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What is shadow and bone based on?

Shadow and Bone, adapted from fantasy author Leigh Bardugo's trilogy of the same name and her Six of Crows duology, follows the story of Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a cartographer who discovers that she has sun-summoning powers. This makes her a member of a magical community of people called the Grisha. ELLE.com'Shadow and Bone' Season 2 News, Release Date, Cast, Spoilers

Has Shadow and Bone been renewed?

Has Shadow and Bone been renewed? According to a report from What's on Netflix, which is usually pretty reliable when it comes to these things, the streaming service has already renewed the show for a second season. ThrillistEverything We Know About 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2

Is Shadow and Bone based on a book?

Shadow and Bone is a fantasy adventure and debut novel written by American author Leigh Bardugo. ... It is the first book in the Grisha trilogy, followed by Siege and Storm. It is also the namesake and basis for Netflix adaptation, Shadow and Bone which premiered in April 2021. wikipedia.orgShadow and Bone

// #ShadowAndBone spoilers if the darkling bad why so sexy

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Us all with the Darkling after watching the show #ShadowAndBone

Didn’t like what they did with zoya and the darkling at all but "I shall relax when I have Alina" was so powerful my man said I might be a mass murderer but I draw the line at being disloyal to my soulmate #ShadowAndBone

i just saw someone call the darkling “aleksander kirigan” and i think that’s so disrespectful

#ShadowAndBone everyone in ravka: the darkling is terriying he's the cruelest, most powerful man in the country also the darkling the entirety of the show:

"YOU RIDE WITH ME" "YOU ARE GRISHA. YOU ARE NOT ALONE" DARKLING HAS ME IN SHACKLES #ShadowAndBone

The Darkling before and after Alina left #ShadowAndBone

You can't just show me a girl with the power of the light and a guy with the power of the darkness, two sides of the same coin, sun and moon, good and evil, light and dark... ... and then expect me to root for the basic best friends to lovers couple #darklina #SHADOWANDBONE

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// #ShadowAndBone The Darkling at the end of the show

the darkling stans at the end of season 1: #ShadowAndBone

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How Shadow and Bone’s team approached Alina’s problematic relationship

Polygon 27 April, 2021 - 04:00pm

Ben Barnes says Alina and Kirigan’s relationship is meant to be problematic

[Ed. note: This post contains slight spoilers for Shadow and Bone.]

“I understand entirely why she’s drawn to Kirigan,” Li tells Polygon. “He makes her feel special and makes her feel like an equal for the first time.”

When it came to carving out Alina and Kirigan’s connection, the show’s creative team and the actors knew they’d be walking a fine line between seductive and problematic. The power dynamics in the relationship between an older, male mentor figure and a young female protégé are inherently unbalanced in several ways. Li and Barnes were both conscious of how easily their connection might read as predatory.

“Both Ben and Jesse had some thoughts and some feelings about that relationship,” showrunner Eric Heisserer tells Polygon. “Ben is very cognizant of consent and active participation. We got to a point where we felt it was healthier for the portrayal of Alina for her to make the first move. And that moment seemed to be a little bit more electric [than the equivalent scene in the books].”

In the show, however, Alina is the one who initiates their first kiss. It happens after she decides to embrace her own powers and help Ravka (so she thinks) and goes to tell Kirigan this. When he admits it means a lot to him, she steps forward and kisses him. Later on, when they slip away after the winter fete, the scene feels less like someone taking advantage of a vulnerable young girl and more like two equals. When they’re interrupted, they giggle sheepishly and reluctantly part ways.

Because Alina is a more active participant in the seduction, the scene right after, when she learns Kirigan’s true intentions — that he was actually the one who created the Shadow Fold centuries ago and he plans to use her power to control it as a weapon instead of dispelling it — hits all the harder.

“It feels like more of a betrayal,” Li elaborates. “She’s drawn into this [attraction], and it’s her decision. She has agency, she’s not some blushing virgin who got taken advantage of. She makes this decision. And she has been hoodwinked.”

The relationship between Alina and her best friend Mal is built on a deep friendship that eventually blossoms into a romance. Li says Mal represents Alina’s home and heart, and that he is everything “good and strong and moral.” But there is a dark side to Alina, a weakness and desire to be loved which draws her to Kirigan. That relationship has always been intentionally unbalanced, something Bardugo intended from the very beginning.

“I have my own views on why I chose to write that relationship the way I did, and what it means for there to be that large an age discrepancy between two participants in a relationship, particularly one is when one is behaving as a mentor,” she says. “But I liked the changes that were made to those seduction scenes [for the show], because it was already for me uncomfortable to know what that dynamic was. I want the audience to go on the journey with [Alina] in her understanding of him as a whole person, not simply an antagonist.”

