The last poll asked this question : "Do you read the same novel more than once?". Here are the results :
- Yes, quite often - 24%
- Yes, sometimes - 31%
- It happened - 33%
- No - 10%
As I mentioned in my comments about this interrogation, I'm not among the readers who return to books they have already read. It's not that I don't want to, it's because I can't convince myself to read a novel I've gone through before when there's unread novels waiting on my shelves. And since it doesn't matter to me when I buy a novel whether or not I will re-read it, there's no obstacle when filling up my personal library.
It seems that I'm among the minority here. The majority of respondents, 55% of the readers, are returning to previously read books. From the answers I received, it seems that the reasons vary from re-reading to gain more perspective or another angle on a novel, to refresh their memories when a new book in a series is released (in which case I usually look for recaps but if I had the time it would probably be my principal reason to re-read) or simply because they miss them. Interesting.
I will have to add this element to my fantasy reader definition. Now, let's start a new poll!
With the tremendous success of the Game of Thrones TV adaptation, more so with 13 Emmy nominations (and then it didn't even need that), what I would ask you is "Which fantasy series should come to TV?".
This is a difficult question when taking in account the sheer number of series and the different tastes among the readers. So I decided to "restrict" the list of answers. Well... I was not really successful in doing so but you have to remember that GoT probably received the TV treatment for two reasons; first it was already hugely successful in book format and second, it was the kind of story that fitted well with a 10 episode structure.
I know that you may have answers that are not in the list and if that's the case, share it with us in the comments! I haven't put stand alone novels but I've added to the list non-finished series. I also limited myself to one series per author.
As for myself, while reviewing the list, I always came back to two picks. Even thought the Malazan book of the Fallen is among my favorite series, I don't think that a TV adaptation would be an easy task. Another factor is that many of these series would be so cool on TV if the budget would be there and the right persons hired for the job (a la Game of Thrones). The same could not be said for the Sword of Truth series (Legend of the Seeker) who received the Hercules/Zena treatment (and I'm not here to argue about the books themselves......).
So then, my two picks would be The Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch and The First Law by Joe Abercrombie. In the end, I would choose The First Law trilogy. Not simply because I loved the books but because I think it would be an easy translation on TV in my opinion (even though the rating could probably be a small problem). I could not wait to see who would be cast into Glokta, it would be a character that would be remembered for a long time.
So, "Which fantasy series should come to TV?"
- The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
- The Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker
- The Black Company by Glen Cook
- The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
- Shannara by Terry Brooks
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams
- Eddie LaCrosse by Alex Bledsoe
- Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
- The Dragon Trilogy by Stephen Deas
- Acacia by David Anthony Durham
- Godless World by Brian Ruckley
- The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone by Greg Keyes
- Legend of the Red Sun by Mark Charan Newton
- The Psalm of Isaak by Ken Scholes
- The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
- The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham
- The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
- The Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman
- Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
- The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
- The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch
- Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky
What's your pick?