In re: "Adapted From the Bestselling YA Novel Series energy despite not actually having been adapted from a YA novel," this quote from the creator was—illuminating:

“I told [some producers] about this idea, and they immediately loved it. The thinking was, OK, let’s do a book series and then we’ll do movies. I did my best to try to create a book proposal and it was like 200 pages. People universally were like, this is a really spectacular idea, which was very encouraging, but nobody wanted to do the book. Then at one point, this wonderful producer, Kevin Messick, was like, ‘What if Motherland is a TV show?'”

So I mean this level of I wanted to do a book but a TV show turned out to be easier is a level of something-or-other I'd never before contemplated...

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