Top Ten Books that should be Movies/TV shows (Top Ten Tuesday)

Top Ten Tuesday – Books that should be Movies or TV Shows

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1- The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood and Co.) By Jonathan Stroud

This series is funny, fast-paced and has some great action set pieces. It could make a great movie series or a TV show. Somewhere between Harry Potter and Ghostbusters.

2- The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials) By Phillip Pullman

A lot of people didn’t like the Golden Compass, the adaption of The Northern Lights, the first book in the Dark Materials series. But I thought it was a pretty good movie. The Subtle Knife would make a epic movie, and the film series could have been as successful as Potter.

3- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

It’s hard to decided if this would make a better movie or a better TV show. A lot happens in the books, so like Game of Thrones, a TV show would probably work better to make sure all the different plots and agendas make sense.

4- Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

At one point, Johnny Depp was rumored to be playing Skulduggery, but plans for the movies have been pretty slow. This series is funny, fast-paced and action-packed–the books are almost like watching a movie.

5- The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The Edge Chronicles would be pretty expensive to make into movies. Most would probably have to be done with CGI, but the movies could be epic if done right.

6- The Bartimeaus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud

This is as funny as Skulduggery and plans for a movie have been in the works for a while. I can’t understand why a movie hasn’t been made yet, because there is plenty of cool material in the books.

7- Gone by Michael Grant

This could work well as a TV show and a movie series. There are almost as many mysteries and questions in Gone as there are in LOST, so it would make an addictive TV show.

8- Half a King (Shattered Sea Trilogy) by Joe Abercrombie

TV or movie, this series would be epic both ways. The gritty action on page is already cinematic, so the battle sequences would be awesome.

9- Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeve

Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings, was going to adapt this series at one point. The series is set in the future, where the world’s cities move around like huge vehicles. There are some epic action set pieces and the pace is fast from beginning to end. A movie would work best for this series.

10- Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

This would make a good short crime TV show, each of the (so far) planned three books being a different series. The villain is crazy and King keeps the pace fast all the way to the climax.


Does anyone agree with some of these, or do you think some should be movies rather than TV shows, or the other way round? Also, it’d be interesting to know if anyone else enjoyed the Golden Compass movie?

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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.

Posted on 06/02/2015, in books, reading, top ten tuesday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. We had a couple of these in common, Throne of Glass which I said would make a great movie, but you’re right it would probably be good as a TV show too, and would have more time for all the different parts of the story to be developed. I also had Skulduggery Pleasant on my list.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/top-ten-tuesday-7/

  2. It’s probably time for the Edge Chronicles to appear on a screen!

    Here’s my snarky response to the request to post a list of books I’d like made into movies.

  3. thereviewdiaries

    I would love to see Lockwood on screen, that would be incredible! And Throne of Glass would be amazing to see brought to life. I’m hesitant about Bartimeaus simply because I’m not sure HOW they’d do some of it, but if they could do it well it would be so amazing to see it.
    My TTT

  4. Great list! I just finished The Amulet of Samarkand and am absolutely hooked. Kind of glad I waited to try this trilogy; now I don’t have to wait for the sequel! Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!

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