‘The Witcher’ Book Author Says Game Adaptation Spoils His Market; Admits Only In it For the Money

By Ara, Posted: 04/20/17 06:05PM EDT

“The Witcher” book author doesn’t seem to be happy with the video game adaptation of his book. He says the book sales has been badly affected by the game and is spoiling his market. He admits he only allowed the game adaptation for the money.

In the recent interview of author Andrzej Sapkowski, he explains the video game was a narrative medium of his book. However, it has caused him a decline in book sales and doesn’t like the fact that people think it was made popular by the game. Sapkowski clarifies the book was already a bestselling book series before the game franchise according to VG247.

The author also said it was not true that it was the game that made him popular outside of Poland. “I made the games popular. All of my translations in the West – including the English one – were published before the first game.” He clarified.

However, reports indicate that “The Witcher” was first released in October 2006 while the first book of “The Witcher” released in English arrived in 2007. Its first novel titled “Blood of Elves” arrived in English in 2008. In the interview, Sapkowski wants people to know that most of the perception of his book is not true. For instance, he says there are more people who started playing the game after they read the book. “That’s my count, but I’m not sure. I never did any studies.” He added.

This news has made “Metro 2033” author Dmitry Glukhovsky react to his interview and said he is “totally wrong” and calls him “arrogant” according to Game FAQ. Glukhovsky openly admits his fame today is due to the video adaptation of his book and is very happy about it. He shares how he contributes to the overall story of the franchise and how expert the developers are in interpreting his story.

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