MTV has debuted The Shannara Chronicles, which is currently airing every Tuesday and will consist of 10 episodes, adapting the Elfstones and, hopefully, setting up further seasons adapting other books. So, now I can review the first 2 episodes and give my thoughts about the show.
Also, the acting is super! The characters really come to life, at least so far. The actors have the look and feel of the book characters, as far as I'm concerned. With the exception of Amberle not having the bright red hair I picture her with.
Finally, the show is full of action and suspense. The villains are deadly and scary and there is danger around every corner! You get the feel that the good guys don't have a chance!
Now the bad: Apparently the original story is too full of drama and characterization, so the writers of the TV series decided to change it. The plot is totally different, with the plot and settings changed a lot. It's still a good, dramatic story. But it isn't (so far) as exciting or interesting as the book. It begs the question: when you're working with the greatest book ever written, why would you change so much? It seems to me it would be smarter to change as little as possible. Apparently, Brooks is okay with the changes. But still, to me this is allowing inferior writers to mess with perfection. Bah! I say!