There have been so many adaptation announcements recently for book lovers to rejoice about. And with the recent success of fantasy and science fiction adaptions, which include Starz’s American Gods, and SyFy’s own, The Magicians, it’s no wonder more books are being brought to television and the big screen. The most recent announcement regarding fantasy and science fiction adaptation news is the decision to bring The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, to television on SyFy.
Developed under Universal Cable Productions, SyFy will be teaming up with a group of well-known producers in order to make Steifvater’s books a reality. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Miller, Michael London (The Magicians), and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will be executive producers. Steifvater will also be involved, serving as the co-executive producer on the project.
The Raven Cycle, a series of four YA fantasy romance novels that follows a girl named Blue Sargent who finds herself drawn to a group of boys (The Raven Boys), who are attending a private school. If The Raven Cycle is set to be like other shows on SyFy, at least in terms of season length and flow, fans can expect to see the first novel in the series, The Raven Boys, be a major plot point for the first season of the adaptation.
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
– The Raven Boys, Goodreads
While no announcements about cast developments or premiere dates have been made, it’s exciting to know that a new fantasy series for SyFy is in the works.
It was surreal to see an announcement about The Raven Cycle becoming an adaptation on SyFy, as I just picked up The Raven Boys about a week ago, thanks to a Goodreads recommendation. As I have been a big fan of many of SyFy’s shows in the past and follow them almost religiously, I am really looking forward to seeing this story come to life. Not to mention, now I have even more of a reason to continue to put off the books on my TBR in favor of reading all of the books in Steifvater’s series.