T10T: Books I Need Adaptations Of

September 4, 2018


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was bingeworthy shows and movies, but I don’t watch much TV and was planning on a horror movie recommendation list soon anyways, so I decided to name ten books I would like to see movie/television adaptations for!


1. The Siren and the Specter — Jonathan Janz
This book was one of the creepiest things I’ve read in my entire life, and I LOVED it. There were so many scenes in the book that made me think, “This would be SUCH a good movie adaptation!”

2. Locke & Key series — Joe Hill
This graphic novel series would make such an incredible adaptation. It’s been in the works for a while, but it keeps getting dropped and picked up again, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up until I have an actual release date. ? This is definitely the kind of story that needs a TV show and not just a movie!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses series — Sarah J. Maas
I know the first book has technically been auctioned for a movie, but I’m so wary of that. If it were up to me, I would see the series adapted into a TV series with one season per book, preferably made by HBO or someone else who won’t shy away from the violent and fun bits. 😛

4. The Illuminae Files —Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Okay, I know this is literally in production right now (according to Jay’s twitter), but I still had to include it because I AM SO EXCITED. I think this series could make such a good film series!

5. Summer Bird Blue — Akemi Dawn Bowman
Now that the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has been such a smash hit, my brain is going overdrive thinking of all the beautiful, diverse, amazing contemporary titles that I want Netflix to adapt next, and this is at the top of my list. The scenery would be so stunning, too.


6. Sadie — Courtney Summers
I hesitated to add this one because of the podcast chapters, but then I realized how cool it would actually be, for the film scenes to cut between Sadie’s journey and the podcast host talking to people and interviewing them. The interview scenes could even be filmed like a documentary, and it would be phenomenal!

7. Nevernight — Jay Kristoff
Much like with the ACOTAR series, I’m picturing an HBO-hosted gory, violent, sex-filled, bloody as hell television series. Man… I’d want an entire episode dedicated to that library.

8. Wayward Children series — Seanan McGuire
How great would a television show of this series be? I’m thinking it could go like Sherlock, where each season only has a few episodes, and it could be broken down, one novella per season. Or a miniseries where each episode was 1.5-2 hours long… *wistful sigh*

9. Six of Crows — Leigh Bardugo
Go on, tell me you wouldn’t love a movie of this series. The banter, the drama, the action, the tears… Though, if they didn’t cast people who actually fit the characters (i.e. a plus size lady for Nina), I would set things on fire.

10. A Head Full of Ghosts — Paul Tremblay
need an adaptation of this. It could be so eerie. I had to double-check and make sure it wasn’t just a happy dream of mine, but this is, in fact, being made into a movie by the director who directed I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, which is one of my absolute favorite gothic horror flicks of the last few years. *happy dance*

Is there a book you’ve read recently that you’d like to see adapted?


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  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me September 4, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Six of Crows would be so awesome to see on the big screen, maybe as a miniseries.

  • Reply ChrissiReads September 4, 2018 at 12:24 am

    I think Illuminae would make such a good movie! Great list. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:52 am

      I think so, too! It might be tough for the formatting to come across properly but would be so worth it. 🙂 thank you!

  • Reply Tamika @paperback & flick chick September 4, 2018 at 12:27 am

    um yes yes all the yes! To ACOTAR and Nevernight being done right! Gory and steamy bits included please! Also a six of crows movie would be fantastic!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:53 am

      Haha yes to all of this. I know that technically there has been talk of ACOTAR being made into a movie, but I feel like they’re going to censor it down to PG-13 levels and it’s going to cut out so much. 😐

  • Reply Brooke Lorren September 4, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Wonder how many people will be adapting the topic this week?
    I wasn’t a fan of Illuminae as a book, but I think it might be pretty good as a movie.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:53 am

      It’s always hard to guess! Sometimes the topics that I expect everyone to tweak, nobody does, or vice versa, lol. 🙂 I’m sorry you didn’t love Illuminae, but hopefully when the movie comes out you will like it better! Last Jay posted about it on twitter, it’s still in the works, but I guess it’s really slow going.

