A Discovery of Witches is a TV adaptation of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: None minutes

Premier: None

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A Discovery of Witches is a 2011 historical-fantasy novel and the debut novel by American scholar Deborah Harkness. It follows the story of Diana Bishop, an alchemical history professor at The University of Oxford who, after accidentally finding an elusive, long-thought-lost manuscript, is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood that she has sought to keep out of her life and engage in a forbidden romance with charming vampire Matthew Clairmont. A Discovery of Witches was first published in hardcover on February 8, 2011, by Penguin Books, becoming a New York Times Best Seller upon its release. It has since been released in paperback and also as an ebook. The novel has been translated into more than 36 languages. The book received mostly positive feedback from literary critics. It was praised for its intelligence and the mixture of history and fantasy, although some critics felt the plot was trite and the pacing was slow. Comparisons were made between other popular fantasy series, namely Twilight and Harry Potter. The novel began as a “thought experiment” for Harkness, who had previously only published works of historical non-fiction. She drew upon her academic background as a historian and her studies of alchemy, magic, and the occult. A Discovery of Witches is the first installment in the All Souls trilogy, followed by Shadow of Night (2012) and completed with the third novel in the series, The Book of Life (2014). A television adaptation of the book is set to premiere in late 2018.

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According to Harkness, the novel began as “a thought experiment” after she noticed the plethora of novels surrounding vampires and magic at an airport bookshop. As a historian, she noted that people today were interested in reading about the same sorts of subjects as they would have in the past, including the supernatural. “In some ways I think their popularity right now is about our feeling that we still want there to be magic and enchantment in the world,” theorises Harkness. “Magic provides a way of still having room for possibilities, an unlimited sense of what the world offers. Magic is always there when science is found wanting.” Harkness has studied magic and the occult, which provided much of the inspiration for the novel, since 1983. The writing of the novel took place in the early mornings “in the blissful quiet before [she] switched on [her] email”, while she also continued teaching at the University of Southern California during the day, and blogging about wine in the evenings. Aside from Anne Rice novels that she “read and loved” in her twenties, Harkness claims she has not read other vampire fiction such as The Historian or the Twilight series. Some elements of this novel sprang directly from Harkness' own life: she has spent many hours engaged in research in the Bodleian Library's Reading Room, and in the course of her own research, Harkness discovered an ancient—and long-lost—book of spells, the Book of Soyga.

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