Let’s be honest, we book nerds love when our favorite books are made into television shows or even put on the big screen. Why? Well, not only do we get to see the world we invested so much time in come to life, but we also get to bring our fellow non-book nerds to the dark side. (Think Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. How many non-bookish people were converted because of those films?)
Thankfully, the entertainment-making gods have decided that this phenomenon of adapting books into visual form is an easy way to make a decent buck.
In just this year, we’ve got Everything, Everything; Before I Fall; Fifty Shades Darker; among many others. As for TV, the recently-ended Vampire Diaries has been a pretty big hit. And, of course, Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon. (I’m currently obsessed with GoT, and I seriously need season seven to get here ASAP!) We won’t talk about some of the less successful shows. *cough* Shadowhunters and Delirium *cough*
Oh, and Kendare Blake recently released the news that Three Dark Crowns has a movie deal. The same has happened with Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds, Sophie Jordan’s Firelight, T.A. Barron’s Lost Years of Merlin series, Taherah’s Mafi’s Shatter Me, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen (#TeamCalftw), Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. There’s still a ton more I’m forgetting right now.
However, even though there are quite a few adaptations being made, there’s always more author fodder out there. For example, The Chronicles of Prydain from Lloyd Alexander have great odds to be adapted into a movie or TV series.
Some books that I personally would love to see make it to the big screen include:
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I think this one could be a huge hit. It’s a 1001 Arabian Nights retelling, so it’d be a little bit like Aladdin mixed with the attitude of Daenerys from Game of Thrones (minus the dragons, of course).
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This would be a cute contemporary movie as long as they didn’t make the sequel. I’m not sure if I’d go see it in theaters, but I’d definitely watch it on Netflix.
As for the small screen, I think these series would work:
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Ward has so many awesome, gritty and raw characters in this series. I would love if something like a cross between True Blood and Netflix’s Daredevil could happen to these characters. I’d love a movie version too, but there are just too many characters and plots for this to really do well as a film.
Heck yes! A TV show with teenagers fighting zombies that no one else can see all while taking on an evil, underground organization? I’m in. Plus, seeing Cole on the small screen wouldn’t hurt either. ;)
Obsidian OR White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Honestly, any of JLA’s books could be put on the small screen and I’d be ridiculously happy. I just love these two series more than her others. Although, I think Obsidian was optioned for a movie deal once upon a time, and Half-Blood was supposed to be a TV show. I hope that happens…
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
This would make a great Syfy TV show. It’d be a cross between Firefly and Dark Matter.
Alright, there you have it. Those are some of the books that I think would make great TV or film adaptations, along with some news about which books have already been put on the list of adaptations to come.
If you have any additions to make to either of these categories, let me know in the comments below!