Top Ten TV-or-Movie Books

Fun stuff today! The topic is “books I’d love to see as movies or TV shows.” There are books I’d love to see as movies, and books I’d love to see as TV shows, so I’m splitting into the two categories, with five in each.

TV Shows:
1. the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – These are already movies, yes, but MAN can’t you see this being a seven-year weekly show, going into a thousand times more details than the original movies??

jonathan2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark – This is kind of a cheater-pants answer since it already is being turned into a TV show. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to see it!

3. the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – These could be movies, but they’d be so much better as longterm TV show material, for the same reasons as Harry Potter above. And Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive? Would be great for a TV series like Game of Thrones (except much better quality – not a fan of the GoT show!!).

tana-french4. the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French – This is just waiting to happen. Someone snatch it up!

5. either the Thursday Next series or Nursery Crimes series by Jasper Fforde – Because Fforde has fascinating worlds that would be great for a many-season TV show. Brilliant imagination!

6. the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – One movie per book. Please someone do this? Please?

night_circus_cover7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know there’s a possibility already of this existing. It definitely needs to exist.

8. City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte – I could actually see this one as TV or movie, but I think movie would be best. I’d love to see a narrator like Sarah as the main lead of a movie!

9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Pure gold. Gotta happen. Although this could be a TV show, as well…

10. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris – While it would be more difficult to turn this into a movie, due to the particular twist, I would love to see what a creative director could do with it. It could be an amazing film.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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8 Responses to Top Ten TV-or-Movie Books

  1. Care says:

    I agree – The Night Circus would be terrific! I thought I heard that someone optioned it – maybe it is in development!


  2. Trisha says:

    What a great list! I agree with so many of these.


  3. Literary Feline says:

    I mentioned on someone else’s post that I have such reservations about Night Circus being made into a movie. I just don’t see it being done well. Such a beautiful book. Maybe in the right hands . . .

    I am eager to see Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell when it comes out. Please be good, please be good.

    The Dublin Murder Squad! That would be a good one too.


  4. Karen K. says:

    Only eleven days left until Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell!!!


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