Tuesday, September 6, 2016

TTT: Ten Books I Wish Were TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish

This week's TTT is TV themed in honor of the fall season start up (woohoo!). There were so many possible lists to choose from. So I wound up doing two. My second -Favorite Cancelled Shows- can be found here.

I knew I had to do a list of Books I Wish Were TV Shows but when I sat down to write it up, the weirdest thing happened. I drew a complete blank.
It was bad. And I knew I could write a really, really good list for it too. I'm almost as obsessive in my TV watching as with my reading. (Okay. YES. Occasionally more so. Occasionally.) I figured I just needed some brainstorming help, so I posed the question to my aunt and my sister to kick-start my brain. It totally worked, too.

Then I basically wound up with three lists, instead of one. Buckle up.

Amanda's Top Picks:
-Surprising no one, my top series of all time would make a fantastic television series. It's got it all: action, humor, magic, secret civilizations, and 12-year-old criminal masterminds.
-Again, surprising no one.
-Seriously, skip the movie talk and go straight to a TV series! Really, anything by Brandon Sanderson could be used.
-Whether a reboot of the Harry Potter series as a TV show or a completely new story BASICALLY ANY TV SHOW THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE WIZARDING WORLD WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. But especially the Marauders. Right?
-One of my favorite series and it would work so well as a TV show
-Okay. So I still haven't read the entire series. But even I know this would be amazing.
-I understand there's a film currently in the works, but a TV show would be equally fantastic. More opportunity for character development and more time to spend in the setting and universe.
-Simple. Just carry on from the I, Robot movie, throw in more details true to this trilogy, and voila! I mean, you already have an audience set up in the fans of FOX's prematurely cancelled Almost Human starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy (albeit that's a while back now).
Bonus points if Chi McBride is recast as the precinct's lieutenant. Because Chi McBride.
And Mr. McBride totally ties into my other TTT list for the day. Because you can only get so far Googling Chi McBride before the Pushing Daisies images taking over.
-I adore the book and the movie was great. But wouldn't it be hilarious to do a 'Fantasy Island' or 'Loveboat' type show based in Austenland, with new characters and stories every week from an ever-changing celebrity cast? Seriously, why isn't this a thing yet?
-I didn't love the ending of this series (I've been wondering if I'd feel differently about it now), but I always remember thinking it would make an amazing TV show, with each book treated as a season.
-Nuff said.
-Come on! It's like the perfect holiday special wrapped up with a bow!

The Aunt
Jo-D's Top Picks:
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson)
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
-but a prequel dealing with the first rebellion, back when there were 13 districts, when Mag and Snow were children.
Little Women & Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Sister
Stephanie's Top Picks:
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
-Fabulous idea!
Dead City by James Ponti
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
-See what I mean? Literally any Brandon Sanderson series.
The Last Apprentice by Joseph DeLaney
-She can't even talk about the movie. It's too painful. She feels a TV series would give it the proper treatment it deserves.
Ella Enchanted/Princess series by Gail Carson Levine
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
-Could not agree with this more!
Lockwood & Company by Jonathan Stroud
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
-Don't let us down, Netflix!
Edge Chronicles by Chris Riddle and Paul Stewart
Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey

The aunt and sister put together such good lists I might have to rope them into all my Top Ten Tuesday posts!
What are you dying to see on the small screen?


  1. I've ALWAYS said we should have a tv series for Harry Potter. I want 7 seasons of the series with 1 chapter per episode so NOTHING is cut out :D Your Marauders idea works for me too though ♥  YES to Mistborn as well!! Oh and I just started Artemis Fowl and enjoying it so far! Were you the one who said that he'd be sorted into Slytherin? Because I SO get that now and I love it LOL!

    1. I was the one who said Artemis would be in Slytherin. And don't you want nothing else out of life now? I'm seriously going to have to see if there's fanfiction any where because that would make me happy.
      At this point, I think I'd actually prefer something brand new from the Wizarding World. An HP tv series would be cool, but it would be retreading territory I've just discovered. Maybe an Albus and Scorpius series. ^_^