Poobah Posted December 4, 2021 Share Posted December 4, 2021 1 hour ago, Ran said: I agree he's more "likeable" -- like, he's a guy you'd want to have a drink with in a bar -- but in return he loses a lot of his mystery, the thing that set him apart from the other characters and all. By making him more approachable, you bring him down to earth, basically, and he starts to feel more like just another guy rather than someone who exists on the sort of heroic or epic scale that he does in the books. I don't really think that the show's portrayal of Lan is all that at odds with who he is in the books, just that we're seeing other sides of him much earlier by virtue of him being a part of the main cast of an ensemble show and needing to actually... act, rather than just hang around and be a silent, stoic cypher (and then have a romance announced with another character whose PoV we rarely see that apparently developed off screen come out of nowhere). In The Eye of the World we only really see glimpses of him through the eyes of Rand, and he's very much "on mission" the entire time with there being an ongoing sense of urgency to the adventure, but that's just not going to work in the format of the show, and as early as book two we see him taking on a more nurturing role with his training of Rand. We see more of him later with his relationship with Nynaeve, and in New Spring, and hear how liked and respected he is among the warders. Aside from not giving his actor anything to work with and opening him and the show up to criticisms of being wooden or giving him no material the other issue with directly reflecting his book persona is that I just don't know how you could sensibly portray the supernatural/anime feats of swordsmanship he (and other blademasters) are capable of in a live action format, and that is a large part of who he is and how our bumpkin protagonists see and are in awe of him. Honestly I'm kinda glad that the show dodged falling in to the traps that befall many a new D&D player - people love reading about those stoic, silent, edgy, mysterious types with an "aura of danger" and little hints of their dark and troubles past and all that but it doesn't actually translate off the page in a fun or interesting way. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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