Hiding in plain site? Put on a disguise. Often used to sneak into the evil lair. For best results brain a guard and steal his; no one is tracking these things.
- Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
Vengeance, love, sympathetic villains, secret assassins, epic battles, a country whose very name has been wiped from history… Kay’s story would make for a very dramatic, interesting, and highly cinematic miniseries, I think.
- Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
I would love to see Smith’s post-apocalyptic New Orleans on a big screen, and I would especially love seeing Fen de la Guerre as a protagonist.
- The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss
Given their popularity, I will be shocked – shocked – if they don’t end up onscreen in the next few years.
- Nightrunner Series, Lynn Flewelling
The Nightrunner series would provide plenty of excellent fodder for a fantastical television series, or several movies. What makes me want to see it particularly more than other fantasy adventure books, though, is the fact it has a same-sex romance at its heart – something that isn’t represented enough in the fantasy/sci-fi that makes it to the screen.
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy, Ann Leckie
I haven’t got a clue how they would go about doing it – a multi-bodied protagonist! Alternating timelines! And oh but I do worry deeply about how the agender society would be handled – it is so rarely done well in film and TV. But all the same, I really want to see Breq the glorious spaceship-cyborg protagonist being an absolute badass, I really do.
- Sabriel, Garth Nix
The sound design would be so exciting – a book with a necromancer protagonist who uses bells to lay the dead to rest is just incredibly exciting to the sound geek in me. Plus, it’s has both young adult and adult appeal, a badass female protagonist, and zombies – it would be perfect for today’s TV or film markets!
- Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
I’ve been waiting for my Artemis Fowl movies for YEARS. Years I tell you. It would be hilarious and action packed and really I just want to see a movie about an indignant technophiliac centaur, a badass gun-toting fairy girl and a snarky Irish preteen crimelord.
- The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
It’s probably all the Hannibal I’ve been watching lately, but I can’t stop thinking that Bryan Fuller would do a fantastic TV series based on this book. Though that said, I’d be worried with most other people at the helm – it would be way too easy to have it turn into a crime procedural with some time travel thrown in, and I fear it would lose some of its feminist message in the hands of a less capable and thoughtful showrunner.
- Neuromancer, William Gibson
I had this on the brain after listing it in Heists for Tough Traveling. A heist story, plenty of gadgets, and a team of misfits, what’s not to love? (Mostly I really want to see Molly Millions character design, with her retractable razor claws and mirrored eyes.)
- Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
This tops my list without a doubt, and for one reason only: the fight scenes. Can you imagine how awesome the fight scenes would be in a Mistborn movie??? SO AWESOME, that’s how awesome they would be.
Smash and grabs are not always the best way to illicitly acquire objects in fantasy land. Sometimes these things take planning, a loyal crew, and a little bit of luck. But a good crew can always get the job done.
Some people are made to give orders; others are made to make sure they are carried out. Be it through muscle or guile there are just some people you don’t want to hear are looking for you.
Butler, Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
Artemis Fowl might be a criminal mastermind, but he’s also 12, so his threats don’t always carry a lot of weight. Fortunately for him, he has Butler (both his name and his position). Aside from his general buttling duties Butler assists Artemis with threatening, cajoling, or intimidating anyone he deems needs it… and occasionally, utterly decimating them with his brute strength, superior marksmanship and military tactics. This book was a childhood favourite of mine, but even rereading as an adult the chapter where Butler slowly and systematically takes out a troll with the combination of a mace, a Sig Sauer, an old suit of armour, and his bare hands is still one of the badass things I’ve ever read.
The Witch-King of Angmar, The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
Sauron had a lot of great enforcers, but the Witch-King specifically is both the creepiest and the most memorable for me. The Witch-King is here for two reason for me; one is that he and his ringwraith compatriots spawned a whole bunch of very similar-sounding enforcers in the fantasy genre. How many times do you pick a fantasy book and a dark cloaked figure on a horse is after them? The other is that Eowyn killing him was and still is my favourite part of the books (“But no living man am I! You are looking upon a woman… Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”)
The Steel Inquisitors, Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson)
These agents of the Lord Ruler are tasked with keeping order and hunting down dissidents. Their powers include things like super strength, moving metal with their mind, the ability to foresee their opponents moves in battles, and being virtually immortal due to their healing capabilities. Basically, they are really, really hard to kill. Their powers come from the metal spikes protruding from their bodies – most disturbingly, driven into their eyes and coming out through the backs of their heads:
Also, I’m now 2 for 2 for including characters with metal driven through their heads on my lists… You’re welcome.
Root, Person of Interest
I watched the entire four seasons of POI in the last three weeks all because of Amy Acker-as-Root, so I’m compelled to throw this one. The Machine is, obviously, a machine – it cannot actually do anything at all, and relies entirely on having an enforcer. And it couldn’t have chosen a better option than Root, who has no compunctions about cheerfully coercing, blackmailing, torturing, poisoning, murdering, or otherwise incapacitating anyone the Machine might need taken care of. She is utterly devoted to it (“her,” as she would say), plus she is a manipulative cyborg hacker turned contract killer who can and will destroy your life as easily with her computer as with her trademark dual-wielded pistols.
And honourable mention to practically half the cast of A Song of Ice and Fire: Brienne, Gregor Clegane, Sandor Clegane, all the dire wolves (except maybe Lady), Bronn, Barristan Selmy, Ramsay Bolton, etc….
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