Hi all -- Lyn here, so it must be Monday. Had an interesting weekend dealing with what should be a happy occasion -- discussions about turning my mystery series into a TV series. Of course I can't help but be flattered that there is this kind of interest in the series, but...... the whole question of what happens to books that are turned into either TV dramas or movies is fraught with hazards. I am reminded of attending an interview with Sue Grafton at Left Coast Crime some years ago, where she said she'd never sell her series to TV because she'd been a scriptwriter herself, and she knew what a hash they made of it -- my words not hers, but you get the idea.
Still, one of the best TV adaptations I've seen is Maureen Jenning's Inspector Murdoch mystery series set in Victorian Toronto. The production values were terrific, and while the series was changed somewhat to suit a television audience, the spirit of the series was really well preserved. Last night I also watched Inspector Lewis with Kevin Whately, which was an interesting addition or perhaps postscript to the wonderful Morse series. I thought it was well done.
So there are many reasons to be optimistic. In the case of my series, the problem has always been that every book is set in a different, and often distant place, making it very expensive to produce. But now a small company is interested in giving it a try -- one hour adaptations of my books, which seems short to me, but perhaps that's because I put so much time into the writing of each one. More to the point, they have suggested bringing the artifacts I write about to Lara, rather than sending Lara to exotic climes, thereby eliminating the expense of foreign shoots, but taking away something I think is important to the series -- the foreign setting. In fact, I have no idea how this proposal might work. I would worry that a fairly complicated plot that I spent a lot of time working on would end up simplified to the point I might not recognize it. Still, we authors all put a lot of time and effort into our books, it is difficult to make a good living as an author no matter what field you choose, and TV is an almost irresistible temptation, no matter what Sue Grafton says. Having said that, most of these TV/film discussions never amount to anything, so I can debate the issue all I like, but it remains to be seen whether I actually have to make a real decision or not. It's a nice problem to have, I guess, on a hot summer's day. Cheers, Lyn