I have done a previous post about whether I think adaptions of books are good or not. Normally I am not sure if I like the idea of a book I love being adapted for either the big or small screen. Some have failed dramatically and have almost ruined any future projects for me. But others I have loved. So I thought I would compose a list of ten books I would love to see adaptions for.
- From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have talked about this series quite a bit on my blog, and that is mainly because I did not expect to love it as much as I do. I’m not one for high intense romance within my fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good old love story, but not for it to be the centre like this story has. But I have never read a series where I felt so connected to the characters. I remember when I was reading the second one that I was doing some work in my room and I wanted to put on the tv series of this to then realise that of course there isn’t one. I had immersed myself so much into the story that I had convinced myself I was watching these characters and not reading about them. The world Armentrout created with her take on vampires and the connection of the characters had me convinced that it would be a perfect tv series. A film might not be able to dive in as much, therefore I think it would be better as a tv series. But either way, I am almost 100% that there will be an adaption of this story at some point — and I can not wait to hear that announcement.
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I was thrilled when I heard that A Court of Thorns and Roses was being adapted to the small screen. I love the story between Feyre and Rhysand, and I can not wait to see how Maas’ world is brought to the screen. But if I am completely honest, I feel Maas’ first series Throne of Glass has more world building and is more of a high fantasy than ACOTAR is (don’t come for me – I love both worlds) which has me hoping for an adaption of this series as well. An eight books series (including the prequel stories and Tower of Dawn) gives more than enough story. Not to mention the very last one Kingdom of Ash where I have never read a book that is nearly a thousand pages and I never got bored once. To see Aelin come to life and the world Maas created would be magical. I would say the first three books could be suitable as films, but the more we dive into the world it would be much better as a tv series so we could get into the depths. Now we have ACOTAR to look forward to, but I am waiting for more of Maas’ work to be developed for film and tv fans.
3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Don’t get me wrong, there are quite a lot of films and tv shows out there to do with the Trojan War, but I feel this book needs its own limelight. Never have I read a version where Paris and Helen are not the main romance focus. To see the Trojan war on the side lines, and not to mention the ending – wow, I could just see it bringing audiences to tears in the cinema theatres. We do have Brad Pitt’s version Troy that focuses on Achilles, but this is more focusing on Patroclus, and as I was reading it I couldn’t help but feel this could be one epic Hollywood film. I am almost surprised it hasn’t been done already seeing as the book is nearly ten years old. Surely this needs to be showcased to more fans, and not just those that would happily read the book. You can never get enough Greek and Roman mythology and a film of this book needs to be added to the list.
4. Scythe by Neal Schusterman
This was a very recent find for me, and since majority of the 21st century had focused on young adult sci-fi and fantasy, I am shocked this hasn’t been adapted yet. The idea of a world where death does not exist sounds like one we are almost striving for as a society. We are obsessed with supernatural creatures that are immortal, and yet this is a brand new take on it. To have a story dedicated to death, yet in a subtle way is something I want more of. I feel these could match the films such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner where it is made into films, and it would certainly appeal to a younger audience even with the dark themes. I hope this series is adapted soon because I think the concept needs to reach as many people as possible.
5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strangely, when I first read this series I could not imagine it being anything but a book. Laini Taylor’s written style is beautiful, and I feel this adds so much to the reading experience that putting it to screen wouldn’t have the same experience. Yet, the more I think about it, the more I do see it was duo-logy film series. To see the use of other worlds and genocide and the use of the ghost army would be magical. It would need a high budget in order to do it justice and would need writers who can capture Taylor’s use of language if she did not want to write the script herself. But I could see Lazlo and Sarai in their dreams, I could see the other god children and the city of weep. Everything would have to be cleverly crafted with the god children’s blue skin made to look like human skin and not badly painted. To see the city hovering above and not a bad CGI version. It would be hard, but if done right, this could be one hell of an adaptation.
6. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
It is no surprise that a 1920s Asian version of Romeo and Juliet is taking the book world by storm. Therefore, I feel it needs more limelight in the cinema world as well. Slowly, Hollywood has started to accept other cultures, and to create a classic Shakespeare version in another culture and setting would add to that growing development. There are enough Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet versions, with another version of West Side Story making it’s way to the big screen. Now it is time for something different and yet familiar. This book has you captivated with the changes Gong has done, and therefore a film version would only add to them. To see the different gangs in this culture, to see the rift between them and what causes the love interests — I don’t feel there’s anything else I can say. It needs to be done!
7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This is another example that I am not sure whether it would fit better as a film or a tv series, but the main fact is that I think the jumping between the different London’s would be magical for any audience. The use of a brand new language within this world would become even richer in an adaption as being able to hear more of the language created. To see the epic battles later on in the series and also the interpretation of a bright and also dim version of our London. Seeing the use of magic – it would bring it to life if done well. Like other examples on this list, it would be a high budget adaption in order for it to do the books justice, but the character richness would certainly help attract an audience even without the visual effects.
8. One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Now, there is supposed to be a tv series adaption of One of us is Lying, but of course due to COVID, it has been delayed and no further information has been given recently. Therefore I felt it was alright to add it to the list seeing as not even a trailer has been posted yet. But I have to say that this is one of my anticipated adaptions to come out. I only recently got into thrillers, and this book was recommended highly that I gave it a go. Even though it is YA, this would highly appeal to older audiences and the craftiness of the characters and the development of the story deserves the spot light — and hopefully the series will do the book justice to gather an even higher following than it already has.
9. Night Spinner by Addie Thorley
This one might be controversial seeing as the book isn’t as hyped as many on this list. But I am a sucker for a Hunchback of Norte dame story, and seeing as this is a take on the classic, I had to pick it up. The theme it uses about inner and outer beauty, about being accepted or thrown out — you could never have enough versions out there for audiences to indulge. This would work best as a film in my opinion. Even though the story is rich and the book has a good amount of events within it, if a film studio did it justice and ensured the key themes and events were used, this could be one epic film. I would happily pay to watch it in the cinema and I am hoping one day it will be.
10. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
For a new release, already Kingdom of the Wicked is stealing hearts that I could not miss this off the list. In my opinion, there isn’t much out in the big and small screen about witches at the moment. Not something as richly indulged as this story. You have a dark mysterious love interest, you have magic, and you have dark twisted themes throughout. I feel it ticks so many boxes and that is why it is doing the turn, so surely an adaption would do well? I do feel it would do well as a tv series — examples such as Shadow and Bone is a good example why — as it can dive better into the intricate story line and characters. I can not wait for the other books in the series to come out, and I have a feeling it won’t be a long wait to see this on the screen either.
Do you have any books you hope will be adapted one day?