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Books and Television Shows: Perfect Together (Suck it Jersey. Stealing the states tagline.)
Ok. That statement is not true for everyone. In fact, when people find out that their favorite book series is going to be a television show…things go bad. Fans get upset and things go awry. Of course, me being me, I go against the grain.
I recently was cleaning up my Good Reads profile (shameless plug) and I was thinking about all the books that really had an effect on my life. How much I would love to see those characters from those books brought to life on screen.
Which brings me to my list of three book series that I want to see on screen. Warning: Two are teen books and one does not really belong, but it will always have a place in my heart.
In Death Series by J.D. Robb
Who is Dead?
Ask around and most people are not even aware this series exists. Fandom may feel non-existent, but there is a following. An intense one. If you do not know, J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts (yes…that Nora Roberts) writes about Eve Dallas a detective in the 21st Century. She solves tough mysteries with the help of her husband, Roarke (Roarke. Just Roarke), Peabody (her partner), Feeney and McNab (Tech crew) and Dr. Mira (the sanity factor). There are massive amounts of other side characters that add to Eve’s life in good and bad ways.
This series, while having funny moments, is heavy. It covers not only murders but also child abuse, rape, abandonment and emotional instability issues (just to name a few). This series has great character development and makes the future seem like a very interesting time. There are about 50 books (at my count). Every time you start a new story, it is like visiting old friends.
Why a Television Show?
It has so many aspects that would be fun to see on television. It is set in the future with self-driving cars, special guns, new planets, new technology and the Urban war that is hinted at but never really talked about. In addition, Eve and Roarke’s love story would be the toast of the Tumblr and the fanfiction world. Their love story, even after marriage, has been ongoing and beautiful to watch. Ditto on the friendships Eve develops as she starts to open up and grow past her childhood horrors. Another reason? It has fifty books. Lots of backstory. Lots of plot. Perfect for adaption writers.
It can work. To put it in perspective, Its “G” rated counterpart would be the television show, Castle. A huge hit ( a great show I might add) and has the same idea as In Death. In Death came first though.
What channel then?
Showtime. HBO. This is not a network show. It is full of violence, sex, drugs, and prostitution. To actually portray the world Eve Dallas lives in you would need to show all the nitty gritty. A place with no limits on what can be seen would be best.
The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
Do not have any idea what this is about.
The Jessica Darling series was close to my heart. It came into my life at a time where I was starting to get disillusioned with the Young Adult genre (vampires happened). I came across the series by accident and fell in love mostly because it was set in my home state and did not make it feel trashy.
The series follows sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling. Her only and best friend has moved away, she cannot run track anymore, and is finding herself hanging out with town druggie Marcus Flutie (he reminds me of Tim Riggins). The person who may have killed her best friend’s older brother. It is mostly about a girl growing up to learn that things are not what they seem and how growing up is not going to easy (neither is adulthood). I know its general but I do not want to give away too much in case you want to read the books now.
Why a television show?
I loved the first three books (the last two…read at your own risk) and felt it was a good representation of what teenagers are going through without patronizing them. It also doesn’t act like what is happening to them is special. The adults are not stupid in this series either. It is a snarky book with lots of colorful characters that could be developed better in a television show. This series has a pairing (Jessica and Marcus) that has shades of John Green realness. (He should trademark that).
Teenagers would eat this up.
What Channel Then?
I was thinking MTV. It is a teen book series (well…the first three are) with a very sarcastic main character. I can see it being like Awkward or even Faking It. Snappy and sweet. It does not shy away from important topics and MTV LOVES to tackle those controversial topics to make itself relevant. Perfect for this series.
The A-List by Zoey Dean
Sounds Like a Gossip Girl Knock Off.
This series came to my attention by accident one day while looking for a good trashy beach read. This series is fun, campy but not trashy. It does look like a Gossip Girl knock-off, but it is not even close. These characters are likable. Their motivations make sense, unlike the Gossip Girl books where it was about aimless rich kids right up to the bitter end. Ok. Enough of my opinions and bad mouthing Gossip Girl (that blog is coming).
The A-List follows Anna Percy, an Upper East Side New York teenager, which moves to LA to live with her father. She plans to follow the WASP rulebook but finds her rulebook being thrown out when she meets Ben Birnbaum on the plane and falls in love. That brings her into the world not known to the east coast. She encounters Sam Sharpe, Cammie Sheppard, and Dee Young as she tries to navigate her life on the West Coast.
Why a Television Show?
A lot happens in the ten books that were written including lots of side characters that come and go changing the lives of our main cast. A fun book with likable characters that are motivated to do more with their lives, not just is dating. Yeah, that is a big part of the books but a lot of the characters are trying to get out from under their rich parents shadows and find their own footing (teenagers can’t relate to that…right?). It grows to their college years so it can grow with its audience.
It is light and airy and I could see this being a fun summer show for teenagers and 20-somethings to enjoy each summer. Limited 13 season episodes, though. Do not need to stretch out these stories too much.
CW or even the E! network would work. However, the CW is on a superhero kick right now. If Hart of Dixie still existed I would say to pair the show with that. I’m afraid the CW would treat the show like Hidden Palms (if you remember that show…honor to you and honor to your family). E! Network could produce this series to grab that young Kardashian/Rich Kids audience.
Yeah. Television and books do not always mix. However, if the right source material came along and the gods above decided to be nice, a book coming to life could be a fun experience. Especially with the books, I have talked about above.
What books do you think would work as a television show? Tell me below or shoot over a tweet. Love to talk to people about this topic! Till then…the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed.