Friday, September 9, 2011

TGIF: Books I'd like to See as TV Shows

'ello lovelies. 

This week, the wonderful Ginger at GReadsBooks has asked: 

Which books would you love to see made in to a tv series? or movie?

Now, I'm something of a film and television aficionado. Which basically means that I watch a lot of Netflix and have taken a couple pop culture criticism courses (read: have a Master's degree in Arts Journalism.) So, I tend to think EVERYTHING should be a television show or movie. 

But, the more I read, the more I find that's not quite true. There are so many books that have been adapted to (especially) movies or (less especially) television shows that have gotten SO SCREWED UP because the screenwriters change things or the actress isn't quite what you hoped the character would be or your favorite scene in the book was cut from the movie for some stupid reason that I have sort of become anti-book to film medium. I just can't seem to trust screenwriters with my beloved books.* 

But that doesn't mean I don't think about these things. 

So, here are the carefully considered books I'd really love to see on either the big or small screen, but only if they are done with thoughtful care and with the loving permission of the author, who has preferably adapted their own screenplay and/or given their blessing. :)

1. Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz 
I'd love to see this as a TV series. Preferably on the CW and not MTV. 

2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman 
I had some issues with this book, but I think it would make an INCREDIBLE film. But, I could also see it as a really compelling and totally different-feeling TV show. 

3. The Curse Workers series by Holly Black
I'd loooooove to see this as films. But only if Jesse Eisenberg would play Cassel. Now that I've heard him narrate the audiobook, he will always and forever be my Cassel. 

4. Paper Towns by John Green (But, really, anything by John Green.)
There have been lots of movie rumors about his novels being turns into films, and I know that film rights have been sold for, I think, all of his books thus far. And while any one of them would translate to the screen well, I really, really want the visual of a house full of black Santas. 

5. Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
If written by the right people (read: Jane Espenson and the rest of the Joss Whedon crew) and acted by the right actors, this could be ALL KINDS OF AWESOME.

Aaaand that's my list! Let me know which books you'd like to see in theaters in comments. TGIF!

*If some of my favorite books and top reads of this past year were to become films or TV shows, I would be ECSTATIC for the authors and would wholeheartedly support it with my dollars and viewership. But if it gets screwed up because of those pesky Hollywood types, I will be verbally ninja-kicking them on this here bloggy-blog. 


  1. I know what you mean about taking an awesome book & ruining it with a horrible movie adaptation (ie. Twilight! Ugh!) I have this awful feeling the same thing will happen with The Mortal Instruments series... which really saddens me.

  2. I agree...I'm always uneasy when it's announced that one of my favorite series is moving to the big screen. I really hope they don't butcher The Hunger Games. I'm also in agreeance that The Curse Workers series would make for awesome movies. :)

  3. These are great choices. I still have not read anything by John Green, I know I need to! I own Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines but I just have not gotten to them yet. I plan to soon, especially now that I know there is a house full of black Santas... I really need to know what that is all about!

  4. I'm with everyone rarely does a movie get it right it can be a bummer to watch the adaptation. But when they do it right (recently loved The Help) it can be oh, so nice to have visuals.

    P.S. I'm kinda surprised John Green hasn't had a movie yet...seems like teen box office gold...

  5. Hello! New follower passing through. I haven't read the Blue Blood series. But its vampires so I'd love for it to be a series too! :)
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  6. Great list! I have yet to read Paper Towns, but it is high on my TBR pile. [:

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  7. Hahahaha..."verbally ninja-kicking," I just about peed my pants when I read that part. For my list, it was so hard to list books that I love with my whole heart (Sarah Dessen, Melina Marchetta, Jennifer Echols) because I would hate to see my favorites screwed up BUT if any of my favorite books were to be turned into movies, there is no doubt in my mind that I would go see it!