Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have to start this week's topic by stating I don't watch a lot of TV or movies. That's changed a bit lately as we have spent more time at home, but I prefer to read than watch anything (with rare exception). Thanks to my Kindle Fire HD 10, however, I have binge watched the entire Fuller House series. Though this might seem odd, I am watching season 1 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, which aired from 2010-2013. I've always been a fan of Scooby-Doo, so I wanted to check out a more recent adaptation. You can read some of my thoughts at my kid's book blog.

So, on to today's topic. These are my suggestions for Top Ten Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies. Some of these would be remakes of other shows/movies, but I think modernizing these could gain new audiences.

One of my favorite TV mini-series, The Thorn Birds is overdue for a remake. Proving I don't follow Hollywood at all, I can only guess who would play the main characters. Maybe Chris Hemsworth or Henry Cavill and Anne Hathway or Kiera Knightly. I suggest less focus on Meggie's younger years and moving swiftly into her coming of age and the forbidden love between Meggie and Ralph.

In The Cutting by James Hayman, readers meet Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe, who moved from New York City to Portland, Maine to escape a dark past. Along with his partner, Maggie Savage, McCabe must find a sadistic killer of young, blonde women. McCabe and Savage return in The Chill of the Night, where they must discover who killed a young attorney and dumped her body at the end of the Portland Fish Pier. This would make a great series. Hayman already has six books for inspiration.

The Amish Bishop Mysteries by Vannetta Chapman started with What the Bishop Saw. Henry Lapp rushes to the scene of an out of control fire. He soon learns, however, that this fire is no accident and Vernon Frey is left dead. Not the most liked guy, there is no end of potential suspects. Henry must decide if he will use his God-given gift to set the record straight one someone he knows is innocent is implicated in Vernon's death. 

This is the first of a three-book series, but I think it would make a great regular TV series for cozy mystery lovers that is unique in setting and because of the main character's faith. 

Here is another great book series that would make for a fun TV series or movie. The House on Tradd Street introduces us to Realtor Melanie Middleton. She inherits the house on Tradd Street from a man she recently met, not knowing of the house's malevolent presence. We also meet Jack Trenholm and a cast of other great characters who appear in this series. I think this first book would make a great movie.

As I mentioned in an earlier Top Ten Tuesday, the 1993 TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger is being remade. Due to premier in January 2021, Walker is something I will be looking for. However, I would love to see fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong make it to Netflix as a series. Author Jon Land has given us 10 books of material to get started. Would be a truly superb series if done right.

The Madhatter's Guide to Chocolate by Rhett DeVane brings us up close and personal into the lives of Hattie Davis, Jake Witherspoon, Aunt Piddie, and all the other folks in Chattahoochee, Florida. Small town secrets always make for some good viewing. 

I know this will sound unusual coming from me, but I really enjoyed what I read of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I'm not usually into futuristic stories, but Cinder captivated me when I read it with the girls. This series would make great movies. 

In my not-so-humble opinion, Jessica Fletcher has been off television for far too long. New books are still being published featuring the former school teacher turned writer and amateur sleuth. Murder, She Wrote is way overdue for a new TV run or a new movie. 

I love everything about Charlotte Hubbard's work, but I feel A Mother's Gift would make for a special kind of movie. Leah Otto has never been comfortable with housework. She prefers to tend to her goats and chickens. Jude Shetler, a widower with three children, likes her non-traditional skills, but she is not prepared for all that goes into being a wife and mother. While struggling to keep their teenage daughters in line and care for a five-year-old who is desperately missing his mother, a new challenge arrives in the form of an abandoned baby on their doorstep. This book was wonderful from beginning to end. It would make a great faith-based TV movie.

One of the things that deters me from watching TV is that every show I enjoy is eventually canceled. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson's Creek had good runs, but Mercy Street and Cedar Cove barely got off the ground before they were pulled. If Netflix found a way to bring Cedar Cove, based upon Debbie Macomber's popular series back to life, I would eagerly watch each episode. 

What do you think of my list? Is there hope for any of these to be picked up? What's on your list?


Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks said...

I love so many of your choices this week, especially The House on Tradd Street! I could easily see that working as a series.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I prefer books greatly over movies, too.

JadeSky said...

I like your choices! I'm definitely considering adding some of the older books to my TBR list.

My TTT: https://steppingstonesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2020/08/top-ten-tuesdays-books-that-should-be.html

R's Rue said...

I need to read The House on Tradd Street. Thank you for sharing. I’m so excited.

Lydia said...

The Madhatter's Guide to Chocolate sounds marvellous! Honestly, the world needs more gentle shows right now.

My TTT .

Cheryl said...

Christopher and R Rue, the Tradd Street series is a great series. I hope Netflix or some other streaming service finds it worth adapting. Rue, you really need to read it.

Deb, I can't even remember the last time I turned the TV on other than watching Fuller House and Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

JadeSky, I hope you are able to add some of these to your TBR pile.

Lydia, I totally agree with you.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse said...

I love that you chose a Karen White book! That series would be great on TV!

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Deanna. I would love it even if they only adapted the first book.

Megan | Bookstacks and Golden Moms said...

Oh my gosh, yessssss!! I loved The Thorn Birds so much! And Cinder was on my list, as well :)

Here's my TTT

Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting, Megan. I still watch parts of the The Thorn Birds on YouTube. I am such an addict.

Aj @ Read All The Things! said...

I also don’t watch a lot of TV or movies. I might watch more if my favorite books were adapted. Cinder would make a cool show. I’d watch that.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Dedra @ A Book Wanderer said...

The Lunar Chronicles seems to be the winner this week! ;) I would love to see it adapted. Hopefully someone is paying attention!