Frank Herbert’s “Dune” has been redone twice. The 2021 version has Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica. The book was also adapted for theaters in 1984. (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
“Dune” by Frank Herbert is one of the most striking works of science fiction that we can discover. Full of unprecedented world-building and character development, ecology, philosophy and theology, this is fascinating and thought-provoking read. I did not tackle this book and all of its aftermath until I graduated from a library school in my twenties between graduation and my first concert at the library, and I counted myself among the followers of the 1984 film “Dune” directed by David Lynch, despite all its bombastic melodrama and extravagance.
Having recently watched the new and delightfully adapted “Dune” directed by Denis Villeneuve on HBO Max, I regained my passion for all things Dune, so I finally get down to reading more of the books by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. . It also left me hungry for more fantastic content to see. Fortunately, this isn’t the only job that should be getting the adaptation treatment this year, especially in the streaming world.
Andrzej Sapkowski’s “The Witcher”, season 2
Andrzej Sapkowski’s internationally successful series “Witcher” arrived on Netflix in late 2019. It was so successful that it has since been given the green light for a second and now a third season. Season 2 will begin on December 17th. You will find yourself in the continuing adventures of the witcher Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, as he embraces his new role as the guardian of Princess Cirilla. Season 2 essentially adapts “The Blood of Elves”, the first of the five “Wtcher Saga” books.
There are three other books affiliated with the series that serve as prequels to the saga, so Netflix has a lot of material to work with beyond a third season. Sapkowski is good at building the world, and if you’re looking for some fast-paced action, this series is for you. Do not forget about popular video games also based on these works.
“The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series includes 14 books beginning with “The Eye of the World” from the 1990s and ending with “A Memory of Light” from 2013. Sadly, Jordan passed away before he could complete his beloved series, so Brandon Sanderson got behind the wheel and completed the last three books in the series with Jordan’s Notes.
Amazon Prime adapted the first book and debuted on the show on November 19. “The Wheel of Time” was billed as one of the quintessential epic fantasy series. Join Rand Al’Thor and his friends on his adventures as he learns what the Wheel has in store for him.
I’m currently reading the first book and so far I’ve been deeply impressed with the level of detail Jordan uses to develop both his world and his characters. He has the feeling of a mad rush ahead.
“Sandman” by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s flagship graphic novel series “Sandman” is currently being adapted by Netflix. Gaiman serves as executive producer, so with his involvement he promises to be true to his source material. No release date has been given; However, there are teaser images if you want to get a taste of the story.
This series focuses on the character known as Dream, one of the Endless Seven. We meet Dream while imprisoned by occultists in the early 1900s and follow him as he finally breaks free decades later. Sandman has been critically acclaimed and falls into the dark fantasy genre. I found myself deeply appreciating art while reading this series. The cast of characters Dream meets are just as accomplished as Dream himself. Be aware that this series of graphic novels has very mature content, which may not appeal to some readers.
“Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan
Brian K. Vaughan’s “Y: The Last Man” is another graphic novel series that receives the small screen adaptation treatment. FX on Hulu released the series on September 13, following Yorick Brown and his pet capuchin monkey, Ampersand, as they navigate a world where the plague has wiped out all creatures with a Y chromosome, to l except Yorick and his pet. This series also has very mature themes.
“The House of the Dragon” by George RR Martin
I can’t pass up this list without mentioning “House of the Dragon”, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel series. Based on the book “Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin, it focuses on House Targaryen from beginning to end. The show is under development and slated for a premiere in 2022.
Here are some fantastic series that have already received the screen treatment or are currently in development for the screen:
“The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien: Amazon Prime is currently developing this one, which premieres on September 2, 2022.
“Foundation” by Isaac Asimov: Premiere on Apple TV September 24.
“A discovery of witches” by Deborah Harkness: The faithful adaptation of Sky One has already covered the first two volumes, and the third volume should be released in January 2022. AMC + offers this series.
“Shadow and bone” by Leigh Bardugo: Another Netflix offering with a second season in development.
“Broken earth” trilogy and “Heritage” NK Jemisin trilogy: They are still in the very early stages of development and we are expecting a lot of news about them.
These are just a few of the many series in development based on various fantasy / sci-fi titles. With the success of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s no surprise that the market is finally meeting an audience’s demand. who eagerly awaits their beloved content to be faithfully adapted. for large and small screen. As always, please consult the Cedar Rapids Public Library catalog for any of these titles, most of which you should be able to find in print or in one of our electronic resources. This fan is certainly eager to make the tough decisions on which to watch first. It’s time to turn the page or tune in to the right streaming service
Kristine Olsen is librarian at Cedar Rapids Public Library.