Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

On the Jellicoe Road obviously goes without saying, plus the script exists, so I figure it doesn't need to be on my list. Instead, here are ten TV/film adaptations I'd love to see, for this week's Top Ten Tuesday:

1. The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: think Australia's answer to Games of Thrones: a epic no-expense-spared on-location production with an orchestral score. 

2. Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo as an understated independent with ala Like Crazy with a cool indie soundtrack of local acoustic tunes.

3. The Tribe by Ambelin Kwaymullina is the futuristic Australian paranormal lead by an Indigenous protagonist that Australian cinema needs.  

4. Every Breath by Ellie Marney - Sherlock Holmes on screen adaptations abound, BUT a gender-swapped new adult Sherlock Holmes retelling set in Melbourne? Nationally syndicated television show, please.


5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is surely already in production or something? This charming international romance would make a mint as a fun summer chick flick, filmed on location in Paris with a pop soundtrack and a scrumptious St Clair.

6. Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier as a lush costume drama with an evocative orchestral score filmed on location in Venice: think Belle but in Italy.

7. Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda is straight up children's chapter books, I'm not even going to pretend it isn't,  but this classic Aussie fantasy is begging to be made into a low-budget ABC 6:30 miniseries.


 8. Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis -You know how Australia never really gets a mention in science fiction? That should change! With a movie adaptation of this new futuristic Sydney-based time travel tale.

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympian/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. What a shame we never got a Percy Jackson movie. (I jest. It could have been worse.) But imagine a big budget long-running TV series instead! I would accept Eliza Taylor as Annabeth Chase, myself.

10. The 39 Clues by various authors, from Scholastic, is a middle grade international adventure that would be probably the greatest cartoon series, but I'd also settle for a simplified, rearranged movie trilogy like Spy Kids.


This is my new faovurite game!

What YA (or otherwise) books would you love to see as a TV show or film?

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  1. I don't know if I trust anyone to do Percy Jackson well after the train wreck that was the movies, but if it was developed into a TV series that was done properly, I would probably watch.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/top-ten-tuesday-7/

    1. I know! I'd be caught between being hugely excited because it's Percy Jackson, and dreading it because it's Percy Jackson! I'd still throw money at anything related to the PJO universe though, let's be real! haha

  2. Great list. The Percy Jackson movie was sooo terrible. I’d love a do-over movie or a TV show.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I don't think a do-over movie would ever get approve but I'm still holding out (perhaps vain) hope for a series, like they've done with Shadowhunters. I'd want it to follow the books pretty exactly, of course!

  3. Ugh, the Percy Jackson movies! So much potential if they had been done right. :(

    1. can watch them now without hating life because I know what to expect, and the second was definitely an improvement on the first, but they definitely didn't live up to potential! :(