For Top 5 Wednesday this week, I had to think of books I would like to see as TV shows. So many books are adapted, mostly into films. However, TV adaptations are growing in scale and can be much more satisfying. They give much more time to fit in detailed character development and various storylines that would be erased in a film. I enjoyed writing this one so much!
Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
This has actually been announced recently! BBC are making a series of the first novel and I couldn’t be happier! I remember reading this when I was younger and searching whether it had already been made because it really felt like something that would be a great TV show. I was so disappointed when I found there were no plans for anything but now the time has come! I adore this whole book series and I hope the BBC do it justice (I am sure they will). More details are sure to be announced in the coming months and I’m ridiculously excited to find out more details, including who will be cast!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I have been shouting about this since I first read the books a few years ago. Recently, with the rise of Netflix and their adaptations of series’ such as The Mortal Instruments and A Series of Unfortunate Events, I realised they would make a brilliant Percy Jackson adaptation. I know the films exist (I know this) but I can’t get over the ridiculous changes made, such as the ages of the main characters. I would trust Netflix to make a brilliant version of this series and I will keep my fingers crossed.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The amount of detail in this novel is crazy. As much as I would love a film of it, I feel a TV show would lend itself more to the intricacy and multiple character views. Each episode could focus slightly more on specific characters stories. A series would give an opportunity for three dimensional characters and good development. It would have to have a Game of Thrones type budget but I can dream. Seeing the circus come to life on screen with new adventures and aspects each episode would be sensational.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I feel like I recommend this for a lot of our tags but I honestly think this would be great as a TV show. I know this novel has had its fair share of film adaptations but in my opinion none of them have done it particular justice. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate some of them but they just don’t have the time to put enough of the story into it! It needs a good eight episodes or so in my opinion!
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Yet again, another series (don’t judge me, this post lends itself to them!) I desperately need to reread these books because I remember falling in love with the story and the characters as a child. These books have such a magical feel and I would love a TV adaptation of them. As with Noughts and Crosses, the BBC have picked up this series and it is in preproduction! If it is done well, I am certain it will be so popular amongst children and adults, just like the book series.