“Titles with established fan bases,” they say

While searching for images of Klaus Baudelaire for the previous post, I suddenly had a faint memory of my sister telling me someone was adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events into a television series. So I searched and there it was. Netflix will be adapting this wonderful series into a television show.

The Baudelaire orphans of the movie adaptation.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll definitely be watching this. I mean, it’s all great for Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and I seriously loved the movie though there was the overly joking Jim Carrey but it was great in its own way. And if you have a source title with thirteen books and a large fan-base like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s a huge thing in the television industry. What with the growing trend of book-turned-TV-adaptation.

There was Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries though both have strayed away from their source books already. Then there was the massive global popularity explosion of Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin’s series, Song of Ice and Fire that has five published installments and two forthcoming ones.

A rising freshman show this year, Outlander, is based on Diana Gabaldon’s hit series which has eight published books as of recent.

Outlander TV Series

And of course there was the highly anticipated TV series premiering in 2016, Shadowhunters based on Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments Series which I have only discovered (just now) is a part of a media franchise The Shadowhunter Chronicles which currently encompasses the two novel series, The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. (Thank goodness for Wikipedia, I always say.) Apparently, there are three more upcoming series. Series, mind you. Series. (mind the multiple show of emphasis) I mean, who does that?

“What–? Oh well.”

So let’s enumerate here what the television networks have been looking: titles with established fan bases and have more than five installments.

And here’s where I throw in another one of my “Failed-movie-adaptation-turned-TV-show that is not Percy Jackson” argument. Why not reboot the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series? It unarguably has one of the largest fan bases in modern literature. Just go to any social networking website and you’ll see. There is a related series (Heroes of Olympus, obviously) and a number of companion books.

I mean. Why not, right?


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