Do you ever read a book and think to yourself that it would make an amazing TV series or movie? That happens to me quite a bit, and that is why I love this week’s TTT topic. I know that adaptations are often disappointing and do not hold a candle to the books, but in my dream world, these books would be adapted in a way that does them justice.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
An adaptation of You Had Me at Hola would be such fun considering it is about actors and there are chapters within the book about the telenovela that they star in. I could see it becoming a very popular Netflix Original movie or even stretched out into a series. Each episode could center around an episode of the TV show in the book- I think it could be cleverly done!
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
The Switch is one of those books that is meant to be made into a movie! The adaptation would have a very similar vibe to The Holiday, which is a movie I adore. There is something so charming and wholesome about this story that I think would translate really well into a feel-good movie.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
I would not be surprised if there are already talks going on about adapting Cemetery Boys. Although the book does not come out until September, it is already receiving a lot of buzz and I know that it is going to be a HUGE success. Everything about this book is incredible- I could perfectly see the story playing out in my mind. There is so much potential for an amazing TV series here!
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
I think that Let Me Hear a Rhyme would be a fantastic movie. The fact that it is set in the 90s will bring a lot of nostalgia for many people, and the story itself is so gut-wrenching while also being very hopeful. The soundtrack for this movie would also be incredible! This is the movie we all need right now.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
I know that The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires has been getting mixed reviews, but there is no denying that it would make for a compelling and dark TV series. It would be very much like Desperate Housewives but with vampires- enough said!
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
I have read that the adaptation rights for Such a Fun Age have already been sold, but that does not necessarily mean that it will ever come to fruition. I really hope that we get an adaptation that does this book justice. This is a book that is compulsively readable while also touching on a lot of poignant issues- it is so nuanced, and I think a movie version could lead to some important conversations about race and performative allyship.
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
The way that The Glittering Hour is written leads to me believe that it would make for a stellar series. There are two timelines that eventually come together, so there is a lot of intrigue there. One timeline is set in the 1920s and is more about glitz and glamour, while the other timelines is set decades later and is much darker and heartbreaking. There is a great balance!
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
I know that Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is non-fiction, and it may not seem like an obvious choice for an adaptation, but I personally think there is a lot of potential for a great TV series. Each episode could focus on a different patient while also intersecting Gottlieb’s own sessions with her therapist. I picture something similar to Modern Love on Amazon Prime.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
I have noticed that I want most of these books adapted into TV series rather than movies, but there are so many layers to these stories that could not be covered in the length of a movie. City of Girls spans many years, and it is both glamorous and gritty. It is the character growth that is truly amazing, and I think that would translate well in a series.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
I think that the The Wedding Date series would make for an amazing movie franchise on Netflix. The storylines are simply yet adorable and would be lighthearted, feel-good movies that could be released yearly. I think many people would look forward to them every year!
What book would you love to see adapted?
50 thoughts on “Books That Deserve Adaptations”
These all looks interesting specially weeding date series.
Such a fun series!!
The only book I’ve read from this list is Such a Fun Age and I completely agree that it needs to have an adaptation! I was just talking to a friend of mine, and I think a Hulu tv show would be perfect for it. I just recently got a copy of The Switch, so now I’m even more excited to read it 🙂
Hulu would be a good fit. They have some great adaptations!
The Holiday is one of my favorite movies. Definitely going to check out The Switch!
You’ll love it!
Look forward to reading You Had Me at Hola. 😍
It’s so good!!
I think all Jackson’s books would be brilliant as films. Seriously, could you imagine Allegedly?
I haven’t read that one yet. Need to make it a priority!!
Honestly, I’d watch all of these shows. Great list.
My TTT .
Great picks! Definite yes to Let Me Hear A Rhyme!
Wouldn’t it be amazing? /
I absolutely adored The Switch and agree that it would translate to film so well – I was so excited when I saw that it’s currently being adapted! https://variety.com/2020/film/news/rachel-brosnahan-the-switch-movie-1234604382/
Ah I didn’t know that! Makes sense because it reads like a movie.
I’ve not read the Grady Hendrix yet but I loved his Horrorstor book so I’d imagine this would be awesome too!
I’ve been meaning to read that one!
I NEED a City of Girls show. I mean… just imagine the costumes alone!
Exactly!!! It would be so beautiful.
The Switch would make a great adaptation!
Right?! Apparently it is being adapted!
I haven’t read any of these, but there’s a few I would totally be interested in if they were tv shows. That vampire book would be a really fun show!
It really would! A perfect Fall show.
I’ve been dying to read You Had Me at Hola! I’ve heard it’s in a telenovela setting so it only makes sense to have it made into a movie or series!
Also, such a fun age is an amazing book! I really hope it actually becomes a movie.
My TTT: https://abookwormreads.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/books-that-should-be-adapted-into-movies-shows/
Yes! It was meant to be adapted!!
I See so many fun books from my TBR that this makes me read them now.
My TTT https://witchwhoreads.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/top-ten-book-series-that-should-be-adapted-into-netflix-shows/
I would pay to see Let Me Hear a Rhyme and Such a Fun Age in theaters 😭 the soundtrack would definitely be AMAZING for Let Me Hear a Rhyme and it would be such a cool vibe
I so agree with you on The Switch!
Awesome choices! I can’t wait to read Cemetery Bots. It sounds so good!
The Switch sounds fun, and so does Southern Book Club. I think those would both be fun series!
They really would!
I haven’t read The Southern Book Club… yet but it’s high on my TBR list and just from the description I know it would be something I would watch.
City of Girls sounds good as well and would make a great adaptation 🙂
I haven’t read You Had Me At Hola yet but it sounds like something MADE FOR A TV SHOW. It’s on my tbr, though so I hope to find out if I am right about that assumption. Great list!!
I haven’t read any of these. Hmmm a book that would make a good adaption…. I don’t know. I much prefer books to tv/movies honestly 🤷♀️
I love your idea for a movie franchise for the Jasmine Guillory books. That would be so much fun! Or I suppose a series that interweaves all the stories might be great too, to have all the characters in each others’ lives and see all the romances develop. And I love the idea of an adaptation of Southern Book Club too — Desperate Housewives with vampires for the win!
All those books are new to me. Great list. Here is my TTT.
Agree with Let Me Hear a Rhyme! Read it a few months ago and it’s a favourite!
I would love to see Landline by Rainbow Rowell adapted!
I’m listening to the audiobook of The Switch now and I can absolutely see it as a Netflix adaptation! I would definitely watch Southern Book Club if it was made into a show!!
Right?! It reads like a movie!!
How great would a Southern Book Club show be?!
I know what I would be bingeing if that got made into a show! Maybe the Netflix Gods will hear our wishes and we’ll find out it’s actually going to happen!
I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens!
Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires sounds like it’d make a fun tv show! And really want to read city of girls!
It’s really would! You must read City of Girls!!
I’ve heard so many great things about You Had Me at Hola. I really need to check it out.
You do!! It’s really great!
This is so fun!
Thank you. I had fun writing this one!