If ‘Game of Thrones’ worked, how about these?

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With eight Prime­time Em­mys and a ware­house full of tro­phies from other awards, “Game of Thrones” has proven that the pub­lic will de­vour a fan­tasy se­ries even if plots are woven like a Per­sian rug, char­ac­ters run far into double dig­its and sto­ry­lines can take years to re­solve.

Seeing dol­lar signs from “Thrones,” based on the multi-book se­ries by Ge­orge R. R. Martin, Hol­ly­wood is driv­ing hard to the net on adap­ta­tions of other book se­ries, be they fan­tasy or hor­ror or sci­ence fic­tion. “The Dark Tower,” a seven- book epic by Stephen King, is be­ing made into a film and maybe a TV se­ries (or not), although the movie picks up where the last book ends in­stead of try­ing to film the orig­i­nal vast, sprawl­ing nar­ra­tive.

So in the spirit of al­ways try­ing to help, here are a few sug­ges­tions for other multi­book se­ries that Hol­ly­wood should ex­am­ine.

› The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Six­teen books and count­ing. In 2007, SyFy aired this as a se­ries — and pro­ceeded to screw it up to a de­gree that only oc­curs when lobotomized peo­ple are in charge. It lasted one sea­son. But it de­serves a sec­ond chance. Hands down the best of­fer­ing in the genre of ur­ban fan­tasy, it cen­ters on a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor who’s also a wiz­ard. In­tri­cate plot­ting, a terrific main char­ac­ter, hu­mor and a care­fully crafted world — what more do you want?

› Re­pair­man Jac k by F. Paul Wil­son. Six­teen books. Jack as­sists peo­ple who need be­yond- the- law help, so he stays off- the- grid, get­ting his cash and lay­ing low. But he’s a sucker for de­cent folks get­ting the shaft, which pulls him into a con­spir­acy that’s not only world­wide but uni­verse wide.

› The Chron­i­cles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Don­ald­son. Ten books. In these days of anti-he­roes, this se­ries might work. The ti­tle char­ac­ter is not a very pleas­ant per­son, self-in­volved to the point of iso­la­tion (he’s a leper in re­mis­sion) and cranky as hell. Thrust into an al­ter­nate world where he’s seen as the po­ten­tial sav­ior, he doesn’t want the job — at all. A tril­ogy and a tetral­ogy fol­low the first tril­ogy.

› The Clock­work Cen­tury by Cherie Priest. Seven books. Priest, who lives in Chat­tanooga, cre­ates a steam­punk world around a Civil War that’s lasted for about 20 years and is filled with zom­bies, ghosts, se­cret agents, de­tec­tives, wildly imag­i­na­tive ma­chines and plots that race along. What’s not to like?

Shawn Ryan

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