Oooooooh boy do I have a list for this one! Like, when don’t we want our favorite stories adapted for TV or movies?
Although, on second thought…more than one book has been ruined by this. So, for the sake of argument, let’s pretend that they are able to do these stories justice. These are the stories I’d most love to see on the small screen.
Top Ten Books I Wish Were Adapted by Netflix
1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
This was absolutely the first book I thought of and I think it would be perfect for Netflix. It’s creepy and snarky with interesting characters. We all know slasher/horror movies are super popular, especially with young people, so I feel like this makes business sense.
2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
This book has been around for, geez, something like 17 years? God, I feel old. But the point is that it’s got a large following and, with its theme of friendship and the magical twist, it would make for a good series. Factor in the setting of 1899 England at an all-girls boarding school and Gemma’s connection to India and Indian culture, and you have appeal.
3. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Netflix keeps making all these dating movies and reality shows (not that I’m mad about this), but wouldn’t it just be so much cooler if the other person was a literal god? Kate is put in an impossible position and is forced to accept a six month stay in the Underworld in order to keep her mom alive as the cancer ravages her body. I mean, tell me that wouldn’t make a good movie.
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I’m not going to lie, I’m actually surprised this one hasn’t been made into a movie yet. This book took the book world by storm when it came out–and for good reason. It’s engrossing and you relate to the characters and it fits really well into nerd culture as we know it–which is hot right now. I just saw an ad for a CW show about a gamer girl. This would fit into that kind of demographic easily.
5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Maybe it’s because this series has always felt like a movie in my head, but I think it would be a super cool TV show. With seven books, it would be easy to turn it into the next Buffy-type show. (In fact, the book references Buffy a lot.) It would be awesome to see how their CGI department handled showing souls and how the actress handled Kaylee’s banshee traits.
6. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Ok, ditto what I said above. I really just want to see how they battle soul zombies on TV.
7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I want to make sure I share some love with YA contemporary romance as well. This has long been one of my favorite Dessen novels. I adore Dexter and I love the element of having Remy be the subject of this incredible one-hit wonder of a song. I think it’s a mature story that can still be funny and cute. And maybe there’s a way to bring it into 2020 that adds something interesting to the story.
8. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Speaking of YA contemp, I would absolutely adore seeing a TV show or movie about a girl who plays football. There are so many stories where the girl is a tomboy until she befriends some girls and then she discovers her feminine side, but Jordan is not like that. And I’d like to see her stay tough.
9. The Taking by Kimberly Derting
I will be the first to tell you that anything about aliens usually gets a groan from me, but I think this would work super well as a one season TV show. In this story, a girl has been missing for like 3 years. To her, no time has passed. To everyone else, she looks exactly the same as the day she left while they’ve all aged. Her world isn’t the same anymore and she finds herself relating more to her ex-boyfriend’s younger brother…who is the same age she is now. It’s funky, but it would be easy to turn into a show.
10. Splintered by A.G. Howard
I’m maybe reaching a little with this one, but I have this love of all things Alice in Wonderland and I think a modern twist on it wouldn’t go amiss. Especially since the story involves unconventional characters and skate parks and madness and a freaking crazy world. But yeah, lots of CGI necessary.
Excuse me, why is ACOTAR not on this list? Ok, I feel like I have to defend myself a little here. With this story, I think I have such a strong image in my head of what Rhys looks like and what Feyre looks like and what Tamlin looks like and what their worlds look like that anything short of that would be a disappointment. Also, Feyre is so in her head and descriptive about her feelings toward people and things and places that I feel like a lot of that would be lost translating it from the page to the screen. This is one story that I’m just not sure anyone could really do justice to and I don’t necessarily want them to try.