7 Things I Want to See in The Shadow and Bone TV Show

HAPPY SHADOW AND BONE RELEASE DAY!

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m pretty excited for the Shadow and Bone TV series! I can’t wait to see these wonderful characters come to life on screen and to experience the magic and wonder that’s threaded throughout its epic storyline. I have been waiting for this adaptation for so long and I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for it, but I plan to spend my weekend watching the show over and over again and falling in love with everything!

And don’t get me started on the cast, they’re perfect. It honestly feels like these characters have just stepped off the page and words can’t describe how excited I am to see them all interact! But what makes this show special to me is the love and enthusiasm shared by all those involved, it’s clear that they care about these characters and that they are just as excited and passionate about this show as the fans.

Bardugo’s Grishaverse is a canvas of creativity and is a wonderfully imaginative world that is open to endless exploration and adventure. Transporting this world from page to screen isn’t a small feat but such responsibility has been embraced by executive producers Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Arrival), with Leigh Bardugo also on board as a producer. All the trailers, images and behind the scene snippets look incredible and it’s making my little heart flutter!

I have total and utter faith that this adaptation will stay true to the books and will successfully embody everything we as the fans cherish in this series as well as giving us something entirely new and thrilling. I can’t contain my excitement for much longer, so I thought I’d share my list of things that I want to see in the upcoming adaptation!


Character Interaction

The wonderful thing about combining the worlds and storylines of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows is that these characters are finally going to meet and interact! This alternate timeline and clever twist in the story is the best of both worlds, as not only do we get to see our beloved characters come to life but we the fans also get something uniquely different and exciting. I could 100% see Kaz and Alina being best friends and getting on each other’s nerves, as well as Mal and Jesper bonding over their guns.

I know my fictional boyfriend Nikolai hasn’t been cast yet, but I will die if the show ends with Kaz handing over Alina and Mal to an extremely charming red-headed captain with a crooked nose!

Grisha Powers & Fight Scenes

This show looks epic, so I’m expecting some hard-core and intense fight scenes! We’ve seen snippets of Jesper’s gunslinging ways, Inej’s extensive collection of knives, Zoya’s powers and the special effects look amazingly detailed and magical. I’ve really enjoyed following along on the show and actors journey, and I’m utterly in love with Amita Suman and the behind the scenes of her stunt training on Instagram!

Now this may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m a little bit dubious towards Alina’s powers, the whole full-body glowing vibe feels cliche, but everything else looks perfect and I’m particularly looking forward to her lessons with Bagra.

Ravka and Kerch (The Crow Club, The Little Palace, The Shadow Fold)

There’s always the challenge with bringing a fictional world to life, there needs to be a balance between reality and fantasy.

The show was filmed in Budapest, a baroque city landscape that exhibits grandeur and dramatic beauty, all elements that we see mirrored throughout Bardugo’s Grishaverse. These places have become a second home to me and many other readers and I’m ready to be transported to the streets of Ketterdam and the beautiful halls of the Little Palace! Another place I’m excited to see more of it the Shadow Fold, from the trailer it looks terrifying and I’m curious to see more of the horrors within!

Character Relationships (Mal’s Redemption?)

Relationships and found families are a huge part of these series and I hope that we get to see more of our favourite couples/friendships! One relationship I’m buzzing to see on screen is the blossoming and tenuous relationship between Nina and Matthias.

This may be another controversial opinion but I’m starting to like Mal a little more? Could this be his redemption in the fandom? There’s just something about Archie in the trailer and the on screen chemistry between Mal and Alina that’s making me love him a little more…

Backstories (Kaz, Mattias, Nina, Darkling)

I’m also curious to see how or if they include any of the character’s backstories, as they’re an important part of who they are. I’m sure we’ll learning more about the Darkling but I really hope we dive into the Crows’ past and peel back those layers.

In an interview Bardugo also mentioned that the show will include some of her external material and I’m just so excited to explore this world even more!

Book Moments

Fans will always cling to the book when their favourite series is being adapted but sometimes we need to accept that not everything is going to make it into the show. Nevertheless, there are still some iconic moments and lines that I hope to see on screen, one of which being the brilliant banter between the Crows. Adapting a fantasy novel and bringing this unique world to life is a huge challenge but I have so much faith and love for the team behind the show and I’m confident is going to exceed all my expectations!

The Fashion

I’d kill to have my own Kefta and maybe one day I’ll finally find the courage and skill to make my own! Kefta’s are a HUGE part of Grisha culture and from what we’ve seen so far they’re exactly what I’d imagined they’d look like, regal, colourful and beautifully elegant. As expected Leigh has some say when it came to the costumes and the creative process and I’m confident that I’m going to be very envious of all of them.

And then we have the mysterious and dark palet of the Dregs, and I’m especially excited to see more of Inej and Nina’s costumes. However, I don’t know how I feel about Kaz and Jesper’s fedoras though?

