Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be adapted into television shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books that should be adapted into shows or movies but honestly, I feel like depending on the book, they should definitely be adapted one way or the other. So I’m going to split this out into two weeks: One for books that should be shows, and one for books that should be movies.

Today’s post, obviously, is shows. Next Tuesday will be movies.

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

This book I feel would make for a very atmospheric series. It follows a young girl whose brothers are turned into swans, and goes into myth and folklore. I feel like this would be a show with a more sedated pace, but it’d be entertaining nonetheless.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The book has both the plot and the world building to justify a television series. It moves along at the perfect pace for binging.


The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden

Again this one’s super atmospheric. I’ve only read the first out of the three so far, but from what I’ve heard it gets pretty crazy.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

As much as I disliked this book, I think it’d make for a great television show. My main reason for disliking this thing was the writing. I liked the lore and everything set up behind it, so seeing it fleshed out and seeing real people acting in it would probably get me to like it.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I’ve read this entire trilogy, and with all the world building and twists and turns, I know it’d make a great television show. There are plenty of places for episode and season cliffhangers. It’d be perfect, I’m tellin ya.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

I feel like this book is just set up for a series. The tower in the book is divided into different levels, and at each stage Senlin is confronted with different situations and characters. Totally breakable into episodes, man.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

This is a nine book series, and would give a lot of material. This one would also require a huge budget, because dragons and CG and special effects and all that.

But man would it be awesome.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Again I have issues with this book – mainly the main character – but the world is awesome. I’d love to see it explored more fully, and I feel that a series could do that much better than a movie could.

I could see this actually getting picked up if book three ever comes out.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

This is another long series with a huge world and lots of lore. It also has a huge cast, so it’d provide plenty of different scenes.

It’d also require a large budget, because the magic system is pretty intricate, and a lot of work would have to go into making it look real. But it’d. be. awesome.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Honestly the entire Elderlings world. Sixteen books. Tons of characters, tons of lore, tons of worldbuilding, tons of plot. Out of all the books on this list, I want this one to happen the most. And honestly I could see it happening within my lifetime. Robin Hobb is becoming more and more affluent with every passing day. It’s only a matter of time, man.

And that’s it! As said, next week will be movies. I have a whole different set of books for that one. If you’ve read any of the above, or feel that they should be movies as opposed to tv series, do let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading!

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