Thursday, June 24, 2010

YA Books You'd Like To See Made Into TV Series [You're The Expert]

We've seen GOSSIP GIRL made for the small screen.  We've just seen PRETTY LITTLE LIARS debut.  And now, we're awaiting HUGE on Monday.

If you were a TV exec and you got to make the decision, which ya books would you make into weekly dramas?    And why?

Leave your comment and we'll compile a list of books you think should be made into series next Friday.


Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

The first one that came to my mind was The Secret Circle, which is another series (well, trilogy) by L.J. Smith. Gots lots of vampires on the telly atm, but it's sort of been a while since I've seen a fair chunk of witchcraft/magic on the air. Not since Charmed AFAIK.

So yeah. The Secret Circle. Or the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. Similar sort of vibe, but a longer series (and more episodic in the books, I'd say). Secret Circle would probably be a bit better in an ensemble piece though.

Dazzling Mage said...

Oooh, that's such a hard question! But well written fantasies should get a show. As Catherine said, there are too many vampire shows, but also, there are too many cliche/drama high school shows. Maybe if producers think of mini-series shows (like 6-12 eps a season), instead of a long length season, more good books would be made into shows.

Just a thought. =)

Brooke Reviews said...

I think that Marley Gibson's Ghost Huntress series would make a good tv series. There could be a new ghost to hunt every episode as well as the personal life thrown in there.

MissAttitude said...

I think Liar by Justine Larbalesiter would make an excellent TV series. Especially since Micah is an unreliable narrator, the storyline has so much potential, it would keep you guessing. Although some people might have a problem with the little

I also think Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon would make a good series. Each week Ai Ling could meet a new monster (and eat new food! haha), travel throughout Xia and spend time with Cheng Yong :)

Other possibilties: The Agency by Y.S. Lee (because we need more girl detectives on TV and it's historical London so there would be cool outfits and fun accents!)and Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (because it's hilarios and about misfits learning to swim but so much more).

I don't know anything about Huge, I'll keep my eye out for it.

brandileigh2003 said...

Vampire Academy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Heart Monster said...

All excellent suggestions! (and I know I didn't name all of the ones out there in the post)

@Catherine - Secret Circle would be great. I'd totally watch. I've not read the Sweep series... I'll have to add that to my list.

@DazzlingMage - I think we as a public would love the mini-series. I think the reason that networks shy away from those is that marketing costs would be a lot higher per episode than if they have a lot longer series. I dunno though. Any TV experts out there to let us know why we don't see too many teen miniseries?

@BrookeReviews - yes. Ghost hunters. Never a bad idea!

@Miss Attitude - I'd watch both of those - Liar could be excellent and Silver Phoenix? Inspired choice! Oh, and the Agency? I've never read it, but if it's girl detective? I'm adding it to my pile right now. Huge debuts on Monday on ABC Family, and we are about half-way through our read along for the book so that we can get through it before the show starts. If you're interested and don't want to read the book, just look for the HUGE posts this week and read the plot summaries.

@brandileigh2003 - Monster would probably watch Vamp Academy with me. He doesn't do Vamp Diaries, but he loves Academy. I need to read the series. *fail*

Princess Allie said...

I think Vampire Academy would be good or the Kelley Armstrong Chole books would be cool or even her adult otherworld books would be nice. Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth was gonna be a movie, but if it falls threw I would say her books would be cool. Strange Angels books by Lili St.Crow would be kickin' too.

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Definitely agree with Vampire Academy :)

Well, I don't think it's really a drama, but I'd also love to see The Mediator series (Meg Cabot) as a show. It's fun, it's got a sassy main character who totally kicks butt, a hot ghost, mystery, suspense,'s pretty much awesome (lol, can you tell I'm a Cabot fan?)

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

@Lea: Yes, definitely The Mediator! Although I believe it's being made into a movie, I'd much rather see Suze kick but each week, and swoon of Jesse each week too!