Following the introduction of Amazon Prime Video’s new series of the same name, interest in Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic novel series The Wheel of Time has skyrocketed. “The Wheel of Time” is a 14-book series that weaves together European and Asian religion and mythology to create a rich fantasy realm. “The Wheel of Time”, like George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, has a large cast of characters and a plot that covers great distances.
The adaption of Jordan’s series on Amazon Prime Video stars Academy Award contender Rosamund Pike in the lead role, plus a big ensemble cast. The first three episodes of “The Wheel of Time” were published earlier this week to generally positive reviews and a large audience. Season 2 of “The Wheel of Time” has already been ordered, and filming began in July.
The Eye of the World, which is the first book in Jordan’s series, has now climbed to the number five spot on Amazon’s bestselling fiction books list. The Prime Video series has reignited interest in Jordan’s work, with viewers eager to learn more about the original material. The book is currently number two on the ranking, behind Dune, which is officially number one and is another classic novel that has reawakened interest thanks to a high-profile on-screen adaptation.
“The Wheel of Time” is successfully profiting on HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones, which has reignited interest in the fantasy genre. “The Wheel of Time” is one of several high-profile fantasy series at the moment, with a new season of The Witcher and next year’s House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings adaptations, and aficionados of the genre have greater access to on-screen adaptations of fantasy material than ever before. As seen by the sales of Jordan’s book, the “Wheel of Time” series is also succeeding in introducing a new readership to the fantasy genre.
It’s unclear whether interest in the genre will fade, but The Eye of the World’s bestseller status, as well as “Wheel of Time’s” enormously remarkable viewing statistics, suggest that any decline in fantasy series popularity hasn’t yet begun. These numbers speak well for Amazon Prime Video’s second major fantasy series, the planned adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, which is due to launch next year. Fans of both works, as well as fantasy in general, will be hope that fantasy series continues to prosper in order to keep this age of on-screen swords and magic alive.