Fangirls, we all know I practically lost my mind over the Trollhunters TV show, so when the boyfriend brought home the young adult novel, I basically died. I’ve been dealing with time rather poorly though, so I have only been reading a couple chapters here and there. Earlier this week, however, I put a face mask on and finished the book while it dried (it was probably the best possible way to start my day, honestly).
The Trollhunters book follows almost the exact same premise as the Netflix series, except it ends with the fight against Gunmar the Black. It’s shorter than the series, which is a little bizarre, but it definitely leaves room for a sequel (though I haven’t seen any hint of one). Also, while the main idea is the same as the series, there are some stark differences in character, and they’re explored throughout the book. The most obvious (and earliest) difference is that Jim Sturgess lives with his father, and the reason his mother left is very clear.
If you aren’t aware of the Trollhunters series on Netflix, you should watch it. This is a rare occasion where I will encourage watching the show before reading the book; The if I had read the book first, I would not have enjoyed the show nearly as much, and the show was phenomenal. I definitely recommend reading the book though.
For those who haven’t seen the show or read the book, Trollhunters focuses on a boy named Jim Sturgess as he is chosen to become a Trollhunter. He is, up until that point, your average high schooler…for the most part. It’s a fun story about growing through challenges and becoming the most you possible.
I absolutely adored the book. It’s tough not to sit here and point out the differences, but I really think folks should read the book and watch the show to see how vastly some characters were changed. Also, reading about Jim’s dad is incredible on its own; he deals with anxiety in a higher level way than I think I have, and it’s interesting to read about.
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