New series of television shows have been announced for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia this week. While I see the appeal of rebooting these old favorites, I’d love to see some new book series get adaptations by Amazon and Netflix.
The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin made history in August when she won the Hugo Best Novel for the third year in a row – all for this trilogy. Not only is she the first Black woman to ever do this, she is the first person ever to do this.
The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky together offer more than enough content to fill an immersive mini-series, with stories still left untold. It’s gritty, it’s heartbreaking, it’s beautifully written and it offers a similar family saga style for fans of Chronicles of Narnia – and it hasn’t been done 1000 times before.
The Fifth Season is currently being adapted into a TNT television program, but I think that it would be absolutely perfect for a Netflix or Amazon adaptation. If you haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out on what will surely be one of the science fiction classics for generations to come.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic is a trilogy that offers magic, smuggling, badass characters and interdimensional travel. This series is a whirlwind of high stakes adventures, complete with incredibly deep relationships between the main character and the side characters. It will hit the mark for a lot of science fiction fans, but with the historical backdrop of the four Londons that they travel between. This would be perfect for a miniseries.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan’s hatred of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie is well known among fans of the series, and for good reason. The film adaptation got pretty much everything that it could wrong, making it incredibly difficult for them to continue this series accurately.
“Please, for the love of multiple intelligences, DON’T show those “Percy Jackson” movies (ironic quotes intentional) in your classroom for a compare-contrast lesson or, gods forbid, a “reward” at the end of your unit. No group of students deserves to be subjected to that sort of mind-numbing punishment. The movies’ educational value is exactly zero. A better use of classroom time would be . . . well, pretty much anything, including staring at the second hand of the clock for fifty minutes or having a locker clean-out day,” Riordan writes in an open letter to teachers on his website.
With that being said, I would love a miniseries for each of the Percy Jackson books… And then the heroes of Olympus books…. And then the Magnus Chase books. See where I’m going here?
The books offer one of the greatest entries to mythology I’ve ever seen, and Rick Riordan is one of the few authors I’ve seen make a concerted effort to bring marginalized authors to the table with his new Rick Riordan Presents Imprint.If you are a fan of the Percy Jackson books, but you haven’t read Aru Shah and the End of Time or The Storm Runner, you are missing out. Seriously.
I know that this adaptation in particular is a longshot because of how burnt Rick Riordan was by the films made of his first two books. But I would love to see it happen.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
If you want to hit the traditional fantasy market, but with a diverse twist, you can’t go wrong with Sorcerer to the Crown. It deals with the loss of magic in historical Britain, but also deals with the realities of racism and sexism at the time and in the modern day. It’s got dragons, it’s got a little bit of romance, and it’s got a hell of a story.
Best of all, the second book is set to come out in 2019. There’s still time to make this the hit that it deserves to be on television.
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Last, but certainly not least, I offer you the Timekeeper Series by Tara Sim. It’s a gay YA steampunk fantasy series, once again set in a sort-of-historical Britain. The main character is a clock mechanic, which might seem simple, but these clocks are the only thing that keeps time running in the towns that they’re in. Of course, everything goes wrong when someone tries to take advantage of the clocks. The second book follows another mechanic to colonized India, where they have to try and stop evil from stopping time all over the world. The final book in the trilogy comes out in 2019, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.