5 Books That Need To Be Made Into A NETFLIX Series (ASAP)
Who hasn’t enjoyed binge watching a NETFLIX TV series? Whether it’s Stranger Things or Sense8, Jessica Jones or House of Cards, there seems to be something for everyone in this new world of streaming. We’ve asked five readers to dip into their imagination and come up with the book that they think is crying out for a NETFLIX adaptation.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
‘A gay nerd, a rugby player and a whole lot of drama.’
Yus queen! Count me in.
Can we all just stop, and take a moment to imagine how undeniably awesome it would be having Heartstopper on Netflix?
…Okay, so now that we have imagined it, let’s make it happen Netflix.
Heartstopper is Alice Oseman’s queer YA romance webcomic, which has recently been published as a physical book due to overwhelming demand.
Representation is so important in our society. We need more stories were LGBT+ characters play a lead role, and are not resigned to forever being the lonely sidekick or the gay best-friend. And certainly, we need them to start having more happy endings. Enough with killing the queers off! In an area where story telling is so dark, grim and serious why can’t we have a super fluffy, super cute queer story?
Oh, also that opening scene in the library would be Netflix gold! If you haven’t read this comic stop what you are doing! It is pride month, so do yourself a favour and go out and grab a copy. It will warm your heart — perhaps even be a little reminiscent of your high school days — and it will certainly give you all those much-needed good feels.
Shaun Goodhue is a blogger, a writer and a Kiwi. He’s addicted to Black Forest cake and an excessive amount of coffee. Originally from New Zealand (aka Hobbiton), he has turned from a country boy to a city boy. A wise choice, as he is absolutely dreadful at building fences and milking cows. He grew up on a dairy, beef and sheep farm with his mother, father and two older siblings. That’s right, he is the youngest child. The favourite child. And a “spoilt brat” according to his darling sister.
Ever since he could walk he has been wildly obsessed with books. At age ten he wrote his first trilogy. Honestly, it was more pictures than words. Now he is working on an epic fantasy novel about witches, mermaids and kingdoms at war! He loves everything to do with witches except for Harry Potter, which he has never read. (I’m sorry!)
Shaun is one third of the YA Room (website here). The YA Room is a Melbourne-based YA book club! They hold meetings once a month, as well as host book launches, panels, and screenings.
The One That Got Away by Caroline Overington
The book I feel should be turned into a Netflix series is a sneakily undervalued book. The One That Got Away follows the similar twists and turns of Gone Girl and Girl On A Train, which makes it a forerunner for a Netflix series for me.
The plot revolves around a woman who appears over Facebook to have the perfect life. When she is handed a note which will forever change her life, she disappears. The book is narrated by five different people who are intimately involved in the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. It is the constant changing of perspectives and an almost complete inability to really get to know the inner workings of each of the narrators that kept me from trusting my foreshadowing instincts as to what would be revealed in the final moments.
Yes, Gone Girl has been made into a movie, but my idea for this series would involve central characters that are all intricately involved deep within the related plot lines (of Gone Girl, Girl On A Train andThe One That Got Away) in a “sliding doors/parallel lives” style, with intimate and deadly secrets creating a suspense-filled, binge worthy series.
Carey Turner is a high school English and Psychology teacher. She has been teaching for over 14 years. At University she majored in Psychology with minor studies in both Philosophy and Journalism. She is a complete crime nerd and loves a suspense-filled, page turner.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue would make the PERFECT Netflix series. It’s a funny historical novel about a teen boy embarking on his Grand Tour through Europe with his crush and his sister, and all the hilarious mishaps that occur along the way. It’s also queer, and we need way more representation of the LGBTQIAP+ community on our screens—and plus, the “friends to lovers” trope is always super cute.
All of their adventures and the places they visit along the way are perfect for short episodes! I know this would be a series I’d binge the entirety of in a day—much like how I read the book. FINGERS CROSSED FOR A SERIES ANNOUNCEMENT.
