Don’t be surprised if this posts on Thursday morning, it’ll still count as a Top 5 Wednesday post.
This week we’re talking about Books We’d Like to See As TV Shows. And while I’d watch a show based on any book in my personal library, there are a few that I would specifically go to bat for.
1. NK Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy
Maybe it’s because I love plate tectonics, or maybe it’s because I love black people in sci-fi, but I would absolutely love to see NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy become a TV series. Honestly, any of her series would be great, I just happen to favor the Broken Earth trilogy because it’s so good.
Listen, I just really want to see the obelisks, and the stone eaters, and the Guardians, and all that damned scenery. I just want to see Jemisin’s work come to life.
Also, black people in sci-fi on my TV. How is that not a good thing?
2. Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books
Whether you start from Song of the Lioness or Beka Cooper, I can assure you that Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books have enough material for at least ten seasons of American TV (so like 20 British series, and a Korean soap opera). Actually, it would probably work best in a British series format where actors would sign on for a season or two, and then be switched out for a new set to show character growth and movement from one series to the next.
I think it would be really good to have more heroines on TV with their romances, and not-romances. I think Tamora Pierce did a really good job of showcasing the different kind of heroines. Everyone didn’t need to be a lady knight; sometimes you just want to be capable of helping yourself.
I know that some of the story lines would have to be changed. Either Prince Jon gets to be a POC, or he’ll have to lose that whole white savior plot because it just won’t fly on tv. Personally, I like the current Jonathan of Conte, but, you know, as long as POC Jon is cute I wouldn’t care.
3. Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti
Again, black people in sci-fi. I think that Binti being on TV would help enlighten the rest of the world to the Himba people. Also, It’d probably be a two hour miniseries at best, but I think it’s vague enough to be expanded on.
I think the sci-fi geeks would love the space battles, and the making peace with a warring species. Binti deserves a TV movie at least.
4. Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor
Because sometimes I want to see a political drama with actual magical creatures.
Listen you can have your Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, but give me a short 6-10 episode Jane Austen-esque mix of the two sans the wars and the ugliness. Tell me about the little dark-skinned, half Goblin boy that wasn’t supposed to be king. I am all the way here for it.
Hallmark, Ovation, BBC, PBS, would have a hit on their hands with this one. They just need good makeup artists and a great costume department, because there’s very little magic, so not much of a need for CGI.
We can do this.
5. Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series
This was supposed to be Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon, because I know he’d put the work in. However, I know it’d be hella costly, and Ahmed has yet to put out the sequel. So I decided to go with Kevin Kwan’s books, because Asian Americans need more roles, and they could always do it in the style of a Chinese drama (or a Korean one).
Listen the Asian American diaspora needs this show. The sad part about it is that it’s very true to life. Those rich Chinese kids are really as wild as Kevin Kwan has been writing them. However, I think they could do a lot of good by touching on the things that Kwan only hinted at. I think some Asian American writers could really touch on the colonialism and the affect it had on the upper class Chinese.
I understand that Crazy Rich Asians is supposed to be a movie, but I really think it would be better as a TV show. Just saying.
So this is definitely a Thursday morning post, but I still think I made it. Let me know if you’ve read some of these!
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