Books in Other Media 1: The Shannara Chronicles

Every now and then, I’d like to take a break from reviewing to write about a ‘translation’ of a book in a different medium, be it cinema, television, illustration, music or what have you.

This year my husband and I went to Gen Con, our second, after a 5-year hiatus. While there we had the opportunity to take part in a Q & A session with Terry Brooks, of Shannara fame. It was a very enjoyable hour, mr. Brooks is a good speaker (a thing I’ve learned not to take for granted), funny and very approachable.

Halfway during the Q&A we were treated to the trailer for the upcoming first season of The Shannara Chronicles, by MTV.

Here it is

I am looking forward to this series, the visuals are stunning, and mr. Brooks is directly involved in the project, so it will be reasonably faithful to the written source.

The first season will cover the second book in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara, then, said mr. Brooks, the production will decide what direction to take.

Personally I doubt they’ll go back to the first book in the saga, The Sword of Shannara, and I’ll like it way better if they didn’t.

I have a soft spot for Sword it was my first fantasy book, a more or less ‘forced’ buy on a book-club catalog when nothing else was really appealing and my parents thought, from the blurb, that I could like it.

It was the door into a new universe for me.I had no idea that there were people out there who wrote stories like that and I couldn’t get enough.

It wasn’t until a few years later, when I read The Lord of the Rings that I realized how big a debt mr. Brooks owed to Professor Tolkien for that first book.

Thankfully the saga found its own identity in the following novels and nowadays I keep The Elfstones among the books I feel I can suggest to fantasy innocents as their first foray into the genre.

What about you? Which was the book that initiated you into fantasy and what are your go-to suggestions for people wanting to try it out?