Sarah Robinson-Hatch is a student who, when not dwelling in fantasy worlds or outer space, resides in Melbourne.
Sarah has won a number of writing awards and hopes to one day have a novel published. Her favourite things to write about are teenagers saving the human race during world-ending cataclysms and death scenes, both of which probably freak her out more than any potential readers.
When she’s not writing, she can be found trying to wrangle fifteen novels onto a bookstore counter, thinking of how she can best make readers cry, or fangirling to the point of hyperventilating over fan-art, movie trailers and authors favouriting her Tweets.
Sarah is one third of the YA Room (website here). The YA Room is a Melbourne-based YA book club! They hold meetings once a month, as well as host book launches, panels, and screenings.
She thinks every type of weather is reading weather and refuses to leave the house without two books in her bag — just in case she finishes the first one. You can find her on Twitter @SarahRHatch.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
This is a book about a young adult diagnosed with schizophrenia, but Zappia is able to make the illness relatable. Mixing voice-over dialogue and interactions with the people around her, a Netflix series could really work to bring an inclusive take to mental illness.
Alex feels trapped, unable to relate to people around her and not really knowing what’s real and what’s a delusion. I can see this playing out on TV with animation and live-action coming together - the animation representing her fantasies once they become obvious, but there would always be a mix between the two so Alex and the viewers don’t know what is real and what isn’t.
There’s an opportunity to explore anxiety as well, which is something a lot of teenagers struggle with. Alex sees monsters, but it’s also this ability to see not-real things that helps her uncover a threat to her community.
There’s a twist at the end of the story and Alex is able to step up and save the day. It would be a great mini-series.
Eliza Langdon is a high school student who has amassed a vast YA novel and DVD collection that rivals most libraries and defunct Video EZY stores. She has a dog called Lucy who is capable of eating through pretty much anything, anytime of day, including a copy of Angie Thomas’ On The Come Up. Eliza is also the co-author of The Adventures of Charlie Conti, which may or may not be based on her real life in Portland.
Flames by Robbie Arnott
The McAllister women have always had a habit of coming back from the dead to settle unfinished business. Levi McAllister decides that his sister isn’t going to have to suffer that fate, so he decides to build her a coffin that will keep her safely buried. His sister, Charlotte, isn’t too happy with his sudden obsession and runs away - and so begins something of an ‘on the road’ story where Charlotte runs away and Levi tries to track her down. Along the way there are water rat gods and ancient fire gods, slick detectives and a wombat farmer - each chapter taking on a new character perspective and a new tone (almost a complete genre shift at times).
Flames is magic realism set in Tasmania so the locations will be amazing on the screen. Each chapter focuses on a different character in a different style, so clearly the chapters would become episodes of the series, each with a different director and tone. One of the first episodes involves a man bonding with a seal pup which leads to a beautiful working relationship over many years. Later episodes link in to this first story with his daughter becoming a major player and the fisherman becoming important to the denouement. Everything and everyone is intertwined.
There’s even chapters with an animal perspective (or perhaps that should be a god’s perspective). One chapter follows a water rat as he moves through the river systems of northern Tasmania - believing himself to be the Esk God and everything else in the world is beneath him.
The chapters bring characters into each other’s orbits and in the final third of the book the storylines converge and bring in some serious magic and nods to mythology that would make fans of American Gods (the novel, not the series!) shiver with delight.
And finally, this series would be an amazing tourism ad for Tasmania. The love Arnott has for the Apple Isle is clear and present and deep. Maybe the Tasmanian government could throw some money Netflix’s way.
Ben Langdon is a writer, a high school teacher and the publisher of this blog. He loves a good magical realism book and (as it turns out) Tasmanian authors are some of his favourites. He also loves talking about books and Netflix and hearing the opinions of other people. The Five Books That… series of posts is his way of getting inside the heads of other readers as well as extending his long list of ‘to be read’ titles that will make their way to his bedside table.
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