Bringing two beloved book series to life has its pros and cons.
Sera Gamble, the co-creator of Syfy’s “The Magicians” and the creator of Netflix’s “You,” told Page Six last week that having the responsibility of bringing worlds from the pages to the screen is helpful, but also challenging.
“These characters are already beloved in some ways. They’re very well-developed. Somebody’s already sweat over the logic of this world, now I get to come in and embellish,” Gamble, 36, said.
She added, “So, basically, I’m writing Lev Grossman [“The Magicians”] and Caroline Kepnes [“You”] fan fiction, which is a pretty good job if you can get it.”
However, the rabid fanbases add pressure to the process.
“I should also probably be honest and say there is an inherent difficulty in adapting beloved pre-existing material which is that, it has a fanbase, which is great, but it’s a fanbase that you can disappoint, which is intimidating,” she told us. “The ‘Magicians’ fandom existed long before John [McNamara] and I came on board to make the show. We respect them, we don’t want them to hate the show, so that’s a little bit of pressure.”
Luckily, Gamble’s been successful in pushing forward both of the worlds. It was just announced that “You” Season 3 is coming to Netflix and the fifth season of “The Magicians” premieres on Syfy on Wednesday.
“I am just so f–king grateful we’ve gotten to tell this story for five seasons,” she said. “It’s such a labor of love for everyone who makes it. It’s our baby and we really love the show.”
As for Season 5 — which [spoiler alert] takes place right after Quentin’s death — the first few episodes will show how each character copes with the loss.
“I think it’s like in life, profound sadness and tragedy hits each of us very differently,” Gamble explained. “It’s not linear. You can look at the stages of grief and say that there are things that we may have in common marginally, but how something feels to me might be so different and how I behave might be so different from how you behave if we lose the same person. It was just a chance for us to get very specific with all of the characters and examine where each of them are at in their lives and in their hearts and in their growth.”
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