10 Fantasy Novel Series That Could Be Great TV Shows
Several of those could indeed make for good shows. But I think its a bit tricky. Game of thrones is doing alright going into its second season, but Legend of the Seeker.. which was a decent enough adaption of some really bad books.. didn't make it to season 3, though its timeslot on Sunday afternoons could have been responsible for that more than the quality of the show itself.
I think the Shannara books would be better as a series of films. They really get too repetitive to make for good TV shows, and the casts are really tiny. I think the last attempt to adapt them probably had the right idea. Adapt Elfstones of Shannara, and reference Sword only in flashbacks. And then proceed forward rather than backwards with the less derivative novels. I think the other angle to play up with it is to emphasize its position as a post apocalyptic fantasy.. Don't feature ruined towers of stone, feature ruined skyscrapers. Make sure to film it in the Pacific North West and Hawaii where the books are set too.
Rothfuss's King Killer series would be ideal for a TV show however. Its long, lots and lots and lots of dialogue and plenty of room for re-cap episodes and showing things from different POV's but it would be best to set out with the aim of having say 45 episodes over 3-4 seasons and nothing else. Keep it small.
Riftwar would be.. enourmous.. with 30 books in the series it would be almost as difficult to adapt as Steven Erickson's books.. or Glen Cook's Black Company.. (which should have been on that list)
The Belgariad again.. Having just finished reading the 5 books in that series could easily be whittled down into 6 hours or a trilogy of films.. It could even be gotten smaller.. so much of it is just them walking places it could be compressed a lot and would be too much like Legend of the Seeker.. it would require to many filler episodes to make up for all those pages and pages of endless wandering.
The Wheel of Time (another that was surprisingly absent from that list) would be another Ideal one for TV, simply because even though there are lots of spaces where specific characters are doing nothing, chronologically there are other characters and other scenes which take place during the same time.. making them into movies would require losing all of that.