

Aloren243d ago

If the books weren't already "a thing", the games wouldn't exist.

Cybermario243d ago

did not word that properly but you get the idea of what i tried to say

RabbitFly243d ago

true to some extent. They were never translated to English until the games. So for most people that don't know polish, they didn't exist.

Scatpants242d ago

Well, they were a thing in Poland not so sure about anywhere else.

Relientk77243d ago

Didn't even know there were books until someone told me last year. Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is an absolute masterpiece though

Patriot4Life243d ago (Edited 243d ago )

Same here.

I am surprised no one has picked up the movie rights...can see the Witcher being as huge as Lord of The Rings if picked up by someone as talented as Peter Jackson.

Even if NetFlix picked up the right for a series, I can see it being as successful as Gamer of Thrones.

Scatpants242d ago (Edited 242d ago )

I'd like to see a Cinemax series in a similar vein to Spartacus. Ultraviolence, gore, overt sex scenes and nudity.

Bathyj242d ago

Didnt Cinemax make Banshee? God I love that show.