Like anything that’s “hip,” I’m consistently behind in the game when it comes to seeing (reading, listening to, you name it) what all the cool kids are. The same can be said for a new and quite popular show. Adapted from the novel by Deborah Harkness of the same name, I finally sat down to indulge and discovered there are a few reasons why I don’t like A Discovery of Witches.
But let’s be honest. as is true of anything, there are reasons why I do enjoy this show, too, especially because the production quality is top-notch.
If you’re like me, and don’t know anything about this show (highly unlikely, I know), it follows an intelligent professor by the name of Dianna Bishop. Born a witch, Dianna grew into adulthood refusing to use her powers given what happened to her parents. For a while, she’s able to live in peace, and without being bothered by those she’s closest too. All this is fine until she calls up a book that no one has had access to for many, many years; a book that could be the key to the safety of witches.
Soon, everyone, including her own kind, wants Dianna to again call up the book for their own gain. This is how she meets the mysterious Matthew Clairmont, a vampire who Dianna somehow trusts, despite the fact her life could be in grave danger…
After having seen three episodes, I thought I’d share three reasons why I do and don’t like this show. All things that will be solely based on the show, since though I did consider it, I never read the novel.
3 of the Reasons Why I Don’t (& Do) like ‘A Discovery of Witches’
3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like A Discovery of Witches
1: The Character: Matthew
Much as I adore Matthew Goode, I just don’t fully like his character, Matthew. I mean, I appreciate that he’s fighting against his nature, but the way the character is written makes him seem more predatory than I think his emotional characterization is meant to be – does that make sense?
2: The Romance
I’ll confess, much as I want to adore this romance, I’m struggling with it. I think the promise of an extremely swoony romance is another of the alluring reasons why I did watch episode one, and I’m just not feeling it… which is why I think I’m watching this so darn slowly, too. There’s something “too sinister” (unhealthy? Creepy?) about the romance, which for me, is a turn off. That said, I’m going to contradict myself as we move further on down the page.
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3: The Supernatural
I know, it’s weird that I even watched an episode of this if I’m not into fantasy or supernatural genre stories, and I’m not. Pretty sure, it’s mostly the hype of this one that got to me, well, that and the cast, which leads me into my first “do like” part of this list.
3 Reasons Why I Do Like A Discovery of Witches
1: The Cast
I love this cast! From Teresa Palmer (The Choice, Warm Bodies) to Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Chasing Liberty) in the leads to Louise Beasley from Sherlock and (), the cast is all about as who’s who of international accent-speaking talent, and I love it.
2: The Production
There’s no denying this production is quality. From the settings at Oxford, to the quaint cobble lined streets, and finally Matthew’s lair aka a castle, it’s easy to admit to this being a production that has been given a great deal of time and attention to all of the details. It’s both beautiful and when need be, terrifying.
3: The Romance
Yes, I am going to be contradictory. For three episodes despite Matthew’s interest (stalking…?) in Dianna’s and her instantiations interest, I just haven’t been able to root for these two… until the end of episode three. What changes this? Matthew rescues Dianna in a grand fashion and whisks her away to safety, but before the credits roll, I’ll admit, my heart kinda’ melted. As the episode winds to its close, and the pair walk side by side out of Oxford, Matthew reaches over to gently take Dianna’s hand, leading her to safety as she looks up at him with a genuine kind of trust.
It’s in this moment that I will admit, I feel good about a burgeoning relationship between the two, and in this moment, I’m a goner.
Whether or not I’ll still feel this way as I press forward, time will tell.
Is there a romantic ship you haven’t been a fan of? If so, why?
I’m curious, is there a reason why you don’t like A Discovery of Witches? Do you have a list of reasons ‘why I don’t like A Discovery of Witches’? If so, what are they? Do have you have any of the reservations or questions I do; have you read the novel? Comment all of your thoughts down below!
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