jonathanstrangeThese days, all the best book adaptations seem to happen on TV. Whether it's HBO or PBS, there's just something about miniseries that give books the space they need for a successful transition from page to screen. So the news that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will become a BBC miniseries sounds exactly right. Where else could an 800-page, footnoted tome about Napoleonic-era wizards get the proper treatment?

The director of "Sherlock," Toby Haynes, is taking on the project, which will be adapted by Peter Harness into a a 7-part series. Casting news has yet to break, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.

What's your favorite book-turned-miniseries? I recently watched and really liked The Crimson Petal and the White.

Related in BookPage: Our review of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; more on magical fiction debuts.

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