Movies and TV shows that should be books…

Movies and TV shows that should be books…

People talk about books they wish were movies and TV shows. But what about movies and TV shows that you wish were books? I’m looking up books that are similar to this TV show or that movie all the time. And it’s hard to find them. I don’t mean novelizations which tend to be short and direct copies of the movie/TV show. I mean books that are really similar, or that came before the movie/TV show. A few of the movies and TV shows I wish were books are below…


245fa976679ba54373c3a26e64ed0b1c1c is one of my favourite shows of all time. Each season unfolds over a single day, each episode a single hour as Jack Bauer tries to stop a terrorist plot or some other threat against his country. The action and twists would make a great book. The fact that everything takes place in a single day would mean a fast pace. And Bauer would make a great main character, the kind you could look up to, even if his morals are a little off kilter.

Lee Child could probably write a great 24 book. 


I’m a pretty recent fan of Supernatural. I thought it was a show for fans of Buffy. Man, was I wrong. Each season has a tumblr_lwk6nfLjOx1qe27pzo2_r2_250gripping arc, great characters and plenty of pace that would translate well to a series of books. Sam and Dean are solid main characters, guys I could imagine being friends with—even if Sam does seem to whine all the time. Castiel and Crowley offer some laugh out loud moments, so all in all, Supernatural would make a great long-running series of books.

Derek Landy, author of the Skuldggery Pleasant series blends horror, action and humor, so I think he’d be a good choice for a Supernatural book series. 


QjUkgFringe is my second favourite show of all time (behind LOST—which doesn’t make this list because how can you translate LOST to books?). That’s in large part to Walter, who is one of the funniest characters ever created for TV. It’s impossible to pick out one of his lines and not laugh. The continuing arcs involving the parallel universe, the observers etc, as well as the stand alone crime cases would be great for a trilogy or procedural series.

Choosing a writer for a Fringe book is tough. But Stephen King could do it justice. 

Person of Interest

tumblr_mj82nqUe7o1rkd10qo1_500This is another one of my favourite shows. The characters are one of the best aspects, as well as the central idea of a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. Reese is a cross between Bauer and Bond, and is another character you can look up to. The rest of the cast would translate well to books, as would the plot arcs of the series. This show has action in every episode and plenty of twists that would make an awesome series of books. I’ve hunted many times for a book that resembles this show, but I can’t seem to find one. If anyone has any ideas, please drop a comment below.

Choosing an author for this is pretty tough, too. But possibly JJ Abrams (the show’s executive producer who recently co wrote the weird, but good book, S) or Rick Riordan– he knows how to write action. 

The Marvel movies

avengers009I’m a big Marvel (and most superhero movies) fan, and finding a solid, action-packed superhero book is pretty hard. Vicious by Victora Schwab is probably the best I’ve read so far, but it didn’t deliver that constant action I was looking for. I’m halfway through Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and it’s delivering some quality action and crazy superpowers. But nothing’s come close to what a Marvel movie delivers. I know there are comic books, but I’m not a comic fan. If anyone knows of any books that are similar to a Marvel movie, or have superheroes, again drop a comment below. The Avengers would make great characters in a book and the constant action would make for a fast-paced read—even if the plots are getting a little formulaic.

Again, I think Rick Riordan could pull a Marvel book off, as could Derek Landy. 



I like books with twists, the more unexpected the better. And complex plots that make you think are great too, so Chris Nolan’s Inception would make an awesome book. The plot works well for book too, with plenty of pace, action and suspense. The narrative and action might be hard to translate to word, but if someone could make it work, I’d buy it.

This is a tough film to translate to book, so maybe Chris Nolan would be the only one who knows the plot well enough to do it justice. 

There are plenty more movies and TV shows that should be books, but the above are the ones I’d most want to read. If you have any suggestions for books similar to anything above, please let me know. And if there are any movies or TV shows you wish were books feel free to leave a comment below.


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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