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Marina Antunes [Cathode Ray Mission 12.03.14] drama

For a few years now, book lovers have been hearing buzz about Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" series. Described to me as a smutty, college aged version of Harry Potter, I had very little interest in either Grossman's novel or the forthcoming TV series. And then they went and got Mike Cahill to direct the pilot. Yes, that Mike Cahill. The same Mike Cahill that directed Another Earth (review) and I, Origins (review).

As for what the series is all about, check out the plot for first book in the trilogy:

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He's a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, anything in his real life just seems gray and colorless.

Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he though it would.

Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.

I have very little interest in magic or this story but I must admit, Cahill's involvement has peaked my curiosity. Not sure I'll watch the show but one thing is certain: I'll give the pilot a go when it premieres sometime next year.

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