Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wyrd and Wonder: Where are all the Fantasy TV Shows?

Since we are taking all things fantasy this month, I want to talk not just about fantasy books, but also film and tv.

I was looking at Netflix looking for a good fantasy series to add to my queue and I felt like there's just not that much. Was it just me? Or was I being too picky with what fantasy means? When doing a quick "fantasy" shows on Netflix search Supernatural came up a lot, but I never really considered that fantasy. So I started thinking about it differently and put together a list of fantasy tv shows I love.


Legend of the Seeker came out when I was a freshman in college. It was early Hulu days before you had to pay to use the full catalog. Unfortunately, it only lasted two seasons but I wish it lasted more! I ended up reading most of the Sword of Truth series which it's based on, and I think the show was a little better. I think this show would have done better if it came on back in the 90s when Hercules and Xena were popular.


The Magicians is another show that I think is better than the book. Quentin is the worst in the books and what happens in the second book pissed me off so much that I refuse to read the rest of the series. Q is slightly better in the show, but I have to say I love Penny in the show. The thing that annoyed me still happens in the show, but I'm more interested in how it will be resolved now. I do want to note that if suicide, depression or sexual assault are triggers for you, you might want to pass on this show.


I tend to like female characters with dark hair and a sarcastic attitude, and that's Wynonna  Earp in a nutshell. I will admit this show feels like female supernatural but I am okay with it. I like that it's slightly rooted in history. I didn't even know Wyatt Earl was a real person! 


Full disclosure, I never read the books so I think I'm more forgiving with this series. I watched the first season and liked it, but I'm not sure if I'll continue. Not because I didn't like it but because the second season was moved to spike and the network folded so the show doesn't have a home right now. I definitely want to read the books.

 Did/do you watch any of these? Do you have any other  recommendations for other fantasy shows?

Happy Reads Everyone!