Top (Eleven) Books That Should be a Movie or TV Show

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

G'morning, happy readers! Happy June. Hope your month started off well. Let's dive right into today's post since there's fun things to talk about. Because it's Tuesday, there's another round of Top Ten Tuesday (only in my case, there's eleven because apparently ten wasn't quite enough) posts showing up in my dashboard and today's topic is another fun one. Hint, we're going to the movies.

Broke and Bookish June 2nd Topic:
Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

1.) The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
Read this one this past winter and awww, it was super cute. I mean, I know we have the iconic Princess Diaries, but we could always use another sweetheart royal fairytale. Plus, this one is set in England.
2.) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Okay, this one might be a weird pick because... I've not read these books yet. However don't the covers alone convince you these would be epic films!? I mean, it's all about the attitude and steampunk.
3.) The Selection by Kiera Cass
Recently optioned for a film, this has had two failed TV pilots, so let's try a film. I'm in.
4.) Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Who wouldn't enjoy a trip to Scotland with two besties? This might do well on a network like CW as a show or I'd take a film, too. Either way works for me. 

5.) The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert
Again, another one I've not read, but come on!? It sounds like it'd make for an adventurous journey we'd love to see come alive. Am I right!?
6.) The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann
A beautiful romance. If done right, this would be a magical film.
7.) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Recently finished this one and it was really intriguing. The image that popped into my head was Narnia for the world, but I don't think I've seen any movie that resembles this - hence we need a movie.
8.) Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
So long as the right writers and producers got a hold of this story, this would make a beautiful film.

9.) Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg
What doesn't a network like Hallmark take note of something like this!? It'd be so cute adapted.
10.) Heiress by Susan May Warren
Calling Julian Fellowes! This could totally be his next Downton Abby sprawling epic. What say you?
11.) Storm Siren by Mary Weber
This one should be self-explanatory. I mean, come on... how amazing would this world be adapted!?
Share what books you'd like to see adapted into TV shows or as a film. You know I'd love to chat about them with you all. As always, thank you for reading.
Happy Tuesday.


  1. I would LOVE for The Selection to be a movie or tv show!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Me too, Missie! Bring on the casting possibilities! :)

  2. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger would make an awesome movie or tv series! I love her books. I have Soulless on my own TTT. Great list!

    1. Thanks! I haven't read them (yet), but those covers alone convince me they'd be awesome. Plus, the worlds sound amazing. :)

  3. Ohh, I need to read Snow Like Ashes so badly! It sounds so goooood. And I've been dying to read Dear Mr. Knightley! I need a movie to come a long time from now, though, because I might not read the book otherwise. :) AND YES STORM SIREN. Oh my gosh, yes.

    1. Snow Like Ashes is so good, Rachel. Cannot wait for Ice Like Fire! As for DMK, hope you enjoy. It's a great coming-of-age kind of story, uniquely written.

      Bring on the Storm Siren fangirls. We have to stick together...! :D

  4. Aw yay! Thanks so much for including Here to Stay. :) Soooo many on your list would make a-ma-zing movies. I especially want to second Susan May Warren's Heiress. That whole series is one of my favorites everrrr!

    1. I'd totally love to see any of your books as movies, Melissa. I chose Here to Stay because your debut is a movie that you were inspired by while writing it, and your latest is kind of set (in part) in the film industry, plus HTS has BLAKE! :)

      As for Heiress, we *need* that as a period drama series. It'd be magnificent. All the setting changes, the cast of characters... just everything.

      Thanks for visiting, Melissa. Always lovely to chat with you. :)

  5. So many books on this list make me happy to see!!!
    The Breath of Dawn - yes, it could be magical! And sweetly romantic.

    Dear Mr. Knightley - amazing. It would be tricky, though. Now I'm thinking of how to translate the letter format to screen. Narration might be a bit cheesy, but could work. Maybe switch the tense have Sam telling her own story in narration?

    Here to Stay - it would be so sweet! Hello, Hallmark???

    Heiress - I haven't read that whole series yet, just Duchess, but I LOVED it!!!! I can see a period drama series being fabulous.

    One I would add to my own list would be The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton. Cassie Baker and I have already lamented over it needing to be made into a miniseries! It could be epic.

    1. Right, Courtney!? There are lots of amazing movies I'd love to see made into adaptations. "Dawn" would indeed be sweetly romantic (that's the perfect description).

      DMK could be tricky... but in the right hands, it'd be magical. Or I'd love to see that come to fruition and be amazing. :) I've seen movies use prose (narration) in movies that work, so here's hoping... I love hearing your thoughts.

      Hallmark, yes! Bring on Here to Stay.

      Ditto. Susan's series would be epic as a period drama. Enjoy the rest of the books if/when you read them.

      I remember you and Cassie talking about Lori's book. We need all the historical epics we can get. Miniseries are always in style. :)

      Thanks for visiting! Always great to chat with you.

