I have asked in the past how you felt about changes in your stories when they are adapted for TV - whether Sharpe or Uhtred. You have always answered that you didn’t mind them and found many of them interesting. I have agreed up to this point. HOWEVER, I am stunned by Season 4. It in no way remotely resembles anything in the books. I won’t give any spoilers, but maybe 5% of it corresponds to the books. So rather than adapt the books to a TV format, the writer thought he could write a better story and just completely wrote his own. As a serious Cornwell fan I am baffled, disappointed and disheartened. I have to think your legion of fans feels the same.
Dear Mr. Cornwell
Though I think not, I was wondering if you had any any input into the Netflix "The Last Kingdom" based on your novels?
Season 4 is almost unbearable to watch. Uhtred has been emasculated. He cries on shoulders, needs hugs, and really, his story seems incidental to the story. Most of it is on the King of Thrones-like intrigue of the various courts. In short, Uhtred is weak. I don't know if this dummying down of his character is a sign of the times, or simply just poor artistic direction of the lawyers, but Uhtred's fierce mischievousness and military prowess has has been watered down to something akin to Forrest Gump. It is frustrating. He lacks character. You have plenty, as reflected in your writing. Wish it showed through.
If you have any say at all, please ask the writers of the series to put some steel into Uhtred, as written by you.