With Game of Thrones coming to an end, which fantasy novels should be adapted for TV in order to fill the gap? We’ve created a list of the five series which would make the next huge TV show.
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From novels that are already in the works for being adapted for TV to novels that are many fans dream of being seen on the screen, see our list of the brightest lights in the fantasy world below.
1. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
The First Law is a fantasy trilogy compiled of: The Blade Itself, Before they are Hanged & The Last Argument of Kings. There are also many great companion tales, such as ‘Red Country’ and ‘Best Served Cold’. This series paints a brutal (but also stunning) picture of the world in which it is set. Each character has a great personality, fantastic motives and a unique back-story. Like Game of Thrones, there is un-dead monsters, mystery, treason and huge battles.
Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers, say he should be on TV.
Buy THE FIRST LAW book one cheap here: The Blade Itself
2. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
The Kingkiller Chronicle is set in a rich, fully ironed out would known as ‘The Four Corners’ or ‘Temerant’. The main character is called Kvothe. The story follows the life told by Kvothe, a life in which he proved to be one of the most feared people in the world, he encounters tragedy, loves women, created incredible songs and gets admitted to the University to study magic against all odds. He makes friends and creates enemies. The books are written in both first and third person.
These novels consist of ‘The Name Of The Wind’, ‘The Wise Man’s Fear‘ and ‘The Doors of Stone’ (upcoming). Rothfuss has also written a novella and a short story in the same world too, these are: ‘The Slow Regard Of Silent Things‘ (Novella) and ‘The Lightning Tree‘.
This is one of the fantasy series which has already been commissioned by Showtime and Lionsgate for both a TV show and two movies. Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda will produce the TV show too! Rothfuss has just released an absolutely stunning 10th anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind, you can buy it here or if you have not already read it you can buy the cheaper original edition here.
Also in The Kingkiller Chronicle’: Read the latest details on The Kingkiller Chronicle TV Series, Why Should You Be Excited For The Kingkiller Chronicle Movie?
3. The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
The Broken Empire consists of: Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns & Emperor of Thorns.
When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king…
It’s time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him—and he has nothing left to lose.
But treachery awaits him in his father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?
Buy book one cheap here
4 .The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy lovers regard this series to contain some of the greatest world-building in the whole genre. Its beautifully written with exceptional characterization. If done right, this could make the perfect TV show.
Before he died, his brother directed Dalinar to an ancient tome called The Way of Kings, which leads Dalinar to start questioning thewarlike and competitive Alethkar way of life. He also begins to experience visions in which he sees the ancient Knights Radiant.
Buy book one ‘The Way of Kings’ here
5 .Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Wait, hasn’t LOTR already been adapted into a trilogy, among the greatest moves ever? Yes they have, but news recently emerged that the fantasy could be re-adapted for television by Amazon and Warner Bros.
Warner Bros Television and Amazon Studios are in talks to produce a TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkinen’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ novels. We’ve recently got reports from both Variety and Deadline that talks are currently in a very early stage with Amazon being the frontrunners to create the series. According to these reports both Netflix and Game of Thrones creators HBO were approached to produce the series, but Amazon seem by far the most likely.
The big question is, would the TV series be anywhere near as good as the sensational movies?
Not yet read the books, but The Fellowship of the Ring cheap here.
These were are picks for fantasy series that could potentially fill the gap once the current TV sensation Game Of Thrones ends. There are obviously tons of other great fantasy novels out there though – maybe you disagree with us?
Which fantasy novels would you include? Leave a comment below!