Ten Books I Want to See As a TV Show

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the folks at the Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different theme where participants try to come up with ten things to fit the theme.

This week is TV themed topic to celebrate Fall TV. I chose to talk about Ten Books I want to see as a TV Show.

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Wheel of Time

With Game of Thrones ending in two more season, there will be a huge vacuum for a fantasy series. Or so I hope. Wheel of Time would be great in filling up that gap. It has political intrigue, a huge world, wars and battles and an extensive cast with many characters to root for. Though the farm boy turned king start to series and the plain good vs bad story might be a turn off to some. It spans over fourteen novels (and a prequel) and has a definitive end. Besides, it would be fun to see a fourteenth season where seven out of ten episodes are about the final battle. Apparently one is in the works, so finger-crossed.

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Legion

I’ve mentioned it before, but I think Legion would be perfect as a TV series. I always imagine scenes where Stephen talks with his imaginary aspects. Like when the camera pans around the room, behind the Stephen’s shoulder and whoever he was talking to, it would show the aspects popping in and out of frame depending on which angle the camera was showing. The structure of the story also lends itself well to a long running series, with each episode focusing on different cases that Stephen has to solve.

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Lockwood & Co

Another mystery/detective case solving series that would be fun to see on TV is the Lockwood & Co series. It’s something like Scooby Doo meets Ghostbuster where three teenagers are paid to investigate hauntings throughout London and the ghosts are very much real. They must discover the source of each haunting and send the Visitors away. It’s packed with humor and action.

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Dresden Files

Well, technically there is already a Dresden Files series, but by most accounts, it was atrocious. It would be fun to see the snarky private detective/wizard roaming the streets again as he deals in supernatural crimes. And there’s 15 books worth of materials to work with.

The Gentlemen Bastards Title Sequence from Miles Aijala on Vimeo.

Gentlemen Bastards

Honestly, I have no idea how this would work. Maybe just a straight adaptation? However it is, I would be sure to watch it. I included this in the list because of someone made a title sequence and it was absolutely gorgeous. Would be a shame to let it go to waste. (Assuming the studio would actually use it.)

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The Witcher

Instead of a straight from book adaptation from the main series, I would prefer a version of that’s adapted from the short stories. Each episode would see Geralt traveling to a new locale and helping their villagers with monster problems. I’m imagining something with the feel of the 90s Xena: Warrior Princess or Hercules: the Legendary Journey shows to it. Of course with higher production values and better stories tied to each episode.

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The Old Kingdom

I love to watch a show about the adventures of Sabriel as the Abhorsen as she travel throughout the Old Kingdom to put the dead to rest. Both a straight adaptation from the novels or a loose one is fine with me. I could see her traveling to different villages to help defend them from the dead. The story could also focus on Lirael and her training to be the next Abhorsen. It would fun to see the Disreputable Dog and Mogget trading spats on TV.

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Mistborn

Mistborn would be awesome as a TV series. The metallic arts in action would be great to see. Though the emotional allomancy might be difficult to do. Still, the idea of watching Kelsier command a storm of metal and flinging carts in the air while fighting an Inquisitor is just too awesome to pass on. And Sazed going hulk like? Mistborn, and most of Sanderson’s works are just very visual.

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The Lunar Chronicles

I would love to see a Lunar Chronicles TV series. I think it would do it a lot more justice than a film series could. The books, especially the latter two, are two packed to fit into a feature film and there’s just too many story threads to follow to give them the justice in those two hours or so. While I’m not sure the first two books could fit a whole season of a show, the latter two surely can. I could see the seasons getting longer as the series continues.

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The Secret Seven

Okay, so this one might be a little crazy, and I probably won’t be watching if it’s made now. But, boy did I want one as a kid. I mean the Famous Five had their films and TV shows, why didn’t the Secret Seven have one too? Most of the grumbling comes from the fact that I used to see the Famous Five as my sisters’ and the Secret Seven were mine to have. Sibling rivalry, eh?

So those are ten book series I want to see as a TV show. What do you think? Are there any books you want to see as a TV show? What did you do for your topic this week? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Ten Books I Want to See As a TV Show

    • Thanks! I really want to see a great Dresden Files series. It would be a shame to see it go to waste. Sanderson is just so great with visuals and action scenes. Titanic is a good way to describe Wheel of Time. It would be even more massive than the Game of Thrones series, and I don’t think anything of a similar scale have been attempted in live action medium before.

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  1. Mistborn would indeed be so great a a tv show! It’s indeed very visual and could be an epic tv show. The Lunar Chronicles would also be so much fun to see on TV – perhaps book 1 and 2 could be combined a bit in one season… Gentlemen Bastards was already on my TBR, but that title sequence just pushed it up a bit to the top priority list 😉

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    • Indeed. Just imagining Kelsier battling the Inquisitor was enough for me to want it. That’s a good point. Some of the earlier parts of Scarlet could work in parallel with Cinder. You should read Gentlemen Bastards as soon as you can! I’ve only read the first one but it’s really amazing. I’ve been told it gets better!

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