5 Books That Need Another Adaptation Like Eragon – ComingSoon.net

Movies and TV series that adapt books to the screen don’t always get it right. But for some books there is a glimmer of hope. With the remake craze still sweeping Hollywood, in recent years we’ve been lucky enough to have some excellent novels push past their disastrous first adaptations and take on new life, such as A series of unfortunate events and the future Percy Jackson series on Disney+ that honestly can’t be worse than the movie.

The same applies to Eragon. When I was younger, I absolutely loved it Eragon books. They just hit when children’s and young adult literature realized it Harry Potter was not just an anomaly, but that children could read books longer than Cam Jansen. Not only that, but they realized that fantasy was a viable genre with much to be explored in a younger context. Like Harry Pottera film adaptation soon followed suit, and then… well, it didn’t go so well.

But the dragon-focused series is getting another shot at the big time, as a new series based on it Eragon was announced to be in development for Disney+ earlier this year. This means the iconic book series has another chance to receive a proper adaptation…but why stop there? Let’s look at five other books that should receive Eragon treatment:

Princess diaries

Unlike some other entries on this list, I really love Princess diaries movies – they’re really fun! Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are a delight and they are good movies to watch on a rainy day. That said, the movies are a world apart from the book series, which ends up spanning 10 books, two adult spin-offs, and numerous short stories and novellas. There is so much that was missing or misunderstood in the movie that I would love to see played out on the small screen and nine books of plot lines that weren’t even touched.

There is drama, friendship, misunderstandings and a whole 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 deal with the consequences is already unique. Throw in navigating the pitfalls of high school in a relatable but not overly dramatized way, and you have an exciting offbeat concept.

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted is a quirky and very funny film that deserves to be seen and re-watched in its own right. Unfortunately, it’s also a very poor adaptation of the source material. Keeping the main characters’ names and the central concept of “Ella must be obedient” is basically where the similarities end.

The book tells a wonderful story about inner strength and the courage to dream. This tale could very well be told in film, although it would be a bit less action-packed and a bit more thoughtful. Still, there’s a reason the book has been a children’s classic for over 20 years, and that alone deserves a second chance. As Amazon has proven, there’s always room for one more Cinderella twist, so why not make it one we already know is good?

Artemis Fowl

I’m not sure who wrote and directed Artemis Fowl ever picked up a book in their life because they definitely didn’t pick this one up. That Artemis Fowl movies are like a physical result of a game of telephone – someone initially read the books and told the plot to the next person, but when it ended up on the screen it was a complete monstrosity.

The tale of a child criminal mastermind, his butler, a technologically advanced centaur and an unusually brave goblin, all underpinned by a twist on the classic “there live fairies among us” trope that works so well in the books, was butchered so, so badly. As any fan of the series will tell you, it’s a fantastic and action-packed tale that deserves to reach a wider audience and could work very well as a movie or film, so I’ll be setting my watches for a Disney+ remake for 10 years .

Darkness rises

I took a look at the trailer for The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and said “Absolutely not.” I’m biased since it’s my favorite book series, but it would be nice to have an adaptation done by a team that has actually read the books. Or skimmed the Wikipedia page. Or even stood next to them in a bookstore.

My standards are pretty low at this point, but with the pile of fantasy media hitting the screens right now – a Lord of the Rings series, one Game of Thrones Prequel, a The wheel of time series – there is definitely room for a young adult story with a unique blend of magic, reality and English nostalgia, topped off with a bittersweet twist. I mean, it’s better than making it a Hollywood-style “featured” story. Plus, a new adaptation could be greatly improved by at least starting with the first book in the series instead of the second. But maybe that’s just me.

Discworld

Discworld adaptations have ranged from “acceptable” to “dear god what is that thing.” Both ends of the spectrum are a shame, because the world that Terry Pratchett created holds so much potential. There are a ton of characters to play with, different factions and groups to explore, and 41 books to draw plot and inspiration from.

ONE Discworld TV shows or movies don’t even have to be a direct adaptation, but can be something set in that world with the same tone — the fun, tongue-in-cheek satire with a bit of heart — that made the books so beloved in the first place. The point is that there are a ton of options and a lot of space to play with, and Discworld certainly deserves better than to be remembered by TV fans as The clock.

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