5 Books That Need To Be Turned Into TV Shows
Hello TV writers, if you could all take a break from rebooting old shows and making them worse, I have some ideas for you.
We only need to look at the wonder that was the 90s Pride and Prejudice TV series to see how well literature can be brought to life in just six hours. For some reason or other these lot below haven’t made it to a big or little screen yet, but with The Casual Vacancy earlier in the year, and now His Dark Materials set to make its silver screen debut, I’m hoping it’ll only be a matter of time.
Here’s what’s on my book to TV wishlist:
1. Harry Potter, by JK Rowling
Yes, we’ve got the films, and yes Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is coming soon (and yes The Cursed Child West End play is also happening), but I can honestly think of nothing better than having seven entire seasons of Harry Potter to binge-watch. Potterheads are greedy, okay? Think of the detail we’d get. Whole episodes around Hermione’s battle for S.P.E.W, exploring more of Voldemort’s family tree, screen-time dedicated entirely to the Snape-Lily-James love triangle. MAKE THIS HAPPEN, WORLD.
2. Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
Like most fans, I’d be happy to see any of Rainbow Rowell’s books played out as a TV series, but I think Eleanor and Park should get first dibs. Not only would you get all the high school romance of new girl Eleanor and nerdy Park as they bond over music and comics on the bus, there’s actual real depth to the story. Not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, but shit gets a little real. Plus, the soundtrack would be incredible.
3. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
Yes, this has already been recreated everywhere from TV, to radio, to film – but you can’t deny that the world would be a slightly better place with a modern Nineteen Eighty-Four remake. Done well, the writers could paint us a picture of a pretty similar to now future, where Big Brother and the Thought Police are in control and you’re constantly being watched no matter where you go. Sound familiar?
4. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
So it looks like this is already being made into a film, but just in case Mr Spielberg decides to not make this happen, we can go with a TV series instead. If you haven’t read it (seriously, sort this out immediately), it’s a science fiction novel where reality is so depressing, the majority of the world spend their waking hours in the OASIS, a next-level type of internet. Not only would the TV show have time to really explore what the OASIS can do (avatars, battles across different planets etc), you’d be able to cram in all the juicy pop culture references. It’d be a 45 minute nerd-fest, which I’m pretty okay with.
5. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
This sprawling, post-apocalyptic novel isn’t even a few months old and is already crying out for the silver screen treatment. Using alternate timelines, it follows a Hollywood star, his lovers, and a group of actors called the Travelling Symphony to name a few, flitting between the years before and after The Collapse. I’d love to see how they bring all of the characters together, and how they tackle the alternative timelines – whether that’s with different actors, or just very good make-up – to fully tell the story.
Before I keep going and turn this into 105 books that need to be turned into TV shows, what’ve I missed?