    2. AnonymousJune 06, 2015

      I heard my name, so I decided I had to leave a comment here too! TPOTL would be the best miniseries ever, Courtney and I are really pulling for that one! haha

      I have to agree with you on Dear Mr. Knightley and Here to Stay. If done the right way, I think these would be amazing on screen! But for Here to Stay, they better pick the perfect actor to play Blake because I love him so much!!! :)

    3. ...and I'm ever so glad you did chime in, Cassie. I'm all for more historical miniseries. We NEED them all... right!? ;) I'll join you and Courtney's must-have-this-as-a-miniseries fanclub.

      As for DMK and Here to Stay, yes please! Both of these would be amazing provided, yes, the right people get a hold of them. As for Blake, I'm with you. The search for the right actor begins today...! :)

  6. I've never heard of any of the others books but I LOVE "Here to Stay"!!!! I feel that this book was pretty much perfect. The writing was realistic, and there should totally be a movie out from this book!

    1. Yay! Hooray for shared favorites, Kara. I adore Here to Stay and like you think it MUST be a movie. Wouldn't we love to see our favorite Blake walk onto our TV screens!? Pretty much perfect methinks! :)

  7. The only one of these I've read is Snow Like Ashes. I liked it but I didn't love it. I'd still see a movie of it though. The rest of these are new to me but they all have beautiful covers. I'll have to check them out!

    Cayt @ Vicarious Caytastrophe

    1. Hi, Cayt! There were a few things I was iffy about as regards Snow Like Ashes, but I feel like it'd make an epic movie. The world sounds incredible and it's a unique premise for certain. :)

      Thank you for visiting and the comment. Always a pleasure to meet new bloggers - I hope you found some fun new books to read. :)

  8. The Gifting is on my TBR list, since it looks amazing!
    I will be sure to try to read The Runaway Princess, since I'm a sucker for fairy tale/royalty stories. And, set in England? Even better! :-)

    1. Mine as well, Amanda. Anything by Katie has to be an excellent read.

      As for The Runaway Princess, I really liked the book! Perhaps someday I'll get a GR review written. We'll see. Hope you like it - because, yes, that England setting will get me every time. ;)

      Thanks for the comment.

  9. Ditto to Dear, Mr. Knightly! I would love to see a movie based on the book. I can imagine it being very charming. ;)

    1. As can I, Heather! Just so long as the right people get a hold of the material, I'm in. :D

  10. This is officially my favourite Top Ten Tuesday Topic!! There are SO many books that I might implode from excitement to be able to see and hear through a visual format, including but not limited to:

    The Daughters of Fortune Series - - Judith Pella (TV series)
    Rivers of Time - Lisa T. Bergren (TV series)
    House of Winslow - Gilbert Morris (TV Series)
    Anything by Becky Wade or Julie Klassen (Movies)
    The O'Malley Series (TV Series)
    Alaskan Courage (Movies)
    Isle of Fire/Isle of Swords (Movies)
    Maire – Linda Windsor (Movie)
    A Noble Groom (Movie)
    Between the Lines - Jodi Picoult (Movie)

    I also completely second that Melissa Tagg’s books should be adapted by Hallmark, and thank you so much for turning me on to The Gifting; maybe not something I would read, but it would make for one awesome film!

    God Bless
    Eleanor Rose

    1. I'm in 100% agreement with you as regards your opening paragraph, Eleanor. There are so many amazing novels that need to be brought to life. (So long as they fell into the right hands of course.)

      Judith Pella's series sounds familiar but I'm not sure if I've read them yet; Lisa's receives high praise (still on my TBR); Becky Wade is a RomCom favorite and anything of Julie's is all about the Austen type storytelling; The O'Malley's in a TV series would be epic as would the McKenna family; ooo, and A Noble Groom is one of my absolute favorite historical novels! Great list.

      YAY! Glad you liked The Gifting; it's a really unique and sparkling YA. Also, Melissa's are MADE for Hallmark. Did you hear Hallmark is adapting one of Denise Hunter's novels? Really excited about that. :)

    2. I would highly recommend reading Daughter's of Fortune if you haven't already; set during WW2, it is quite an intense series, but has four absolutely captivating love stories, my favorite definitely the one between a female American journalist and a Russian doctor.

      I did hear about The Convenient Groom being adapted by Hallmark, just a few days ago actually. Although I would have preferred Falling Like Snowflakes, the story line of the one they chose is darling; I'll be very interested in seeing who they cast!

      God Bless
      Eleanor Rose

    3. WWII is one of my favorite historical eras; there are so many directions for that to travel in. I'll definitely have to look into them - I *may* have read one of them, but I simply cannot remember.

      I'm curious to read more about Denise's new film too! The rumor mill says it's set to air as part of their June wedding film campaign, but we'll see. I'll have to read "Groom" yet but do have a blogging friend who says it's her favorite. :) After this one is produced, we'll need Falling Like Snowflakes as part of their Countdown to Christmas series, right!? :D


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