Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten Books I Wish Would Be Adapted as Movies or Television

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week a new prompt is posted and you can participate by visiting her blog and linking up.

This week was a freebie so I thought I'd do something I've been thinking about a lot: which books I've read that I think will do well as televisions or movies. I'm not counting three of my favorite series-- ACOTAR, Throne of Glass, and The Kingkiller Chronicles-- because they're all on their own little paths to being adapted at the moment. Suffice it to say I'm pretty excited for all those adaptations. Here are some books that I have no idea where they stand in Hollywood at the moment but dearly hope my wishes will come true and someday they'll be on screen.

Now, in no particular order, here they are:
The Hazel Wood

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
When I was listening to this one on audiobook I had such a clear image of how it would look as a movie. It could be so vivid and beautiful but still also have that dark, grim undertone. Honestly, think the aesthetic of The Spiderwick Chronicles movie.


Remember, it’s only a game…
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
This is one of my absolute favorite books in the world and I think it could do well as either a movie or a television series. With a series there would definitely be liberties taken to extend it but, honestly, if done right I wouldn't mind because I loved the world of Caraval so much that I could easily spend several seasons exploring it.


In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
The fighting style in this series is super stylized and I'd love to see a film series that really capitalizes on these parts. Part matrix, part Avengers, part LOTR is what I'd love to see. Or even a television series that does something similar if they could manage it on a smaller budget and not stray too far from the story because I think this is one series that really should be stuck to rather closely.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
This could have such a cool aesthetic! I mean seriously, this is one of those historical fiction stories that would do well with a soundtrack of more modern (not pop music good god no but still modern) music and some flair reflecting the 90s or something. And I'd be okay with a movie, but even more okay with a miniseries so that we could have MORE of Monty and Percy and their adventures. 

The Language of Thorns

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
Now I love the Grishaverse a bunch and would be ecstatic over an adaption of any and all of them, but for The Language of Thorns in particular I'd love to see a series of shorts where each story is animated non-traditionally by a bunch of independent artists, each group tackling a different story. I know that's a super specific wish, but I think it would create such a beautiful adaptation of this already beautiful collection of original fairy tales. 

Red Rising

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."
"I live for you," I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
 Pierce teased what a Red Rising TV Series could look like, with seasons bridging the things that happen in between the novels, and damn do I want that! Seriously it could and would be truly epic.

The Raven Boys

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
I mean we need a television series adaptation of these books. But, like, a really good one that's also still a bit weird and captures what it can of the books. Netflix or someone with a lot of money needs to make this happen.

The Graces

Everyone loves the Graces.
Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.
Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.
Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.
I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.
There are two ways I think this could go down well: with a movie that amps up the horror elements of this book, or a movie that's a bit more kid friendly. I'd be honestly okay with either of these as long as they didn't change the story dramatically.


Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Thirteen-year-old novice Maresi arrived at the Abbey four years ago, during the hunger winter, and now lives a happy life under the protection of the Mother. Maresi spends her days reading in the Knowledge House, caring for the younger novices, and contentedly waiting for the moment when she will be called to serve one of the Houses of the Abbey.
This idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of Jai, a girl whose dark past has followed her into the Abbey’s sacred spaces. In order to protect her new sister and her own way of life, Maresi must emerge from the safety of her books and her childish world and become one who acts.
This is another book that would benefit from a really beautiful animated movie. Something with minimal voice acting, also with a studio that is particularly good with making beautiful things (let Pixar or some indie-studio take a crack at this one).


For many years Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that treacherous world - and face the power of her own extraordinary destiny.
I've only read the first in this series so far but if the first one is anything to go off the whole saga would make for some really stellar television. Even better? A really stellar animated series. I'm thinking in the vein of Ghibli or ATLA. Something quality that will really showcase the world built here.

What books would you love to see adapted? Do you particularly like any of my ideas for adaptations? Let me know in the comments!
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  1. The ones i've read of your list would for sure make good adaptions. And from what I've heard of The Hazel Wood I've love to see that adapted as well even though I still have to read it.

    1. I think you'll really enjoy The Hazel Wood if you read it. Thank you for stopping by, Annemieke :)

  2. Caraval and Hazel Wood both seem like they'd make GREAT adaptations if they were done well. Fun stuff. Netflix could probably do the Raven Boys pretty well. Truthwitch might be really interesting too...

    1. It really does depend if they do it well I agree! Netflix has (mostly) the magic touch and I love to see the fake posters for the series people make on Tumblr. Thanks for visiting, Greg!

  3. I haven't read any of those books but everything I heard about the Gentleman's guide has convinced me that it's a great book that would make an amzing movie/series

    1. Gentleman's guide was AMAZING. Thanks for stopping by, Aoife!

  4. What a great topic! It's true that there are times when I am reading a book and I think, "Oh, I would love to see this on screen."

