“My father was a king and the son of kings.”First line in The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Today’s prompt for Wyrd and Wonder is Page to Screen and combining that with my own theme of Historical Fantasy means I’m going to be talking about some Historical Fantasy books that would be great on a screen whether it be as a movie or a TV show. The market is definitely lacking in Historical Fantasy adaptions, and there are so many great ones to choose from.
The Diviners by Libba Bray – TV Show
This one is so obvious that I have no idea why it isn’t a thing yet. This series has a big cast of diverse characters that each has very fleshed-out storylines that could run across multiple episodes. The issues the story deals with are also very relevant in our current society even though it takes place in the 1920s. And I also just want to see its amazing eerie atmosphere brought to life.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Movie
I know we already have a movie about Achilles and Troy from 2004, but that one is old and clearly wrong, so we need Madeline Miller’s version instead. A movie where they focus more on characters and their interactions instead of fighting sequences and blood everywhere. You know, one with more of the chill vibe we also get from the book. It could be a very beautiful movie.
Burn by Patrick Ness – Movie
Taking place in an alternate version of the 1950s, an adaption of Burn could provide a new and interesting take on the racism issues of that era because anything gets more interesting when you add dragons. The book is on the shorter side, so I imagine writers would expand the story a bit because the book definitely leaves opportunities for that, and I would love to see it.
Timekeeper by Tara Sim – Movie/TV Show
I could see the Timekeeper series work as both a movie series and a TV show because you definitely have a contained story, but it provides so many opportunities for expanding it further. I would also love to see the many beautiful clock-related shots an adaption of this would entail. And of course, this is another series with a diverse cast of characters, so there’s really no excuse not to make it.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab – Movie
This is one of those instances where I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book but I would be very interested in seeing what a movie adaption could do with this story. It wouldn’t be the easiest book to adapt because of the many flashbacks, however, I do think it would give some creative freedom to the writers. It would be more about creating the right atmosphere as opposed to recreating every single scene exactly as Schwab wrote them.
Would you be interested in seeing these books adapted? Do you think they would work or fail miserably like so many other adaptions? Let me know in the comments, and happy Wyrd and Wonder.