Writing Prompt: Novels you’d like to see in anime.

This one comes up every so often in tag posts, but I wanted to answer it again, because why not? Once again, I’ve got my music, I’ve got nothing else to do, and I’m ready to write.

So here are some novels I’d love to see in anime form!

1. Wheel of Time

This is generally my top answer for which book I’d like to see in anime form. Of course, it’s not just one book, but fourteen. And I’ve been re-reading it recently. I read through the entire series as a kid, and own books 1 – 13, although they’re back home in Canada. Anyways, owning all of the books but one made me feel less guilty about acquiring a pdf of the entire series, which I’ve been rereading at work. The only book I hadn’t read yet was the final one, which I’ve just started last week.

Honestly, it’s been addicting. I have to stop myself from getting to into these books when there are other things I need to do at my job!

Anyways, the Wheel of Time series is in my opinion the best fantasy world in fiction. I love everything about this world, from the kingdoms and politics to the way magic works via the One Power, and how it’s different for men and women. And so much more. The struggle between good and evil is also great, with the ultimate enemy being the Dark One that is slowly breaking out of his prison after being sealed for a long time.

The characters are also amazing, and comparing them in the first book to the last, they all go through massive transformations. There’s a lot to like about them as well. Even the antagonistic characters, the Forsaken, are interesting.

Anyways, this series is absolutely huge, and would likely require around a hundred episodes to pack everything in. It would make for a great long running series, but I know that’d never happen given not everyone has the same passion for fantasy that I do. Or for politics in fantasy, which are a big part of this book series.

Still, one can dream.

2. The Giver

The Giver is a short dystopian novel about a society that has “evolved” in a way that allowed them to essentially shut out all powerful emotions, good and bad, as well as other aspects of life. Essentially, society is very bland. But the main character is chosen to become the next “receiver of memories”, the individual in the society that is solely responsible for holding all of humanities memories. Good and bad, pleasant and painful… all of them.

Anyways, this story I think would make for a nice little 12 episode anime. Unfortunately, the ending in the novel kind of sucks, but everything leading up to the end is good, so perhaps the ideal anime can jostle the ending a little to make it better.

I had to read this book in school when I was a kid, I believe in grade 6, and I recently re-read it and it still holds up as a good story for the most part. I like it anyways, and I feel like the way colour and emotion are depicted in the story would work well for anime.

3. 1984

Another dystopian book, 1984 needs no summary from me I hope. Even if you haven’t read it, I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about it, and it’s often used to criticize authoritarian measures that we see crop up in real life. Some, or many, of which I think you could say are merited criticisms.

Anyways, the thing about 1984 is that it would make for an excellent psychological anime. Adding some stylistic visuals, sounds and so on would really bring this story to life. It’s also much darker than 99% of the anime out there, which I think would lend to it’s powerful message. Even knowing the book I think that seeing this story play out again in anime form would be powerful, exciting, and really make you think.

If there’s one thing I’m sure we’ve all learned with anime, it’s that it’s not always fun and games. There’s no question that anime can bring out some very strong feelings and can have some very visceral moments, of which there are no shortage of in 1984.

Those are the top three books that come to mind for me. I’ve only started reading again in the last year, mainly thanks to my job which leaves me with a lot of free time at my desk.

When I was a kid I read countless books across many genres, but I stopped reading books around the end of high school. My eyes are such that reading a physical book is a pain without glasses, but my only glasses are for distance, making it a pain regardless. Computer screens are fine, but back then reading on the computer wasn’t that appealing to me, still isn’t really, but I’ll take what I can get.

That and I sort of transitioned from reading before I went to sleep to just watching videos and such before going to sleep.

Anyways, that’s all for this one.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading.

7 thoughts on “Writing Prompt: Novels you’d like to see in anime.

  1. Any of those would be great!

    Anime has a unique history with adapting western literature, from the old World Masterpiece Theater series adapting stuff like Anne of Green Gables and Heidi in the 70s and 80s to the more sci-fi/fantasy-oriented adaptations of Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo) and Romeo x Juliet in this century. And of course Howl’s Moving Castle, one of Miyazaki’s more…divisive movies (I definitely preferred the book). Unfortunately you don’t really see much of those at all anymore, since the marketplace is so fixated on cranking out manga, light novel, and video game adaptations these days.

    I think one series that would lend itself well to anime is Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality. The whole cosmic supernatural struggle over the mortal realm with “evil” (Satan and his demons) trying to gain mastery of the human world and “good” (the Incarnations) trying to stop them is right in line with all of the other anime from DxD on down that turn the Earth into a battleground between supernatural factions. And the more controversial aspects of that series (like establishing “God” and “Satan” as jobs that can be filled by mortals rather than as eternal/immutable beings) wouldn’t be that strange to anime fans; it’s probably the one medium where the story could be adapted to film or TV without being forced to make drastic changes.

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    1. That’s true, the industry already has so many mediums to churn out anime from.

      Sounds like an interesting story, I’d have to look into it more to see what the characters are like and whatnot.


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