The Witcher 3’s Success Harmed My Books, Says Author Of Witcher Novels

The author of The Witcher books isn’t happy with what the success of the game has meant for his work.

Posted By | On 06th, Oct. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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With The Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED sold millions of copies worldwide, achieved vast critical acclaim, and even bagged a record number of Game of the Year awards. In the process, they also brought the Witcher brand, which originates from a series of dark high fantasy books written in Polish by famed author Andrzej Sapkowski, into the public eye.

You would think that Sapkowski would be happy about the success of the game, then, especially since a rising tide lifts all boats, and The Witcher 3‘s success can only mean good things for sales of his books. However, in a recent interview with Tygodnik POLITYKA (via The Wolf Hall), Sapkowski spoke out against the impact the game has had on his book sales.

“Seeing a picture from the game on the cover of my book, many fans assumed that the game was first,”Sapkowski said. “And respectable fans of sci-fi and fantasy hold such derivative books in contempt … I have to keep explaining to the fans that I wrote the book 12 years before the game was made and that the Sandworm is from the game, not the books. You couldn’t find a Sandworm in the books even if you tried.”

Sapkowski also has an issue with his books being sold with covers that use art from the games. His frustration caused him to lash out against game writers, saying that they “write game-related stuff exclusively for money. And surely they write in a sloppy manner, half-heartedly.”

That said, he did want to note that he had nothing against the game itself- rather, his problems were with the effects it was having on how his work was perceived.

“The issues that I have thanks to the games are not at all caused by the game itself,” he clarified. “I am not envious of the game’s undeniable success, I’m far from it. … There is but one original Witcher. That one which belongs to me. And nothing will take it away from me.”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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  • Jody Mullis

    He is just jealous that CD Project Red took his creation and made it better.

    • I am pretty certain that with the success of ‘The Witcher’ series, his books probably has gotten more attention. Yet, he is, like you say, more jealous of their success. It is understandable, but in fairness they were allowed to do so in a legal manner. Imo they enhanced a good series of novels into a 3D universe. Kreds to CDPR.

    • SGTBuzzyBean

      It’s because of him that CDPR had lots of great material, well developed characters, lore etc to work with. Jealousy has nothing to do with it. He’s just annoyed because most noobs out there think the games came before the books.

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    • Dario Castellarin

      I think he’s more angry at marketing people selling his books as derivatives instead of originals to piggyback the videogame’s success.

    • SuperFist

      The problem is he’s venting his anger at the wrong people. He should be more upset with himself that he didn’t either read the fine print of his contract and/or broker a better deal with his publishers!

  • Imran

    He should cooperate with CDPR for Witcher 4 then hahah

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