I have always been a fan of fantasy novels. Some say that these stories are for children, but as the great C.S. Lewis said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” Today, “children’s stories” and fantasy novels have reached such a state that they are being made into movies and TV series. In the past months, I have been watching almost nothing but these shows.
It saddens me that there seems to be a dearth of fantasy TV series. We had the Legend of the Seeker, which isn’t really a favorite of mine; but it was still something! You’ve probably heard of the cancellation of the series by now – a real disappointment to Terry Goodkind fans out there.
Still, there are a couple of series to look out for. I have just finished watching the second season of Merlin, and yes, I have been Merlinized. Never mind that the plot is quite different on many points from the popular version of the legend. The TV show itself is something to behold. The third season should start sometime soon.
Here’s the clincher: The Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin are being made into TV shows as well! The news is that the first book, The Game of Thrones, is already being filmed for HBO. While initial reports say that the pilot would be aired in March of this year, more recent updates tell us that it will not be till 2011. No matter, at least there is something to look forward to.
Any other fantasy TV shows you can recommend?