30 April 2019

Seven Book-to-Series Adaptations I'd Love to Watch


Last week, it was reported that Netflix bought the rights of fifty literary projects. This book-buying spree includes Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, both set in the Grishaverse created by Leigh Bardugo and several novels written by Roald Dahl. I'm not always fond of when books are turned into television adaptations, may it be TV series or films, because there's always something missing or the characters and the settings are too different from how I pictured them in my mind. However, today I'm pushing my doubts and fears aside and I'm sharing with you seven books I'd love to be turned into television series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24376529-a-madness-so-discreet

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I may not mention it very often, but I love reading about Victorian heroines and thus watching a TV show inspired by one of the strongest Victorian heroines I came across in literature recently would be amazing. I'm already picturing the nightmarish Victorian asylum where Grace was locked up by her family and Thornhollow and his singularities. The dark mysteries and noxious murders with a pinch of criminal psychology of A Madness so Discreet are only enough for a mini-series, but it would be a remarkable mini-series. Or maybe I could finally see my ship sailing, if the screenwriters and Mindy McGinnis turned it into a full series. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37588503-a-spark-of-white-fire
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna. Can you just imagine how breathtaking a TV series based on A Spark of White Fire, a sci-fi retelling of the Mahabharata, would be?! As I wrote in my review, this is a beautiful space opera and I would love to see how the enticing descriptions of galaxies sprinkled with a thousand stars, colourful nebulae and floating cities would translate to the small screen. With curses, family rivalry, political intrigue, mythical Indian gods and goddesses, and a sentient spaceship, the narrative has everything that makes a series captivating and binge-watch worth.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10929432-the-archived?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I'm currently re-reading this series and the plot is so unique that it would make a thrilling television series. The concept regarding the ghosts is singular: after someone dies, she or he becomes an History and is kept on the shelves of the Archive as if they were books. This series would give so many Gothic feelings. And the settings would have such an eerie feeling - can you imagine the Coronado with its gargoyles? And the creepiness and dangerousness of the Narrows? The sinister atmosphere and the secrets surrounding the mysterious murders that took place in the Coronado half a century ago would catch the viewers attention.

 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7728889-the-diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I know that I've just gushed about this series in my last post, but I truly believe that The Diviners would be a terrific TV series. With a little bit of horror, a bit of historical drama and a bit of mystery and murder, the narrative of The Diviners would be everything any serioholic (I think I just made up a word) could ask for and more. Set in the roaring twenties (one of my favourite historical periods), the story's aura is chilling, to say the least, with an ominous and dark atmosphere. Even with all the bright colours of the twenties, the show would give anyone the heebie jeebies due to Naughty John and his creepy whistling and this nightmarish rhyme he recites as he stalks his victims.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293-the-selection

The Selection by Kiera Kass. This was actually the first book series that crossed my mind when I thought about books-to-films adaptations I'd love to watch. After rambling about America and Maxon the other day, I realized that this book series deserves another opportunity to be on the small screen (six years might have passed, but I'm still mad at you CW for not letting this happen). Pretty dresses and political intrigue? A dashing prince and a revolution brewing? I'm sure a lot of people would be with their eyes glued on the screen not to lose a minute of America's journey through the selection.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874032-vicious

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent. I don't think I've ever mentioned around here my love for The Stars Never Rise (if I did, it must have been when I still participated on Bout of Books because I clearly remember that this novel was part of one of mine read-a-thon TBR piles). Since Supernatural is ending after fifteen years, a television adaptation of The Stars Never Rise would be the perfect replacement for anyone who loves shows featuring vicious and deadly demons. A dystopian world ruled by the Church, in which only a few settlements survived to the ravaging demons that consume souls, with dark twists and exorcists, I'm sure that this show would have high ratings.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874032-vicious 
Vicious and Vengeance by V.E. Schwab. It shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm mentioning Schwab more than once in this list. The main reason why I'd love the Villains series to become TV series is because of its very complex and three-dimensional characters. This world is inhabited by morally grey characters and powerful women who will crush every man that thought of them feeble and easily manipulated. It's so hard to pick sides because everyone is good and evil at the same time (or maybe some are less evil than the others). Hopefully, the series would follow the time jumps like in the book and not create a linear timeline because that would definitely keep one's attention.

