The Best Of: YA Books That Should Have TV Adaptations

I always get stupidly excited when I see that a new TV adaptation is being made for a book I love, I do feel the same way about films but I don’t watch films as often. TV shows are just way better, more content and over a longer period of time. 

That is why I have chosen to make a post about TV shows and not films. I believe that films are better suited to standalones and that series will always do better from a TV adaptation (His Dark Materials is an excellent example of this). 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer  

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all-time favourite series and to see it made into a TV show would be incredible.

Set between Earth and a colony in space, this show would have great visuals. I would love to see Lunar come to life and to experience all of its weird and whimsical customs. The world-building in The Lunar Chronicles is one of the best I’ve personally read and I’m sure a TV show would do it justice. 

Also as this is a loose re-telling of classic fairytales it would have great interest to a lot of people. Who doesn’t want to see a cyborg Cinderella go on an adventure with a fiery Red Riding Hood, who is actually named Scarlet? 

I genuinely think that this would have great potential to be a really amazing show. 

Goodreads synopsis: “Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

I think almost everyone reading this will agree with this one. For years now fans have been calling for some kind of adaptation of any Sarah J. Maas series and personally, I would prefer them to do Throne of Glass. I do love A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I’m too scared they won’t get the casting right and let’s be honest no matter who would be cast as Rhysand not everyone would be happy. 

TV shows with the same type of theme, royalty and war, are extremely popular right now. Just look at shows like Game of Thrones and The Last Kingdom. I know this isn’t really like those, however, it does have a lot of the same elements. So much so that I think it would be a hit with people who have never even heard of the books. 

The fantasy element is also something which would make this great. I mostly watch Sci-fi and fantasy shows because I love all of the special effects and the escape from reality they offer. 

Goodreads synopsis: “After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”

American Royals by Katharine McGee

This is definitely something I would watch. With The Crown being so popular right now, who wouldn’t love an American (fictional) equivalent which is set today? 

I really loved these books and I think they would make a great TV show. There’s so much drama happening on almost every page that I could imagine the show would have even more. I think this would suit the same kind of style as something like Jane The Virgin

Imagine just how beautiful the costume design would be if this was a show? I do really love the dresses in the old-style monarchy shows, but imagine what they would look like in one from today. Sign me right up! 

Goodreads synopsis: “What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.”

Air Awakens by Elise Kova 
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This is another one of my favourite series. With a similar ‘magic’ style to Avatar: The Last Air Bender, I think the magic effects have the potential to either look really great or really bad. However, with how far CGI and SFXs have come, I’d like to believe it would be the former.  

Packed full of action and also romance I think this would appeal to a lot of people, myself definitely included. 

Goodreads synopsis: “A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.” 

Are there any books you would like to see adapted for a TV show?


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