Book Beat: N.K. Jemisin Comes To TV

Hello all! Hope you’re all doing well. Ashley was absolutely right when she talked about the power of books last week, especially in times of great fear. While Ashley recommended poetry and quite a few non-fiction suggestions from some Canadian authors, I usually turn to sci-fi and fantasy to help me hope again. There’s just something about being in a completely new world where anything can happen, especially when these places allow traditionally oppressed people to really spread their wings.

"The Fifth Season," N.K. Jeminsin. Orbit Books, 2015.
“The Fifth Season,” N.K. Jemisin. Orbit Books, 2015.

That’s why I’m happy to say that N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, which recently netted Jemisin a Hugo, is in early development as a TNT series. Even as influential sci-fi authors like Brian Aldiss pass away, whose short stories inspired the Stanley Kubrik/Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence, authors such as Jemisin continue to rise up and come into their own. The Fifth Season is exactly the kind of sci-fi I want on my TV screen, and I can’t wait to see more.

On the fantasy side of adaptation news (which I slightly prefer over sci-fi), the Sky Original production of Deborah Harkness’ novel A Discovery of Witches just cast Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as its leads. Some may recognize Goode from Downtown Abbey, but he also played Ozymandias in Watchmen. Meanwhile, Palmer is known for the films Hacksaw Ridge and Warm Bodies. The latter film was based on the similarly titled, Romeo and Juliet inspired zombie thriller by Isaac Marion, so this will be Palmer’s second novel adaptation in the last few years.

Speaking of creepy fantasy, Night Vale Presents podcast Alice Isn’t Dead is being adapted as a novel and a TV show. Pretty impressive. I haven’t yet listened to any of Night Vale (I know, I know) but now I’m highly tempted. Halloween is coming up… what will you read/listen to next?

Editor’s Note: It’s not a sci-fi or fantasy novel, but perhaps you can kickoff your fall reading list with The Hate U Give, the breakout BLM-inspired novel by Angie Thomas. Since it was announced last year that Amandla Stenberg will star in an upcoming film adaptation of the novel, we’ve been treated with news about the latest additions to the growing all-star cast. Just yesterday we learned that Insecure star Issa Rae will join the film as an activist character and mentor figure to the main character. It definitely looks like it’s time for a reread. 


Stephanie Tran

Stephanie Tran

Queer, 20-something intersectional feminist, Vietnamese-American, and born fangirl. Writes about anything geeky and thinks about food too much. You can find Stephanie's Twitter rants at @YouAndYourEgo.