These Three Novels Desperately Await A TV Adaptation
True Blood, Dexter, M*A*S*H* and Sex and the City were all based on books before becoming fan favorites. The Emmy favorite Game of Thrones was a book; The Handmaid’s Tale too was a book. Life Sentence wasn’t a book, but did it work? No. Hence, point made. The magic authentic authors do their books, far surpasses what modern day script-writers and producers can even think of. They have an intrinsic sense of narration, they know how to get people to engage, and they even know how to get people to think. More novel adaptation is what American TV desperately needs to further the goldens of its era.
Sense and Sensibility
If not an authentic adaptation, this cult classic at least deserves a modern makeover. Jane Austen romantic drama is a fable that grounds us to reality. Whenever it has been smartly reproduced it has turned up a lucrative business. The tale of the Dashwood sisters is essentially reality check of a bona fide circumstance that is relevant and tangible even today. Once cleansed of its despicable man stealing stratagem, no other story can be as morally uplifting as this unique piece of art. What sense and sensibility does is something that even the most progressive books fail to deliver.
Quite precisely the show manifests that women are humans, they are capable of love, compassion, warmth, hate, selfishness, and greed. The idea of having a woman hero does nowhere ensure that things would go wonderfully smoothly and not deviate from the straight path. We are not angels, yet despite all our misgivings, we are a crucial reality of this universe. And every day, for us, is an attempt to make the day better than the previous ones. The lives of the Dashwood sisters were no different; in fact, things were very deeply engaging without being surreal.
The Mars Trilogy
American TV, as we all know, is obsessed with Sci-Fi. From serious dramas like Westworld to sitcoms like 3rd Rock From The Sun, have all explored the aspects and challenges of introducing non-denizens into different spatial climates. What a show has failed to ever do is that it has not considered a utopian set-up of human life- free from all alien drama- abroad. And by abroad I am strictly referring to outer space.
Kim Stanley Robinson’s trilogy of the Sci-Fi ‘Mars’ follows from the impending idea of extra terrestrial settlement, turning it into a de facto reality.
It is the future, people have now inhabited Mars. The politics is just as ruthless as in Game of Thrones, the action parallels that of The Americans, and there is This Is Us-esque drama. Coupled with scientific breakthroughs, realizations and curiosity, and social challenges of surviving in a non- maiden planet, all the elements make for a great show. ‘Mars’ is an ideal bid for HBO, which is trying to only thinly conceal creative exhaustion by showing up with dramas that no one can understand (Think Westworld).
The Teachers was no doubt a good show. Minus the virtues of being a ‘teacher’ the sneazy, sultry, senselessly ridiculous show took against the school to narrate an erotically charged sitcom. Though its nightmare is not yet over, we hope the day would come soon. In Amy Peopell’s Small Admission, education is still funny, but the business is pretty serious.
After a breakup, Kate Pearson joins the Hudson Day school as its admission interviewer. In her tiresome, mentally taxing job, she comes across several narcissistic parents who are so obsessed with God knows which quality of their children that they treat them like sacred temples. Every child is worthy of a Harvard admission, and even not knowing a single alphabet is excusable. A half-hour multi-cam sitcom can easily be derived from this chucklesome blueprint, of course, with some visible, high pitched parallel arcs. Being oriented towards alight hearted rreal-timeproblem, ABC can gain benefits from this concept.