I haven't done a 'Top 5 Wednesday' post or video in a while now, but the topics for September sound really good and ones that I've got ideas for. So I thought I'd jump back into it this week to talk about my top five books that I would love to see as TV shows!
It was actually hard to find five books that I'd want to see as TV shows, and for two reasons. Number one - not all the books I've read are ones that I'd want to see adapted. And number two - some of the books I would have chosen have already been adapted for television or the big screen!
But, I did manage to get together five books that I'd really love to see adapted, whether for TV or movies, however I can see them as more suited to television.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
IT'S THE BACHELOR IN BOOK FORM! Which is why it's perfect for TV and would make a great series. I admit, I'm not a fan of the Bachelor and it's not a show that I really care for, but give me the Bachelor set in a dystopian world, with the Prince looking for a wife and rebels attacking the palace and you've got me hooked!
The twists, turns and heartbreak throughout the books would be prefect for framing episodes, and it'd be a great opportunity to learn a bit more about all the Selection girls. Plus, we could have a book per season!
Just thinking about it, The Selection series seems perfect for television!
Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
I absolutely love this trilogy, which is why I'd love to see it adapted. Like The Selection, I just feel like the drama and action in the books would be a great way to frame episodes.
As a TV series, I think I'd work really well for following the different characters from their perspectives, instead of just focusing on the main character of Wendy.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I NEED THIS ADAPTATION RIGHT NOW!
What I think would be amazing to see with this series being adapted, would be how the writers and directors used the documents to create the story. With the book having no traditional narrative and so many aspects of description and storyline missing, or not described traditionally, it would be interesting to see how it all comes together on the screen.
With the story, I'm imagining something similar to Star Trek (not that I've ever actually seen a full episode as it's not really my thing) and Australian kids show Silversun (which I absolutely loved as a kid!) It would be a chance to see some of the other people onboard the ships as well, while still focusing on our main characters. Plus, everything to do with AIDAN would be amazing onscreen.
Again, this would be another trilogy where one book would be one season. PLEASE CAN WE GET A TV SERIES!
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
I mean, this comic series is just made for television! It's such a different and interesting premise - two people have the ability to stop time when they have sex and they use this power to rob banks, and there are also these people known as the Sex Police. It's such a fun graphic novel series that it would make such a fun TV series.
And it wouldn't have to be that graphic, as it's not too graphic in the comic (but still not suitable for young audiences). Okay, so we do see people having sex and masturbating (something I never thought I'd have to write on my blog, but whatever), but I feel like it could be filmed and edited in a way that doesn't make it look like porn. Plus, it would be interesting to see how they make 'The Quiet' look onscreen, and whether it would involve awesome colours like it does in the comics.
On this list, this is probably the least likely to be adapted, but it would definitely be a fun-filled TV series if it was!
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mathew Wilson & Clayton Cowles
Again, this is another comic/graphic novel series that is just made for television!
With such a colourful cast of characters, this would be a great way to explore their backstories more, and the mythology that surrounds them - it could be educational and fun! Again, there is so much drama and twists that episodes would be filled with a lot of action and end on awesome cliffhangers.
What I'd really love to see is how they would bring to life the amazing artwork, and the clothing that the characters wear. This is one of the aspects that people love about the series, so it would be interesting to see how it all came together onscreen.
If you've read the books, you'd know about the end of volume one. Now imagine that as the season one cliffhanger - it. would. be. awesome.
So that is five books that I'd love to see as TV series! I definitely think there is a market for these adaptations, or most of them anyway, so fingers crossed that something does happen with some of them.
Obviously, The Selection series has already been attempted as a TV series with little success, and it's now being produced as a movie, so hopefully it all goes well and we get a great adaptation, even though it's not how I have imagined it in my head. Also, the Trylle Trilogy was optioned for a movie, but the rights are now back with the author, so maybe one day in the future, my idea for a TV series will come true.
Please let me know your thoughts on the books I've mentioned, and what books you think would work well on television.
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