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This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d like to see adapted into films. I’ve listed 5 books or series that I’d love to see on television and 5 that should never be developed
5 books or series I’d love to see on the small screen
Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances
Any of Heyer’s books would make great adaptations! I wish the BBC would take note and adapt some of her Regency romances instead of remaking Austen. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Austen, but you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Unlike Austen, Heyer had to research and explain to her audience the Regency world. She was very much inspired by Austen and I believe her novels would make wonderful adaptations. She also wrote several mysteries.
Lauren Willig’s The Pink Carnation series
Even though I’ve only read the The Pink Carnation, I do adore this series! The series follows American grad student Eloise Kelly as she begins to research and write her dissertation topic: she’s looking to uncover the identity of the Pink Carnation (the leader of the ring of spies and Willig even includes The Scarlett Pimpernel). Eloise meets an Englishman, Colin and doesn’t realize he’s the descendant of the Purple Gentian. So basically: spies in 19th century dress and I’m sold!
Charles Finch’s Lenox series
I love mysteries and love Charlie’s books! I think having Charles Lenox grace the small screen every Sunday night on PBS would be wonderful! Lenox is a gentleman detective who dreams of being in Parliament, but that honor goes to his brother who inherits their father’s title. Lenox is concerned with the injustices of the world and at the same time solves crimes that comes to him. People do look down on him because he’s a gentleman, but ah, I just long for this to be adapted.
Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series
Ah, I just adore this series! I’d love to see Nicholas in action and see Victorian England as the backdrop to this. I can just imagine the gorgeous costumes and laugh along to what the March family is doing. There’s one particular scene I’d love to see and that’s Julia discovering a Tower raven in her house and Grimm speaking to her.
Chelsea Cain’s Archie/Gretchen series
FX bought the rights and it was through the press release that I discovered the series. Earlier this year, they had the pilot typed and ready to go, but so far there’s been no word if production is going ahead or not. I know we have serial killer dramas with Dexter, The Following, & Hannibal, but what makes the Archie/Gretchen series a bit different is that Gretchen is the serial killer. She’s a gorgeous woman who no one suspects even when she infiltrates the hunt for the “Beauty Killer” (as she’s known). It’s not until she kidnaps the lead detective, Archie, and leaves for dead that everyone figures it out. Most know of my love of Archie-to see him weekly on the small screen? Bliss!
5 that should never be developed
Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster
Film rights were bought by Warner Bros. last year and I’m trying to picture how it would translate to film. I know a lot of people enjoyed this book and Warner Bros. has gone as far as to compare it to Fifty. It’s one of those, you say potato, I say potahto. Yes, both are different especially when you compare the uh ahem the number of sex scenes, but as I try to picture it on the silver screen, I can’t. It’s one of those books that should be left alone unless it’s winding up on ABC Family*.
EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey
Yeah, I know the two man characters have been cast (the rest haven’t though!) and there’s been so much talk about it, but I personally hope it stays in development hell. There’s going to be THREE films! THREE! If by chance it actually begins to film, I hope there’s one particular scene that makes into the movie, yup that scene.
Tiffany Reisz’ Original Sinners series
A lot of her fans want this made into a series, but honestly I just can’t picture it. It’s more than it, but I’m not sure how prepared viewers would be to see blood play on screen or extreme BDSM (hello, Søren is a sadist). Plus the whole issue surrounding Søren being a priest, etc. Yeah, this one I just hope doesn’t get pushed for television or film.
Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series
Day has stated she sold the rights to Lionsgate and they are producing the film, but having read the series I have to scratch my head and wonder what plot they could possibly go with. Sure Gideon is a bit mysterious and keeps some things from Eva, but then when it’s revealed exactly what happened in his childhood, etc. and to Eva, I’m just not sure if it could translate well to television.
Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series
I’m in the minority here, but I just don’t want this being made even more so if it will be released in theaters because I can’t see how the script will go. If it’s produced for let’s say Lifetime, then sure I suppose I can see it. Or heck, I can just imagine the announcer of ABC Family* narrating it for commercials. On second thought, maybe it could work for that channel.
*Poor ABC Family-I don’t mean to talk bad about you.
What are book choices for either television or screen? Any you don’t ever want adapted?