What Books Would You Like To See Get Turned Into Television Shows?


I have always wanted to see a television series based on "Looking For Alaska" by John Green and it looks like it is finally going to become a reality. Anyone who hasn't read the book yet is seriously missing out and I recommend giving it a glance before the show is released. John Green is the author of Paper Towns as well as The Fault in Our Stars, both of which were turned into movies, so heaven knows why it took so long for Looking For Alaska to get a little love. It was his debut novel and tackled some very serious issues that I think would make for compelling television. Hopefully it's not going to get watered down to make it more palatable for audiences as this would be a disservice to the source material.

From what I understand Green based a lot of the material in this book on his own life and experiences at a boarding school. The protagonist is Miles Halter, who goes to boarding school or his junior year, which is where he encounters a bevy of interesting characters, including the charming, but unstable Alaska Young. From the start you know that these two are going to end up together, but how this happens and what happens afterwards is something you will have to discover for yourself. John Green knows how to elicit an emotional response from readers and Looking For Alaska does so effortlessly. The book was originally going to be turned into a film like the other books by Green, but I honestly feel like the 8-episode series by Hulu is the right way to approach it. Time will tell if it will turn out good, but if they stick to the source I can't see why not. They have done a splendid job with The Handmaid's Tale and with the right cast this could be a another big hit for Hulu.
Some people would say that not all goods would make good television shows, but I disagree. Personally, all of the good books that I have ever read made me wonder how they would look on the television. I know there is the whole debate about how reality could never match up with the vivid images we can conjure up in our imagination, but special effects have improved immensely lately and some television shows rival blockbuster movies in the special effects department, so I do not think that it is such a big issue anymore. When asked this question a lot of people also always pick the most elaborate and action packed books that they have ever read, but there is plenty of room on the television schedule for shows that are a bit more thoughtful and not as bombastic. Just think of the success of Sherlock to see what I mean. My personal picks for good books that could make for great television are the following;

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte). You want plenty of drama, intrigue, backstabbing, revenge and backstabbing, then forget the Kardashians and watch Wuthering Heights. There are even supernatural encounters for those who are into these kind of things. It also has the one thing that all television dramas thrive on, a love triangle!

One For Sorrow (Jane Godman). This one has it all, an obsessive serial killer, a dogged detective and a clairvoyant who also happens to be a potty mouthed biker chick. The unlikely duo of detective and clairvoyant have to put aside their differences and track down a killer who has claimed the lives of five girls already. But what happens when it turns out that the killer actually wanted the clairvoyant to start looking for him?

Rituals of the Night Series (Kayla Krantz). So far there has been three books in the Rituals of the Night series, Dead by Morning, Alive at Sunset and Survive at Midnight. All three of these would make for riveting television and there is enough materials here for at least three seasons with plenty more to come if the author keeps writing. It initially looks like it is just going to be a typical teen school drama, but then turns into something much, much more.

Dublin Murder Squad Series (Tana French). I know there are plenty of murder mystery television shows already, but In The Woods (and the rest of the Dublin Murder Squad series) is just so good. The first book is about an Irish detective who was the sole survivor of an event that killed two other boys in his youth. The problem is that he doesn't remember what happened, only that he was found gripping a tree and wearing blood filled sneakers. His past comes back to haunt him when a young girl is murdered in the same woods where he was found and he has to investigate the case. What sets the series apart from other murder mysteries is the depth of the characters and how deeply you begin to care about the story, all of which would translate well to a television show.
At this point I'm too scared to hope for any of my favorite books to become television shows because all the ones so far have been massive disappointments. Case in point the Legend of The Seeker series that turned the awesome fantasy epic of Terry Goodkind into a generic, watered down, young adult snoozefest that bears very little resemblance to the books. Then, wouldn't you know it, the same thing happened with the Shannara books by Terry Brooks, which got turned into the teen friendly Shannara Chronicles. Like Legend of the Seeker, the show barely limped to a second season before it was canceled. Now I've heard that Justin Cronin's vampire trilogy is being turned into a television show, but before filming has even begun they have started to butcher the source material by cutting out characters and gender swapping others. I guess that Fox has already proven that they don't know how to turn books into a good television series, just look at Wayward Pines for proof of this.
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