We all have our own unique opinion on what makes a good book adaptation. I don’t watch a lot of TV (I don’t have cable), but I do have a few streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime. However, I find myself sinking into a book rather than a TV show and surely I’m not the only one?
I will say that once the pandemic started and I was working from home, I binged a show called “Call the Midwife” since it was available on Netflix. I don’t regret it because the show is so good.
Anyway, we’re not here to talk about my personal TV habits (as Isabelle from Animal Crossing remind us).
I find it funny that this question came up because I asked this same one the other day on an Instagram post.
When I think of book-to-screen adaptations, I immediately think of those three books. I mean, Shatter Me and Legend are both dystopian, while the former also has superpowers which is (was?) such a big thing, especially when superhero movies are (were? Seriously, are they still popular?) such a huge thing. Maybe Ember is a bit of an indulgence for me, but I think the brutal Ancient Rome-like world of the book would adapt so well if done correctly even as it draws in fantasy elements.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres; period dramas are some of my favorite shows; and I absolutely adore adaptations of classic novels so there’s no question I’d love adaptions of some of my favorite historical fantasy/fiction.
Dark of the West reads like a historical fiction and it’s a wonderful story with a WWI or WWII flare. The second book in the series, Storm from the East, absolutely blew me away, so I’m now eagerly awaiting the third and final book, Southern Sun, Northern Star.
The Fountains of Silence is a heartbreaking historical fiction novel that I fell in love with and recommend to anyone interested in the genre. I learned so much from the book as well.
The Dark Days Club blends historical fiction and fantasy that reads like a classic novel. Ugh, give me an adaption now, please.
Y’all know I gotta include some of my favorite YA books by Korean authors! I definitely think The Silence of Bones would make an excellent K-drama! As for I’ll Be the One and I Believe in a Thing Called Love, I see them being wonderful TV series!
And last but not least…
Red Rising would make an absolutely amazing TV series. Period. The End.
What books would you love to see adapted to the screen? Let me know in the comments and leave your T10T posts as well!