‘The Wire’ Re-imagined as a Victorian Novel
If The Wire had been written as a Victorian novel rather than a series of TV screenplays, it might look something like Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden. Only instead of 21st century Baltimore, this cast of characters inhabits 19th century London, and instead of being in high-def, they’re in black and white. Minor reinterpretations aside, The Wire inspired Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson to re-imagine the long-running HBO TV series as a Dickensian novel, had it been written by the make-believe author, Horatio Bucklesby Ogden. What was originally a blog post has turned into a full-scale illustrated novel by powerHouse Books, published just in time to coincide with the tenth anniversary of The Wire.