I'll be happy to see the "National characteristics" go as other than groups that have been isolated (Aiel, Sea Folk, Two Rivers) with minimal movement and interbreeding, they don't really make sense. People living in the country of Cairhien happen to be short. What about when it wasn't Cairhien? Were the people of both Shandelle and Tova short? Was their an enclave of Almoren where short people congregated? or did short people just move to Cairhein over the previous 1000 years? Similar for Arad Doman, though even more countries (or parts of them) became Arad Doman
Supposedly they're starting to film next month, so I'm hoping for a bit more than just one actor reveal. Presumably they're done or almost done casting by now so it's just a matter of what they feel they're ready to announce.
I just hope that they don't try to make it too edgy. I haven't really spoken with many about it (I'm the only WoT person I know in my personal life) but I've been chanting to myself for the last several months "Please don't suck"
"Please don't suck" is a shared sentiment. I want it to do well, but am fearful of what they are "trying for". I want a series that tries to present the heart of the series as closely as possible as to the way the series is. Some creative license necessary, certain things will need to be shortened or eliminated. But I hope it's not to promote some "agenda" rather than to tell a beautifully epic tale we all have come to love.
The only thing that I really don't want as far as "agenda" goes is for an actor/actress to come in and put their own spin on the character. They have defined personalities and they need to stick to that. Creative license can be taken with a lot of things on an adaptation from book to TV show/movie, but messing with a character's core personality should not be one of them.
I think I get what you mean—Perrin wouldn’t really be Perrin if he’s written/played/edited to seem flighty or whimsical, and Nynaeve wouldn’t be Nynaeve if she’s calm and collected all the time, but it can be a fine line. The problem I see is that the book series is art, and as with any art we all have our own vision of what it means. Every artist/professional involved with the production will be putting their own spin on the show, which is both their job and inevitable. This is a different medium for telling the story, and will look different than anyone has imagined it while reading. I’m excited by that—I was a HUGE fan of the stage version of Phantom and the movie did an incredible job of using film to tell the story in a different way—but there were so many who felt that any change was a betrayal to the stage version. The same can be said of most book to stage or book to film adaptations, so I hope WoT fans give this a chance.
I totally understand you on this too. As far as looks go, we have a definition of how each nationality vaguely looks. That's a lot to work with. I don't think I have any real hard images of any one character (except Bayle Domon, I can just see his crusty sailor visage) Appearances can be all over the place. I'm looking forward to see what else they put forward, but with Moraine's actress revealed, I'm happy with it so far.
Edit: There's also so many PoV characters. I don't think I'd mind if someone's nationality was changed as long as it did not impact the story. That's totally fine. Take the creative license. That's the trade-off with adaptations. People who want a 100% translation would be unhappy with the results.
Speaking of Bayle and different interpretations, I know most people read his accent as a typical pirate accent, and I know that's what it was probably meant to be, but I always read it in my head as soft Scottish and I know I'll be disappointed by his voice in the show because I'm the weird one on this.