Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Top Ten Books I Wish Were TV Shows


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

HEY. HOLLYWOOD. HIRE ME. THANKS.

Related: If YA Books Were Musicals (Broadway should hire me too)



The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
On: AMC
There is almost nothing in the entire bloody worldI need more. The atmosphere. The characters. The creepiness. The beauty. JUST LOOK AT WHAT IT COULD BE:





The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
On: The CW
A teenage DC fixer coming up against rich classmates, inscrutable politicians, plots and terrorists. It would play off the popularity of Scandal and Quantico while reeling the Veronica Mars crowd back in with the tough cookie leading lady and the cute boys and the dark af mystery.



The Diviners by Libba Bray
On: Showtime
Imagine the lush 20's New York sets and costumes plus GHOSTS and MURDER and THINGSSS



The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
On: ABC (if she's an adult) or The CW (if it's teen Mia)
I love the movie deeply and infinitely and forever, but I read and loved the book series first, and I think a serialized version of Mia dealing with being a regular, dateless girl WHILE being a surprise princess would be immensely entertaining. Also more chances for Michael Moscovitz to be a reality.



The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
On: HBO
Since Game of Thrones is ending semi imminently. But GAH, I would love to see the locations for the Fells, and the mountains where the Clans live. The many characters and their intricate storylines would make AMAZING TV. Also I'd get to see Raisa and Amon and Han IN REAL LIFE omg.



The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
On: HBO
GETTING REAL TIRED OF ASKING THE TV AND MOVIE WORLD FOR TAMORA PIERCE ADAPTATIONS AND THEM NOT LISTENING



My Life Next Door/The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
On: NBC
I just really want a super cute, heartfelt family drama about the Reeds and the Garretts and Tim and Sam and Jase and Alice and their siblings and their town, like a modern day Dawson's Creek but without Dawson's stupid face



The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
On: Starz
Regency Era set and costume goodness with Buffy badassery and demon slaying?? YASSS. Plus hot Lord Carlston can join the Starz JAMMF ranks of hot historical men in breeches. Or they could do The Falconer by Elizabeth May instead, because it's the same combination of historical setting/bad ass Buffy girl slaying monsters/extraordinarily hot and rather forbidding mentor dude.



Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
On: Showtime
Historical. Assassin. Nuns. And politics and ye old Brittany and Duval and Beast and ISMAE AND SYBELLA AND ANITH and the clothes and the knives and the poison and the god of Death and NFFFFF



Every Breath by Ellie Marney
On: Australian TV, imported to the US via Netflix, we all become obsessed
I want to see Mycroft and Watts solving mysteries in gritty Melbourne while being utterly fucking adorably in love/extremely damaged, as is their way



The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
On: Syfy
LOOK. If the world simply refuses to give me the Cinder movie I've been bellowing about for nine hundred years, then I'm going to demand a TV series. It's the least they could do.



Anna/Lola/Isla series by Stephanie Perkins
On: The CW
JUST THINK OF THE ADORABLENESS. (It should also be a musical, obviously.) You could either just do an Anna/Isla show, and set it in an American boarding school in Paris, or do the whole thing, I don't care



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
On: Netflix
How perfect would a show following Cath's adventures through college, sisterhood, fandom, and first love be? UGHHH I die.

Books that deserve FAR BETTER than their filmic incarnations and deserve to be reincarnated in television form:



His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
EPIC LONG MINISERIES ON HBO, THANK YOU GOOD NIGHT

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
HI, I WANT TO SEE A SERIALIZED VERSION OF LIFE IN CAMP HALF BLOOD PLUS PERCABETH ADVENTURES, MUCHAS GRACIAS

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
CAN WE PLEASE JUST FOLLOW ROSE THROUGH THE YEARS IN THE WAY SHE DESERVES

And last but certainly, certainly not least:



HARRY FREAKIN' POTTER.
I want the longest miniseries ever made. I want each book to be nineteen hours long. I want every scene, every detail included. I want no characters left out of Ginny Weasley-ed. Come on. Everyone would watch it. Everyone.

Also put The Cursed Child on TV or the internet where everyone can see it thank you

Chop chop, Hollywood.

11 comments:

  1. Yes! The Diviners and The Raven Boys would be awesome T.V. shows if they had the right budgets and networks. I would love to see the world of TRB come to life! I STILL need to read Fangirl, I'm so behind on Rowell's works! Great list!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

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  2. Yes, to this whole list. Especially, The Raven Chronicles, My Life Next Door, Harry Potter, and Anna. So disappointed that these are not a thing that I can binge watch.

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  3. OhMyGoodness! This idea/twist and list is amazing. YES to the Anna books being a TV series. We need this. I've not read The Fixer yet, but it sounds like my kind of read, so I look forward to reading it soon. :)

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  4. OMG GILLIAN I LOVE THIS! This is an amazing post and I loved your musical one too! YES to them all! Tammy and Rick seriously NEED accurate adaptaions! I recently read Grave Mercy and fell in looove! I can definitely see it as a TV series.

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  5. Brilliant list! :-) So unique! These books would be amazing! Harry Potter and Anna especially.

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  6. I WANT PRINCESS DIARIES TO BE A TV SHOW TOO OMG. Michael Moscovitz deserves it.

    YES! The Lunar Chronicles would be such a better TV show than a movie. There's so many details and such, that I think would be left out in movies!

    I could also see Anna/Lola/Isla being on ABC Family/Freeform!

    ALSO YESSSS, GIVE ME A HARRY POTTER MINI-SERIES! I need to see Cursed Child. AIR IT ON TV, PLEASE.

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  8. OMG yes! Especially The Raven Boys should totally be a thing because there are so many moments I want to see on screen. The casting really scares me, though.

    The Fixer! I would kill for it to be on air and The Diviners would do so well on TV. We need something to tide us over while we wait for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries anyway (which should never come to an end).

    The Lunar Chronicles, yaasss! It would be great to see everything come together on screen.

    Such amazing choices, feeling very overwhelmed right now.

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  9. Well, it looks like His Dark Materials will get a tv series, though on BBC, not HBO. I'd also probably add Beautiful Creatures to the list of re-adaptations, as I want a new witch series. Of maybe they could do the newer How to Hang a Witch, or even a prequel of that book?

    The Lioness stories would definitely be on my own list, too.

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  10. YES!!! MAKE A SERIES BASED ON THE BOOKS OF TAMORA PIERCE!! Maybe if we shout it loud enough the TV bosses will hear us and finally get on that. :D

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  11. Ahh, yes, The Raven Cycle NEEDS to be a TV show. I love the trailer artist you featured here--she needs to be in charge of the atmospheric vibe of the Raven Cycle show IRL!

    I haven't read the Fixer, but you totally bought me with that show summary!

    I want The Diviners adaptation to be done by the same folks who do Miss Fisher's because I feel like they will really nail the look of the period and could do it justice.

    Ohh, I would love a Grave Mercy adaptation! this would be soooo cool!

    Aaaaand added Every Breath to my tbr!

    The world needs a Lunar Chronicles adaptation!!! That'll be perfect!

    OH MY GOD! Fangirl in Netflix form would be absolute perfection!

    PJ tv series adaptation is the dream...

    "HARRY FREAKIN' POTTER.
    I want the longest miniseries ever made. I want each book to be nineteen hours long. I want every scene, every detail included. I want no characters left out of Ginny Weasley-ed. Come on. Everyone would watch it. Everyone."<-- THIS. I'VE BEEN SAYING IT MY WHOLE LIFE!

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