“When power is being abused, it’s important to highlight. [Kirigan] is certainly doing that, whilst also there being a gray area of him starting to have feelings for her potentially and starting to really kind of care about her, despite his efforts to hoodwink her. [It’s important to] spark discussion, and have it be relevant in 2021, rather than sit back into old tropes,” he explains. “It should be problematic. We should be able to mark it as problematic and still find it interesting.”

Why the 'Shadow and Bone' Creators Changed Alina's Ethnicity for the Netflix Show

Yahoo Lifestyle 27 April, 2021 - 04:00pm

For the Netflix series, the writers decided to change Alina’s ethnic identity, making her part Shu. “I’ve been very candid about the fact that when I wrote Shadow and Bone, it was my first book,” author Leigh Bardugo said in an interview. “And I think I was unconsciously echoing a lot of the straight white fantasy that grown up on. … And when [writer] Eric [Heisserer] and I first sat down together, one of the first things we decided was that we wanted Alina to be half Shu.” Alina Starkov actor Jessie Mei Li said in another interview that the choice made sense for Alina’s character: “I think it adds a lot more to sort of understand who she is as a person and why she doesn't feel worthy. Because her journey starts off as ‘I'm no one, you know I'm just an outsider’ to suddenly being like ‘no, this is where I belong.’”

But why does being Shu mean being an outsider? And who are the Shu Han?

Linguistically, the country of Shu Han signals a fictional debt to Chinese language and history. In fact, Shu Han was directly inspired by various periods of dynastic China. (“Han” was China’s second imperial dynasty. Han is also China’s dominant ethnic group.) The Shu language features Chinese and also Mongolian roots. Much of the country’s geography was likely inspired by Mongolia.

Although we haven’t yet seen Shu in the Netflix series, the country is known in the books for their scientific advancements and inhumane experimentation on Grisha for research. Ravka, which lies between Fjerda (to the north) and Shu Han (to the south), has been at war with both countries for years. It make sense, therefore, that Ravkan citizens see Alina as an enemy and that there exists ethnic tension in the southern regions of Ravka, where both Ravkan and Shu ethnic groups reside.

As Li points out, Alina’s perception of herself as an outsider is only intensified by her ethnic identity, which puts her into conflict with both Ravkans and Grisha. (We’ll likely learn more about the Shu’s treatment of the latter next season.) Her identity, however, is not all that defines Alina. “I think, for lots of people [who are] mixed-race or first-generation immigrants, you spend so much of your life not feeling like you belong anywhere,” Li, who is half Chinese, explained in an interview. “My race is a big part of my life, but it’s not everything that I am, and they’ve done such a good job of making Alina’s background important to her as a character and important to shaping who she is, but it’s not everything that she is.”

Discovering the rest of that identity is what a hero’s journey is all about.

Here's why Alina being half-Shu is so important.

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9 Books That Inspired Popular Streaming TV Series

Mental Floss 27 April, 2021 - 04:00pm

From sci-fi dramas to true-crime documentaries, books have inspired dozens of the best TV shows currently available to stream. And whether you're looking to read the books your favorite show is based on or want to jump into a novel before its adaptation even premieres, here are nine series to start with.

Based on: The Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Novelist Leigh Bardugo set her YA fantasy books all in the same world; fans refer to it as the “Grishaverse.” Netflix has purchased the rights to all of the novels to create its new show Shadow and Bone. Bardugo’s tale of a war-torn world is notable for the Grisha, an army of people who can control and exploit natural elements such as water, wind, and fire. The show has two main storylines: The first focuses on Alina Starkov (the protagonist in the Shadow and Bone novels), who discovers she can summon light and believes she may be able to use her power to set her kingdom free—but first, she must train with the Grisha. The second storyline is based on the Six of Crows series and features a group of criminals hired by a wealthy benefactor to capture Starkov. This is a departure from the novel, where they're tasked with breaking someone else out of prison.

Shadow and Bone premiered on April 23.

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Based on: The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher book series has truly mastered the art of adaptation: In addition to the show, it's been a comic book, a tabletop role-playing game, and a blockbuster video game series. The first season of the Netflix series is on the novels The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny, which both feature collections of short stories that introduce Geralt of Rivia (the infamous Witcher), his love interest Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Ciri, the child tied to Geralt by destiny. The second season will leave the non-linear format of the first behind, though it's not known if the new season will be limited to as-of-yet unseen events included in the Last Wish or if it will include material from the next novel, Blood of Elves, as well.

Netflix is expected to release the second season of The Witcher in late 2021, though an exact date hasn't been set. Keep an eye out for an animated Netflix spin-off called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf based on Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, which is expected to premiere in 2021.

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Based on: The Umbrella Academy comic series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

There are a lot of people who like comic book movies and shows but are too intimidated to dive into the source material. If you’ve found yourself in that boat, consider picking up The Umbrella Academy, which only has 24 issues out so far.

