Top 10 Fantasy Novels

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Thanks to the success of “Game of Thrones,” HBO is grabbing hold of the fantasy reins and steering the network toward another adaptation of a best-selling fantasy novel. This time, the network is developing a series based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel “American Gods.” While we’re anxious to see this sci-fi-fantasy-horror blend fleshed out on screen, we have a list of other adaptations we’d like to see. Here are our top 10 fantasy novels/series we’d most like to see adapted into a television series.


1. “The Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan

It goes without saying that this sprawling epic tale should hold the number on slot of fantasy series we’d like to see adapted into a TV series. Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” series is one of the greatest epic fantasy series of all time, with over 50 million copies sold internationally. Considering Jordan’s in-depth storytelling that spans across 14 books and includes over 2,000 named characters, any network would have their work cut out for them to make this a digestible series.


2. “Dragonlance Chronicles” by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

While the “Dragonlance Chronicles” is one the most popular shared-world concepts out there, with close to 200 novels in the franchise, the series is ripe with possibilities. We’d like to see a show that focuses on the Chronicles trilogy so we can see the world of Krynn come to life. Oh, and dragons. We want to see lots of dragons.


3. “The Elenium” series by David Edding

With just three novels in the series, it wouldn’t be too difficult for a network to adapt these books into a worthwhile television series. Filled with splendidly flawed characters, this modern fantasy has enough substance to create an immersive world filled with plenty of swords, thieves, and hypnotically beautiful queens.


4. “Farseer Trilogy” by Robin Hobb

This emotionally rich trilogy would make an excellent television series that’s packed with a carefully constructed plot, realistic dialogue, and a fresh take on the fantasy genre that doesn’t leave you feeling like you already know the story. What we find so compelling about this story is Hobb’s ability to break free from many of the clichés crowding this genre.


5. “The Saga of Recluce” by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

While “The Saga of Recluce” follows familiar ground as a coming-of-age good vs. evil fantasy, the treatment of magic feels fresh and the characters are entertaining. The best part about this book being adapted into a series would be our ability to enjoy the story without drowning in the author’s tick of using an ocean of ellipses.


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