I’m currently reading the third and final novel in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, in anticipation for this year’s upcoming tv adaptation. I absolutely adored A Discovery of Witches (book 1) so I’m super keen to see how the show portrays the characters and events. That got me thinking about other fantasy series I would love to see on the big (or little!) screen.
The Lies of Locke Lamora | Scott Lynch
This would make such a good tv show. Intrigue, high stakes and fabulously sarcastic and witty banter? What more could you want in a heist show. There are lots of little heists, mysteries and action sequences that would work really well as individual episodes and a series would also allow a greater exploration of the world and it’s belief systems than a film. I found some of the gods and general world building a little tricky to keep up with when I read the book so I think there is a lot of raw material to work with to set the scene. Visually it would be really interesting as the setting is an alternate Venice, so watching the characters navigate canal systems and imposing buildings would be good fun. Also Locke would be adored by the world. So quick, so sharp, so witty and intelligent. Many would stay for his banter alone.
The Liveship Traders | Robin Hobb
Naturally I was going to include some Hobb. I think the Liveship Traders trilogy would make excellent films. As much as I love Fitz and the Fool, I think their stories are much slower and character focussed which perhaps wouldn’t transfer as well as Liveships. This series has it all, buccaneering pirates, strained family dynamics, tense political climate and, most importantly, all the magic. The defining feature of the ‘liveships’ is their sentience. Made from wizardwood, the figureheads ‘come to life’ after three captains have died on their decks and speak through the carved figureheads. There’s action, heartbreak, dragons and defiance; war, kidnappings, slavery and passion. These films would be epic.
Darkfever | Karen Marie Moning
A young American searching for her sister’s murderer in Dublin with the help of a mysterious bookshop owner who seems to know a lot about an ancient book her sister described in her last voicemail… Considering all the twists and turns this series takes, the Celtic mythology it delves into and the mysteries that need solving in order for MacKayla to learn why her sister died, I think this would make a great paranormal crime series. Fast paced with a slow burn romance, I could see myself getting addicted to this sort of show.
Traitor’s Blade | Sebastien de Castell
A trio of funny, handsome men on a quest to fulfil their king’s dying request. I can see the films posters in my mind already. Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor of the king’s Greatcoats, has fallen far with his two loyal friends, Brasti and Kest, as the nobility of Tristia disregard all of the old king’s laws and disdain the once powerful Greatcoats. As travelling magistrates and duelists, the Greatcoats were well versed in the laws of the land and excellent fighters. This serves the swashbuckling friends in good stead for their adventures to come. This is another example of laugh out loud funny banter between protagonists that adds a little comedic light to what grows into a very dark series.
Twelve Kings | Bradley P Beaulieu
And lastly, but certainly not least, Twelve Kings would be a fantastic film series. Set in a vast desert with a diverse cast of characters, I would love to see this world brought to life. Another series full of dark and twisty plots that weave together in brutal and shocking ways, Beaulieu writes complex characters that audiences would really root for. The series protagonist, Ceda, is the powerful, badass heroine we need.
What are the books/series you would like to see adapted for the big screen? Any actors you dreamcast when you read certain books? Let me know! Happy reading