I've now realized that with me on charge of Netflix, there would be many scary and blood curling series in the works. Anyway, there are probably another one hundred book-to-film adaptations I'd love to watch on the small screen (even if there would major differences from what I imagined), but these are the ones that I'd sell my soul to the devil to have the opportunity to binge-watch.

Which books would you like to be adapted for the small screen? Or would you rather it to be a film? Let me know in the comments section. 😊

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30 comments:

  1. The Selection would be a lot of fun. It's sort of like The Bachelor, so it would work on TV.

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    1. That's why I never understood the reason why CW didn't give The Selection an opportunity. There's no Bachelor in my country, but I've noticed that the show is huge on US.

      Happy readings, Sam! ;)

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  2. I think The Archived would make an awesome movie/television show! It's such a fascinating concept. I still need to read the second book!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Hope you can read the second book in The Archived series soon. I found it so much better than the first one. Simply couldn't put it down. Happy readings, Lindsi! ;)

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  3. The Selection would be SUCH a good TV show

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    1. Right?! It NEEDS to happen!!!! Happy readings! ;)

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  4. Great picks here. I'm pretty sure I'd watch all of them, especially the V.E. Schwab ones.

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    1. Thank you. I'm pretty sure I'd end up living in my sofa if these books became series. Happy readings! ;)

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  5. I really need to read The Selection series! Another one for the list...

    I love how Netflix is adapting so many books to tv/film. The ones I've seen so far have been done pretty well, I think.

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Selection when you read it. :) Me too. The adaptations produced by Netflix are always so AMAZING. Happy readings! ;)

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  6. I would so be there for an adaptation of The Diviners, I imagine the costumes would be amazing and if the casting was done right I would just adore it. And the series will be finishing soon enough. And I imagine The Selection would make an awesome TV series. I never finished reading that series, wow, this post is making me want to go back and reread, I'm sure I have most of the books already.

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    1. The costumes would be everything! *.* I'm so excited about the last book in the series - I'll be probably re-read The Diviners and then binge-read the series. I still haven't figured out why The Selection didn't become a TV series...

      Happy readings! ;)

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  7. Oooh, A Spark of White Fire would be FABULOUS! Come on, Hollywood, make it happen.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Does anyone have Hollywood's contact number?! =P I REALLY need this book to be a television series.

      Happy readings Nicole!;)

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  8. Oh I must have read this on twitter! For some reason it won't allow me to comment from there. I love adaption posts like this one!! I wish producers would read them. ❤️ The Stars Never Rise sounds like a show I would want to see. Thought A Spark of White Fire is a book I really want to read too, so I would be anxious to see that happen too. ;)

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    1. Really? I'll take a look at the HTML code to be sure everything is okay. Thanks for letting me know. :) I'd be very anxious about A Spark of White Fire too if it were to become a television series. It would break my heart if producers/directors/actors didn't make it justice.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  9. I have to admit, I don't usually watch book to movie/series adaptations because I don't like to lose the picture in my head. But I really want to read The Diviners! And from your description, it does sound like it'd make a great series!

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    1. I usually avoid watching book to series/films adaptations because nothing is ever like I imagined. However, Netflix always seems to convey the book perfectly, so I try to give book adaptions an opportunity. Hope you can read The Diviners. It's a brilliant book.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  10. I haven't read any of these! I'd like to read some V.E. Schwab though. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Hope you've a chance to read Schwab's books soon because they are amazing. Happy readings! ;)

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  11. The Archived would look stunning on screen, and I would love to see a film or TV adaptation of Vicious!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/top-ten-tuesday-211/

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    1. I think I'd be happy if any of Schwab's books were to be on the works to become a television series. Happy readings! ;)

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  12. I'd definitely watch The Stars Never Rise if it ever became a TV show.

    My TTT.

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    1. I'd love how they would portray the demons. Happy readings! ;)

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  13. Oh, wow, Netflix bought the rights to 50 movies?!? Hopefully a lot of them will get made. Once again, I need to read VE Schwab's books. I say that every week!

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    1. Netflix has been busy when it comes buying book rights. Hope you've an opportunity to read her books asap. Schwab is a brilliant author.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  14. I'd love to see Vicious turned into a series!!

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    1. Netflix should make it happen! Happy readings! ;)

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  15. Vicious, The Diviners, and A Madness so Discreet would be awesome to see on tv.

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. I'd probably freak out if Netflix turned this books into tv series. Happy readings! ;)

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