Top Ten Tuesday: Five awesome TV shows that were books, and five books that should be TV shows

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Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin 

I know this is like OBVIOUSLY C.J. NO DUH but any good list has to incude it.  It's incredible to see such a complex fantasy series sprawled out on the little screen and done so damn well.  There are few other TV shows that deliver as many epic feels and crazy twists.  Plus, come on, it's my high fantasy dreamscape on screen.  

The Magicians - Lev Grossman 

Shhh, okay, don't tell but I haven't read the book yet.  (It's on my shelf!  I know, I know!)  But the show is freaking epic.  It's like a grown-up snarky-as-hell mash-up of Narnia and Harry Potter with sex, drugs, and magicians who have serious mental health issues.  Plus I want to hug Elliott until he bursts into alcohol-soaked pieces.  

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snickett 

Okay, this one isn't out yet, but I've already decided it's going to be great.  When it comes to making shows that toe the line between devilishly dark and over-the-top whimsical, I trust no one more than the BBC.  Plus, this series is too damn funny, clever, and self-aware to be relegated to one mediocre Jim Carey movie.  

Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shephard 

Another case where I haven't read the books, but I'm a little obsessed with the TV show.  It's kind of ridiculous and there's no way in earthly possibility that everyone can be that attractive, but give me more crazy twists, beautiful murderous people, and uber-drama, because I'm hooked.  

The Vampire Diaries - L.J. Smith 

On this week's episode of C.J. never read the book...  Seriously, though, even though it's limping now and even though I stopped watching after things got weird, TVD will always occupy a special dark place in my heart.  It's twisty supernatural plot and crazy beautiful cast (CW strikes again) made vampires cool again after a book/movie franchise-that-must-not-be-named.  Plus, Damon. 

The Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater 

The books could make great movies, but I also see a lot of potential for a TV series.  They're pretty complex, with lots of characters and subplots.  And magic and dreamy guys and tarot and family and a kickass female MC.  Plus, wouldn't it rock to see what happens after the last page?  
The Marauders - J.K. Rowling 

Okay, technically these aren't books yet, but (a) there obviously needs to be a series about the Marauders era and (b) then it needs to be adapted for an epic, magical TV series.  Probably on the CW, because obviously everyone would be inhumanly pretty.  But seriously: shenanigans! Magic! Sirius! Snape! THE SIXTIES and SEVENTIES. 

The Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling 

The play was pretty good (more thoughts on that read later), but (a) Rowling didn't actually write it so some peeps were OOC and (b) really instead of one play I want 7 years of Scorpius, Albus, Rose, and grown-up trio, because I will never stop fangirling over Harry Potter.  And there was SO MUCH unexplored territory in those time jumps!!! 
Splintered - A.G. Howard 

Because no one's done an Alice TV show before, to my knowledge.  I think this series has enough visual potential and complexity of plot to carry a pretty awesome show about Alice's descendent and the epically dark, technicolor Wonderland of Howard's imagination.  I'd love to see it expanded with side plots and more time among the Netherlings.  
Red Rising - Pierce Brown 

Okay, now I'm just seriously daydreaming about my fav books as TV shows.  But wouldn't it be awesome?  Red Rising is just as bloody and vibrant as GoT, but with the space epic angle.  Come on, SyFy would eat that like candy.  Space battles!  Maybe it'd make a better movie series, but either way, I want to see this one on the screen.  


  1. GIVE ME THE RAVEN CYCLE TV SHOW!! Oh and YES to a Marauders show as well - honestly though? I want a Harry Potter tv series with 7 seasons where each episode is a chapter XD

    1. RIGHT NOW. At LEAST a movie. Oh god, 7 seasons of HP might kill me in THE BEST WAY. I NEED IT.

  2. Hahaha yes The Raven Cycle TV show would be awesome. Also I am really looking forward to a Red Rising movie so hopefully they don't mess it up!

  3. THERE'S A MAGICIANS TV SHOW?? I feel like I'm so out of the loop right now. :D It makes sense since I never watch SyFy and I haven't read the book, but . . . STILL. Now I want to watch it!

    And ooooh, an Alice tv show would be really cool.

    1. YES I haven't read the books yet either but IT'S SO GOOD AND FUNNY AND SARCASTIC WATCH IT.