The Shannara Chronicles

About a week ago, I came across something very interesting on Youtube. It was a trailer for The Shannara Chronicles, an upcoming American TV series based on the work of Terry Brooks and produced by MTV. Cue the NYCC official trailer.

I read the first Shannara book, The Sword of Shannara, a long time ago and at that time, I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a period when I was heavily into Dungeons & Dragons and the Fighting Fantasy series of game books. But after reading The Lord of the Rings not long after, I realized that The Sword of Shannara was severely lacking in originality; there were just too many similarities between it and LotR to be mere coincidences. The second Shannara book however, The Elfstones of Shannara, was different. It was both entertaining and original (at least as far as I can tell). So I’m glad that this new TV series will be based on the second Shannara book and not the first.

Now, I must make a confession. Even though I liked The Elfstones of Shannara, for some reason which I cannot recall, I never finished reading it; maybe my fantasy-loving period was starting to wane when I started reading it, although even to this day I still have a soft spot for fantasy-related media. Anyway, for a long time I had no idea how The Elfstones of Shannara ended. Until, that is, only a short time ago when, without being aware that a TV series based on The Elfstones of Shannara was already in the works, I decided to look it up in Wikipedia and find out once and for all the full story. The ending was very surprising; so much so in fact that I had a slight regret about not having bothered to read the actual book instead of just a plot summary of it. But as they say on the internet, what is seen cannot be unseen. Anyway, I’m interested in seeing how the TV series will turn out, although I have absolutely no idea if and when it will be shown here in Australia.

Oh, there is one thing which is slightly bothering me: when did the world of Shannara become a post-apocalyptic wasteland, in the vein of Mad Max or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? I don’t recall any such post-apocalyptic elements in what I have read, so I suspect a bit of retconning is at work here, in order to align the world of Shannara in this story to the one that is portrayed in later Shannara books.

I think that’s enough for this post, but if I come across any more interesting tidbits on The Shannara Chronicles, I’ll be sure to write a follow-up. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!

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