Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’: SO MANY FEELINGS

An alternate universe San Francisco in which the Nazis won WWII
An alternate universe New York City (?) in which the Nazis won WWII

Before you can ask: no, I have not watched the new Amazon series, The Man in the High Castle. (I’ve actually never watched any of the Amazon TV series, which will probably make some readers feel like this horrified emoji.)

But never mind that. I’m still debating whether I should watch The Man in the High Castle. I have so many mixed feelings about it, mainly centered on the idea that they may not have adapted it just right. If you’re an avid reader, you know what I mean. There are so many poorly done book adaptations out there. Not a single one of the Harry Potter movies even approached the amazingness of the books, if you ask me. I’m sure there are a ton of other mediocre adaptations out there that I can’t think of right now. The Man in the High Castle is such a good book that I don’t know if it would be possible to adapt it to my satisfaction.

For those of you unfamiliar with the book, Philip K. Dick wrote it in 1962. It’s set in an alternate universe fifteen years after the Axis powers won World War II and the United States is now occupied by German and Japanese forces. The book follows a collection of characters who don’t all know each other, but are influenced by the I Ching and/or a novel called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. This book introduced me to the alternate history genre (it’s now one of my favorites and I’m planning to write an alternate history series at some point) and I love it. Other people loved it, too, as it won the 1963 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

I’ve seen the trailer for the series and I can already spot some changes they’ve made. Unnecessary changes, if you ask me. Still, the series looks really good and I’m very tempted to watch it…


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