I’ve recently watched the first episodes of Outlander and found myself really impressed with how well the show translated to television. I think the casting was spot on and I might prefer viewing the story over reading it. Granted, I only read the first two books and have seen about half the first book so that might change. This got me thinking of the latest book to TV adaptations- Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries. Each show brought something unique to the book and each varies to how closely the story and characters have followed the original.
So far, I tend to prefer TV shows that have stuck closely to the original material but I have to admit, knowing Game of Thrones this next season is going away a bit from Martin’s books does excite me. What will they do? And how will it work?
Did you ever see Legend of The Seeker based on Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series? The show was so much fun but veered FAR from the show. Ultimately, it didn’t last all that long.
Long story short…this got me thinking of the book series that I would love to see on television.
Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee
I just read the final book, End of Days, and I think these three books would translate beautifully to screen. The rights for a film have been sold and I think that if done correctly it could work that way too. I prefer tv series though because you get so much more time with the characters. Of course this one would be need to air on HBO, Starz or the like. I won’t go into casting because I’m awful at it. I do worry that there is no possible actor that could portray Raffe correctly (for me).
Every Series by Ellie Marney
I absolutely love these books (though I’ve not read Every Move yet) and think that they would make for an excellent TV show. The chemistry and relationship between the two leads would be fabulous on screen as well as the mystery. I could see them creating all types of weekly mysteries for these two to solve. This needs to happen, please?
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Okay, this one is a standalone (hoping for a companion novel!) but the western setting would be sooo good for television. I think we can all agree that TV is lacking in westerns as of late. Not sure they’d have enough material to make it a long running series so this might work better as a film but I’d love to tune in weekly to Kate’s story of revenge.
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Really, what list would be complete without this series? There is so much material to pull from as well as drama, action, magic, just EVERY element screams ‘make me a TV show’ Could you imagine seeing Celaena’s character growth on TV? It would be so amazing as well as the setting…just everything. Yep, I need this. And all the ships? On TV. My heart aches thinking about it.
I’ll stop here though anything Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo would be wonderful. I could really go on and on. There are so many amazing books that I would love to watch as well as read.