"The first rule of a wizard": read or watch?
"The first rule of a wizard" is the name of the firstbooks from the series of works "The Sword of Truth". The whole series includes 11 novels and the prequel story "Debts of ancestors", which, although it describes the beginning of the whole story, was published only in 1998, four years after the readers first met the main characters. The fantastic world, which was created by Terry Goodkind, became in fact the whole life of this American writer. It can be compared with Stephen King. Not by author's style and not even by genre, but by obsession with one world and the same characters. For Stephen King, this resulted in a series of works "The Dark Tower", in which he somehow mentioned all of his most notable novels. And Terry Goodkind created four series of books devoted to the same world. And I want to note that it turned out very well for him, in any case, so believes the multimillion army of fans.
"The first rule of a wizard" is an excitinga fantastic novel, designed for the widest readership. Therefore, it is not surprising that this work was filmed. And the first thing the fans wanted to know about is how responsive the writers to the book "The First Wizard Rule". The film, shot on some famous work, often does not receive the approval of fans, due to the fact that when screening quite often freely interpreted the plot, remove or add characters. But in this particular case, it seems, everyone was satisfied: the creators of the picture, and the fans, and other viewers who have not even heard of Terry Goodkind.
But in this case the question arises thatbetter: watch a movie or read the book "The First Wizard Rule"? The series entitled "The Legend of the Seeker" received 8-9 points out of 10 according to the audience's estimates and good reviews from critics. The play of the actors is very convincing - Craig Horner has perfectly transformed into the young Richard, and Bridget Regan has definitely succeeded the role of confessor Kahlan. Impressive scenes of battles, wonderful landscapes and castles. In general, the film turned out very, very good, but there is a significant disadvantage: there is nothing really enchanting and exciting. That is, the viewer follows with interest the adventures of the heroes, but at the same time the heart never stops in anticipation of something unexpected.
The book "The first rule of a wizard" leavesquite another impression. The work does not capture from the first pages - the plot develops quite smoothly and calmly. But at some point the reader realizes that he simply can not tear himself away from the book until he has finished reading it. And it will take a long time to read - depending on the font in the novel, from about 600 to 1,000 pages of text. But there is also a minus: in general, the product is more heavy and gloomy than the film, and in some places the book makes you think seriously.
So, we can conclude:it is best to read the book "The First Wizard Rule", and then watch the series "The Legend of the Seeker". Or vice versa. In fact, the novel and the film turned out to be completely different, and each of them deserves attention.