Most books never get adapted for the screen, big or small, and of the handful that do it’s unavoidable that much of the book’s content will be excised to fit a running time. Therein lies lays sits the beauty of the television mini-series. From Rich Man Poor Man to Roots to Stephen King’s It, the mini-series is pretty much the only hope a book has of seeing most of its intent and content reach the screen.
The latest novel to receive this honor is Ken Follett’s 1989 bestseller, The Pillars Of the Earth. The Starz pay network, home to Spartacus and… well, other stuff presumably, aired an epic eight part adaptation earlier this year. The DVD of the complete series was just released, and we’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky winner! And don’t worry if you’ve never read the book or have forgotten what it’s all about… the winner gets a copy of the novel too.
So what do you need to do to enter? Easy… tell us in the comments below what book, fiction or non-fiction, that you think deserves the mini-series treatment and why. Bonus consideration to answers that also give casting suggestions.
As always the contest is open to US residents only ages 18 and up. Be sure the email address associated with your comment is correct as that’s how we’ll notify the winner. Good luck!
And in case you have no idea what the hell The Pillars Of the Earth is about… the synopsis and trailer are below.
Ken Follett’s best-selling novel is brought to life in a star-studded and critically-acclaimed eight-part miniseries! Emerging from the war-torn shadows of England’s Dark Ages, an idealistic mason, Tom Builder (Rufus Sewell, The Holiday) sets out on a quest of erecting a glorious Cathedral bathed in light. But when that light threatens to illuminate the dark secrets of ambitious Bishop Waleran Bigod (Ian McShane, 2005 Golden Globe Best Actor, TV’s “Deadwood”) and the battling progeny of King Henry, Queen Maud (Alison Pill, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and King Stephen (Tony Curran, Ondine), they’ll stop at nothing to keep those secrets safe! The epic miniseries event also stars Matthew MacFadyen (Frost/Nixon) as Prior Philip, Hayley Atwell (Love Hate) as the beautiful noblewoman Aliena and Donald Sutherland (TV’s “Dirty Sexy Money”) as Bartholomew.”
The winner will be selected and notified on December 1st.