Top Ten Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Shows or Movies! {Top Ten Tuesday | August 18}

Hi, friends!

I hope you’re having a lovely week! I’ve been getting ready for the upcoming school year, testing out some new yummy recipes (Smitten Kitchen’s Cherry Tomato Tart is a big hit in my house!), and enjoying the waning days of summer.

Today I’m participating in That Artsy Reader Girl‘s “Top Ten Tuesday,” a series of posts prompting book bloggers to reflect on their favorite reads. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books that Should Be Adapted into Netflix Shows or Movies!”

As someone with very strong opinions about television (for example: The Great British Bake-Off is the best program to ever grace our screens), I am super excited about this prompt. Let’s get to it!

1 | Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation has the makings of a stellar show: zombies! history! cool Black girl protagonists! Plus, the costumes would be *amazing* (albeit a bit bloody, by the end credits.)

2 | Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy has rich historical visuals, as well as intrigue of both the murderous and the academic variety. There’s a show right there!!

(And it also features a bookstore! Love those.)

3 | The Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

The End of The F***ing World sometimes gives me Charlotte Holmes vibes, so I think Brittany Cavallaro’s twisty tales could thrive in a television format. A Study in Charlotte can be quite dark at times, which would fit the signature *gritty* mood of Netflix’s teen offerings.

4 | The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer writes some of the best sci-fi soap operas in the YA business, and I would love to see how The Lunar Chronicles novels – and their futuristic fairytale aesthetics – translate to screen. (And YA thrives on presenting werewolves as serious romantic leads! It’s perfect!)

5 | Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach

It’s been a little while since I’ve read Of Giants and Ice, but I LOVED these books when I was younger! They’re similar to Percy Jackson – but with fairytales! – and have plenty of action and humor for the small screen.

(Somewhat unrelated, but I am so, so excited for the upcoming PJ series on Disney Plus!! Middle-school-me is crying, really.)

6 | Layoverland by Gabby Noone

A night spent watching The Good Place and Layoverland while contemplating existentialist questions about the afterlife? I’d be down.

7 | Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

I love me a good documentary (recent faves have been Boys State on Apple TV and Howard from Disney Plus!) and I think that Holt’s books have the perfect combination of research and narrative necessary for a TV treatment.

8 | Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

It would be like The West Wing embraced its true calling as a rom-com! (Sorry, Aaron Sorkin.)

9 | Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn is such a binge-able book; it has the same vibes as Riverdale and Veronica Mars, but with an extra dash of feminist friendship thrown in. Plus, the trilogy is co-written by YA Netflix queen, Jenny Han!

10 | My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I’m envisioning the humor of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the costumes of Wolf Hall. Plus magic!

Are there any book adaptions you would love to see on screen?

xx

lulu

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Shows or Movies! {Top Ten Tuesday | August 18}

  1. I’ve been seeing the Lunar Chronicles on a lot of lists today. I haven’t read them yet, but I would love to see them turned into movies or a series. I always love watching fairy tales, no matter how dark or cheesy they might be. I hadn’t ever heard of Of Giants and Ice before either, but I’ll have to check it out! I love Percy Jackson, and “PJO with fairy tales” pitch sounds like it could be a lot of fun!

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  2. Oh gosh, GBBO is the best. Have you got any of the cookbooks from the contestants? James Morton’s in particular are fab.

    Dread Nation and Out of the Easy sound extremely watchable. I’ll have to check them out!

    What a great list. Thanks for sharing!

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