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Television adaptations of popular books have become increasingly popular in recent years. Which books are still crying out for an adaptation?
Many successful television shows have been adapted from books like with Game of Thrones and Shadow and Bone. With movie adaptations, the plot often has to be trimmed down and key scenes and moments can be left out.
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With a television series though, characters can be fully fleshed out and scenes can be added to develop them further and present stories that were only mentioned in the book. Although book to television adaptations have become increasingly common, there are still many books that could still receive this treatment.
The hit Netflix series, The Haunting of Bly Manor was one of the best Turn of the Screw adaptations and Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key is also inspired by the literary classic. The book sees Rowan take up a live-in nanny position that immediately seems too good to be true.
The Turn of the Key is full of mystery and suspense and would make the perfect horror-thriller television show. The mystery builds throughout the book, flashing back and forth between the main events and the near future where Rowan is accused of murder. The book is full of twists and turns and would certainly make for a gripping and binge worthy series.
The Lunar Chronicles is a sci-fi spin on classic fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The book series centers around an ongoing pandemic and the political tension between Earth and the planet of Lunar.
The protagonists of these original fairy tales were mostly passive and in need of rescuing but in The Lunar Chronicles they take center stage and are strong and resilient. With its mixture of classic fairy tales and sci fi themes, this series would make an exciting television show. As there are four lengthy books in the series, there is certainly enough material for a potential show to have a long and healthy run.
Radio Silence focuses on the podcast, Universe City which is run by an anonymous figure. At the heart of this story though is the friendship between Frances and Aled which makes a refreshing change from the usual focus of romance in young adult literature.
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The podcast is vibrant and fun and the friendship between the main characters is heartwarming but the book does tackle several hard hitting and emotional issues too. With Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper being adapted into an upcoming Netflix series, Radio Silence could also follow. As the books are set in the same universe and there are small and subtle character crossovers between the two, Radio Silence could make a great spin off to Heartstopper if the TV show is a success.
They Both Die At The End is set in an alternate version of the modern day with the key difference being the ominous Death-Cast. In this world, people receive a call on the day they’re going to die but are unaware of the exact time or how it will happen.
The book would benefit from a television adaptation as it could focus on a wider group of characters than shown in the book and could show how different people deal with the news they are about to die. Also, a refreshing change for this series would be the LGBT romance at the centre between the two main characters, Rufus and Mateo. They Both Die At The End could certainly join the best disturbing dystopian TV dramas out there.
Netflix adapted the hit children’s book series A Series of Unfortunate Events but another book series that was popular around the same time as this one was The Spiderwick Chronicles. The series focuses on the Grace siblings as they discover a hidden magical world of fantastical creatures around them.
The series was actually adapted into a movie starring Freddie Highmore. However, the movie tried to adapt all five books into one which meant a lot was left out. While the movie was enjoyable, a television show would be able to build upon the books and fully develop the characters perhaps even adding to what fans read on the page.
Red, White and Royal Blue focuses on the growing romance between the first son of the United States and the Prince of England. The book is a slow burn enemies-to-lovers LGBT romance and is both dramatic and heartwarming.
The book has a huge online following and with the similarities to the successful Young Royals is crying out for an adaptation. The show could easily become one of the best LGBT television shows, as, this show could effectively portray the passionate and emotional love story between Alex and Henry.
The Chain is a suspenseful thriller that puts a unique twist on the missing child trope. Once a child is kidnapped in The Chain, their parents are soon contacted and instructed to kidnap another child in order to have theirs returned. The book shows the extreme lengths parents will go to for their children and brings out the darkest side of everyday characters.
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As thriller shows are highly popular on streaming services such as Netflix, The Chain would make for an exciting and high octane series. Like with They Both Die at the End, a TV show of this book could show a wide range of characters and expand further on what happens in the book.
In many ways, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer – if it were told entirely from the perspective of Xander. The book focuses on the best friend of “the chosen one” and how they deal with the extraordinary and fantastical goings on in their town when all they want to do is lead a normal life.
While many fantasy elements are present within the story, the focus is mostly on the normal characters who are still trying to go about their everyday lives. With shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer being highly popular, a premise like this one would make for a great TV show. The Rest of Us Just Live Here takes many of the tropes commonly seen in supernatural media but shows them from an entirely different perspective.
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Jak Burton is an English Literature and Creative Writing Graduate. He has a passion for Television, Movies and Books. If he could transport himself into any fictional universe it would be The Wizarding World.


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