Top Five Wednesday: Books You Want to See As TV Shows

Hey guys, I know I haven’t posted much over the past few months. I was swamped with school work, but the semester is over and I plan on blogging full time. To mark my return to blogging, I will post the first Top Five Wednesday of May. This week’s topic is books you want to see as TV shows. Now I love film adaptions, but sometimes books would benefit from the depth that TV provides. So without further ado, here are my five choices for books in dire need of small screen adaptions:

5. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket. Image Source: Pintrest

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. Image Source: Pintrest

Okay, now I know that Netflix has already ordered a show based on this series and I think it is a smart move. Even though it has been quite a while since the thirteenth and final book in the series was published, the books are still quite popular with children. Back in 2004, a movie was released based on the first three books in the series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window. While Jim Carrey was a capable Count Olaf, the film fell short of expectations. A Series of Unfortunate Events does not lend itself well to film. It is an episodic tale that I can see thriving on television. I am interested to see what Netflix does with the series.

4. The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith aka J.K Rowling

The Cormoran Strike Series: "The Cuckoo's Calling" and "The Silkworm." Image Source: the blog A Reader's Thoughts.

The Cormoran Strike Series: “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm.” Image Source: the blog A Reader’s Thoughts.

So this is another series that has been optioned for television. Even though there are only two books thus far in the series (a third has been announced), the crime format would make for wonderful television. Also, J.K Rowling has had some success on the small screen thanks to the recent mini-series adaption of her 2012 adult novel The Casual Vacancy. I really enjoy these novels, especially the dynamic between Strike and his assistant Robin. And with at last seven books planned, the show writers would have a lot of material to pull from. In fact, I believe this series has the potential to be another Sherlock like hit if done correctly.

3. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The "Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series." Image Source: Bartlesville Public Library

The “Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series.” Image Source: Bartlesville Public Library

Oh boy. Percy Jackson. If there is any series that needs a reboot it’s the Percy Jackson series. The two released movies, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson & the Sea of Monsters are arguably some of the worst book to film adaptions ever created. Not only do they age up the characters and eliminate important development, but they completely change the plot. I understand that not everything in a book can make it to the big screen, but to change the entire plot is ridiculous. Both the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the spinoff series The Heroes of Olympus offer a plethora of plots that would provide a great foundation for a TV show.

2. The Nancy Drew Mysteries Series by Carolyn Keene

"The Nancy Drew Mystery Series." Image Source: Readers Unbound (blog)

“The Nancy Drew Mystery Series.” Image Source: Readers Unbound (blog)

This series was one of the first I ever read. My mother was a huge fan and passed the along the books to me. The original series has been adapted for television and the big screen a few times, but I never felt like they got the character right. Nancy Drew has so much potential as a franchise. Just look at the computer games. Her Interactive managed to make Nancy relevant and interesting. In fact, the computer games offer a wealth of story lines for a potential Nancy Drew show. Also, thanks to the popularity of shows like Sherlock and Elementary, the mystery and crime genre is red hot. This is a series that definitely needs to happen.

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

"The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Image Source: Barnes & Noble

“The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Image Source: Barnes & Noble

Talk about a series just asking for a television adaption! Though the first novel in Adams’ quintet was adapted into a film, the humor and episodic nature of the story makes it prime TV material. Adams created a wonderful quirky world in these novels that I do not think film can ever properly capture. In a movie, we have a limited time to convey setting and tell a story. Television however, allows viewers to revisit this world every week, giving them plenty of opportunity to get to know the characters. Also, the structure and weirdness of these novels don’t lend themselves to a straightforward cinematic adaption. I would really like to see at least a mini series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in the next few years.

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