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Since I don't really watch television, this is a difficult topic for me, but when I envision them as mini-series, it becomes much easier.
So, let's get into my list of books I'd love to see brought to life on the TV (or Netflix).
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The first set of books to come to mind when I read this topic was The Mistborn Trilogy. These books would be amazing on screen if done in the right way, with the right cast. Because there are so many layers to each book (various characters, plots, and settings), a movie adaptation would severely reduce the storyline. But being able to see the action scenes and Allomancy come to life would be so cool.
Every Day by David Levithan
This book wasn't amazing, but the concept was really interesting and would translate so well to a television show. Each episode would have a different actor in the main role and would explore a totally different "day in the life." Personally, I think this would be a fascinating show that wouldn't get boring.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
I really enjoy sci-fi shows, and I think that one made after The Martian Chronicles would be so unique and interesting. With the right people at the helm, the themes and social commentary could make it a weightier show than much of what is available now.
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
This series would be absolutely amazing as a television series. The story is so rich, and the characters are varied and deep. Casting would be crucial, though.
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
I really enjoy Asian historical dramas, and I especially love when the past and present are explored simultaneously so viewers can see how the older generations shaped and differ from the younger ones. Wild Swans is one of my favorite autobiographies about three generations of Chinese women, from Pre-Mao China, to China under Mao, to America. Exploring the cultural differences, China's progression, and their relationships to each other would make this show interesting on so many levels. Plus, television could use more female-centric, Asian-casted shows.
Those are the five shows I'd most like to see as television series. What books made your list? Tell me in the comments below.
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