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Literary adaptations that fall short

If you're going to sink squillions into a television series you're praying is the next Game Of Thrones, you will want rich source material with endless possibilities for adaptation and heaps of loyal readers who will be a ready-made audience for the show.

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman's best-selling trilogy of epic fantasy novels about two children's adventures through parallel universes - would seem to be just what the doctor ordered.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2019, with the headline 'Literary adaptations that fall short'. Print Edition | Subscribe