I have enough books to open a used book store, except that it would be the least successful business in history since I would violently assault people who tried to take my books, regardless of whether they were throwing money my way. The reason why is that I have several times my own body weight of fantasy and science fiction paperbacks. Most of them are in the ninety percent of the genre that are crap (in fact, statistically, that’s about ninety percent of the books I have).
The reason why I have so many is that I can appreciate those books for the scene or two that make them worth the while, even if the book as a whole is dreck. Terry Brooks is perhaps the patron saint of my book collection in that regard. He has some novels that are absolutely terrible, with only the barest hints of something to keep them on the sagging shelves. But then he has others that gleam in the darkness, in which he has managed to tap truly original things lurking in the shadows.
So, word is going around that the Shannara series is getting adopted into a television series. Perhaps realizing that adapting the first novel might fall flat since it echoes the plot of Lord of the Rings so strongly that one could practically make the film by simply splicing together Jackson’s efforts, the development is starting with the second novel. This is a very wise decision, as Elfstones of Shannara is perhaps the strongest entry in the series, with a methodical and relentless antagonist, a constant current of hopelessness and terror, and one hell of a gut punch ending.
Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films (entities that I assume exist purely for generating Google searches to find out who they are) are developing the project and plan to start shopping it around to networks soon.
Says Terry Brooks himself:
“Partnering with Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films on adapting the Shannara saga for television is an exciting prospect. Everything about both companies suggests the result will be one that both old and new fans of the books will readily embrace. I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this happen.”
Wow, if you read that in a monotone with just a hint of fear, it sounds exactly like Brooks reading at gunpoint something penned by a PR peon.