Eddie Gribbin has written an interesting post on the phillyBurbs blog about HBO’s efforts to adapt novels — and series of novels — to the small screen.
While HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is based on Nelson Johnson’s non-fiction book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, they are using a lot of the same techniques involving story arcs that cover a whole season to carry the series forward year to year.
For almost a century, films have been adapted from novels. HBO has profited from this idea with television shows like “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.”
Countless novels have become films that have not lived up to the original content. Now it is HBO’s turn to see how successful it can be at the adaptation game.
A novel series isn’t the only adaptation coming to the network. “Boardwalk Empire,” which averages 2.75 million viewers a week, was re-imagined for television from the Nelson Johnson biography of the same name. Even though the main characters’ names have been changed, the general concept – prohibition life in Atlantic City – is still being brought to life.