This post is not strictly book related, but rather a discussion of upcoming fantasy TV shows (most of which are adapted from a book series) that I’m looking forward to watching.
- House of the Dragon
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.HBO “House of the Dragon”
Something I’ve long known about myself as a a reader is that I often find myself more interested in side characters than main characters. While reading George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, I found myself fascinated by Aegon I and his sisters. Aegon reminded me a bit of Alexander the Great and his sisters were strong rulers in their own right. I was thrilled when George RR Martin released his Targaryen history book, “Fire and Blood”. Though there are not that many details out yet, I’m excited to watch a show where Targaryens will have a more prominent role. Generally speaking any show that has a medieval setting and dragons is a show that I will at least give a try.
2. Untitled Nymeria Spin Off
This revolves around the warrior queen Nymeria, a revered ancestor of House Martell who founded of the kingdom of Dorne (she became so legendary in the realm that two characters bore her name in the original series — Sand Snake Nymeria Sand and Arya’s direwolfHollywood Report “All the Game of Thrones Spin Offs in the Works at HBO”
This spin off is still unconfirmed, but I’m excited nonetheless. I always felt that Dorne was underused and mishandled in Game of Thrones. Oberyn Martell, as played by Pedro Pascal, was a character that quickly caught and held my attention throughout season 4. I also loved the Dorne story line in A Song of Ice and Fire. Though the Andalusian landscape used by HBO to stand in for Dorne was spot on the story line itself was flat and nothing like the books. I hope that with this Nymeria storyline the network is able to showcase the cultural vibrancy of Dorne and the power of its most famous female leader
3. ACOTAR TV Adaptation
A Court of Thorns and Roses blends epic romance, adventure, and political intrigue in a tale of a huntress who agrees to travel to a magical realm with a faerie lord in return for her family’s safety, only to fall for him and ultimately fight for that love when an ancient curse threatens to destroy the faerie and human realms.Hollywood Reporter “Ron Moore Developing ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Fantasy Series at Hulu”
Those of you who have been following my blog will know that Sarah J Maas is one of my favorite authors. I’m beyond excited to see one of her series finally being made into a TV show. I first picked up ACOTAR, because I had read that it was inspired by the legend of Tamlin and Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed the first book and fell in love with the series after reading the second. I’ve seen the work Ron Moore did on “Outlander” and I’m confident that he will do this series justice. I can’t wait to see who they will cast as the main characters.
4. Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.Pride “Netflix’s Adaptation of YA Fantasy Series Shadow and Bone Is Almost Here!”
I’ll admit that I tried reading the book series this show is based on, but couldn’t get into it. However, that’s how I felt about the Witcher series and I absolutely loved the most recent adaptation starring Henry Cavill. I really like the premise of this show and will be giving it a shot on April 23.
5. The Irregulars
Based on the Baker Street Irregulars, who appeared in three of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, the titular characters are a gang of scrappy street kids, led by a 17-year-old girl called Bea, who eke out a living in London’s grimy underbelly.Watson — an uncharacteristically sinister figure — recruits the teens on behalf of his mysterious “business partner” Holmes, who is holed up at the duo’s traditional base at 221b Baker Street.But tradition stops there: the teen sleuths are not cracking ordinary criminal cases. Instead, they must battle the dark, supernatural forces at work in creator Tom Bidwell’s horror-infused reimagining of Victorian London.CNN “Netflix’s new show ‘The Irregulars’ gives the Sherlock Holmes story a supernatural reboot”
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this show, which was actually just released. I generally enjoy when history and the supernatural are mixed together. The Victorian era seems like the perfect setting for a supernatural series being the time period where spiritualism and seances were most popular. Also having seen multiple versions of the Sherlock Holmes story I’m intrigued to see what this new version will bring.