I watched Shadow and Bone with my bff (who hasn't read the books) and this is the conclusions I arrived after + some of her comments.
Warnings: my friend has some negative strong opinions on the show and specially Malina, if you are not comfortable with it, I'd recommend you to avoid this
The Show is thought to be watched as a book fan.
Even if it looks cool, having Alina summon little suns can be confusing.
Malina is cringe
Alina's only character trait is being the sun summoner
Holy shit they are going to kiss
Genyalina for the win
The crows are cool but didn't fit with the story
Aleksander is more of a hero than Alina
Ok, to begin with, she had a lot of trouble keeping up with the geopolitical situation, I had to draw a map for her and keep reminding her every now and then about what country does this and that. Not to talk about the Grisha orders: chaos in a nutshell.
Which takes us to the next point. The special effects in Alina's sun summoning. The Fold sequence was very cool, the sunbeams against the dark fold was badass. But then, the little suns she summoned with Baghra? My friend could not understand what separated her from an Inferni.
Malina is cringe. She kept screaming in pain and second hand embarrassment the moment they start writing the letters.
Has nothing else of interest happened between them since that day in the meadows or what?
I think that quote sums it up tbh. That moment in chapter 3 or 4 when they show us all of Malina's relationship so far before she forgets him had her moaning in pain
Yes, yes, thank you, we remember, it was three chapter ago. Fucking Hell
After Alina runs away, my friend literally forgot she existed while watching the crows scenes, and she proclaimed that she had nothing worth remembering, except the 'light thingy'
Also, she had to watch the argument between Alina and Aleks when he rescued her from the Druskelle at least thrice because she thought they were gonna kiss.
Those two want to fuck each other in real life. There is no way they are such a good actors. The chemistry is too much
While I think this affirmation is a bit too extreme... yeah, I believe their chemistry is the best in the show. Note that she said that when they were just talking on their way to the first demonstration of sun summoning for the king.
Also, she fell in love with Genya the second she was on screen and ships Genyalina because even if the Ben+Jessie chemistry is great, nothing compares to sapphic stuff.
The crows are cool as fuck, and they were her favourites, but at the beginning she believed them to be the bad guys because of the 'we have to kidnap Alina' thing.
Luda is pretty as hell
One thing that made me think was how, when Aleksander and Alina are arguing in the tent, my friend could not understand what was he doing wrong.
Overthrowing the corrupt government is literally the heroes job wtf.
Note that she also sympathized with Alina when it came to the collar thing, but not too much because again, she didn't care for her that much.
Bonus points for her not believing Ben Barnes eyes are that dark and asking at least ten times if he was wearing contacts.
Oh, and the keftas are ugly as hell, only Aleksander's were salvagable.
Overall her favourite characters were Genya, Kaz and Jesper.
After watching the show with her I've arrived to the conclusion that one, the crows should not have been there, two, there is too many information all of the sudden, three, the Darkling did nothing wrong, four, Genyalina is the winner.
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i love every part of six of crows and all the ships but it also defines found family and soulmates so well because every crow loves every other in such a specific and perfect way, the kind that reminds you this is a group of teenagers who are fighting the world but still have all this capacity for love.
you have kaz and inej's best friends to lovers, their little window-sitting routine where they don't need to talk to feel each other. you have nina and inej's waffle dates and complaints about boys and faith in each other. you have wylan and nina's little scheme with smeet, the way he's impressed with her and the way she teases about bullying him. you have wylan and matthias, matthias wondering if he'll have to intercede while kaz has his cane to wylan's throat, wylan considering matthias the naive one of them. you have matthias and jesper, jesper being the flirt and matthias getting embarassed by him and thinking he's hilarious, jesper thinking matthias has this heart full of honor. you have jesper and nina, both flirting ketterdam into submission, dealing with their at first ignorant boyfriends, sharing camaraderie. you have nina and kaz, the obnoxious completely platonic flirting and the grudging respect for each other's skills, the two of them playing each other but still being in each other's corner. you have kaz and wylan and the way kaz sees himself in wylan and wylan sees a figure to respect in kaz, kaz telling wylan to have no shame in who he is, falling on top of a table together. you have wylan and inej and their mutual bond dating two idiotic brothers, the oft underestimated ones of the group, finding peace in each other as people who want to be good. you have inej and jesper and their care for each other, their mutual crush on kaz and the sheer angst jesper feels when he realizes he may have hurt her. you have jesper and kaz who are like brothers but first and foremost best friends, two boys who just want the other to be better, who understand each other's weaknesses better than themselves. you have kaz and matthias, the druskelle and the demjin, the teasing that comes from a grudging and then deserved sense of mutual respect. you have matthias and nina and falling in love after a shipwreck, protecting someone even in death, finding each other, dreaming of each other. you have matthias and inej and bonding over religious conviction, matthias thinking inej is too good for kaz and inej teasing that he isn't enough for nina. you have jesper and wylan and a kiss that feels like a gunshot, the teasing and falling in with a love for each other's skills, for the ability to understand each other so intimately, the spin of a makker's wheel.
they love each other so much.
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