I love watching TV. I love reading. And the thing I love most is when a book is made into a TV show and it’s completely accurate. Everything you loved in the book happens on the screen, and all of the characters look exactly how they’re described.
“Alyce, I can’t think of any examples of that happening…”
Well, dear reader, you’re wrong! There was… Wait, no, that character wasn’t in the books. Ooh, ooh, or! Nope, actually, everyone dies in the book but no one seems to be dying in the TV show.
Maybe Game of Thrones?
“Have you read that yet?”
“So how would you know?”
Okay, okay, so book to TV adaptations are normally pretty sucky. People die willy nilly, beloved characters don’t exist, new characters are randomly conjured out of the air, it’s a mess. But if I was a director/producer/executive person in charge of TV, these are the five books that I would make into TV shows – and I would make them damn good while doing it.
5) The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne
A lot of US YA gets made into films or TV shows, but I think we need more UKYA gracing the screen. The Spinster Club would be perfect: the sixth form environment offering more freedom than school-oriented shows like ‘Waterloo Road’, and the characters all so lovable that you wouldn’t be able to resist seeing what they get up to each week.
It would also be a great way to teach young people about feminism. It can be difficult to understand at a young age, but Holly explains it simply but very effectively!
4) ‘Half Bad’ by Sally Green
3) ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green
2) Harry Potter
1) ’99 Days’ by Katie Cotugno