Much as I love books, I also love a gook Netflix binge. Given all of the books they have and are adapting, it seems like as good a time as any to add ones two cents and share some of the books that should be Netflix adaptations.
Because I like options, we’ll feature both books that would make good series and books that should be a lone film adaptation, because, why not? It will – hopefully – make for more options and give us more books to feature and talk about. Because we always need more books, right?
Trouble is, the right screenplay writer needs to adapt most of these because they’re a: either really cute or b: they are just too good to mess with. Then there’s the other challenge.
Some of these might be too sweet for a platform like Netflix to pick up, but much as I like a variety of their recent originals, I’ll confess I always love more wholesome options like Sweet Magnolias or Virgin River. (Both of which happen to be based on series.) Either way, I like to think someday some of these may make it to the small (or big!) screen, and will entertain us just as well as they do in our hands as a novel.
Books That Should Be Netflix Adaptations
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1: 10 Blind Dates, Ashley Elston
Why: This is a book that practically screams to be adapted on a platform like Netflix. It’s sweet, cute and seasonably festive, all of which makes it ideal to join the ranks of Let it Snow and other teen seasonal offerings. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Somewhere Only We Know, Maurene Goo
3: Beach Read, Emily Henry
Why: To be honest, this is one of those books that disappointed me. That said, it still has all the right ingredients to be the right kind of new romantic-dramedy. It’s about two writer’s with a case of writer’s block (for different reasons), and their decision to swap genres during their summer staying at next-door beach houses. Amazon | Goodreads
4: You Deserve Each Other, Sarah Hogle
Why: Haven’t finished this book just yet, but it’s reading as if it’d be an ideal Netflix adaptation. Funny, with lots of snark and sass, plus this almost sad quality that (hopefully) turns back to happy. The plot follows two people who decide they are no longer “into” each other, and the lengths they go to to try and make the other break the engagement. Amazon | Goodreads
5: A Girl’s Guide to the Outback, Jessica Kate
Cast: I am not up on my Aussie actors (with exception to knowing those Hemsworth dudes), so I don’t know who I’d cast as leading man Sam. I feel like of the Hem-brothers, Luke is the one I’d see most in the role, but even that doesn’t “feel” quite right. Who would you cast? Ironically when I was looking, I also ran across Teresa Palmer who could maybe play an effective Kimberly, and she too is Aussie even though Kim is American.
6: The Upside of Falling, Alex Light
7: Tweet Cute, Emma Lord
8: The Perfect Escape, Suzanne Park
9: Just Look Up, Courtney Walsh
Series: Harbor Pointe, book 2
10: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman
Why: I’ll confess I didn’t really care for this one as a novel (at least not to the level I anticipated), but I’d watch an adaptation. Netflix seems as good an outlet as any to tackle this one about a bookish woman whose shy personality makes it hard for her to do anything spontaneous. Amazon | Goodreads
Cast: I may also see someone like Ellie Kemper or Molly Quinn in the titular role. Even Karen Gillan, although she may be “too old” for the role, but I think she could pull of the adorable awkward so well.
11: [Anything] Kasie West
Why: Someone (who knows and understands the appeal of a novel by Kasie) really needs to adapt one (or two, or three) of her novels. They’re like sunshine and I’d be here for seeing them adapted. GoodreadsKasie West Books
MORE: [Anything by] Jennifer L. Smith | [Anything by] Susan May Warren | Jane of Austin, Hillary Manton Lodge | And likely way more I am neglecting to mention!
Series Title Books as Original Series
1: If I Run, Terri Blackstock
Series: If I Run, 3 books
Why: I mean, we all enjoy a good mystery not and again, right? Though this is three-books, I think this mysterious tale about a woman who goes on the run after being afraid her past will place her as a prime murder suspect, would best operate as a mini-series. Amazon | Goodreads
2: All Fall Down, Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row, 3 books
Why: Probably the Gallagher Girls would be a better (or more universally loved?) series to share, but since I haven’t read those, I thought I’d instead share this, which has a decent amount of intrigue and would make a fun series! Follows the daughter of an American ambassador. Amazon | Goodreads
3: The Betrothed, Kiera Cass
Series: The Betrothed, book 1
Why: I think (so far) I like The Selection better (by this author), but since it’s already in the works to be adapted, why not add The Betrothed to the wish list? Just please no OVER dramatics! Amazon | Goodreads
4: Chapel Springs, Denise Hunter
Series: Chapel Springs Romance, 3 books
5: The Saturday Night Supper Club, Carla Laureano
Series: Saturday Night Supper Club, 3 books
6: Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious, 3 books + 1 standalone
Why: This series about a girl attending an elite private school, and determined to solve a mystery surrounding the school’s founder, would be ideal binge-worthy TV. I’ve only read book one, but it’d work so well just so long as it doesn’t have the same kind of “edge” TV shows like CW’s Nancy Drew like to inhabit. Amazon | Goodreads
7: Walker Family, Melissa Tagg
Series: Walker Family, 4 books
8: If For Any Reason, Courtney Walsh
Series: Nantucket Love Story
Why: True this could also work as a series in the tradition of Sweet Magnolias, but I like it as a standalone story. (Though ask me after book two releases, and I may have an entirely different reason.) This one follows a woman seeking answers in the aftermath of her mother’s death, and the former boy-next-door who may have feelings for her. Amazon | Goodreads
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