This is my first top ten Tuesday and I’m so excited! I’m new to all the challenges in the book blog community. But I was already familiar with this one and I decided to join. TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and every Tuesday there’s a new topic to list ten books.
Today’s topic: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies.
My relationship with book adaptations is quite complex. I don’t like movies based on a book, because a movie is so limited in time and needs to leave out so many details from the book. The book is always better than the movie.
But with a series, it is sometimes different. I also discovered some of my favorite book series via an adaptation (such as Outlander, The last kingdom and Poldark). So I’m focusing here on which books I would like to see as a (Netflix) series.
1. The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden
I finished the last book ‘the winter of the witch‘ a few months ago and my review on Goodreads said that this should be a Netflix series. It’s just a wonderful coming-of-age story in an original setting (medieval Russia). With both historical and fantasy elements. I think it would appeal to a broad audience.
2. Elizabeth Chadwick’s trilogy about Eleanor Of Aquitaine
If there’s one medieval queen whose story is interesting enough to deserve her own series, it’s definitely Eleanor Of Aquitaine. The books of Elizabeth Chadwick, starting with The summer queen, will provide a lot of material to start from.
3. All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
And I have some good news for you! Netflix is at the moment working on a mini series based on this book. The book will always be better. But this original story about two innocent children finding their way in times of war will make a good series.
4. The poison bed by E.C. Fremantle
Move over Gone girl, this historical thriller will surprise you even more. I really need to write a review about this book, as I loved it.
5. How to stop time by Matt Haig
I didn’t love this book, partly because of the romance that dominated the story, but also because the whole secret organisation thing just couldn’t catch my attention. With all the flashbacks and flashforwards, I believe this story would work better on TV.
6. The song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Thanks to this book, we could have a sexy LGTB+ series in ancient Greece. A doomed war, heroes and villains, romance, and a mythological setting. The story has it all and it could bring the Iliad alive to a whole new generation.
7. Dissolution (and the following books) by S.J. Sansom
Move over Comoran Strike or Sherlock Holmes, the new star detective is called Matthew Shardlake. I would love to see this series come alive on the big screen.
8. The watchmaker of Filligree street by Natasha Pulley
I love a peculiar story once in a while. And especially on TV. The watchmaker of Filligree street would bring us to Victorian London and Japan. I just discovered there’s a prequel that I didn’t read yet.
9. The convert by Stefan Hertmans
A Belgian book about a young girl in the 11th century who converts herself to the Jewish faith. It’s a dramatic story that is still really relevant today in the light of the refugees crisis in Europe.
10. A gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
I didn’t love the book and I believe it would work better on TV. By bringing the hotel to life and including more material and backstory about Russian history.
So this is my list 🙂 Which series would you like to see?