September 6: Top Ten Books I Wish Were TV Shows
For today’s post, in honour of the return of what is usually an amazing line up of autumn TV, a list relating to the phenomenon of television was a must. And, well, books. I think it’s great the number of books that get optioned for TV or film, but there are always more amazing books out there that I believe would translate well onto the small screen.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
We might have the movies, but they could never convey the level of detail of the books. What I’d love is a one chapter/one episode true adaption of the novels – that would be pure magic!
2. Legend by Marie Lu
A TV show would allow great insight into the characters of June and Day. It’d be interesting to witness The Trial, the setting and the plot come to life on screen.
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve heard rumours that this is in the pipeline, and I truly think it would be great. I love the contest of the first book, the introduction of magic, as well as the three main characters. It would be one badass show.
4. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
I’m aware that this is currently under development: about time! This series is perfect for TV; there are excellent and well-developed characters, a fantastic roller-coaster of a plot and deep integral morals that (I hope) will translate well.
5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Another series that I know is coming, but I am really excited about. The crime aspects of the novels are great, but what makes these books is the character development of detective Strike and his partner Robin. I just hope they do their relationship justice.
6. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
I still can’t believe we only got one film – this series is amazing, action-packed and entertaining. It would be really fun to watch Alex grow up as he explores the globe on his secret missions.
7. Killing Floor by Lee Child
The Jack Reacher books would make for excellent crime dramas: I’m thinking three episodes per novel, to allow the plot to play out by drip-feeding the audience the clues.
8. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I think the majority can agree that the movies were not great, but a TV show would allow for further character development and motivations to be examined. Ultimately this is a complicated series, featuring Greek Gods, not necessarily a straight-forward kids book.
9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This series is so complex that it would, in my opinion, have to play out on the small screen. Whilst I wasn’t overly struck on the novel, I do think it has potential for TV: London, spirits, crazy characters. It could be good.
10. The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
This book has a very interesting concept: all children born are twins, one is deformed and subsequently outcast, the other is raised and supported by their family and the government. But what happens to the other twin? This show needs producing!
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