Friday Five

Friday 5: Books I Hope to See Adapted to the Small Screen

The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray

Libba Bray’s hit trilogy consisting of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing, has often been the subject of rumors surrounding a film or television adaptation but after over a decade, little has come of it. Still, Bray’s series provides a rich historical backdrop to the fantastical world of Gemma Doyle and her friends. A trio of films, a miniseries, or a weekly show would all make for a wonderful format to retell one of the best young adult series of the 2000’s.


The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini

I doubt any fan of The Inheritance Series has fully shaken their disappointment with the 2006 movie based in the first or the three books. I say it’s been long enough to wash the slate clean and start fresh with a miniseries. Over the last decade, visual effects have made a tremendous leap and with the growing popularity of miniseries, now would be a prime time to pick up Paolini’s trilogy for a fresh, in-depth exploration of Eragon and Saphira’s adventure.

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Though it never gained the mainstream popularity of similar dystopian young adult series that released shortly after it (like Maze Runner, The Hunger Games) the first three books of Westerfeld’s four book Uglies SeriesUglies, Pretties and Perfects – presents a dark reality masked by the glamour of perfection. Given the current atmosphere around our modern discussion of body image and plastic surgery, an “Uglies,” TV series couldn’t come at a better time.


The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Either a standard single season serial or a larger miniseries would make the perfect medium for Vonnegut’s second novel The Sirens of Titan. Some of the best shows of the last few years have been those that ask it’s viewers to take a step back from the screen and consider for themselves the bigger questions, like Black Mirror and Westworld have. The landscape of television today couldn’t be more ready to include this thought provoking space fantasy.

Fool & The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore has a rich catalog of stories ready to be adapted to the small screen. But perhaps the most deserving is that of Fool and it’s sequel The Serpent of Venice. Moore takes the many works of Shakespeare and focuses them around the events of King Leer told from the point of view of the King’s court jester. Fool is the perfect blend of Shakespeare and comedy that would be perfect in a half hour sitcom or divided into “acts” for a miniseries reflective of the stories source material.


What novel or book series do you think deserves its own TV adaptation?


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