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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2016, 02:43:18 PM »
The site got some names wrong and chose some really bad books...

Anyway, tv generally ruins great books, so I wouldn't like to see any on the screen ::)
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 03:03:17 PM »
The site got some names wrong and chose some really bad books...

Anyway, tv generally ruins great books, so I wouldn't like to see any on the screen ::)

What you mean to say you don't want to see a beautiful woman taking a bath in  a 13 episode wheel of time tv series?
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2016, 03:31:05 PM »
It probably would be done in 2 minutes, so that might actually not be that bad.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2016, 05:42:30 PM »
Would love a Prince of Thorns adaptation, but most of what it also made it so good was Jorg's dark and witty internal monologues. I wonder how that would be adapted.

Mistborn has some political intrigue at courts (balls mostly), but it doesn't have the revelations/shocking moments of GoT (but to be honest, anything will have a hard time beating that). The magical system seems to... internal? They would have to adapt people eating and burning the metals inside to something else.

Dresden Files is probably the one with the best chance, in case HBO wants to move from the fantasy/medieval theme. It seems to have plenty of humor and it's a very long series (more than 40 books I think) and it could become some magical X-Files and be milked pretty much forever.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2016, 05:52:05 PM »
Dresden files was already done as a television series.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2016, 05:57:34 PM »
The site got some names wrong and chose some really bad books...

Anyway, tv generally ruins great books, so I wouldn't like to see any on the screen ::)

What you mean to say you don't want to see a beautiful woman taking a bath in  a 13 episode wheel of time tv series?

If it doesn't take up at least 4 hour long episodes I would be disappointed. 

I think Wheel of Time would need severe editing to make it feasible, with entire sub plots cut out.  (I did once see a good article online by a fan of how to do it, but can't find it now - but they made some suggestions of some massive cuts like the sea folk were entirely removed.) 
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2016, 06:04:56 PM »
I think whatever series was chosen, would need a USP to make it unique from the other well known fantasy properties that have made it either to the small or big screen: Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and on a smaller level of popularity: Dresden, The Magicians, Shanara, Legends of the Seeker. 

I actually think Brandonbot's Mistborn might be the way to go. Visually it would be very impressive, everyone would be all over the magical systems (buzzfeed articles, facebook quizzes etc), you could develop the characters and make them a bit more interesting, and the series could be revitalized every 3 or 4 new seasons with a jump in time, and characters.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2016, 06:11:43 PM »
Would love a Prince of Thorns adaptation, but most of what it also made it so good was Jorg's dark and witty internal monologues. I wonder how that would be adapted.

Mistborn has some political intrigue at courts (balls mostly), but it doesn't have the revelations/shocking moments of GoT (but to be honest, anything will have a hard time beating that). The magical system seems to... internal? They would have to adapt people eating and burning the metals inside to something else.

Dresden Files is probably the one with the best chance, in case HBO wants to move from the fantasy/medieval theme. It seems to have plenty of humor and it's a very long series (more than 40 books I think) and it could become some magical X-Files and be milked pretty much forever.
Completely agree with this, except for one thing. You wouldn't have to get rid of the metals, just have a different visual indicator whenever they're burning each metal. Maybe they start glowing a different color for each metal or something?

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2016, 06:44:06 PM »
No Rivers of London/Midnight Riot, which after all was written by a scriptwriter, no Split Worlds which would also adapt really wel and Mists of Avalon and Simarilion included which will both be trashed by any production company who tried to make something from them.

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2016, 07:28:49 PM »
I doubt a channel like HBO is going to give someone like Sanderson the time of day. His stuff is PG to PG-13 at best, not what HBO is looking for. Unless it's got plenty of violence and sex (not fade to black stuff), they aren't going to invest money in the story.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2016, 07:41:27 PM »
No Rivers of London/Midnight Riot, which after all was written by a scriptwriter, no Split Worlds which would also adapt really wel and Mists of Avalon and Simarilion included which will both be trashed by any production company who tried to make something from them.

Rivers of London is crying out to be made into a TV series, and I would watch the crap out of it. To be honest, I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 10:01:18 PM »
I got the Dresden File series on DVD... only watched the first one.

Discworld... been done with a few books, not always successfully.

Left Hand of God... please no. Not now or ever. First book is... OK. After that it is all Eddie the Eagle without the charm!

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 10:18:37 PM »
Left Hand of God... please no. Not now or ever. First book is... OK. After that it is all Eddie the Eagle without the charm!
You're far too nice for this trilogy.
I just tell it like it is: awful writing, completely unreadable after the first one.
I've actually stopped a person from buying it - she was holding it, reading the blurb, and I had to intervene and say the book was awful and direct her to Prince of Thorns, which was right next to it ;D
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