  • Reply Shealea September 4, 2018 at 2:57 am

    This waa fun to read! I would love to see a series adaptation of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey or Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy. And maybe a few more recent releases like Fonda Lee’s Jade City and Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch.
    Gotta have more Asian representation. ❤
    * TTT: 10 feel-good TV series to binge-watch while studying/rewriting notes

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Thank you, Shealea! All of the series you mentioned are actually on my TBR! I only own the first book in the other 3 series, but I have all of the Iron Fey books (so far) on my shelf, and I’m hoping to start the series before she continues it. 🙂 I’m with you, though – I really hope that the success of TATBILB will help push Netflix (and other companies!) to produce more films/shows with Asian rep, because even though I can’t relate on a personal level, watching my friends see themselves in the representation has made me cry happy tears a couple of times lol! ♥
      Thanks for commenting, and I’ll check your list out, too! (I always need binge-watch recs!)

      • Reply Shealea September 5, 2018 at 3:17 am

        Aaaaaaah, let me know once you started on The Iron King! It’s been a solid fave of mine since high school (which is a really, really long time ago). I would love to know your thoughts! ❤ And aww, it means the world to me to know that there are people like you who are with us in campaigning for Asian rep! ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm

          Will do! 🙂 I’m very excited. I always love picking up older series that I missed the “hype train” for when they first came out, because it gives me a chance to go into them without any hype influence or bias. And honestly, I’m just happy to help wherever I can! ♥

  • Reply Kelly September 4, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I’m reading Six of Crows this month but from what I already know it would be amazing to see on screen. I’ve just read This Mortal Coil and I’d love to see that adapted into a movie

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:59 am

      Ohhhh, how are you liking SOC?! I wish I could go back and reread it for the first time again!

      • Reply Kelly September 10, 2018 at 4:18 am

        I had to put it down so I could keep reading Children of Blood and Bone because I couldn’t decide which one to read ? but what I have read of SOC I’ve loved!

  • Reply pinotandpages247 September 4, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Ahhhh yes six of Crows would be incredible!

  • Reply Sara @ The Bibliophagist September 4, 2018 at 6:52 am

    An HBO adaptation of Nevernight would be amazing!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Wouldn’t it? They could easily do a season per book, since there’s so much action, too!

  • Reply Shannon @ Shelfish For Books September 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

    YES adaptions of Nevernight and Six Of Crows!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Haha yesss! I need to win a REALLY big lottery and make some investments to make this happen. 😛

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess September 4, 2018 at 7:14 am

    A TV show of Six of Crows would be AMAZING.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 2:01 am

      It would honestly work so well in a television show! I wonder if it’s ever been considered for an adaptation. I always think it’s odd how sometimes a book will be brand new and already have sold the rights, and other times, another (*cough* BETTER *cough*) book will be a few years old and have nothing in production.

  • Reply iloveheartlandx September 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Six of Crows would be a great movie!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/top-ten-tuesday-175/

  • Reply Annemieke September 4, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Oh my gosh Locke and Key would be amazing. I need that so much.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      I really hope it doesn’t fall through this time! It’s already fallen through 3 times, I think. 🙁

  • Reply Veronika Éles September 4, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I’m going to start The Siren and the Specter today, and I’m so excited for it! I had NO IDEA Illuminae was in production, wow, that sounds amazing. I feel like if they have a solid budget, they will totally blow our minds, I can’t wait! I’m rereading Six of Crows right now, and I looove this world and characters so much, so I fully agree with its potential to become a fantastic movie.
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Oh how exciting! How are you liking The Siren and the Specter so far, or did you finish it? And yeah, I hope they do have a good budget for Illuminae! Last I heard, Brad Pitt was going to direct it – no clue how that will pan out lol!

