Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’re happy to be talking about books we’d most like to see as movies / TV shows.
I’m going to try really hard not to cheat and choose things that have already been made into TV shows or movies, but I make no promises! I will also say that all of this is obviously influenced by the kind of TV and movies I like to watch: I like sci-fi and fantasy, I like story-lines that are focused on ladies, and I like LGBTQ characters and content. So!
1. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
Maybe this is not a super unexpected choice, but man, these books would make for great movies. When was the last time you saw a high fantasy film about a kickass teenage assassin? Wouldn’t you like to do that? Wouldn’t you like to swoon over a certain captain of the guard or wyvern-riding witch on the big screen? I would, I would! Also, uncharacteristically (for me), when I was reading Heir of Fire, I couldn’t stop thinking about what a wonderful movie that book in particular would make. There’s something almost cinematic about it. Also … wyverns. I want to see them sky-ponies.
2. Temeraire series – Naomi Novik
Dragons + the Napoleonic Wars! A tale of a beautiful love story between a man and his dragon! How dragons might differently shape the face of history! They’re super interesting – the dragons are great characters, and the world-building is pretty awesome. These books would make for a great TV show in my mind, and um, I think Peter Jackson might actually be working on it as mini-series? Additionally, there are at least eight of these books so far, so there’s a ton of material. Please make this happen soon, world.
3. Kushiel series – Jacqueline Carey
Another lengthy series that I think would translate well into a television show. The books are set in the courts of a fantasy world that’s a little bit like medieval France and follow the adventures of Phèdre nó Delaunay, an intelligent, perceptive, and resourceful young woman, as she navigates that world. (She is kind of like a courtesan-spy.) The books are really sex-positive and feminist and queer friendly, and Carey builds a detailed and intricate alternative history of medieval Europe, and they’re wonderful. Still: how much would you love an epic fantasy series like this?
4. His Fair Assassin series – Robin LaFevers
I want to see this as a TV series for similar-ish reasons: it too is set in fantasy medieval France and puts women front-and-center, though in this case, they’re assassin-nuns. I don’t know, I guess I think anything that involves court intrigue and romance and ladies being badasses against a historical backdrop is my jam. Can you not imagine how wonderful it would be? So much pageantry! So much poison! I can see it in my brain already. And hmm, this is probably why I like Reign so much, since it too is in many ways a fantasy version of early modern Europe, replete with clothing by Free People.
5. Quest for a Maid – Frances Mary Hendry
Did anyone ever read this young adult historical novel? I haven’t read it since I was in junior high school, but have had very fond memories of it. It’s set in medieval Scotland (if you’re noticing a theme, that theme is that I like things on the spectrum of historical fiction) and is about a young Scottish girl who becomes involved in intrigue with regards to the rightful heir of the Scottish throne. (She overhears her sister plot to kill the king, and our protagonist Meg tries to set things to rights by protecting the next in line, the Maid of Norway. Whether any of this is right or historically accurate is beyond me; like I said, I haven’t re-read it in years.) But I remember this being a wonderful book about Adventures in History, and um, I think it’d be great. Made-for-TV movie, please!
6. Small Change series – Jo Walton
Jo Walton’s Small Change series – Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown – are set in an alternate timeline where the United Kingdom chooses to appease Hitler because the United States withdraws support. I haven’t read these books in a few years, but the first is sort of a murder mystery against the backdrop of an alternate version of the 1940s. The books are really great, very political intrigue-y, and take things like race, religion, gender, and sexuality into account in considering what this particular world would look like. I’d love to see them as a mini-series. I’m kind of surprised this hasn’t already happened.
7. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
I think Kim’s review described this best as “dystopian, eugenic, Capture-the-Flag on Mars” and um, that is precisely why I would like to see this as a movie. I know that it’s supposed to happen, but since it isn’t out yet (and there really aren’t many details about its production) I feel mostly safe including it here. Capture-the-Flag on Mars: The Movie.
8. Aud Torvingen series – Nicola Griffith
So, I do want this to happen, but I’m also not sure that it wouldn’t be totally counter to the nature of the books to do this. The Aud Torvingen books – The Blue Place, Stay, and Always – follow a Norwegian ex-cop who is pretty great at violence and also super emotionally damaged. They’re crime thrillers? Noir-ish? Gay as hell? And very, very good. But, um, I would love for Aud Torvingen to be brought to life.
9. Patience and Sarah – Isabel Miller
Because I want more films about ladies falling in love in history. Patience and Sarah is set in the early nineteenth-century; a single lady and a farmer’s daughter find love and basically try to establish a shared life together. It’s a kind of quiet book – although they do have to fight family members and religious figures – and has a happy ending (huzzah, no one dies or ends up alone forever). I like period pieces for films, and while this book isn’t my favorite, I think it’d make a great movie.
10. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
It is a sweet high-school love story between two boys, involves Oreos, and takes place primarily over the internet. Come on, world, we need an updated You’ve Got Mail! In my mind, this could be an incredibly adorable rom-com, and let’s be real, there aren’t enough of those for gay teens as it is. THINK OF HOW CUTE IT COULD BE. Simon + Blue 4eva!
PS. My heart still cries that the world never got to see Pullman’s The Subtle Knife as a movie. Yeah, I know the first one wasn’t great (although it has many great moments), but I really wanted to see the creepiness of Cittàgazze on the big screen.
So, what books would you love to see as TV or movies? What’d I miss?