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06 November 2015 @ 12:00 pm
The Shannara Chronicles  
Basically, the previews for The Shannara Chronicles are looking quite good.

Since I haven't read the Shannara series I'm not familiar with this universe or what it's about exactly, but just judging from the trailers and description alone it is definitely a high fantasy series with plenty of rich world-building and characters. If this does well, I have a feeling it may be the answer to those looking for a Game of Thrones replacement. Despite it being on MTV, which understandably may repel some people, just seeing the trailers and behind the scenes stuff alone shows that they've given The Shannara Chronicles quite a large budget to produce. Granted a big budget doesn't always equal quality, but since it looks like a fantasy version of The 100 it may pleasantly surprise people. Plus it was filmed in New Zealand, which is considerably a good sign when you take into account the other epic fantasy films and series that have been filmed there (see: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Legend of the Seeker, Xena: Warrior Princess). If this gains popularity, hopefully there will be more fantasy series along this vein. I miss having some epic fantasy and even lighthearted fantasy shows on television. When you have a mixture of the two, or something that holds strong in its own storytelling, adapted or not, it can become something great. Not everything has to be "darker and edgier" in order to be taken seriously or be considered good storytelling.
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rhoda_rants on November 7th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Got to admit, I'm curious! Curious enough that I went ahead and bought the first book, The Sword of Shannara. The only thing I've read by Terry Brooks is his novelization of The Phantom Menace, which was actually quite excellent. No, really. Anyone who can make Episode I look good has actual wizard powers, IMO. So yeah, this looks like it could be really cool. The only question is why no one's done a movie/television series out of Shannara before.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2015 06:12 am (UTC)
The only question is why no one's done a movie/television series out of Shannara before.

I don't know, could be a number of reasons.

I often wonder why certain books/book series don't often get adapted. There are so many out there that deserve to be recognized, I can name several that I've been wanting to see done as a television series or a movie for a long time. But when you look at some of the failed adaptations of things or things that held much potential and it just failed miserably at maintaining it even for fans, it makes you understand the timing. Sometimes you need the right people at the right time, there's a lot of rights and legal stuff behind the scenes that the creators of these stories need to deal with, etc. It just all depends on circumstances.