    1. Yes! I feel like more now than ever I've been reading so many visually heavy books and I just want to see them all on the big screen. Thanks for visiting, Laura :)

  5. Great topic for this week! It is always interesting when a book/series is adapted into a movie or tv show, but I'm always a bit apprehensive about it as well because I'm afraid too much of the book will be changed in the adaptation. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. I agree it's always a gamble to see if the adaptation is actually true to the book or not. Not everything can be as wonderful as Harry Potter *sighs dreamily*. Thanks for stopping by, Poinsettia :)

  6. I would kill to get a Red risisng movie or TV series I'm just afraid they would mess it up

    1. That's my absolute fear as well but my finger's are crossed because it would be truly epic. Thanks for visiting, Tóth!

  7. Love this post!
    And OMG that's so true: The Hazel Wood would make an awesomely creepy movie! Wow, I never knew I needed this in my life until you mentioned it.

    1. Thank you! YES Let's make a Hazel Wood movie happen!

      Thanks for visiting, Keri :)

  8. Oh wow. I have so many of these on my TBR I haven't even read yet. The Hazel Wood, Truthwitch, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Red Rising, The Raven Boys, and Sabriel! Phew. So many of them have been books I am hoping to read in the next year! Awesome list! :D

    Heather's Reading Hideaway

    1. I heartily recommend them all! I don't think there's a bad book on this list (LOL though I am biased I suppose). I hope you read and enjoy them!

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

  9. This is a great TTT topic!!! TOTALLY agree about Caraval!! I really looooooved the book, but I actually think it could be better as a movie/show?? It just seems so visually rich and I would really love actually SEEING everything.

    Same goes for Sabriel too. I liked the book a lot, but it felt a little slow to me at times? I think if I was WATCHING it unfold, it could be a whole new experience! Definitely a great TV show idea for the whole series!

    And The Raven Cycle is just THE BEST, so it needs to happen!

    The Laughing Listener

    1. I agree, Caraval is super rich visually. It wasn't hard to picture everything as it was happening and I think a movie would do so much to expand on the visual aspects, too. Hmm, I agree Sabriel does have some slow moments.

      RAVEN CYCLE IS THE BEST if only all us readers had the power to make this happen, like, yesterday.

      Thanks for stopping by, Loretta :)

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    1. I agree! It's so visually pleasing as it is it could only be enhanced. Thanks for visiting, Deanna!

  11. I'm pretty sure The Raven Boys is going to be adapted into a TV show? I think I read it somewhere a while back. Caraval and The Hazel Wood would both look AMAZING on screen.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/top-ten-tuesday-155/

    1. I think it's been optioned but I don't think it's gone anywhere beyond that. Thanks for visiting :)

  12. I didn't know how much I wanted a 'Sabriel'- TV show! The world is so perfect for it and I think it would work out really well! Would be hard to get a real cat to play Mogget though.. Maybe cgi :D

    1. Yes! Hmm yeah I think a CGI cat could probably pull it off, or if they wanted to do something completely in animation? Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

  13. The Matrix, The Avengers, and LOTR - I'm going to have to pick up Truthwitch for sure! I'm pretty sure I'd heard that The Raven Boys is going to be adapted as a tv show on Syfy. Fingers crossed for it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. YES you would love Truthwitch! It's so action packed.

      OOO Syfy? That's good news! My fingers are crossed as well!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren :)

  14. I believe The Raven Cycle was optioned. I hope it is adapted, because it would be epic. So would Caraval, The Witchlands, , and the Graces. Speaking of the Graces, I am excited to see another fan out there. I thought I was alone in liking that book.

    1. I heard it was optioned but that was a while ago. My fingers are crossed that some new news turns up soon! YAY another Graces fan! Yeah for some reason it didn't get much traction on the blog sphere but it was one of my favorite reads when I read it.

      Thanks for visiting, Sam!

  15. Caraval and Hazel Wood would both make great adaptations if the right cast could be found with the right script! Netflix could be a possibly... perhaps as a tv show?! I think Raven Boys may be developing (that may just be a rumor I read!) ❤️

    1. Yes a lot would have to fall into place to make them work, but if done well they would be sooooo good. I'd be down with Netflix making just about anything. They have the (mostly) magic touch and a bunch of money to spend on content. I definitely heard that it was optioned but not much beyond that.

      Thanks for visiting, Dani :)

  16. Caraval could be so good, I'm sure it would look fantastic.
    I wish they would do Red Rising as well because it might finally make me pick up the book before I saw the series :)

    1. It could be such a gorgeous movie if done well! I definitely recommend Red Rising; a TV show would be absolutely epic.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Caraval and The Raven Boys.. Well, yes I'd like to see how those adaptions end up being like! Especially the latter, haha. As for Caraval.. I'm curious but.. I think I'd like an adaption of The Night Circus more?

    1. I still haven't read The Night Circus (I know, what am I doing with my life, lol) but I desperately need to because I've heard it's such a gorgeous book.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy :)

  18. I really want a tv series for AGGTVAV! Percy and Monty are so swwet! And I think that the Raven circle already has been optioned too.

    1. AGGTVAV would be so amazing! I constantly think about this book. Yeah, I think Raven Cycle has been optioned but there hasn't been much news lately so I have no idea what's going on on that front. I just need it, lol.

      Thanks for visiting, Alexandra!


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