Friday Question: Returning Shows

BonesWe’ve talked a bit about the new shows, but now I’m wondering: Which returning fall shows based on books or comics are you looking forward to the most? I’m partially just curious, and partially trying to get a sense of where I should focus my efforts – while I’d love to cover everything, it’s just not possible, so I will put more energy into making sure I have plenty of content for the shows you guys are watching! So let me know in the comments. (You can pick more than one!)

  • Arrow
  • Bones
  • The Carrie Diaries
  • Elementary
  • Haven
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Vampire Diaries

Or something else I’m forgetting?

Friday Question: Fall TV Coverage

DraculaI don’t know about you, but I’m ready for fall – and that means I’m thinking about fall TV. I know things have been a bit slow over the summer because I’ve been traveling and generally out of my routine, but I’ll be ramping things back up in preparation for the fall TV season. I’m planning to write regular weekly reviews of a few of the new shows based on books – but I’d like your input on which to choose. (Yes, this is basically what I tried to do with Under the Dome, but we all lost interest pretty quickly there.) The options:

  • Dracula
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
  • Sleepy Hollow

Now, I’m inclined against S.H.I.E.L.D., because while I’m planning to watch it, I think there are many many people who are more qualified to write about it than I am, and it’s not like there will be any dearth of coverage. I’m leaning toward Dracula and Sleepy Hollow, but I’m open to persuasion. Any thoughts on what you’d like to read about and discuss, or even which shows you’re planning to watch? I’ll still cover news and other exciting things from all the shows; I just want to focus a bit and give a few things more intense coverage. (And I’ve only mentioned new shows because I like the idea of starting at the beginning, but if you have a compelling case to make for a returning show, put it in the comments!)

Friday Question: Pick the next Classics Club!

What should we read and watch next? Put your choice in the comments, and we’ll declare a winner next week and start discussing in May!

  1. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (at Rachel’s suggestion)
  3. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (to prepare for the Whedon version)
  4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (to prepare for the new version, though maybe this should come after Jane Eyre)
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Friday Question: How about a musical?

The Sound of MusicMany beloved movie musicals, from The Sound of Music and South Pacific to The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, are adaptations of stage shows that are themselves based on books. What favorite books do you think would do well with a musical treatment? Now that I think about it, a lot of my favorite books have been made into stage musicals I haven’t had a chance to see, including Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, and Jane Eyre, so I can’t say whether I’d endorse movie version of those shows, but I’d be curious to see them. Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover strikes me as one option that could make an interesting musical, as does Emma, actually, and Madeleine Brent’s Merlin’s Keep. What are your ideas?

Friday Question: Shakespeare!

William ShakespeareYes, another question partially inspired by Much Ado About Nothing, and partially by the TV pilot Westside, based on Romeo and Juliet. There’s a long tradition of setting productions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays in various historical and modern settings. So hey, let’s brainstorm! Which plays would you like to see transformed to different places and/or times? What would work well in World War II? Or in space? Or in Regency England? Hmm, The Tempest might work in space, now that I think about it.

Friday Question: Who Would You Like to Adapt a Classic?

Joss WhedonWhile watching the Internet collectively lose its mind over Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing trailer the past few days, I started musing: Which favorite writer or director or producer (or all three) would you like to see take on one of your favorite classics? I’ve been thinking about it and there are so many options, but the one I keep coming back to is that I’d love to see Amy Sherman-Palladino do a modern Anne of Green Gables series. She’s great with unconventional families, small towns, and smart characters who can’t stop talking.

(There is, by the way, an Anne of Green Gables series in the works in Canada. I promise we’ll be ALL OVER that one when there’s any news.)

Friday Question: Who portrayed a favorite character perfectly?

We all form images of characters as we read – their looks, voices, mannerisms, etc. – and the reason why the casting of book characters can be such a contentious issue is because each devoted fan has a very specific idea of how the character should be portrayed, and it’s impossible to please everyone. It’s disappointing when the character on the screen just isn’t the character in your head at all – but once in a while, the portrayal is exactly right and it feels like magic. What actors or actresses were perfectly cast, for you? Derek Jacobi as Cadfael always comes to mind for me, as well as Megan Follows as Anne Shirley and Kirsten Dunst as Amy March. You?

Friday Question: What upcoming adaptation are you anticipating most?

This morning, my Twitter timeline basically exploded after John Green tweeted that there will be big news on the The Fault in Our Stars movie soon. It got me thinking: What upcoming adaptation are you most excited about? That one? The Mortal Instruments? The Great Gatsby? Under the Dome? Something else? Personally, I’d have to pick Spies of Warsaw, the BBC America miniseries based on the World War II spy novel by Alan Furst.

Friday Question: What books would you like to see as TV shows?

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m sure none of us feel like working, so let’s discuss something! I read this piece at Entertainment Weekly about seven books they’d like to see turned into shows, so it got me wondering: Which of your favorite books would you like to see as ongoing shows, specifically, rather than movies? I think long-running mystery series lend themselves well to the weekly procedural format, and there are a few in particular that I’d love someone to make, including J.D. Robb’s Dallas & Roarke In Death series (it has sci-fi and romance in addition to mystery!), Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus novels, Jane Haddam’s Gregor Demarkian series (talk about will they or won’t they . . .) and, even though it’s been a movie, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (with the love triangle that never ever ends). There are a few young adult series that paint worlds I’d love to visit every week, including Holly Black’s Curse Workers and Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett series, and I’d love some sort of TV spinoff set in the world of the Goblin Market from Sarah Rees Brennan’s Demon’s Lexicon books.

How about you?