Seeker Fans Reassured

Terry Goodkind, author of the best-selling fantasy series The Sword of Truth, told SCI FI Wire that the upcoming Legend of the Seeker TV series will not disappoint fans of the original books.

“I think what readers read the story for is because they want to watch and follow characters that they love and hate,” Goodkind said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego last month. “They want to be with those characters and follow that story and know what’s going to happen. Exactly what those characters do isn’t as important.”

Seeker is based on Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule and follows the adventures of a young woodsman named Richard, a mysterious young woman named Kahlan and a powerful wizard named Zedd, who band together to stop the rise of a dark wizard.

“If the characters are great characters and you want to journey with them, the story is secondary,” Goodkind said. “Every time I do a new book–that’s like saying a new book couldn’t possibly work because the readers read the previous book, and why would they read more stories about the characters? It’s the characters that are important.”

Goodkind added that he was prepared for some fans to be unhappy with the syndicated TV series, from producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. “I’m sure there’s always going to be dissatisfied [people],” he said. “But I think the vast majority of fans, their greatest hope and desire is to see the hero and heroine they love brought to life on screen.” The Legend of the Seeker will premiere on Nov. 1 and will air on Saturday nights in syndication. –Tara Bennett


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