Books That Should Become TV Shows

The Broke and The Bookish blog is known for offering Top Ten Tuesday challengers to other bloggers.  This week it was suggested they do a list focusing on television, in honour of the arrival of the new fall season of television, and some bloggers chose to list the books they wanted to see adapted to TV.

Writer of the Wrongs included some re-adaptations on her list, hoping for His Dark Materials, Percy Jackson and Vampire Academy to head to the small screen.  I noted in a previous post that I thought the CW would be better served by adapting Vampire Academy rather than The Lost Boys, if they wanted to stay in the vampire business.  And His Dark Materials is already headed to the small screen, though on the BBC and not HBO as the blog hoped.  I have to add my own hoped for re-adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, since I really want a new witch series.  She also wants to see Tamora Pierce’s The Lioness stories adapted to television.

The Love Thy Self blog includes two Sarah J Maas series on her list, as well as Cassandra Claire’s prequel to The Mortal Instruments, while Take Me Away… included Cinder and The Selection.

It’s not part of the challenge, but Epic Reads once listed twelve books they wanted to see made into television series by Netflix.  Their list included The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken.

As I noted before, I really want to see a new witch series, with an adaptation of Beautiful Creatures being a possibility. I’ve recently read two new witch books, How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather and The Graces by Laure Eve.  I really enjoyed How to Hang a Witch and would love to see an adaptation of it, though it might be an idea to go a little outside of the box here and actually do a prequel series instead of a straight adaptation.  The book begins with the main character arriving in Salem, and the prequel series could focus on the inhabitants of Salem before Sam showed up in their lives.  It should be noted, however, that I Tweeted Adriana Mather about whether she had considered writing a prequel novel, and she confirmed that she had.  Nothing is official yet, as she is writing a sequel to the story, but this means a prequel series could go the way of the Star Wars expanded universe.

As for The Graces, the book was more of a mixed bag. There is a lot of setup the reader has to get through before the really good stuff starts happening.  That said, the good stuff is intriguing enough that I will be watching for the sequel.  The question is, could a TV series make the early stuff more interesting, or would viewers tune out before the show gets to the real meat of the story?

Moving on from witch stories, there are a couple of other adaptions that I would like to see. Nick Spencer’s comic series Morning Glories focuses on six new students at Morning Glory Academy who are baffled when they find out that their parents have forgotten that they even exist, and the teachers appear to be interested in torturing the students while also investigating supernatural phenomenon.

I’ve mentioned in the past my love for S.J. Kincaid’s Insignia trilogy, a sort of Harry Potter meets Ender’s Game story, so I would also be very intrigued to see it adapted the screen.

Anyone have any books they want to see make the jump to the small screen?

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