It is the beginning of April and I have failed my resolution to post every month (sorry March). However, I will continue the good fight and post twice in April!
Since the birth of our daughter, I have spent much more time at home, and in doing so, have rediscovered the virtue of some Netflix shows. When I opened my Netflix profile for the first time in over a year, I was reminded that I never got around to watching The Witcher. (Yes, I know, its only like one of the most popular shows on the platform).
In any type of fantasy setting, believable world building is key. A believable world is the background for a believable story. But world building and setting will only get you so far. Great stories are driven by great characters, and Geralt of Rivia is certainly a great character. I have only read three of the books in the Witcher Saga, but Henry Cavil will forever be Geralt of Rivia in my mind.
Geralt is a flawed character and certainly no saint. In many respects, he is an outcast to society and is only tolerated because he serves the purpose of destroying dangerous and deadly monsters. But most importantly, Geralt is driven by the righteousness within his heart. He is an anti-hero of sorts, the good guy who has plenty of shortcomings. There are many aspects of Geralt; the monster hunter, friend, confidant, lover, and father.
I often base my opinion of a series based on how likeable the main character is. And Geralt's shortcomings are what make him so likeable. Geralt is not prefect and knows it, and yet he try's his best to do what's right by the people he comes across. We are all flawed, and a character like Geralt is believable because we all fall short at times. Time and again, Geralt saves the day for the people he loves, often with profanity and a smile on his face. The essence of Geralt is the loyalty and love he gives to his friends and adoptive family. If you want a glamourous knight in shining armor, Geralt is not who you are looking for. But if you want someone to come to be at your side when no one else will, there is only one Geralt of Rivia.