HBO wants to turn all the great books into shows, and I’m all for it. Just announced: Darren Aronofsky(!!!) is developing Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of post-apocalyptic novels (Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam) into a TV series called MaddAddam. I’ve only read the first book, but count me in.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO and the BBC are bringing JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy to TV as a three-hour miniseries.
One of my friends just sent me a link to a tumblr by Matt Roeser, a graphic designer who “reads books and then designs new covers for them”,
Most recently he’s re-done all of the Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin, and my friend’s comment is a plaintive “do want”. I love seeing designers go a little wild and try out proof-of-concept cover designs. I’d actually come across this site before – I believe I’d seen his Shades of Grey cover re-design previously – but the designer has out-done himself with his newest series, which are gorgeous.
My only criticism of the designs is that they don’t quite capture the gritty, realistic qualities of the series – they’re just a little bit too bright. They’re better than the originals, which are pretty generic “fantasy series” designs, but I think none of the covers for this series has ever quite captured the aesthetic I’d like to see.
The TV show tie-in version of the first cover does at least bring in a little bit of darkness into the picture, but I feel like pictures of known actors should never end up being the definitive cover unless the design is specifically re-done for the book. I could also do without the maroon “NEW ORIGINAL SERIES” band at the top of the HBO version.