Movies and TV shows that adapt books to the screen don’t always get it right. However, for some books, there is little hope. With the remake mania still spreading in Hollywood, in recent years we have been lucky enough to have some excellent novels that have gone through their disastrous first adaptations and gained new life, such as on A Series of Unfortunate Events and in the future Percy Jackson Disney+ series that, frankly, can’t be worse than the movie.
The same for Eragon. When I was young, I really loved the Eragon books. They hit it off when children and young adult literature realized that Harry Potter not just an anomaly, but kids can read books longer than Cam Jansen. Not only that, but they know that fantasy is a viable genre that many can explore in a younger context. as Harry Pottera movie adaptation soon followed and then … well, not so well.
But the dragon-focused series is getting another shot at the big time, as a new series based on Eragon was announced to be in development for Disney+ earlier this year. This means that the iconic book series has another chance to receive a proper adaptation… but why stop there? Let’s look at the other five books that should receive the Eragon treatment:
Unlike the other entries on this list, I really love the Princess Diaries movies — they’re so much fun! Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are a joy, and they are great movies to watch on a rainy day. That said, the movies are a world apart from the book series that spanned 10 books, two adult spin-offs, and several novels and short stories. There is so much missing or misunderstood in the movie that I would have loved to see played out on the small screen and nine books worth of plotlines that weren’t even touched upon.
There is drama, friendship, misunderstandings, and a lot of heart that could be shown in a series that is closer to the books. The story of a teenage girl who suddenly finds out that she is the Princess of a small, European principality and has to face the consequences of that is amazing. Throw in navigating the trappings of high school in a relatable but not overly dramatized way, and you have an excitingly unusual concept.
Ella is Enchanted
Ella is Enchanted a strange and very funny movie, worth watching and re-watching in its own right. Unfortunately, it’s also a poor adaptation of the source material. Keeping the names of the main characters and the central conceit of “Ella must obey” is basically where the similarities end.
The book tells a beautiful story about inner strength and the courage to dream. This story can be told well in film, although it is less action-packed and more thoughtful. However, there’s a reason the book has been a children’s classic for over 20 years and that alone is worth a second chance. As Amazon has proven, there’s always room for something else Cinderella twist, so why not make it what we already know is good?
I’m not sure who wrote and directed Artemis Fowl They’ve already picked up a book in their life, because they definitely didn’t pick it up. the Artemis Fowl The film is like a physical result of a game of telephone – one person, at first, reads the books and tells the plot to the next person, but by the time it ends on the screens, it is a complete that violence.
The story of a child criminal mastermind, his butler, a technologically advanced centaur, and an incredibly brave elf are all supported by a twist on the classic “there are fairies who live among us” worked so well on the books was killed so, so bad. As any fan of the series will tell you, this is a great and action-packed story that deserves to reach a wider audience and could work well as a film or movie, so I will set my clocks for a Disney + remake on. 10 years.
I watched the trailer for The Seeker: Darkness Rises and went “Never.” I’m biased, because it’s my favorite book series, but it’s great to have an adaptation made by a team that has actually read the books. Or skimmed the Wikipedia page. Or stood next to them in a bookstore.
My standards are pretty low at this point, but with the gobs of fantasy media hitting screens today – a Lord of the Rings series, a Game of Thrones Prequel, one Wheel of Time series – there is room for the story of young adults with a unique mix of magic, reality, and English nostalgia, filled with a bittersweet twist. I mean, it’s better than making it a Hollywood-style straight up “chosen one” story. Additionally, a new adaptation could be greatly improved by starting with the first book in the series, instead of the second. But maybe it’s just me.
Discworld Adaptations range from “passable” to “dear god what is that thing.” Both ends of the spectrum are a shame, because the world that Terry Pratchett created has so many opportunities. There are tons of characters to play with, different factions and groups to explore, and 41 books to get plots and inspiration from.
A Discworld The TV series or movie doesn’t have to be a direct adaptation but can be something set in that world with a similar tone – funny, tongue in cheek satire with a dose of heart – which made the books so beloved in the first place. . The point is that there are a ton of options and a lot of room to play, and Discworld in fact it deserves better than what TV fans remember as The watch.