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In no particular order, here is my top ten list of books that I would love to see made into films or TV shows:
1. The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
I think you will see this series a lot on my Top Ten posts. It really is one of my favorites which is one reason why it is with trepidation I put Mercy Thompson on this particular list. The world-building and relationships are stellar and would provide rich material for an adaptation. I would just have to pray to the adaptation gods that the filmmakers don’t mess it up. I would be so very pissed.
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This might not count because I think they’re actually making this into a film or TV series. I’m actually surprised it hasn’t been done sooner. Gabaldon’s series has a massive fan base, and the story is so rich in romance, adventure, and history that it seems a no-brainer for the big screen.
3. The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer
This YA series is just wonderful. A cyborg Cinderella? A Little Red Riding Hood who can take care of herself and tame the Big Bad Wolf? I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this series. It completely took me by surprise. There is a cinematic quality to it and it would make a great summer blockbuster film I would love to take my daughter to see.
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Have you read this? Did you love it? I did. The setting – British and academic. The world – vast, complicated, and dangerous. A mysterious book, a sexy vampire, a powerful witch who has no idea how powerful she is…I can totally see this as a film.
5. An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
A truly great mystery. And I do not exaggerate when I say that. Told by four unreliable narrators, this mystery is…gripping. I actually don’t know if it would make a good film. But I would like to see someone attempt it.
6. The Weird Girls Series by Cecy Robson
This series would make a great cable show for a network like HBO. I see it as a racier “Charmed” for the next generation. It’s action-packed, set in a great location (Lake Tahoe), has four sexy sisters with diverse powers and potential who can really kick some ass. I would tune in every week.
7. The Blud Series by Delilah S. Dawson
The world Dawson creates in this series is hypnotic. It’s like a dream full of danger, whimsy, beauty, fear, and romance. I can see Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, or Jean Pierre Jeunet direct a feature length film on this book and then quickly move into adapting the second book in the series.
8. The Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French
Another great mystery series. Fascinating, complex characters and edge of your seat mysteries that keep you guessing and on such a high level of tension that you can’t read just one page. I’ve read the first two books and have to catch up with the last two. I could see this as a BBC drama similar to “Luther” (which if you haven’t seen, you really must).
9. Room by Emma Donoghue
It pains me to admit this but Room would make a great film. I say, “it pains me” because this was a hard book to read. It deals with a hard subject, a tragic and deeply disturbing premise. But ultimately it’s a story of survival and the unwavering, unrelenting love of a mother for her son. There’s a scene in this book that had my heart beating like a tom tom drum, the tension was so high. This would make a powerful film if done well.
10. Kindred by Octavia Butler
Last, but most certainly not least, is Kindred by Octavia Butler, a much underrated book of science-fiction. Butler tackles issues of history, race, and sexism, all in the story of a modern day African-American woman who is hurtled back in time to the antebellum south. This is another one of those books that I can’t be sure would translate well to the screen, but I would applaud the attempt.
What books would you love to see made into films or TV shows?