Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally The Broke and the Bookish). For information on how to participate and the topics of each week, click the link!

This week was a page-to-screen freebie, so I decided to do ‘Books that should be TV shows’!

I always feel that TV shows are better in terms of content and the amount they can adapt from the novel, so I always have a preference for TV shows.

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

City of Ghosts would look incredible as a Coraline-style animation in terms of the eeriness and character design. An animation would make the atmosphere of being in such a historical part of Scotland even more palpable and intense, and the possibilities of all the ghosts designs? AMAZING.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The only way to fully capture the tele-documentary aspect of this book would be to have it as a TV show. They could play up the cliches while also lingering on the sinister aspects, showing scenes that we see play out in real life also reimagined in the in-show show. Intercutting Merry’s current dialogue with flashbacks to her childhood, showing the difference between her life then and now, in a Hill House style, would be so good.

The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric

Give them a good budget, some great child actors, and they could do so much with this. The fantastical elements, the Venice setting, the serial killers- it would be such a great mash of historical and fantasy. I could picture this as a show as I read it, the imagery is so vivid in the novel.

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

I’m lowkey hoping this is going to become the next instalment of the Haunting anthology series on Netflix, after Hill House and Bly Manor. A modern horror, a Victorian horror, and a Southern Gothic. It would be amazing, and it has such great characters, too.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

This would make an amazing show! I don’t know why, but I’m really stuck on imagining the fog? And the woods surrounding the mansion? The cliffhangers at the end of episodes would be amazing; Netflix, adapt it! Please!

Super Sons by Peter J Tomasi

A cartoon series that’s just my boys teaming up, bickering, and being adorable as hell! I love them!

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This would be an anthology series, each season about 6 episodes long and following a different book each time. Could you imagine all the gorey deaths in the first book? The atmosphere of Sticks and Bones as a Frankenstein/Dracula Gothic adaptation? BOY.

Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine

No hate, but ignore the terrible webseries.

You could probably get 3 books into 15-20 episodes. With 15 books, that’s at least five seasons, with the additional short story content and flashbacks of the town founders, and also the history of the different vampires and how they were turned. Sam’s episode would probably break me if it went along with all that shit that happened to him. Could you imagine how great Myrnin could be?

Giant Days by John Allison

I need a modern UK university show that isn’t embarrassing but still makes me cringe with how realistic it is. I need to see who play McGraw so I can crush on him immediately. The scandals that would play out! The Esther drama! Daisy’s gay life! Susan’s angst and snark and relationship with McGraw!

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

OKAY BUT IMAGINE: A Skam style anthology series with each of her books playing out in a different season, starting with Heartstopper, then Solitaire, then Radio Silence, then IWBFT, then her next ones. It would be……. g l o r i o u s. THE CAMEOS!


And those are my picks! What did you do this week? Are there any books you’d love to see as TV show adaptations?


Thank you for reading!

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be TV Shows

  1. lydiaschoch

    I tend to agree with you about preferring TV show adaptations over films. They have so many more chances to not only use the original source material but to expand upon it in logical ways.

    My TTT.

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