Top Ten Tuesday | Please give me adaptations of these books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is a ‘Page to Screen Freebie’, so today I’m going to talk about some books and series I’d love to see adaptations of, and the kind of adaptation I’d like! I do love a BBC mini series, though, so expect to see a few…


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Shirley Jackson is my favourite horror writer, and I think this creepy little novel would be adapted perfectly as a stop motion film directed by Henry Selick, who also directed films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Coraline. There’s something about stop motion animation that can be so creepy that would really work in this book’s favour.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters: All of Waters’ novels have been adapted now apart from her most recent one, and to be honest I’m surprised the BBC haven’t picked it up yet because I think it’d work really well as a BBC drama. There’s still time, I suppose!

The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan: If Netflix could get hold of the rights to this series, I’d be delighted. It’s not the kind of series I’d want the BBC to do – their fantasy work tends to be on the cheesier side, like Merlin – but Netflix or HBO could have so much fun with this series.

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Not my favourite of Moreno-Garcia’s novels, but a story that I think could make for a very sweet, late summer BBC mini series. Either that or, on the other end of the scale, I think someone like Guillermo del Toro would have fun with this story because it’s fairly simple, so he could go wild with the magic and do something in the style of Crimson Peak – though not quite as creepy.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney: This is the ideal story for a winter BBC mini series and I’m really surprised it hasn’t been picked up yet. It’s so atmospheric; I could picture a story like this running over New Year when Christmas is over and it’s freezing cold.


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I desperately need a TV series about zombies getting their butts kicked in the aftermath of the American Civil War. This would be so much fun to watch!

Soulless by Gail Carriger: To be honest this is another series that I’m really surprised has never been picked up somewhere – given that it was adapted into a manga, I think someone could make a really fun anime adaptation of this series. I’d watch it.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Speaking of animation, don’t you think Studio Ghibli could do a stunning adaptation of this book? They’ve previously adapted Howl’s Moving Castle and the Earthsea Cycle, so they’re no stranger to Western fantasy, and I think Weep as animated by Studio Ghibli would be gorgeous.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: This is another one that I think would just be plain fun. Maybe the team who created The Musketeers could swap ideas with the team who created Love, Simon and come up with something?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Again, you’re probably sensing a theme here, but this one would be so much fun to watch. I’d have a season per book (perhaps two seasons each for Cress and Winter, considering they’re a bit chunkier) and I’d watch the hell out of it.

What did you talk about this week?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Please give me adaptations of these books

  1. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

    Gentleman’s Guide would be so fun! I kind of want to see Tom Holland as Monty. 😀 And I don’t know if I’m misremembering, but I thought I heard that the book actually got greenlit for a screen adaptation? Or maybe that was a completely different YA book. Everything seems to be turning into movies and TV shows nowadays!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      I hadn’t considered him before, but I think Tom Holland’s a good shout! I think maybe it has been picked up but, like you said, so many books are being adapted these days and so many of them end up going nowhere. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  2. Jaime says:

    Dread Nation and Gentleman’s Guide would make amazing TV shows! And I WOULD LOVE Studio Ghibli to make a film for Strange the Dreamer. How freaking gorgeous would that be?

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  3. Lisa says:

    Oh yes, I’d watch an adaptation of the Lunar Chronicle books for sure! I’d love to see the Parasol Protectorate as a movie series, but I’d take it in any form available. 🙂 And a big YES to We Have Always Lived in the Castle — so creepy and delicious. Great list!

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