Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf, and Grimm are just some of the fantasy shows that have become rabidly popular over the past decade and more. In the past we've had Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and Angel, all of which were just as addictive as those more current hits. Fans turn to fantasy time and again, and with some shows preparing to air their final season in 2017, television is going to have openings for engaging series that can hold an audience captive. With legions of fans already in place, these three book series would almost guarantee a successful transition to television.
1. 'The Dark Series' by Christine Feehan
'The Dark Series', by New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, began in 1999 with 'Dark Prince.' The series centers around the Carpathians, an ancient race of people who live for thousands of years, drink human blood, and can shape-shift. On the verge of extinction, they fight every day to save their race and to keep from turning into the vampires they detest. Only love can save them. The battles between good and evil are intense in these darkly moody novels, but so is the power of friendship, love, and family. With thirty (and counting) books in this award-winning series, there is plenty of material for television, and a built-in fan base.
2. 'Peachville High Demons' by Sarra Cannon
The Peachville High Demons series exploded when the first book, 'Beautiful Demons,' was published in 2010. Harper Madison isn't an average teenager. She's an extraordinarily powerful witch who hasn't yet learned to control her powers. She's been kicked out of more foster homes than she can count and doesn't think she'll ever find her place...until she arrives at Peachville High. Soon she learns she's not the only one with a big secret. Sarra Cannon's riveting series is Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer rolled into one. There are demons to battle, spells to cast, and don't forget the part about being a teenager. The books would only come alive on television, and once again, there is no shortage of fans who adore this series.
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3. 'The Undead Series' by MaryJanice Davidson
Betsy is an average woman who just happens to get killed on her 30th birthday... but she doesn't stay dead. Betsy comes back as a vampire only to discover she's the queen of all vampires. Oh, and she's still not safe because others want to dust her. The Unwed Series, by New York Times Bestselling Author MaryJanice Davidson, is an uproariously funny look at the trials and tribulations of being dead, falling in love in the afterlife, and figuring out how to be a vampire. Her books have been translated into several languages and are available in over 15 countries. How's that for popularity?
So while some fantasy series are ending, there are new ones to fill in the gap. These three series have strong followings and readers that would love to see them come to the screen. And even if you've never read the books, if you like vampires, shape-shifters, and witches, you're bound to love these stories. Now if only we knew how to get them into production for television.
What do you think about these series? Do any of them sound like ones you would watch?