World Book Day: Which books need to be adapted into a TV show?

There's a mix of fiction and non-fiction in these choices for adapting books to TV series.

Elizabeth Meade
7th March 2022
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While being optioned for film is often seen as the dream for a book adaptation, many works, even standalone novels, are now being made into TV shows. There are a lot of advantages to this format, including more time for character development, the ability to include more details from the book and being able to integrate multiple books in a series more easily than in film. Here are some books I think would make great TV shows.

Feed by Mira Grant

This Hugo-nominated book by Mira Grant (the pen name of Seanan McGuire) imagines a world that has gotten used to a virus that leads to the undead roaming around the US. The story follows a team of young reporters in their 20s writing a news blog, as mass media no longer holds much power in this dystopian world. Equal parts creepy, funny and even genuinely emotional, I think Feed would make a great TV series, perhaps with a found-footage framing.

Chaos by James Gleick

Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Chaos Theory and Double Pendulum.

Yes, it’s nonfiction. Yes, it’s about math. No, I haven’t finished reading it yet. All that said, however, I think it would be great to see one of the earliest books written about chaos theory for an audience of people who aren’t experts adapted into a documentary TV series. After all, there are plenty of shows about sharks, space and volcanoes that have captured the public’s imagination and inspired generations of young people to love learning. Why not an advanced but highly-interesting form of math?

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Some might say that we don’t need yet another uplifting space show where the characters float around to different planets and marvel at the wonders of the universe. I say otherwise. While it’s a short book and a little overly optimistic, I do think the descriptions of the various planets that the characters visit would make for great TV.

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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
(she/her) Head of Current Affairs (News, Campus Comment, Comment, Science). Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking. Wrote the first article for Puzzles. Probably the first Courier writer to have work featured in one of Justin Whang's videos.

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