I have mixed feelings when it comes to TV/film adaptations of books that I love – on the one hand it’s always exciting to see one of my favourite stories come to life on screen, on the other hand, my mind is always chanting ‘Please don’t ruin it, please don’t ruin it, please don’t ruin it.’ Recently, I was pretty pleased with the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It which is one of my favorite King books (I’m stoked for Chapter 2!) So below, are the ten books I’d love to see adaptations of, whether on the big or small screen.
1) The Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff
Jay Kristoff has a knack for such vivid prose that it felt like a film playing out in my head while I was reading this series but I still need this Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy to become either an epic film trilogy or a tv show.
2) The Dragon Lords series by Jon Hollins
This fantasy series has been described as ‘The Hobbit meets Guardians of the Galaxy’ and, oh man, that is exactly what it’s like. It’s got all the makings of an amazing tv show adaptation – relateable, fully-realized characters, pulse-pounding action sequences, twists, turns, dragons – and a wicked sense of humour.
3) Any Sarah MacLean book
Sarah MacLean writes the most addictive, steamiest historical romances and I would kill to see at least one of them made into a movie. Unfortunately, historical romances don’t typically make it to the big screen. If we do see a movie based on a romance novel, nine times out of ten, it’s a contemporary romance like Fifty Shades or After. Nothing against contemporary romances but I would love to see something like Fifty Shades meets Pride and Prejudice on the big screen.
4) The Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch
I’ve been saying this about my favorite urban fantasy series since I read the first book – it needs to be a TV series, like, now. So you can imagine my delight when it was recently announced that the UK-based production company, Stolen Picture has optioned the television rights for the series. What’s even more exciting? Stolen Picture is run by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the duo who brought us such awesome films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. MY BODY IS READY.
5) ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only ACOTAR fan who really, really, REALLY wants this series to be adapted for the big screen. HOWEVER, this is also a series I would feel slightly apprehensive if they announced it was going to become a film considering the string of failed YA film franchises we’ve seen lately. And casting the perfect Rhys would be nearly impossible. The latest news on the ACOTAR movie is that the German production company, Constantin Films, picked up the rights and the screenplay is being written. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
6) The Drakon series by Shana Abe
This is a historical romance/fantasy series that features a race of people called the Drakon who can shapeshift into dragons. It’s got magic, action, swoon-worthy romance and hot sex – and did I mention the shapeshifting dragon part? Why is this series not a movie yet?
7) The Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abraham
This is one of my favourite fantasy series of all time and I think it would make an amazing TV series and has the potential to be the next Game of Thrones. The Dagger and the Coin has it all – great storytelling, a compelling world/magic system, and one of the best antagonists I’ve ever read.
8) The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Shining Girls is a book about a serial killer who travels through time to hunt for his victims. It screams Netflix mini-series.
9) The Fireman by Joe Hill
I’ve heard The Fireman is being developed into a film but I actually think it would work better as a TV series – think something along the lines of The Walking Dead.
10) The Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny
A mystery series that is so much more than just a mystery series, this would make for a fantastic TV show (if done right.) I’ve already fan-casted the entire series in my mind – I think Tom Hanks would make a perfect Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
What are the books you’d love to see on screen? Any of the above? Something else? Let me know!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original bookish tag currently moderated by That Artsy Reader Girl.