In an interview with the Polish magazine Książki, the writer Andrzej Sapkowski (author of The Witcher) once again emphasized that books about Geralt from Rivia are “classic fantasy” and lack a “Slavic spirit”.
The writer was surprised that readers often attribute heroes to Polish roots. He himself does not tie the plot of works to real places or a specific time.
“Yes, the witcher Geralt has a rather “Slavic” name, and there is something Slavic in other names. The goblin and kikimora are mentioned in the books, but there you can find the little mermaid Andersen and the Monster of Jeanne-Marie Leprens de Beaumont,” notes Andrzej.
Sapkowski noted that he does not care about the appearance of dark-skinned characters in the film adaptation from Netflix, since the books do not have an exact indication of race, and therefore the creators of adaptations have complete artistic freedom: “Authors of adaptations are free to create. Everything is possible and everything is permitted — after all, it could have been the way they show.”