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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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Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
I was pleasantly surprised seeing Manu is in this, plus some other people I recognized. I also like that we'll be seeing some fresh faces, too.

I haven't read the books, and judging from some other comments in this post not many have either (from my flist, at least). But it is regarded as a worldwide best-seller, so obviously someone must be aware of the books or will start reading them in preparation for the show.
icecream_junkieicecream_junkie on November 7th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
I’ve checked my local library’s online catalogue and they have the first volume (well, the first in chronological order, e.g. the prequel) as an audio book. Might get that to get a bit more background about the world. What I’ve read online so far sounds really interesting.