Books We Want to be Made​ Into Movies

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Nowadays most of our favourite YA novels are being or already have been adapted for film including The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner and this Summer’s romance drama ‘Everything Everything’ which I am super excited for as the trailer looked amazing and I am a huge fan of the book. But there’s always that worry that directors and producers aren’t going to stick to the book which occasionally results in a crap movie *cough* Percy Jackson *cough*. Most of the book to movie adaptations I’ve seen recently though have been pretty good and the elements they’ve changed and added I felt have been beneficial. Anyway, this got me thinking about a few of my favourite books and which ones I’d love to see on the big screen, so here’s a few that I hope one day will successfully be made into movies!

The Queen of the Tearling – If you haven’t heard of ‘The Queen of the Tearling’, its a fantasy/sci-fi novel set in the distant future and sees Princess Kelsea battling the evil Red Queen in an attempt to claim her throne. From what I’ve heard this is a Warner Bros project and even has the backing of Emma Watson who apparently loved the book so much that she’s considering tying herself to another franchise for the sake of being involved. And to top it all off Harry Potter producer David Heyman is also on board so I have high hopes for this adaptation!

Shadow and Bone – One of my all time favourite series which follows an orphan girl in a fantasy world discovers her own magical abilities when her best friend is in danger –making her an in-demand monster hunter. The rights were snatched up by DreamWorks back in 2012 and once again Producer David Heyman, the man who saw the potential in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, was attached to produce, along with Jeffrey Clifford of Heymaker Films.

Six of Crows – The Grisha world is definitely one of my favourites so there’s no surprise that another one of Leigh Bardugo’s books is on my list, I need to see this world on the big screen! I tried to look for info on a possible movie but I can’t find anything but I hope if the do decide to make this into a film then please let it be good, this is one of my favorite books, I don’t want them to ruin it with a bad adaptation!

Anna and the French Kiss – I thought I should include a contemporary on my list as the rest of them are all fantasy novels. But this is such a cute story about a girl called Anna who is sent to France for School and it’s here she meets Etienne St Clair who is just wonderful in my eyes!

Throne of Glass – Probably my favourite YA series because Sarah J Maas is such a legend who has a real gift for writing and creating amazing characters. It was announced a while ago that these books were going to be adapted for a TV Show which I have mixed feelings about as I love these books so much I’d want the TV Show to be perfect and I really don’t want it to turn out like Shadowhunters! Anyway, Hulu is developing Queen of Shadows, from the Mark Gordon Company, which will serve as a studio on the project and its series portfolio includes works like Criminal Minds and Grey Anatomy so fingers crossed its good!

I’ve got so many more books that I want to list but this list was getting a bit too long so if you guys enjoyed this then let me know and I’ll make a second post! Plus I’d love to know what books you’d like to see on the big screen, so leave us a comment!

7 Reasons To Watch Reign

This one’s for you Eleanor. If you haven’t already seen, Eleanor and I have started a series of posts trying to persuade our followers to watch some of our favourite TV shows including Once Upon a Time and Outlander, and I couldn’t miss Reign out!

1. The Cast – The cast is certainly not as good as the Once Upon A Time cast but they’re acting and relationships on and off screen are so enjoyable to watch. Plus the show gives us a lot of lovely eye candy! Who doesn’t love Toby Regbo, Torrance Coombs, Johnathan Keltz and more? The show also gives us some serious badass and powerful women as well from Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots to Megan Follows as Catherine de’ Medici. #girlpower

2. The Costumes – Meredith Markworth-Pollack is a goddess and her costumes she creates are equally as enchanting. From Mary and her ladies gowns to the men’s suits, everything is stunning and I love how she’s put a twist on your typical French fashion in the 16th Century by making it sexy and feminine.

3. The Romance – So many couples and relationships that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside but will also break your heart. Pre-warning after watching the show you’ll probably develop a lot of ships, for me, it will always be Francis and Mary. Their relationship isn’t simple but that doesn’t stop it being beautiful, romantic yet heartwrenching.

4. The Locations – From the lush green outdoor scenery to the ornate hallways and rooms in the giant French castle, there isn’t an ugly shot in the entire show. I’ve always been a sucker for castles so this show was right up my street.

5. The Drama – Every episode there’s drama, it’s a bit like a historical Pretty Little Liars because nearly every episode someone tries to kill Mary, secrets are revealed and created. There’s never a lack of action and drama and we are given the added bonus of having historical references

6. The Music – One of the most forgotten aspects of the show but in my opinion it’s one of the best as it has enabled me to discover some amazing artists and songs like ‘Incomplete’ by James Bay, ‘I Still Love You’ by Josh Jenkins and ‘All The Kings Horses’ by Karmina! So even if you do or don’t decide to check out the show, I highly recommend you check out its soundtrack, because it’s perfect.

7. It’s a great show to watch after watching Outlander – Eleanor, you need to watch it, it’s got drama, historical aspects, and romance just like Outlander!