Lately some of the books we have read are being turned into TV shows and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here’s three that will be hitting the airwaves in the next couple of years.
The first being The Raven Cycle by Stacks Fave Maggie Stiefvater. It’s still in development but making progress. It’s found a home on Syfy with Catherine Hardwick of Twilight fame at the helm. Now this series is perfect for a series. There is really just too much for a movie. Too much of it’s weirdness and nuances would have to be cut out to make it fit into a two hour movie. As a TV show, we can get all the adventures of Blue and the Raven boys and also expand on the people of Henrietta. I’m particularly hopeful they dip deeper into the ladies of 300 Fox Way. I’ve been dying to know more about Maura, Calla and Persephone. Like how did they even meet?
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor has been optioned by HBO and produced by George R.R. Martin. This is exciting because it takes place in a post-nuclear-holocaust Africa meaning an all black cast. Yeah diversity on TV! I’m not sure how this will play as a TV series. It wasn’t a very long book but plenty of room to expand on the universe. Go more into Onyesonwu’s people and the conflict between the Okeye and Nuru. If you are squirmish about some of the violence in Game of Thrones this is going to be any better. There were several scenes in the book that were very hard for me to read. I’m not sure how they are going to do them on TV, even if it is HBO. I can definitely tell you that there will be nothing like this on TV and the fact that HBO and George R.R. Martin are taking it on is impressive. Almost makes you forget that they are also trying to make a TV show about the Confederacy. Almost
Who Fears Death maybe produced by George R.R. Martin and HBO but in my mind N.K. Jemisin’s novel The Fifth Season is probably closer to Game of Thrones in scale of epic story telling. The Hugo winning novel was picked up by TNT earlier this week. I’m not even sure how they will be able to present this on screen without giving too much away. It also means more diversity on primetime television as the main characters are all women of color. If this done right it’s going to be impressive. This also reminds me I better get on to reading book two in the Broken Earth series, The Obelisk Gate.
SQUEE! This is the most fantastic news! I’m so happy that it’s being adapted for TV and not a movie because a 2 hour movie could never hold the likes of Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam and Noah. This would be perfect for as a Netflix show or even maybe AMC. I just hope they do it justice.
Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series has already been made into a movie. You may have forgotten it existed since it came out and was gone just as quickly in 2013. I’ll admit, I have a copy of it, given to me by a friend and I still haven’t seen it. From what I hear it wasn’t good. Well, it looks like Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Magnus will have another chance to live off the page but this time on TV. ABC Family has ordered the series Shadowhuntersto premiere sometime next year. Honestly, I think it will be better TV show then movie. It has so many subplots and characters, that a more serialized form would be a better fit to get all of it in. And for me at least, the casting is more in line with how the characters are in my head then the movie. Though, that is not the case for everyone. Some fans have express their “concerns” over the fact that some of the actors are not the ethnicity as the characters in the book. For instance, the actress cast as Isabelle, Emeraude Toubia, is hispanic. I don’t see this as a problem because a) She’s beautiful, tall with long dark hair like Isabelle and b) we are never really given her nationality beyond the fact she is a Shadowhunter because in the shadowhunter world, that comes first, nationality comes a distant second. Props to the producers and ABC Family for casting based on who they thought was the best fit for the role. I hope it’s good. I do have some reservations about this series but I really did enjoy reading them as a whole and I will see the movie eventually. It got me thinking though. What other book that has already been made into a movie would I like to see made into a TV Show? I have two on the top of my head.
First, hands down, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The first two books were made into a movies and well they were bad. OK, they were fine but anyone who read the book, knew they were lacking. Percy, Annabeth and Grover were too old and the prophecy that was the center of the whole series was left out! It was just a mess. With 10 books, if you include the Heroes of Olympus there are plenty of material to work with for several seasons.
Second, Harry Potter may seem like a strange one because the movies were really good. As far as adaptations go, they were faithful to the source material but also have their own identity but think of all that was left out? The beauty of TV shows is that you more time to tell the story depending on how many episodes. Movies are about 2 to 2 1/2 hours long. Shows are 30 minutes to an hour long from anywhere to 12 episodes to 24. That’s a lot more time! Maybe then we would get to see more of Dobby and the house elves. More of Neville’s back story and well more of the other characters in general. Just think of the possibilities!
Those are two I can think of right now? What other movies based on books would you like to see go the TV route? Sound off in the comments below.