Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Make Perfect Films/TV Series

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Ooh, THIS is a great topic!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - Fans of A Cinderella Story (and EVERYONE should be a fan of A Cinderella Story, it rocked!) would be especially delighted by this one, I think. Absolutely lovely romance, mainly via e-mails, between two boys. Superb characterisation and a feelgood hit. (Also Oreos should probably sponsor it!)

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison - Another that would make perfect summer viewing, this comedy from last year about teens who'd finished their A levels and were looking for the person who could be their 'lobster' is one of the funniest books for ages and hugely warm and engaging. The right director and cast could make this a smash hit.

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin - Taking place in the 1920s with flappers, a wonderful setting, and a romance so swoony I'm breaking into a wide smile just thinking about it, this would make such an amazing film!

Summer Love edited by Annie Harper - Coming in a few weeks from new imprint Duet Books, this anthology of LGBTQ stories from authors across the LGBTQ spectrum has a wide variety of settings - both contemporary and historical - and some brilliant writing and characters. I think that this would actually make a perfect web series, given the format would mean that episodes could be of different lengths, and a diverse anthology series would seem to have the potential to do really well. My absolute favourite in the collection is What The Heart Wants by Naomi Tajedler, set in a summer art school as a girl develops feelings for the female model she's drawing. Another that I think would work brilliantly on screen include SJ Martin's The Most Handsome, about a transgender protagonist falling in love with a college student - the Cape Cod setting here is brought to life excellently and I think would be great viewing. Looking at the historicals in there, the pastoral setting just prior to the outbreak of World War II of Suzey Ingold's gay romance The Willow Waits For Us would film beautifully, while Amy Stilgenbauer's The Fire Eater's Daughter, about a girl waiting for the title character's travelling carnival to return, is another that would look magnificent. 

Department 19 series by Will Hill - Vampire movies have always been favourites of mine, but I think an adaptation of this series could be the very best of them all. Given the books' epic length and Hollywood's desire to milk a cash cow, I'm slightly concerned we'd end up with 15 films for the 5 books - but to be honest I think this is one time I could cope with that; you'd NEED around 45 hours to do justice to Jamie, Larissa, Dracula and the rest. (Also, it is TWO DAYS until book 5 comes out and good grief I am RIDICULOUSLY excited.)

Wereworld series by Curtis Jobling - I grew up watching cartoons like He-Man, Ulysses 31, MASK and many others filled with action and excitement. I would LOVE to see Wereworld done in this way as a long-running TV show!

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour - An indie film about a girl who's a production designer FOR an indie film would have the potential to be super-fun, given the source material is one of the most gorgeous LGBTQ romances I've ever read. 

Micah Grey series by Laura Lam - Still haven't quite recovered from my excitement that Tor have signed this fantastic series and will be releasing book 3, Masquerade, next year. The only thing that could make me MORE excited is if we got big screen adaptations to see Laura Lam's wonderfully vivid world sumptuously brought to life.

Remix by Non Pratt - I am writing this and it is cold and wet and damp but in my heart it is still sunny and gorgeous and I am at a music festival having FUN because I read Remix for the second time last week and oh wow it is GLORIOUS! Bring it to the big screen, somebody! Give us unknown actresses to play Kaz and Ruby and unsigned bands to provide the soundtrack and let it be the start of many, many wonderful careers.

Wells and Wong series by Robin Stevens - Is there any series around which SCREAMS for a Sunday tea-time adaptation as loudly as this wonderful detective duo's does? With great plots and fabulous characters, the right casting could make this a huge success.


  1. Sadly I haven't read any of those book so can't form an opinion on them BUT I do like your reasonings behind the choices and I will be looking these books up as more than a few have grabbed my attention.

    My TTT  - Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  2. Oh I just got Simon Vs. last week! Great list!

  3. Lobsters would make for a great summer comedy!

    I would also love to see Department 19 brought to the screen, though perhaps it might work even better as a Game of Thrones style TV series. I absolutely can't wait for the finale! Incredibly excited for it :D