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The success of Game of Thrones proved, now TV production values are on par with film, that with the right script and actors, small screen adaptations can compete with big screen versions.

And the hits keep coming; The Walking Dead is a monster smash, SyFy just rolled out James Corey's Expanse series, Amazon has scored with Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle, Spike TV is developing one of my favorite hard sci-fi series, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and FX has an adaptation in the works of my all-time favorite graphic novel, Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man.

So I'm already spoiled for choice, but, my world would be complete if either/both of the following were realized in live action:

Stephen Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:

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Epic and adult. No character in literature makes it harder to be sympathetic than Thomas Covenant, starting with the crime he commits on day one after arriving in the Land (if you've read the books, you'll know what I mean), but the series is as beautiful as it is dark.

Julian May, The Saga of the Pliocene Exiles:

Image

Time travel, aliens, psychic powers, feudalism, dynastic intrigue, Celtic mythology, the Zanclean flood; you name it, this has got it. Would push what's feasible via special effects to the limit, but wow, would it be worth it; a Game of Thrones/X-Men hybrid, set in Europe six million years ago.

Your recommendations, for any high-power TV executives who may be logged on?
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Got to be 'The wheel of Time' series. 1.5 hours per book should be just bout right.
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Not fiction but I think a regular series based around historical events would be cool. To be U.S.-focused, a series based on every presidential election in history that touches on the issues of the day and background to what was going on. The writing and aim for historical accuracy would be maddeningly hard, you'd have to create new characters every episode.

I do think some show runner missed a gold mine not doing a Game of Thrones-style series for the centennial of World War I.
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Flyin Ryan wrote:Not fiction but I think a regular series based around historical events would be cool. To be U.S.-focused, a series based on every presidential election in history that touches on the issues of the day and background to what was going on. The writing and aim for historical accuracy would be maddeningly hard, you'd have to create new characters every episode.
I see a problem there. Historical accuracy is not something that American film/TV makers are renowned for.
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easyray wrote:
Flyin Ryan wrote:Not fiction but I think a regular series based around historical evENTS ents would be cool. To be U.S.-focused, a series based on every presidential election in history that touches on the issues of the day and background to what was going on. The writing and aim for historical accuracy would be maddeningly hard, you'd have to create new characters every episode.
I see a problem there. Historical accuracy is not something that American film/TV makers are renowned for.
And _________ filmmakers are? :lol:

People get a lot more upset about it now. The filmmaker of Selma was lambasted in some arenas for negatively portraying LBJ with scenes of him that never happened in real life.
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Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.

The Russian Front of World War 2 from a Soviet perspective, written by a journalist who served with front line troops.

Or the Master and Margarita, the devil comes to 1930's Moscow, high jinks ensue etc.
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Night watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Or better yet a series on the Guards set of books - each season covering a different book.

A slightly more humorous version of GoTs. Never gets as dark, but would still have to be 15s at least.

Done by HBO. Would be awesome.

viggo mortensen as vimes obviously.
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bacon2 wrote:Night watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Or better yet a series on the Guards set of books - each season covering a different book.

A slightly more humorous version of GoTs. Never gets as dark, but would still have to be 15s at least.

Done by HBO. Would be awesome.

viggo mortensen as vimes obviously.
I could fcuking kiss you bro. Except Mortenson as Vimes? Doesn't quite work for me. Especially in Night Watch where he's older.

Also, don't think Thomas Covenant would quite make it as a series imo. I reckon the Gap Cycle could be awesome.
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:thumbup: for Thomas Covenant
:thumbdown: for WoT.

Katherine Kerr's Deverry would probably be pretty good as a series,
Fiest's Serpentwar books would make a good series but I fear that you would need to make the Riftwar books as films first.
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Oryx and Crake
Year of the Flood
MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

TV or movies don't really care, either would be awesome!
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Tim13 wrote:Oryx and Crake
Year of the Flood
MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

TV or movies don't really care, either would be awesome!
Shit...good suggestions!

Also, I'd really, really love it if someone could make Dune somehow work as a series. Somehow. Some way. :(
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The Shardlake books by CJ Sansom
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The Culture series by Ian M Banks would be epic, however the lack of consistent characters throughout the series might make it hard for TV. Might be a bit too much like True Detective(insofar with casting changes) with a better plot and setting
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bacon2 wrote:Night watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Or better yet a series on the Guards set of books - each season covering a different book.

A slightly more humorous version of GoTs. Never gets as dark, but would still have to be 15s at least.

Done by HBO. Would be awesome.

viggo mortensen as vimes obviously.
Viggo Mortensen as Vimes? What are you smoking?
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Zakar wrote:The Culture series by Ian M Banks would be epic, however the lack of consistent characters throughout the series might make it hard for TV. Might be a bit too much like True Detective(insofar with casting changes) with a better plot and setting
:thumbup:

Still with Pratchett. Reckon the Tiffany Aching books could be done well.
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Raymond E Feist's the Riftwar Saga.

2 seasons on Magician, 1 season on Silverthorn and a season (or possibly two) on Darkness at Sethanon.

If it goes well there's all sorts of others to do.
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Fiest and Wurst, Kelewan Empire series, you'd get some shagging in that.
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earl the beaver wrote:Raymond E Feist's the Riftwar Saga.

2 seasons on Magician, 1 season on Silverthorn and a season (or possibly two) on Darkness at Sethanon.

If it goes well there's all sorts of others to do.
johnstrac wrote:Fiest and Wurst, Kelewan Empire series, you'd get some shagging in that.
Fcuking good suggestions lads. :thumbup:
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Asher's John McCormac would be great craic. The technology and scope would be worth it alone.
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Belgariad and The Mallorean
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yeah, an HBO/BBC version of Wheel of Time would be quite something. Also, unlike GOTs, the books are finished.
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Horus Heresy series.