At its core, the story revolves around a group of children born with superpowers; they're adopted by a rich and famous scientist, who raises them to save the world from an unnamed threat. The show's first season is based on the first story in the comic series, “Apocalypse Suite.” By the second season, the show differs pretty dramatically from the comic’s “Dallas” storyline. The third installment of the comic, known as “Hotel Oblivion,” was skipped by the show, and the fourth, yet-to-be-released comic installment, titled “The Sparrow Academy,” is the inspiration for the third season.

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for season three of The Umbrella Academy, and there is no release date for “The Sparrow Academy” comic arc, either.

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Based on: The Boys comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson

The Boys is another great entry-level comic book for those who want a straightforward storyline contained in just one series. But this comic, just like the TV show, is labeled mature for good reason—so if you don’t want to read 72 issues filled with excessive gore and sexual content, you’ll want to skip it.

The story is set in a world just like ours, only superheroes are very real and even fairly common. But what happens when incredibly powerful beings are treated like celebrities and worshipped no matter how many innocent bystanders die in their wake? It’s certainly nothing like the hero-filled worlds we’re used to seeing in Marvel and DC Comics. In fact, DC's Wildstorm imprint published the first six issues of the series before canceling it, which creator Garth Ennis blamed on the book's anti-superhero tone. Fortunately, Ennis retained the rights to the book, and he was able to find a new publisher and continue the story elsewhere.

While the worlds and characters are largely the same in the comics and the show, the story differs: For example, the protagonists work for the CIA in the comics but operate outside the law in the show.

The second season of The Boys aired in September 2020, and a third season is on the way.

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Based on: I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

This true-crime tale on HBO details the story behind author Michelle McNamara's book I'll Be Gone in the Dark, as well as how the crime she was obsessed with was solved after its publication. McNamara became fascinated by an uncaught serial killer, burglar, and rapist who operated in the 1970s through mid-1980s, then known as the “East Area Rapist” (among other names). She wrote an article about the killer for Los Angeles magazine in 2013, giving him the new moniker “The Golden State Killer,” which stuck. Soon after, she signed a deal with HarperCollins to write a book on the topic.

Unfortunately, McNamara died in April 2016 when her book was only two-thirds completed, leaving her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, crime writer Paul Haynes, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen to put her chapters in order and fill in the remaining details. The book was released nearly two years after her death.

A few months after publication, Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer and Navy veteran, was arrested, charged, and eventually convicted of the crimes. As it turns out, DeAngelo was undone when law enforcement turned to forensic genetic genealogy to identify a family member who had uploaded their DNA to the GEDmatch database.

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Based on: The Lupin series by Maurice Leblanc

For more than 100 years now, Sherlock Holmes has been the most popular star of mystery novels in the English language. But when it comes to French novels, that honor may go to Arsène Lupin, who is not a detective but instead a “gentleman thief” created in 1905. Lupin uses his charm and intelligence to both solve mysteries and commit crimes (though he only steals from those who had it coming).

Netflix's Lupin follows the story of a thief named Assane Diop, whose father dies by suicide after he is framed for the theft of an expensive diamond necklace. When Assane grows up, he uses the Lupin stories as inspiration for his plan to take down the family who wronged him. It's not a straight adaptation of the source material—instead, it uses the original books as the foundation for something brand new.

The first five episodes of Lupin premiered on Netflix in January, but part two won't be released until summer 2021.

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Based on: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Who would have predicted that one of the hottest Netflix shows of 2020 would be about chess? Even those who didn't know that the name of the series refers to an opening move appreciated this coming-of-age story, which depicts a female chess genius rising in the ranks at a time when the game was dominated by men. But perhaps what sucked people in the most is the classic example of the hero’s journey as she rises from nothing and then fights off her own demons of addiction. It also doesn't hurt that the series features stunning cinematography and costuming.

While there are always some changes between a book and the adaptation, this show is fairly faithful to the novel, and even includes a few quotes directly from the pages.

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Based on: The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn

Both the Bridgerton book series and Netflix adaption are about a wealthy British family from the Regency-era with eight children: four boys and four girls. Each of the novels focuses on the love life of one of the siblings, and the debut season of the show is based on The Duke and I. In that novel, the eldest daughter, Daphne, partners up with Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, to help him stay a bachelor forever while finding her a more suitable partner.

Bridgerton has been renewed for three more seasons.

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Based on: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This story takes place in an alternate universe where the Underground Railroad isn't just a network of routes and safe houses but also a literal railroad helping enslaved people. The book follows a woman named Cora as she seeks freedom from her enslavers. The book has been adapted by Barry Jenkins (the creator of Best Picture winner Moonlight), who is also serving as showrunner. The Underground Railroad premieres on May 14.

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