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    Television adaptations becoming increasingly more popular for fantasy and sci-fi opposed to movies

    In the last few years the film/TV rights of roughly 90 different fantasy and sci-fi books have been bought up, with many of them having potential to see the light of day. Interestingly, TV seems to be overtaking movies for adapting fantasy. This may be due to the success of Game of Thrones, but I think it is also about the form itself, which allows a longer and more detailed story to unfold, opposed to fantasy movies that tend to leave out a lot of detail and feel rushed. TV in general seems to have lost the stigma around it, allowing for more nuanced adaptations that rival even the best movies.

    • Definitely mention The Expanse in the article somewhere. I believe it was also marketed as "Game of Thrones in space." I also agree generally in the assessment that with space operas and epic fantasies, TV shows allow for more details and decent pacing. – Emily Deibler 9 months ago
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    • I feel like it largely has to do with the fact that many fantasy works tend to be long-running series, and unless you want to cut a ton of material it's just easier to adapt series as TV shows than movies, or even a series of movies. – Debs 9 months ago
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    • Fantasy is much more suited to TV than film. In TV you can have whole episodes devoted to a particular element where you might get seconds of screen time in film. – LauramourFromOz 9 months ago
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    I think one of the main issues with movies or tv shows that originate from book is fan expectations. As this article states, we all view things in our own specific ways, so when something on screen doesn’t match the image in our head, it ruins the movie for us. I am guilty of this myself. I think by purging our own expectations before seeing a movie it can greatly increase the experience. I’ve also noticed that when I watch a movie and then read the book, I thoroughly enjoy seeing that same story told in what is usually more detail. Obviously, there have been some very good adaptations as mentioned in this comment section already, but I don’t think any adaptation will ever be received without complaints, especially if the book audience leans towards the more eccentric side.

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