Which web serial do you think would make the best TV show and why?

3 years ago | GeneralRincewind (Member)

Hey guys/gals, I was wondering about this question recently, and I thought it would be interesting enough to post on this esteemed forum. So, to restate the question redundantly, which web serial do you think would make the best TV show and why?

(Personally I think A Grey World would make an excellent TV show. It has a great depressing atmosphere which would be excellent in a TV show and the fights would be much improved and visceral, and the localized ,small scale and easy to follow story would make it easier to keep track of what's happening in each episode, without having to resort to re watching large amounts of previous episodes.)

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  1. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Mine, because I write it like a TV show and 'cause there's all these six month breaks peppered in apparently whenever I feel like.

    Besides that, I'm still totally in love with Twisted Cogs. I'm not sure if it lends itself to a standard TV format, but I'd like to think everything's written vividly enough that it would translate neatly to a screen. The visual effects might get a bit pricey, but they would look exceptional - just a nice blend of real country life or even Downton Abbey life mixed with clear fantasy a director can always rein in until it affects the plot. The abilities for a lot of characters would also be pretty cost-effective to film. And it's also got its own 'seasonal' format to play around with.

    Kinda Super Gay would make a good mini-series. It's quick to cut to the action, has a very focused plot, an early and solid grip on its characters, and I'm sure you could slap Billy Higgins a few piddly thousand bucks to write more for it.

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  2. G.S. Williams (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I would totally watch Worm if TV could budget the special effects for Endbringers and capes. It is too long a story, in my mind, to do movies - text serials work best as television serials, especially considering Worm covers months and years of multiple characters' lives. I would watch even a great cartoon version, if necessary.

    I think Legion of Nothing would be another good TV fit, again as a long running serial. It is a bit less grim than Worm, more optimistic, so they contrast nicely.

    Novels adapt to movies better than serials, they're more self-contained stories.

    Before I stopped reading Tales of MU it would have been an interesting show - Adult oriented college romp that happens to feature magic. Sounds like a good pitch - one season per school year, a three or four year show, unless you shift to minor characters when the protagonist graduates.

    Pact might make a good horror genre show. I love Twig but I don't think it would make it as a series - Sylvester's internal brilliance would be hard to show, and twelve year olds being more violent than adults probably wouldn't get sold.

  3. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I was thinking of Legion of Nothing myself, GSW.

  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I'll be cheeky and say Anathema, but the special effects would be way too costly and no one would pick it up for that reason.

    But the launch trailer would be pure eye candy. Each of the 3 POV characters comes with an 'intro' scene that would visualize quite nicely. Superheroes are 'in' right now, and the Game of Thrones type of narrative style (including but not limited to multiple POVs and many dead characters) is popular with viewers.

    The three character intro scenes...

    -The 'stop a car by body blocking it' scene from Twilight, except with an Asian chick stepping in front of a guy. Slow motion effects, flying car bits, and forcefields included.

    -Seemingly suicidal man steps off his balcony and drops some sixty stories before stopping in midair and spreading four meter long wings of pure luminescence, lighting up everything around him.

    -Hot girl warps reality around her while dancing hip hop on stage.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  5. Marn (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I think Antlers would work well as a miniseries, released one "chapter" at a time, where each chapter spans a handful of 50ish minute episodes. Adapting it for TV would be interesting, imo, because it'd allow for more time to be spent with all the different members of the cast...some new storylines could definitely be thrown in there rather than just sticking to two POV characters all the time. It'd definitely allow the focus on the Sheriff's department as major players to be turned up a little more, as they aren't always as front-and-center as they ought to be. Basically I'd die to see Antlers done in the style of Fargo, with a huge ensemble cast and a bunch of intersecting side stories. Plus a lot of the supernatural elements of Antlers are relatively downplayed, so CGI probably wouldn't be a huge issue other than effects for the ghost characters?

