For Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish. I say miniseries, because, while movies generally prove too short to include all the details, actual TV series are way too long and you end up only watching the first season and wishing it had ended there. (I’m looking at you, Under the Dome.) BBC is good, so so good. If it hadn’t been for BBC, this list would just be a lot of squealing… Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell! Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell!!!
(A little purple but I like it.)
1. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – I know BBC Radio did it, but I want to be able to look at Crowley when I at once smirk and laugh and swoon and turn into a generally happy puddle.
2. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – So vivid, so magical, this would be good on screen. There is also a wide cast of characters and a myriad stories. Here is my review.
3 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This is one instance where I don’t particularly like the book but I think an adaptation can make something really worthwhile out of it. My only problem with the book was that it focused too much on the marvellous descriptions and lost the story along the way. This could be remedied over time in a TV series or it might as well cease to matter if they get the stunning circus imagery right…!
4. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – Let’s face it, the movie was not good. (Update: God – BBC One – heard me!)
5. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones – The whole series, episodes from it, anecdotes of Christopher Chant growing up, I don’t care which parts of the books. Diana Wynne Jones’s writing would be intensely enjoyable to watch. The Howl’s Moving Castle movie, which did not even attempt to be accurate, proved this already.
I have stuck to fantasy, because when it comes to genre fiction, the argument for making movies is very strong. If done well, fantasy movies can be a thrill to watch. If.
Now, consider this like a sneak preview post. A trailer for some of the things you are sure to find on Tabula Rasa in the following months – movie reviews, musings on book to screen adaptations, rants about genre and popular culture; along with of course, reviews of non-fiction and fiction, feature posts on libraries, books clubs and so on. Maybe a guest post, who can say. Meanwhile, here is a five-year anniversary giveaway for you to enter. Just follow the link and leave a comment on the post to win. Happy reading!