Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Make Great Adaptations

This week's topic is:  Books That Would Make Great Adaptations

  Adaptations can be so hit or miss sometimes, but I still think it's fun to imagine some books come to life.  I don't typically think about books being adapted too often when I read them, but there are sometimes books that I see and think would make great shows or movies because of either a more fast-paced and action-oriented plot, characters that are full of life and excitement, or simply have such stunning visual images that I can't help but want to see them recreated!

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria, #1)The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1)
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
This has a blurbed description calling it "Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Mistborn" and honestly... that's pretty true! I would love to see this book adapted because I think it would be so much fun and has some truly wonderful settings and atmosphere. I enjoyed it as a book, but I actually think I'd enjoy it more as a show.

The Sin in the Steel by Ran Van Loan
With pirates, great characters, and an adventurous plot, I think this would make for a very popular show/movie. 

 The Unlikely Escape of Uriah HeepWanderers
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry
How fun would it be to see all of our favorite literary characters brought to life along with the exciting plot contained in this story?

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
I can see this being adapted as a TV series so easily, I think it has a lot of great elements that would work well.

 Wilder GirlsThe Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Wilder Girls might work better as a movie, but regardless of format I think this has a really haunting vibe in a secluded area that would translate really well with the right artistic direction.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
This would definitely be on the intense side, but I think it would really adapt well and make for a compelling show.

The Grace YearSenlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
Who doesn't want to the Tower of Babel brought to life? I want to see everything that Senlin sees and more! Plus, if the screen depictions are even half as beautiful as the Subterranean Press edition illustrations, this show would be stunning.

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)The Ghost Tree
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
I would really like to see a dystopian like Ink and Bone as a series because I think it brings something new to the table, while still providing a seriously compelling cast of characters and interesting story! Yes, there are plenty of dystopians out there already, but something about Ink and Bone has also stood out to me.

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
The spooky vibes of The Ghost Tree and the effortless narrative flow would make this the perfect witchy fall movie.

...and here's two bonus books that have recent adaption news!
Mexican Gothic and Jade City are both going to be adapted and I am so excited about this because I think both have the potential to translate beautiful to the screen, especially Mexican Gothic!
Mexican GothicJade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Jade City by Fonda Lee

Have you read any of these books--and do you think they'd make good adaptations? What books do you think would work well as adaptations?


  1. Great list! I'm so excited for Silvia Moreno-Garcia - I've got my fingers crossed that some of her other novels might be adapted too - and Jade City sounds like it would make for a wonderful adaptation. I need to read that one asap!

  2. I just saw that Mexican Gothic is being adapted! I have to admit, I still haven't read it, because I have really high hopes and I'm scared of being disappointed!

  3. Wilder Girls would make a great movie!

    And I can't wait to watch Mexican Gothic.

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  4. I agree about Ink And Bone! There's just something unique about it, and it would make a fantastic TV show.

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  5. I'd love to see The Great Library series adapted! That would be so cool! Plus, I can't wait to see what they do with Mexican Gothic and Jade City. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me