  6. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago


    Also, sorry to bring it up all the time, but I think Interviewing Leather would make a fantastic miniseries. It sets up a really interesting situation, it'd be cheap to film, and I could see an actress having a great time with the role of Leather.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  7. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I was wondering who'd pick their own.

    Anathema would make for a solid movie series, kinda like what we see for The Avengers, and what Batman v Superman is trying pathetically to imitate for the DC franchise.

    Listening To The Other Side is a story on this site that's not getting a percentage point of the attention it deserves, and it would make a beautiful miniseries. Not quite "full show" material, at least not as the author currently seems to be taking the story, but it would make for a great series like they do to so many of those Stephen King novels. Only, y'know, actually good.


    But for the fun of looking at my stuff. The first two books are movie material. They have clear beginnings, middles and ends that web and/or tv series generally lack. They're written to be read as novels.

    As such, they could fill the big screen pretty effectively... but they're part of a series, not a serial. At least until I do a dozen sequels for them. See you a decade from now?

    My third book, however... seems to be the ideal pitch for an episodic scifi show. We got the lead hero who just so happens to be a special forces cyborg (because why not?) working for a company that's dipping into covert operations. Basically superpowered problem solving that's too big for the police, but not to a scale that justifies the National Guard.

    Really, I just wanted an excuse to go jumping all over not just the country, but the planet, and show off the setting... but it does offer the perfect storm of offering episodic adventures as well as long term plot arcs. I could make it run for years just jumping from place to place and event to event.

    Like one part Six Million Dollar Man, one part Quantum Leap, one part Stargate, and two parts CSI and/or NCIS.

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  8. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Pay Me, Bug! will never be made into a TV series, or a movie, ever, because the only person capable of playing Commodore Mavis was Alan Rickman.

    When I write dialog for Mavis I always hear Rickman's voice delivering it. Just like when I write dialog for Grif I always hear Jeremy Piven.

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  9. melonmonkey (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I wish these threads were about the feasibility of converting long form serial content to TV. Or debating what kinds of novels could be converted to a show with a low enough special effects budgets to be produced. Or what themes/ideas would liven up evening TV and therefore deserve the slot most.

    Honestly, anything other than thinly veiled narcissism.

  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Narcissism is what keeps us going after years of updates without financial benefit. Every increase in reader stats, every positive comment provides the ego fuel that makes us want to go on. If we didn't believe in our stories, we'd basically just be wasting time, wouldn't we?

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  11. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Remember kids, it's not OK to want to talk about the stories you write! Nevermind that you spend a lot of time writing them and probably don't have too many outlets where you can just talk about them instead! No, wanting to talk about what you write is just a flimsy excuse for you to be a narcissist!

    We should all just be like "Yeah I do this thing but I don't care. Meh."

    For the record, I DO care about what I write and I will take my opportunities to talk about it, because it matters to me. If that offends your postmodern, post-ironic sensibilities please feel free to ignore, or petition Chris to have me banned.

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  12. melonmonkey (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    You're perfectly free to talk about whatever irrelevant thing you want to in whatever thread you want. And I'm perfectly free to describe how useless it is.

    Because it IS irrelevant. Discussing an anecdote from your own story and then loosely relating it to the thread topic in a crowd of people who by and large haven't read your serial is essentially useless fluff.

    It has nothing to do with offending me. I don't care enough about you in particular for that. I just want to read content that gives me new ideas to consider, rather than content that makes me roll my eyes.

  13. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    The thread title says 'Which web serial do you think would make the best TV show and why?' so I think we're being on topic. If the subject is irrelevant to you, maybe you could start a new discussion about TV adaptations in general. I'd be interested in that, too. ;)

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  14. Emma (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Billy Higgins: I agree with you about Interviewing Leather. I think it would be a fantastic miniseries! And it would be fairly cheap to do as well.

    I don't know if it would make the best TV show, but I would love to see The Sick Land adapted into a show. There's enough material there for several seasons, and enough room for the show writers' creativity to flow as well.

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