I have been dying to see the next fantasy novel-to-TV conversion blockbuster series. I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, but honestly I’m getting tired of the misery porn. I was dying to know who was next up on deck for the genre. Yet, I didn’t expect it to be fantasy novel legend Terry Brooks and The Shannara Chronicles. I certainly didn’t expect it to be MTV either. Yet, low…and behold…’tis true.
MTV has been gearing up for the January release of a brand new scripted series based on the fantasy novel series. The show will cover the Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara, the original trilogy. I read those books when I was a kid and never forgot those archetypal fantasy characters and stunning landscapes. The MTV show has been filming in New Zealand and so far, the pictures look fantastic.
If you’ve read any traditional fantasy novel, then you’ll be happy with this story. It follows two reluctantly heroic brothers and their later offspring as they quest to bring balance to the mythical Four Lands. If you’re already jaded on swords and arrows, and druids, and elves, and trolls and dark lords then this series might seem hackneyed and late to you. Yet it’s important to understand that the original trilogy was written in the early 1980s. The Shannara Chronicles isn’t a cheap knockoff; it’s the genuine article. That’s why I can’t wait to see the MTV series, because it’s going to introduce a whole new generation to a classic fantasy book series that helped to shape the genre.