Young Adult books being adapted to the big screen has been a huge trend lately after the obvious success of OBVIOUS series such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. Though there have been successes, there have also been a lot of flops like The Mortal Instruments and Vampire Academy. Vampire Academy tried to raise money to make a second film, but that flopped as well. The Mortal Instruments series had much better luck as the show was picked up by ABC Family and will be adapted as a television series. I have not read The Mortal Instruments, but there was a lot of talk that the show would do much better as a television show than a movie. I started to think about the books that I want to see adapted and if they would do better as a television show than on the big screen.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Though already adapted to film, nothing came through after the first movie because of how bad it did in the box office, but I have faith that it would be amazing as a television series. What would stand out the most about this book turning into a television series is the fact that it is a lone novel and although Stephenie Meyer said she was writing a sequel, I don’t think it is a top priority for her. Due to it being a stand alone, the story can be properly expanded beyond the first book without making fans angry about accuracy and the writers of the show can take it any direction they want to after they are finish with the plot of the first book
The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
When I read the first book, I kept considering how this would do as a movie and because it is so heavy on the romance, I don’t think it would be a blockbuster hit. When it comes to young adult adaptations, it is either a hit or a miss, there isn’t much of an in between because of the stigma that comes along with YA adaptions. I know there are other aspects in the story that would make for an awesome R rated horror film, it would do better on a station like MTV or the CW. I don’t think ABC Family would handle this show appropriately and would probably ruin the adaption, but I think that MTV and or the CW could take it on and do a good job as long as they stayed true to the audience. I feel that those audiences would love the concept of the Mara Dyer Trilogy.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven which is actually an adult novel (NOT YA) gives me a Walking Dead vibe and I could really see this book becoming an amazing television show on the same station as The Walking Dead. If you haven’t read Station Eleven, it doesn’t have to do with zombies, it revolves around how the world survives after a terrible disease that kills a huge chunk of humanity and leaves the world without electricity, hospitals, transportation, etc. The progression of this book as a movie would not work because it is more informative about the world after the collapse of humanity, but it would be great as a television show so we would have time to see the world build.
Other books that would be great as television shows:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
End of Days by Susan Ee
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer