9.14.16 Books You Want to See as TV Shows | Top 5 Wednesday

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T5W: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
Obviously, George R.R. Martin’s series, A Song of Fire and Ice aka Game of Thrones, is a huge success on HBO. Martin also wrote several episodes of a 1980s show called Beauty and the Beast which landed him an Emmy nomination. It is clear that Martin knows how to write stories great for television which is why Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin would make a great show as well. It is a stand alone novel, so there is perhaps only enough content to do a mini series. However, with talented writers I can see this being drawn out into a multi-season show. Also, people never tire of vampires.

Garden Spells & First Frost by Sarah Anderson Allen
The Waverley Family series reminded me a lot of the movie Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman. This book series would be a perfect to create a whimsical TV show around. The books are set in a charming small town, the Waverley’s are a source of local gossip due to their “gifts”, there is a mischievous fortune telling tree, and a dash of romance. Sold!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Easily a series I can see on CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family) as it deals with teenagers and high school, but since the main focus of the book is suicide I think a platform like Netflix would be the best place to create the show as it would do this heavy topic justice. The writers of Jessica Jones come to mind in pulling off this book to tv adaptation.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Broken Monsters is a stand alone book, but since Lauren Beukes writes from various points of view including the killer, I can see each season being a new killer and a new investigation to be solved. Similar to what American Horror Story does. Also, the other worldly happenings when the killer “creates” his victims would be amazing to see visually.

Blood &  Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
The main reason I would like to see this adapted into a TV show is to have it redeemed from the awful movie that was made from this work. I can easily see this being a series on the CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Teen werewolf girl falls in love with a human, but must hide her secret from him all the while dealing with family pack obligations and another werewolf seeking her affection. Hello, love triangle!

*BONUS*The Girls by Emma Cline
I love this book and people will forever be fascinated by the Manson Murders. The Girls by Emma Cline would make a great mini-series. Again like Thirteen Reasons Why, I think Netflix or a platform that allows for serious/heavy topics to be explored would be the best fit for the show as the book deals with sexuality, coming of age, murder, relations between adults and children, child abuse, drugs, and sex.

If these book to show adaptations occurred, which show(s) would you be excited to watch? What book(s) do want to see made into a TV show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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