It seems as though I am a little late to this party, but I just found out that Maggie Stiefvater’s book series ‘The Raven Cycle’ will be adapted for television! Maggie Stiefvater has confirmed this herself on Twitter.
I thought this was still a secret, but I GUESS NOT ANYMORE. https://t.co/TTbPVGdu3Y
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) April 10, 2017
The press release describes the series as “about four private school boys and a psychic’s daughter who quest for a sleeping king of Welsh legend in the mountains of Virginia, uncovering ancient magic, powerful dreams, and the devils in themselves.”
I understand that this is just a press release, and they can only present a condensed synopsis of the books, but these books are about so much more than that summary describes. They’re about friendship, they’re about loyalty, they’re about trust. I started reading the first book of the series The Raven Boys a month ago from the urging of a good friend. I needed a new book, it was only 5.99 on Kindle, so I thought why not. I opened up the book and read the first line of the prologue:
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
I stared at that sentence mesmerized, unable to move forward. I couldn’t get past how powerful that first sentence was. I read it over a few more time before moving on to the next sentence, thinking to myself “If this is how it starts, I can’t imagine what is to come.” And man, the rest of the book did not disappoint. You know how in Middle School and High School when your English teacher said that your writing should “Show what is happening, not tell,” well Stiefvater’s writing shows everything. With every sentence that I read, I can feel what is happening in the book. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book, I felt like I was experiencing it, and it was exhilarating. I am currently halfway through the second book in the series “The Dream Thieves” and Stiefvater’s ability to turn a verse, and evoke emotions still never ceases to amaze me.
Adapting a book into a TV show has its difficulties but if the show is able to exude the emotions from the book, this series will be amazing. And, just in case I didn’t make it crystal clear in this post EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO OUT AND READ THESE BOOKS!