It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I’ve been itching to do one for Greywalker since the end of the series.
For those who haven’t followed my rambling reviews of Greywalker, it’s a series of novels about Harper Blaine, PI who can also see ghosts. While she continues working cases to pay off her bills, she also has to solve the problems of ghosts who she can see and interact with.
I am still salty about the end of the series,1 but let’s try to do something about that.
Really, this would make an interesting series that actually falls into an interesting niche demographic. It’s that paranormal show for the people who are starting to feel a little too old for Teen Wolf or who are disillusioned by Supernatural’s insistence to make everything about implied sexual tension between Dean and Castiel.2 Doing it as a series of hour long episodes, likely for Netflix so it’s a lot easier to have uneven length seasons, could make for a very faithful adaptation.
It could also bring in a much wider audience in television and speed up the pace of some of the investigation. The books don’t really get going until the half way point, but you can do it different for the show. Merge a few elements. make the first five books into one season and the second four into the second one. Two episodes a book. It could be good.
Seriously, someone give Cameron a blog. In the first book, we meet Cameron, who is still trying to learn the ropes of this vampire thing. Because the series is not about him or the vampires, we only get glimpses into vampire society and very little idea of how becoming a vampire actually works. Cam documenting his experiences as he slowly comes to terms with what he’s become could be really interesting. Plus, he’s a college kid. He’s probably going to be on some social platform. A blog makes sense.
There’s also the matter of the second half of the series. After book 5, Cameron takes quite the position of power in the vampire underworld and I have no idea how that went down. We see him briefly once and then he’s gone again, never to be heard from again. I want to know what happened.
In terms of execution, I’m thinking you throw a cipher into each episode somewhere and Cam’s blog link shows up in an episode early on. You go to the site, enter in the initial username and password to get access to Cam’s vampire journey, with blocked content that is only accessible with the solved cipher in the episode.
At the end of the last book, we have two magical children in Spain by the names of Soraia and Brian.3 They are going to be taught by an Irish witch the ways of magic, or so I assume, and there is another baby that is also possibly gifted with magic as well. This could make for a great series with the pair of them learning about magic and generally getting into trouble with it, while occasionally getting visits from the main characters of the series.
I am leaning for something of a Books of Magic feel from it, where they get in actual trouble and have to deal with the consequences. It would deal with things related to the main series and maybe calling on Auntie Harper or Uncle Jay to find out more, not to mention looking to Brian’s parents, the witch and the paranormal researcher, for a few answers. And, of course, Soraia’s mother, the doctor, has a subplot of coming to accept magic that is much more dangerous than she realized. Ultimately, though, it could stand apart from it and they have to learn a lot of stuff on their own.