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Adaptation Watch: SHANNARA Series by Terry Brooks

Deadline is reporting that MTV is developing a television adaptation of the Shannara books by Terry Brooks. Jon Favreau (who directed Iron Man) is set to direct the drama series which will be written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. The first season of the potential series will actually be based on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second book in the original Shannara series which now includes 26 novels.

Shannara is set in our world, but takes place thousands of years after the destruction of civilization in a chemical and nuclear holocaust called the Great Wars. A medieval state had emerged in the aftermath, with magic re-emerging to replace science. Humans and other races live in a place called the Four Lands, which we know as North America. As the novels progress, science starts to become more advanced. The spotlight of the Shannara books shines on the Shannarafamily, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic.

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4 Comments on Adaptation Watch: SHANNARA Series by Terry Brooks

  1. Whether you like it or not, there is no denying that The Sword of Shannara was in the right place at the right time and tapped into a massive and untapped desire in readers. I was in high school when it hit the bestseller list and everyone I knew who was into SF/F read it. Yes, we knew it mirrored LOTR but since we all played D&D, our whole damned entertainment on weekends mirrored LOTR and a host of other things. What made Shannara such a success was that instead of thinking like nose-in-the-air critics, we behaved like people who simply wanted to enjoy something. Every meal doesn’t have to be a porterhouse — sometimes a hamburger is good enough.

    • Or bagels!

      I haven’t read the books myself, yet I do know about their bad reputation. And I know they’re popular as well, so yeah, sounds like a spot-on assessment.

  2. I’ve been kind of embarrassed by how much I relished those books in college, just because of their bad reputation. They were exactly what I needed at the time and I devoured the entire series. I’m still not sure how I feel about an adaptation– an MTV adaptation, no less!

  3. Just hope they think something better for the Sword. The resolution of the 1st book was really silly. “And then the universe realized of it” doesn´t work when you take it seriously.

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