Books that should be adapted by Netflix

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This blog post is part of Top Ten Tuesday which is run by That Artsy Reader Girl 

There are a lot of books that I think would make great films or TV shows. Here are some that I would love to see on Netflix in the near future.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Blurb: 

Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself – in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep to cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do many more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who visits Lazlo’s dreams . . .

My thoughts:

This book would make such a great film. I would love to see the library come to life where Lazlo Strange works. I can’t say too much about this one without spoiling the plot but the world building in this book is wonderful so it would be really cool to see all the magic on the telly.

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Blurb:

Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking she’s twenty-five with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life. But, to her disbelief, she learns it’s actually three years later – she’s a super-toned twenty-eight-year-old, her teeth are straight, she’s the boss of her department – and she’s married to a good-looking millionaire!

She can’t believe her luck – especially when she sees her stunning new loft apartment. And she’ll definitely have a fantastic marriage once she gets to know her husband again. He’s drawn up a ‘marriage manual’, which should help.

But soon she realises her perfect life isn’t all it seems. All her old friends hate her. A rival is after her job. Then a dishevelled, sexy guy turns up… and lands a new bombshell.
What the **** happened to her? Will she ever remember? And what will happen if she does?

My thoughts:

If you’ve read my blog before, then you’ll know I’m a huge Kinsella fan. While her books have been created into films before, I’m not a fan of how they have been adapted. But I really think Remember Me? would make a great film. It’s funny but also has a lot of depth to it and is one of Kinsella’s better books.

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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Blurb:

I’m Annabel. I’m the girl who has it all. Model looks, intelligence, a great social life. I’m one of the lucky ones. Aren’t I?

My ‘best friend’ Sophie is spreading rumours about me. My family is slowly falling apart. It’s turning into a long, lonely summer, full of secrets and silence.

But I’ve met this guy who won’t let me hide away. He’s one of those intense types, obsessed with music and totally unafraid of confrontation. He’s determined to make me listen. Will I ever find the courage to tell him what really happened the night Sophie and I stopped being friends?

My thoughts:

Just Listen is the best book by Sarah Dessen. I love the relationship between Annabel and Owen, as well as their connection to music. There are darker aspects to this book but I think it’s written really well and I would be interested in seeing how a film would deal with those traumatic issues that the main character faces.

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert 

Blurb:

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan and a list. After almost – but not quite – dying, she’s come up with a list of directives to help her ‘Get a Life’:

– Enjoy a drunken night out
– Ride a motorbike
– Go camping
– Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex
– Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage
– And . . . do something bad

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written out step-by-step guidelines. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job: Redford ‘Red’ Morgan.
With tattoos and a motorbike, Red is the perfect helper in her mission to rebel, but as they spend more time together, Chloe realises there’s much more to him than his tough exterior implies. Soon she’s left wanting more from him than she ever expected . . . maybe there’s more to life than her list ever imagined?

My thoughts:

Can this be a three part movie series? If you haven’t read the first two books in this series yet, then you definitely are in for a treat. It’s such a nice read and I think the main character would be really interesting and funny to watch on the big screen. Chloe deals with health issues that are usually made fun of in a lot of films, but the author has dealt with chronic illnesses in a really realistic way.

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Blurb:

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books that I finished in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down because I  needed to find out what was going to happen. The book also talks about important topics surrounding racial issues, including white privilege, so I think it’s a really important read. With all the twists and turns, it would definitely make a great film.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Blurb:

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth … ?

My thoughts:

If you love true crime stories then I would highly recommend this book because it reads just like a podcast or TV documentary. Since the book already uses a lot of multimedia formats throughout, I think an adaption would be really easy to do and fascinating to watch as well. It’s also a series so maybe it would make a great tv show.

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When All is Said by Anne Griffin

Blurb:

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.

Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.

My thoughts:

I can just picture Maurice’s life, with scenes jumping back and forth from the present time to the past. It would be an emotional film to watch but wonderful at the same time. I would love to see this as a film as I can imagine the Irish setting would be really picturesque.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Blurb:

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

My thoughts:

This is the romantic comedy we all need on Netflix right now. It’s really funny and heartwarming. I love the fact that the characters don’t meet until later in the book, but only communicate by writing on post-it notes. I think this one would be very successful if it was created into a film.

The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale

Blurb:

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.

The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.

But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own…

My thoughts:

Dinsdale’s book would be beautiful to see come alive especially as the descriptions of the world he creates are so stunning. This book needs more recognition in general too. I think it would be a popular film as so much happens. There’s magical elements within this historical novel.

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Do you have a book you wish you could adapt into a film or TV show? Comment below to let me know. I’m also on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest – @bookwormgirl_24

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