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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell to get BBC miniseries treatment

November 30, 2012

Tor.com is reporting that Susanna Clarke’s epic, beautiful novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is going to be a BBC miniseries, adapted for television by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes. Now, my first reaction was to nearly wet myself with happiness, since Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is one of my favorite books. But then I got thinking about similar titles that would translate really well to the screen, small or otherwise. Here are my thoughts- what are yours?

the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix
I read Sabriel in middle school and then plowed through the sequels. Garth Nix’s trilogy would translate well to the small screen, especially the river of the dead! (IMHO.)

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
With its sleepy college town setting and plenty of fraught relationships, this could be the basis for an entire CW miniseries. Esp. if they played up the actual Tam Lin part.

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Maybe a higher budget production, but- Sex! Trains! Ghosts! Mechanical insects! More sex! Loneliness! Heartbreak! Redemption!

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  1. December 1, 2012 6:08 pm

    When I heard rumors that some Big Budget Name was trying to do Asimov’s Foundation as a Hollywood-style film, I thought: “No! That should be a Masterpiece Theater production!”

    But of more recent vintage, there are two I’d like to see the Granada Television way:

    Jo Walton’s Pennyfarthing trilogy

    and

    China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station.

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