Top 5 Wednesday – Book to TV

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is Books you want as TV shows. This is a tough one because quite a few of my favorites have already been picked up as upcoming tv show/movie releases.  Here are a few I’m looking forward to that I don’t think have been optioned yet. I’ve chosen books that are part of a series since a long running tv show will need a lot of material. I’m also assuming that we are talking about non-network shows. These shows need high budget, dedicated staff. Hear me HBO … Netflix ?!

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Mistborn Series

I knew I wanted one of my choices to be a series by Brandon Sanderson. His books deserve movie scale production! I think Mistborn is perfect. According to the author, there will eventually be about 10 books in the series. Wonderful! Here’s the synopsis of the first book to whet your appetite. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book right away!

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.


Farseer Chronicles

Here is another long series. 15 books so far!!!

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This series is so wonderful! So heartfelt, thrilling, funny and adventurous. It’s a delight to read! I’ve read all 15 books twice so far.  The next volume comes out next year, and I will probably read them all over again in preparation. I can’t get enough of it.  Plus, there are dragons guys! Come on HBO, you already have some CGI people with dragon experience.  You can do this!

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.


The Twelve Kingdoms

I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t care what you want to give me.  Tv show. Anime series. Movie. Pencil box. Notecards. Lunch bags.  I’ll take whatever you have to offer.  Here, take my money! This is a series of novels from Japan that had a very limited release here in the US. We only got 4 out of the 8 books written by Fuyumi Ono. I want all of them! They also made an anime to cover those first 4 books.  Please, release the next books in the series. I want them to finish!  Please! I’m not ashamed to beg.

For high-schooler Yoko Nakajima, life has been fairly ordinary–that is until Keiki, a young man with golden hair, tells Yoko they must return to their kingdom. Once confronted by this mysterious being and whisked away to an unearthly realm, Yoko is left with only a magical sword; a gem; and a million questions about her destiny, the world she’s trapped in, and the world she desperately wants to return to.


The Paper Magician Series

Fortunately, this one is a pretty sure thing.  Disney bought the rights to make a movie recently and I have my fingers crossed that it will make it’s way to the screen. After that, who knows? I’ll be happy with any version they want to give me.

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.


Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes

Given the popularity of Sherlock (BBC) and Elementary (CBS), I think this is a no-brainer.  I love anything Sherlock Holmes, and this is a fun re-imagining of his later life and the young woman he trains as his apprentice.  It would be fabulous! Plus, Mary Russell is totally kick-ass! In addition, how fun would it be to get this period mystery drama on tv? I’m already missing Agent Carter. I’d love to see this on screen.

Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes’ pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.


With the exception of the Paper Magician I don’t think these others will happen anytime soon, but a girl can dream right?!




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