Bolter porn nerdgasm.
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What I'd really love to see is Sanderson's Mistborn on screen.
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Fantasy seems to be the big favourite in which case

Joe Abercrombie's First Law books
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Lacrobat wrote:The success of Game of Thrones proved, now TV production values are on par with film, that with the right script and actors, small screen adaptations can compete with big screen versions.

And the hits keep coming; The Walking Dead is a monster smash, SyFy just rolled out James Corey's Expanse series, Amazon has scored with Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle, Spike TV is developing one of my favorite hard sci-fi series, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and FX has an adaptation in the works of my all-time favorite graphic novel, Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man.

So I'm already spoiled for choice, but, my world would be complete if either/both of the following were realized in live action:

Stephen Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:

Image

Epic and adult. No character in literature makes it harder to be sympathetic than Thomas Covenant, starting with the crime he commits on day one after arriving in the Land (if you've read the books, you'll know what I mean), but the series is as beautiful as it is dark.

Julian May, The Saga of the Pliocene Exiles:

Image

Time travel, aliens, psychic powers, feudalism, dynastic intrigue, Celtic mythology, the Zanclean flood; you name it, this has got it. Would push what's feasible via special effects to the limit, but wow, would it be worth it; a Game of Thrones/X-Men hybrid, set in Europe six million years ago.

Your recommendations, for any high-power TV executives who may be logged on?
Great shout on both of these. I've not read the latest round of Covenant books, but the first 6 would be cracking stuff. Especially The Illearth War and The One Tree adaptations.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica

Television is far too dumbed down these days.
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I'd also like to see Gemmel's books made into a series. The Drenai, the Rigante or the Jon Shannow series.
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Tim13 wrote:Oryx and Crake
Year of the Flood
MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

TV or movies don't really care, either would be awesome!
:thumbup: You could have a lot of fun world-building with Atwood's future - would love to see her genetically modified species realized.
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xbgo1 wrote:Belgariad and The Mallorean
:thumbup: Surprised it hasn't happened already, given YA is all the rage in Hollywood these days (Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, etc.). Could be the children's table version of GoT if done right.
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earl the beaver wrote:
bacon2 wrote:Night watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Or better yet a series on the Guards set of books - each season covering a different book.

A slightly more humorous version of GoTs. Never gets as dark, but would still have to be 15s at least.

Done by HBO. Would be awesome.

viggo mortensen as vimes obviously.
Viggo Mortensen as Vimes? What are you smoking?
Brendan Gleeson ftw.
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Diego wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:
bacon2 wrote:Night watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Or better yet a series on the Guards set of books - each season covering a different book.

A slightly more humorous version of GoTs. Never gets as dark, but would still have to be 15s at least.

Done by HBO. Would be awesome.

viggo mortensen as vimes obviously.
Viggo Mortensen as Vimes? What are you smoking?
Brendan Gleeson ftw.
See, that makes sense.
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The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson ànd Robert Shea
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Neil Jenkins' Life at Number 10
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Although the incredulity centre of my brain was stretched to near breaking point by the final twist, the juxtaposed diverging/converging narrative would make for great TV.
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Jeff the Bear wrote:Image

Although the incredulity centre of my brain was stretched to near breaking point by the final twist, the juxtaposed diverging/converging narrative would make for great TV.
Christ I love those books. His passing makes me sad :((
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miladiou wrote:
Jeff the Bear wrote:Image

Although the incredulity centre of my brain was stretched to near breaking point by the final twist, the juxtaposed diverging/converging narrative would make for great TV.
Christ I love those books. His passing makes me sad :((
Me too. :(
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Lacrobat wrote:The success of Game of Thrones proved, now TV production values are on par with film, that with the right script and actors, small screen adaptations can compete with big screen versions.

And the hits keep coming; The Walking Dead is a monster smash, SyFy just rolled out James Corey's Expanse series, Amazon has scored with Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle, Spike TV is developing one of my favorite hard sci-fi series, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and FX has an adaptation in the works of my all-time favorite graphic novel, Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man.

So I'm already spoiled for choice, but, my world would be complete if either/both of the following were realized in live action:

Stephen Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:

Image

Epic and adult. No character in literature makes it harder to be sympathetic than Thomas Covenant, starting with the crime he commits on day one after arriving in the Land (if you've read the books, you'll know what I mean), but the series is as beautiful as it is dark.

Julian May, The Saga of the Pliocene Exiles:

Image

Time travel, aliens, psychic powers, feudalism, dynastic intrigue, Celtic mythology, the Zanclean flood; you name it, this has got it. Would push what's feasible via special effects to the limit, but wow, would it be worth it; a Game of Thrones/X-Men hybrid, set in Europe six million years ago.

Your recommendations, for any high-power TV executives who may be logged on?

Kin'ell. You and me have similar tastes.

I'd love to see May's novels televised.

Don't think Covenant would work, but in terms of unlovable anti-heroes, Angus Thermopyle from Donaldson's Gap series might be a possibility.
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Some of Harry Turtledove's stuff. The alien invasion in WW2 series.

Plus the Silmarillion would be awesome.
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You'd need a colossally large budget, but I've always thought Mortal Engines would lend itself quite well to the screen.

A Brief History of Seven Killings would be epic if the right people got their mitts on it.
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The Man Without Fear wrote:Horus Heresy series.

Bolter porn nerdgasm.

Gaunts Ghosts would be fucking epic.
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