I’ve been participating in Top Five Wednesday since my first year of blogging in 2017. Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme group on Goodreads featuring a variety of book bloggers. I think the group took a hiatus for a while – I myself haven’t participated in Top Five Wednesday since November 2019, but they’ve recently started sharing topics again.
Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the books we’d love to see adapted into TV shows or movies. It was actually a little difficult for me to come up with five adaptations I’d love to see because so many of my favorite books or series have been picked up for production – some recent ones include Jenny Lee’s Anna K, Lyssa Kay Adam’s The Bromance Book Club, and Alexa Martin’s Intercepted. I did some research on these 5 books to see if they hadn’t (yet) been picked up for adaptation.
American Royals by Katharine McGee – American Royals is a series I could so see being picked up by Netflix, HBO, Amazon, or even the CW because royals-inspired TV series are often such a hit – Amazon will be adapting Casey McQuistion’s Red, White & Royal Blue into a TV series! I think American Royals would especially make for an interesting one since it’s somewhat of an alternate reality – the United States being a monarchy instead of a democracy.
The Deal/Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy – Just like how I crave romance or contemporary books set at college, I would love to see more TV shows set at college, Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series included! I could so see The Deal and the rest of the Off-Campus series being adapted for Netflix (especially if the show-runners kept in some of its more mature content). I could also see the show following multiple characters and intersecting storylines – instead of basing the series on just the first book, The Deal, I would try to balance all 4 books in the series in a season or two.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon – I’ve loved nearly all of Netflix’s YA book-to-movie adaptations – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Dumplin’ are my favorites – and Today Tonight Tomorrow is such a necessary pick! I think this enemies-to-lovers story following Rowan and Neil’s senior scavenger hunt like game across Seattle would make for such an amazing YA rom-com. The book has so many great moments revolving around growing up, college, and friendship too.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – Okay, hear me out on this one because I know (and I love) the two existing The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies. I think The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants deserves the recent Baby-Sitters Club treatment and should be turned into a TV series for both a new generation to fall in love with and readers who first read the books closer to their original release. I could see the show having one season per book, or follow a similar style to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and having four 1-2 hour long episodes per book. I’d also love any & all cameos from the original film cast.
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – Let’s be honest, I’m always hoping that my favorite contemporary romance books will get film adaptations, including You Deserve Each Other! I think this one would make for such a great Netflix rom-com choice.
Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.
What are some of your dream book-to-TV or movie adaptations? Any that I mentioned? Share in the comments!