Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Would Love to See as a Movie or TV Show

September 10, 2013 General, Top Ten Tuesday 23


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the blog THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH.  Every Tuesday, I love seeing these lists around my favorite blogs so I decided to jump into the fun and participate, too.  Please click the graphic above to see what other blogs are posting their top ten today!   


In no particular order, here is my top ten list of books that I would love to see made into films or TV shows:


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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.  

 Outlander Cover

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.

 Discovery of Witches

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.  

 An Instance at the Fingerpost

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.

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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. 

 Wicked As They Come

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.

 In the Woods

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?


23 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Would Love to See as a Movie or TV Show”

  1. Vilia

    I can easily see Harkness’ novel as a film franchise – there is so much rich detail they could draw on. Thanks for checking out my T10T
    Vilia @ Backchatting Books

  2. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I can’t believe I didn’t think of A Discovery of Witches!! Or The Instance of the Fingerpost (although I really need to re-read that one, it’s been a very long time!). Great list! I agree, Outlander will be awesome if they don’t screw it up. 😉

  3. Kimberlybuggie

    Awesome list. I have the All Souls Trilogy on my list too. Deborah Harkness’s world is amazing!! And I’m so glad you chose Tana French. I love her books, and I try to get all of my friends to read them. I think she’s wonderful. Now that you say that, it does remind me of Luther a bit…

    My TTT

    Happy Reading!

    • shewolfreads

      The Dublin Murder Squad would make a great BBC mini-series a la Luther. Same style and look to it, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Braine Talk Supe

    I joined this for the first time this week!

    Anyway, we do need more werewolves, tired of vamps!

    Discovery of Witches has been picked up for a movie last I heard… unless it fell through?

    • shewolfreads

      Yes! Join the fun, Braine! I think there was talk about it being a film but then I never heard anything again. I hope it gets made!

  5. Tanya Patrice

    Yes and yes to Cinder and Kindred! I really want to say more, but I’m distracted by the AMAZING layout! I haven’t been by in a minute, so I missed seeing the unveiling of this beauty – but absolutely in love with the header, and the whole thing 🙂

  6. Carley Anne

    I totally agree with you on Room. Personally I would love nothing more than to see a movie adaptation of The Gemini Factor by Philip Fleishman. Murder mystery thrillers often work really well on the screen and this one would be perfect. The way the different characters stories weave and intertwine and the complex but intelligent coming together of themes would be exciting and mind bending. I really hope someone picks up on this one. If you haven’t read the book you should go grab a copy right now. Fantastic reading.