I understand why HBO signed on to a series based on the MaddAddam Trilogy. They think they are going to get a new Game of Thrones.
Why wouldn't they think that?
In MaddAddam we get:
Lots of rapes.
Tons of female nudity (much of Book 2 and Book 3 take place in a strip club so vile Littlefinger would be scared to hang out there.)
A whole bunch of violence.
Main characters suddenly getting killed.
A fantasy universe.
On the surface it can be sold as much the same formula that they are already winning with.
The problem is going to be that all of these things happen in a completely different context and with a different meaning than in Game Of Thrones.
The MaddAddam Trilogy is a deeply feminist work.
The theme is that all of us - men, women, gay people, straight people, whatever - are a part of the patriarchy and therefore we all deserve to die.
There are things in there to anger anyone.
It attacks religious people. It attacks social justice warriors. It attacks porn. It talks about how "cultural differences" can make the same action sometimes be rape and sometimes not.
It says that the left wing is just as fucked up as the right wing. In the end, it's unbelievably sad.
Imagine if you started off Game of Thrones knowing Tyrion was going to die horribly. That's the experience it's going to give viewers.
Beyond that, many people find Game of Thrones hard to follow. MaddAddam is much, much more difficult.
It has very little in terms linear plot progression and keeps going into flashback.
More often than not something happens on page 107 that makes no sense at all until you get to a flashback 300 pages later. How do you put that onto the screen?
Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy it's going to be a series.
I just don't think HBO has any idea what it's gotten itself into - and I'm not sure that the show won't piss off nearly every demographic possible.
Still, that won't stop me from trying to do a little bit of fantasy casting:
Jimmy The Snowman - Alfie Allen
Crake - Neil Patrick Harris
Oryx - Lucy Liu
Zeb - Michael Madsen
Adam One (MaddAddam) - Kiefer Sutherland
Toby - Mary Lynn Rajskub