Thursday, August 26, 2021

TMP - TMP Television Edition: Books You Want to be Adapted into a TV Series

Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week's theme is TMP Television Edition: Books You Want to be Adapted into a TV Series. I accidentally posted this theme a couple of weeks ago for Book Adaptations. Woopsies!

These Witches Don't Burn / This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling

As an Elemental Witch who can control fire, earth, water, and fire, Hannah's learned to keep a pretty low profile. With the end of the current school year on the horizon, it seems like the most she'll have to confront is a messy break-up with her ex-girlfriend. But when a terrifying blood ritual disrupts a bonfire celebration, her powers will be tested to protect her coven. As the attacks on Salem's witches grow deadlier, she'll have to do the unthinkable and team up with her ex to get to the truth of the supernatural crisis taking over their own.

This is only a duology - so there's not a lot of room for a series. But if it had been fleshed out more, I could see this adapted as a mini series like A Discovery of Witches or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. I think it'd be fun to watch too.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.

This has already been snapped up for Hulu, so this might not fit the theme. But it's such a great combo of Get Out and The Devil Wears Prada. However, the multiple narratives was confusing at times. I could see the minor characters fleshed out more on-screen, especially the villains and the ending. I'm excited to see how this turns out.

It by Stephen King

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real ... They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

Andy Muschietti came so close to the perfect adaptation with part one in 2017. The cast was great and the suspense was so good. But Part Two failed completely. The jump scares became repetitive and lost a lot of character development. It's one of the few times I almost walked out of a theater, but my sister told me to stay. A TV series could cover more of the book to do it justice and even skip the controversial parts like the orgy or focus on floating turtle either...Ugh, it's so frustrating how this book hasn't worked out yet.

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