In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
What book series would you like to see adapted for television?
Anika: The Chronicles of the Cheysuli by Jennifer Roberson. I read this series in high school and got really obsessed. Eight books that feature generations of shapeshifters and magic users and royalty and fraught relationships and sibling drama and doomed romances. I can’t even choose a favorite character or ship, I love them all. Still.
Jessica: This feels a little like cheating, but I wish they could have done Harry Potter for television. The movies are stunning, visually, but they generally leave me disappointed. With all of the amazing work they’re doing with adapting fantasy/sci-fi book series for TV now, I think Harry Potter would have been BRILLIANT. Not only would it have been truer to the book, but think of all the fun one-offs they could have done. Alas!
Another series that I think would be really fun would be Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy, or Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet – basically any book series I loved as a child, haha.
Sam: Hm. I’d say The Dark is Rising, but as much as I love that series (a ton a ton, no the movie never happened) I don’t think we really need another young boy’s hero journey on TV. Of course, MOST of the stuff I grew up reading was about young white straight boy’s hero journeys. I guess you could gender swap the characters, which would actually work fine. And not just cast white people. Cough, #WeNeedDiverseBooks cough. I wouldn’t mind seeing the late-series Dune books, which had way more women in roles of power and agency, adapted in a miniseries. Though they’re weird. So so weird. We’re getting His Dark Materials, so I guess I can’t say that. I guess I’d love to see The Wheel of Time adapted as a television series, Game of Thrones style. That’s, what? About 25 seasons worth of material? You can have an entire season of just Aes Sedai. That would be cool.
So what about you? What book series would you like to see adapted for television?