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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2016, 11:01:56 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

I remember reading the first one, being a bit ho-hum about it and deciding not to get the next. Apparently I had a lucky escape!

HBO should look at Kushiel's Whatever. That'd be totally their cup of Champagne.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2016, 01:29:16 AM »
At least 3 of the ideas that they floated have already been made in one form or another for TV. They did mention the short lived Dresden Files TV show back in 2007, but Mists of Avalon was made into a fairly successful 8 episode TV series in 2001, 2 actresses were nominated for Emmys and one was nominated for a Golden Globe. There have been adaptations of a number of the Discworld novels as well.
Sennydreadful mentioned Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant novels as possibilities for TV and that would be great, with the author's background being in writing for TV that could really work, same goes for Paul Cornell's Shadow Police books. Actually Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series could film well, as would Larry Correia's over the top Monster Hunter International books. Having recently finished Jen Williams'  Copper Cat trilogy I think they belong on any list like this, too, wouldn't they look great filmed? Joe Abercrombie's Shattered Seas trilogy would look pretty good given this treatment as well. It's not at all epic, but I've always wanted to see someone make a TV series of Laura Resnick's Esther Diamond books.
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« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2016, 03:42:43 AM »
I'd love to see a Mistborn or Temeraire tv series. But yes, +1 to a Peter Grant. It would be so good. (In a similar vein, I'd love to see Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift books get some screentime of whatever nature.)

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2016, 05:27:03 AM »
Like sennydreadful and concupiscent I would love to see Peter Grant series as long as it is well done and Ben Aaronovitch had input himself.

There has been talk for ages about a supposed TV series and it has been optioned  but it has never been completed.There was talk of casting and then no more.  Has anyone in UK seen or heard anything later than 2013?

http://www.tor.com/2013/06/24/ven-aaronovitchs-peter-grant-series-optioned-for-uk-tv-adaptation/

@G_R_Matthews, as Dresden fan I was afraid a series couldn't be good enough. Was the one you watched really bad?
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2016, 06:11:14 AM »
Like sennydreadful and concupiscent I would love to see Peter Grant series as long as it is well done and Ben Aaronovitch had input himself.

There has been talk for ages about a supposed TV series and it has been optioned  but it has never been completed.There was talk of casting and then no more.  Has anyone in UK seen or heard anything later than 2013?

http://www.tor.com/2013/06/24/ven-aaronovitchs-peter-grant-series-optioned-for-uk-tv-adaptation/

@G_R_Matthews, as Dresden fan I was afraid a series couldn't be good enough. Was the one you watched really bad?
A lot of stuff gets optioned, but never made. Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate was optioned a couple of years ago. The Lies of Locke Lamora was optioned almost before the book came out. Temeraire was optioned by Peter Jackson not that long after the book was published, but nothing solid has happened with any of them.
The Dresden Files show isn't that bad really.  The books are so much better, though. My biggest gripe with it was how they changed one character's physical appearance and status.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2016, 10:25:32 AM »
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

I remember reading the first one, being a bit ho-hum about it and deciding not to get the next. Apparently I had a lucky escape!

HBO should look at Kushiel's Whatever. That'd be totally their cup of Champagne.

I read the second and thought, well, I've come this far.

But I couldn't get past page 6 of the third book... total change in tone, location, world, character... it was like he had third book written for a completely different series. How they got Traditionally Published (edited!!??!!) is beyond me!
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2016, 10:27:35 AM »
Like sennydreadful and concupiscent I would love to see Peter Grant series as long as it is well done and Ben Aaronovitch had input himself.

There has been talk for ages about a supposed TV series and it has been optioned  but it has never been completed.There was talk of casting and then no more.  Has anyone in UK seen or heard anything later than 2013?

http://www.tor.com/2013/06/24/ven-aaronovitchs-peter-grant-series-optioned-for-uk-tv-adaptation/

@G_R_Matthews, as Dresden fan I was afraid a series couldn't be good enough. Was the one you watched really bad?

No it was quite good... but there is a change in character and I just didn't find the time to go back to it. The DVD case sits on my shelf, next to me. It stares at me and says, watch me! But I find other things to do. One day!
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2016, 11:31:22 AM »
I read the second and thought, well, I've come this far.

But I couldn't get past page 6 of the third book... total change in tone, location, world, character... it was like he had third book written for a completely different series. How they got Traditionally Published (edited!!??!!) is beyond me!
Same here!
I'm so glad I (tried to) read it from the library instead of wasting money on them...
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2016, 12:33:47 PM »
Having recently finished Jen Williams'  Copper Cat trilogy I think they belong on any list like this, too, wouldn't they look great filmed?

That would be pretty amazing  8) I'd love to see them as a computer game, where you play as a character you create (just like Skyrim/Dragon Age etc) who joins the Black Feather Three to help out on a job - a job that inevitably goes horribly wrong in some manner...

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2016, 01:00:09 PM »
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The Dresden Files show isn't that bad really.  The books are so much better, though. My biggest gripe with it was how they changed one character's physical appearance and status.

Please could you tell me, how you watched it? I started to order the first series on DVD from Amazon US then realised it would be wrong region.
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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2016, 05:11:14 PM »
count me among the temeraire fans.  it's a great set of books, but it would be an amazing tv series.  historical fiction plus dragons would be an amazing draw for the broader audience.

they're probably stuck on figuring out how to do so many freaking dragons well and on a tv series budget.

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2016, 10:32:08 PM »
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The Dresden Files show isn't that bad really.  The books are so much better, though. My biggest gripe with it was how they changed one character's physical appearance and status.

Please could you tell me, how you watched it? I started to order the first series on DVD from Amazon US then realised it would be wrong region.
Originally it was broadcast on one of the Foxtel channels. I think FOX8. Then they came out on DVD and Lejays17 bought it for me. You may be able to pick up an Australian region copy second hand, Lady T.

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2016, 11:35:33 PM »
I think Gentleman Bastards would translate fairly well to TV once the series has finished.   Beyond that a do-over of Dresden and maybe something in the First Law world would be my picks. 

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« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2016, 12:24:30 PM »
I feel like if The First Law was put on TV, films would be calling the studio in anger after the end of Season 3. I thought it was a cool twist, but mainstream audiences may not be happy with a depressing ending.

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Re: 12 Fantasy Novels That Deserve the Game of Thrones Treatment
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2016, 05:04:30 AM »
In case anyone interested in this topic doesn't follow the tor.com blog, here's a link to an exhaustively (or at least exhaustingly) comprehensive list of spec-fic film rights statuses.