Share Your Fantasy List of Fantasy TV Shows

I have often said that I would love to see a very long, very faithful Masterpiece Theater-style television version of The Lord of the Rings. Do you agree or are Jackson’s movies all you will ever need?

What do you think of ScreenRant’s list of fantasy series that would make great TV shows? What series would you like to see depicted on the small screen? Are there some novels that you think should never be televised?

9 thoughts on “Share Your Fantasy List of Fantasy TV Shows

  1. I love the new Grimm series. It always starts out with a quote from Grimm and gives the viewer a hint of what the show will be about. Although the show can be bloody, it is also full of humor. The show brings in German culture, mythology as well as language which is often ignored in today’s Hollywood story making.
    If you haven’t watched it yet, give it a try.

  2. My sister and her family love Grimm. I haven’t seen it yet but may be due for a binge watching session. One of the best neglected TV fantasy series is Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. He didn’t like how the series was turning out so he produced a novel that he thinks is better but I love the show. I also liked the TV version of Mists of Avalon. I think The Belgariad would make an entertaining series and, though I know this will never happen, I would love to see someone film the novels of Charles Williams. Even though the internal dialogues of the characters are crucial to the plot, the books have always struck me as unexpectedly cinematic.

    I remember hearing rumors of a Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell film but don’t know if anything will ever come of them. I know there are other series I would like to see filmed so I will have to try to recall what they are.

  3. Russian readers of Sergei Lukyanenko’s fabulous Nightwatch series will agree that these books deserve fans worldwide, both readers and viewers. Four volumes have been translated into English by Andrew Bromfield, and several films have been released (with English subtitles). I have the impression that the films have been very successful in Europe, but I haven’t seen them. I would look forward to a Nightwatch television series if done as well as the George R. R. Martin project. Wikipedia has a good summary of the first volume and the internal logic of the series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Watch_%28Lukyanenko_novel%29

  4. Talemarhazad: even though I like the two Nightwatch movies I’ve seen, they are not much like the books IMO. I agree that they would make a very interesting tv series. I would personally like to see a proper adaptation of Ursula Le Guin’s EarthSea series. They made an abominable mini series for tv back in the early 2000’s, and it was so bad, that Ursula herself had to write a piece about it, wondering what the hell happened to the script.
    I would also like to see some books by Diana Whynne Jones filmed. So far, only Myazaki has made an attempt with his anime “Howl’s moving Castle” (which is a great book, btw).

  5. I would love to see Lewis’s Space Trilogy filmed but it is also unlikely. The second book contains a character who is innocently nude throughout most of the book and the third is undeniably sexist. Maybe the dismal Narnia films show that Lewis’s fiction doesn’t work as well when you take out some of the elements that are rightfully unacceptable to 21st century audiences. It is easier to make allowances for the dated aspects of an author’s worldview when reading an old book than when watching a recently made film.

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