      • Reply Veronika Éles September 7, 2018 at 6:23 am

        Finished The Siren and the Specter yesterday, and it was SO GOOD – well-written, creepy and full of twists. I’m trying to write a review right now, which should be somewhat more coherent than “This was FANTASTIC, read it!” but, sadly, that’s all I have so far. ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

          Yes to all of this! Hahaha I’m so glad you loved it, too! How much did the Long Room creep you out? ?

  • Reply Carolina @fictionologyst September 4, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Illuminae as a movie would be mind blowing!!! Great choice Destiny!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you! 😀 I would really love it. They had better remember Kady’s pink hair, though!

  • Reply Aymee (@asphaltcowgrrl) September 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I would love to see the Wayward Children series adapted for television!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      It would make such a great television show! Maybe we could get entire episodes dedicated to back stories. I would love that!

  • Reply scrubsandbooks September 4, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I want an entire SoC/CK TV series. I don’t want it to just stop at the end of CK, because let’s be real, with all these characters, there are bound to be more adventures they could get up to. Although without Matthias, I don’t know how it would be the same.

  • Reply Kelly Brigid September 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I think I would literally die from sheer happiness if SoC was adaptated! Haha. Lovely post, doll! ❤️

  • Reply Marie September 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Oh yes, both Illuminae and Six of Crows would make such great movies! I’d love to see both – but I think I’d be too scared to see Illuminae hahahaha 🙂 Lovely list!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Haha thank you Marie! I can’t say I blame you, there would be some pretty creepy stuff in those movies!

  • Reply anovelglimpse September 4, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I would love an Illuminae one. I just don’t know if they could do it justice.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      I’m not sure if they can, either! The thing I’d be most nervous about is their portrayal of AIDAN, because I feel like so much of his appeal is through the formatting of his pages and stuff.

  • Reply Christina September 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I would 100% be into a Six of Crows movie! And yes, a plus-size Nina is a must!

  • Reply Aj @ Read All The Things! September 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I like your spin on the topic. YES to an Illuminae movie. That would be so epic.

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum September 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    An lluminae adaptation would be soooooo awesome! They would really have to figure out how to make that format work on screen though!

  • Reply frayedbooks September 4, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    The things I would do for a Nevernight HBO tv series… -stares off into the distance- SERIOUSLY JUST TAKE MY MONEY HBO. IT WOULD BE SOOOOO GOOD!
    Of course. I say this now. I MAY FEEL DIFFERENTLY AFTER DARKDAWN. (No I won’t I love this series lol)

  • Reply Jazmin Jade September 5, 2018 at 5:57 am

    I am so conflicted about books being turned into movies or shows. On one hand if they did it well I would love to see ACOTAR as a series. Then on the other I want them to stay the hell away from it because I don’t want them to ruin it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      That’s very true! I’m really concerned about the group who has bought the rights to ACOTAR. 🙁

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress September 5, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Sadie would make SUUUUUUCH a good movie. and I feel like Wayward Children would be a great Black-Mirror esque miniseries? a bunch of standalone eps set in the same world. that would be the SHIT

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      It honestly would make such a good movie, especially if they got the mood right. It’s obviously not horror, but I keep picturing Ti West aesthetics for it and I feel like a non-horror version of his film style would be spot on. And yes, I hadn’t even thought of that with Wayward Children but it would be PERFECT!

      • Reply Elise @thebookishactress September 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm

        absolutely. I was thinking somewhere near the mood of Big Little Lies? That miniseries has this oddly muted tone to it that I feel like would fit the aesthetic of Sadie super well.

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 5, 2018 at 9:31 am

    OOH. Daughter of the Pirate King. Warcross! So many, so many!
    I’ve no clue who I’d want to see as Rhysand though..

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Oh shit, you’re right, Caraval would make a really fun movie. I still need to read Legendary! I keep forgetting I have a copy (I won it, I was just gonna get it from the library at some point buuuuut can’t argue with free 😛 ). I would also love a super tech-y Warcross movie. And I’m excited for the TOG show, if it ever gets finished…

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches September 10, 2018 at 2:19 am

        Exactly! Oh, I wasn’t even planning on buying Legendary. That is until there were so many people going “IT’S WAY BETTER THAN CARAVAL” and I was like.. Okay – let’s risk it and order the thing. And they were right – even if I do say so myself, haha. I really like Legendary better!
        Fingers crossed for the TOG show – but who knows how long that’ll take..

