Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen

This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is ‘books that should be adapted into Netflix shows/movies’, I’ve made the decision to drop ‘Netflix’ as I didn’t think it was that important to the prompt. This was a super easy and fun topic for me as I have so many books I’d like to see as movies or TV shows!

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Synopsis: Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and not fitting into either. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places, including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth. As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.’

Whilst I didn’t love this book due to structural problems, I did like the contents and messaging of the book. I think if this was a movie any structural difficulties could be resolved easily whilst also keeping the great commentary on British racism and mental health. It could be great.

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Synopsis: Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class in her senior year, but doesn’t expect all that comes with it. Her team have nothing in common, and she’s stuck working with someone she never wanted to see again. Everything is out of control and a mess, but can something good be born out of it?

It’s a cheesy synopsis, and it’s kind of a cheesy book. but it’s a good kind of cheesy. This would be a great teenage romantic comedy and would be just fun and easy to watch (if done right).

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Synopsis: Two siblings with brilliant talents, but only one is Mozart. Nannerl Mozart dreams of being a composer, but she lives in 18th century Europe and her father is more concerned with who she will marry than her talents, and her brother, Wolfgang, shines brighter and brighter with each passing day. That it is until a stranger appears with a magical offer that could make her dreams come true.

Whilst this books reads as almost middle-grade or very young YA, I think if you aged up the contents slightly this could be a great multi-genre film. It could be sweet and a little scary, with some romance but also some family values, it could be really good if you just tweaked the age rating slightly.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Synopsis: Noelle, a shape shifting menace, and Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, make a great supervillain and sidekick pairing. But as Blackheart’s plans of exposing how the heroes of his city aren’t the good people everyone thinks they are unravel Nimona grows violent, and her past and powers become less clear and more dangerous.

This is THE best graphic novel I’ve ever read, and I would love to see it adapted into something just so I could have more of it.

Anna K by Jenny Lee

Synopsis: A retelling of Anna Karenina that follows Anna K, seventeen, and at the top of Manhattan society, seemingly unaffected by her family and friend’s own struggles. Everything changes however when she meets Alexia, a notorious playboy, and the two are pulled together in a way she can’t explain until a revelation shocks the core of their relationship.

This should definitely be a TV show, or there should be a TV show loosely inspired by this book! This would be a fantastic new show similar to ‘Gossip Girl’, but BETTER. It’s the kind of teen drama I’d love to watch.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Synopsis: Patroclus, a prince, has been exiled and finds himself in the court of King Peleus where he captures Prince Achilles’ eye. Achilles takes the prince on as his friend and as they grow so does their bond, much to the displeasure of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when news comes Helena of Sparta has been captured and war is coming, Patroclus follows his friend to Troy, not knowing that what happens there will test everything he holds dear.

Honestly this was a very selfish pick, I just want to see at least one of Madeline Miller’s works adapted, and I would be happy with this or ‘Circe’.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Synopsis: Mehr, trapped between two cultures, is the illegitimate daughter of a governor and an Amrithi nomad whose culture and magic have been outlawed. Caught one night practising rites that have been forbidden, Mehr captures the attention of the Emperor’s feared mystics and now has to use everything at her disposal to escape their cruel agenda.

This would be fantastic source material for a new fantasy TV series. I know, I know we have a lot of those already, but the magic and world in this is different from any other I’ve read, and I think it would feel unique in a TV landscape dominated by medieval Europe inspired fantasies.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis: Humanity has conquered war, famine and illness and now has even conquered death. Scythes are the only ones who can end life and they must do so to ensure the population doesn’t grow too large in size. Cita and Rowan are chosen as scythe apprentices, a role neither wants, but they must learn how to take a life or they might lose their own.

Whilst I haven’t read the final book in this trilogy yet, I think the first two could make a great TV series or maybe even films. It’s not a concept I’ve seen on TV or in the cinema before, and I think it could be really cool and popular.

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Synopsis: When ‘The Taker’ takes everything from Annabelle she doesn’t know what to do, so she does the only thing she knows how to do anymore: she runs. She runs from Seattle to Washington D.C., and she doesn’t want to think about anything other than the how, but no one can outrun their past and Annabelle’s follows her through suburban streets and mountain passes. Followed by her grandpa and his RV, and backed by family and friends Annabelle finds herself becoming a reluctant activist and at the centre of the media’s attention.

Whilst I can’t imagine this as a huge blockbuster film, I think it would make a great indie film (it’s also a great book you should definitely read).

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Synopsis: Victor has just escaped prison, and he is determined to hunt down the man who put him there, his ex-college roommate, Eli. Eli, meanwhile, is hunting down those like him and Victor: EOs, those who gain extraordinary abilities after near-death experiences.

I just want a gritty crime drama adapted from this series, and I really don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen

  1. Ooh, I had Vicious on my list this week but then realised I had made a list of 15 books so I took it off my list 😂 I’d love to see that as a show! I think SoA would also be amazing as well. Great list!


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