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

          Right! I saw just yesterday an article saying no news has come up about it in over a year now, and I don’t know how to feel about that. On one hand, no news could mean it’s been stalled or dropped, but on the other hand, when a show/movie goes into production it’s really common for the studio to make everyone go totally silent about it until it’s almost finished, so… D: *shrug*

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 11, 2018 at 6:20 am

            Ugh. Let’s just hope they’re keeping it silent and are busy making it the best show EVER for all our sakes. :’)

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

            YES PLEASE. I keep thinking of who they would cast as Rowan and… I mean, can anyone honestly live up to my mental image of him? It’s like Rhysand. Can anyone REALLY pull that off? ?

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 12, 2018 at 4:28 am

            That’s the big question, isn’t it? Although I do think we’re EXTREMELY biased when it comes to those characters, haha. Let alone personal taste!
            I do think Somerhalder should be able to pull it off in a very decent way though. If only because he’s brilliant at the tortured characters – and he isn’t an eyesore at all, haha.

  • Reply Meeghan reads September 5, 2018 at 9:46 am

    A HBO Nevernight would be AMAZING!!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      It really would be! I wonder who they would cast as Mia… I totally always picture the blonde woman from Vikings as Ash, lol.

  • Reply Cody Levi September 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I would love to see ALL OF THESE as movies!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      They would be so cool! If only we were all super mega filthy rich and could just fund them and make them happen, haha!

      • Reply Cody Levi September 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

        That would be awesome!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious September 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I agree that THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER would make for an amazing adaptation. The Long Room alone still haunts my dreams.

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators September 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT ILLUMINAE WAS GETTING ADAPTED!?!?!? When I first just saw the picture I went “Oooooh! That’s a great idea!” and apparently other people felt the same way and decided to do something about it! I’m so excited!
    And YES! Six of Crows would be so brilliant. I’m imagining a darker version of Ocean’s 11 right now and I quite like it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Haha yup! Well, Google says there hasn’t been an update to the development since 2016, but someone asked Jay a couple of months ago on Twitter if it was still happening, and he said yes, and then he tweeted a picture of a film camera and said something like, “I have exciting news but I can’t share it yet,” so I’m pretty sure they’re making some progress on it!

  • Reply Norrie September 9, 2018 at 4:45 am

    I think the podcast thing from Sadie would tie up nicely in a series or movie.
    Scream (the series) has a podcast going on, and it works well with how the event unfold.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      I didn’t know Scream had a podcast! I keep meaning to check out the show and that kind of makes me want to push it higher on my list haha. 😀

  • Reply Sarah September 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Excellent list! I didn’t know that A Head Full of Ghosts was being adapted. What a lovely surprise, I feel like it’s SO well-suited to a TV or film adaptation.

  • Reply Use Your Words September 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I NEED SO MANY OF THESE OH MY GOD! Six of Crows Peaky Blinders style, the Wayward Children mini-series, I’ve not even read Sadie or Nevernight yet but I know I’ll love them and will probably love their screen adaptions too!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 17, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Hahaha right!! they would be so good! Oh and you gotta check out Sadie and Nevernight. OBSESSED.

      • Reply Use Your Words September 18, 2018 at 1:22 am

        I know! I’ve had Nevernight and Godsgrave on my kindle for months but I keep putting it off because I know I’m gonna love them and once I’ve read them I won’t be able to read them for the first time again ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

          Hahaha I know that feeling! I haven’t read Godsgrave yet ether, partially because of that and partially because I heard it has a cliffhanger ending. ?

          • Use Your Words September 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

            I do prefer waiting until a whole series is out before reading it. That way I can just go straight to the next book. So maybe I’ll just wait ?

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