I love a good movie but there is something about a TV show that sucks you in one day and before you know it you have binge-watched the whole series. TV shows are increasingly becoming more popular with the rise of Netflix Original Series and Hulu Original Series. And what is missing is good clean Christian TV. There is a Christian streaming service called PureFlix, but I honestly think Christian TV shows need to be premiered on mainstream TV networks. I really think that if produced and directed right, some of them could become really popular.
What characteristics do I think a book would make a good TV Show? Here are some characteristics I look for:
The setting would translate well onto the screen.
The characters are rich and well developed.
Have a popular time period or theme that most people would be interested in.
Potential of a wide fan base.
So without further ado, here are 5 books I think would make great TV Shows:
Cities of Refuge Series by Connilyn Cossette
This series is absolutely amazing. Connilyn does a really amazing job at creating an atmospheric setting. Each character is well developed and I think with the right actors/actresses it would play out well. This series I don’t think will need a too huge of a budget at the start as there aren’t too many crazy battles or complex scenes. So that’s a plus!
Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
Oh my goodness everyone. Why hasn’t this been made into a TV Series yet?!! I think it would absolutely phenomenal with the technology we have today. In this book series, you will find betrayal, murder, action, and romance, and I think that would pull people in. I would have to say though that it would need a huge budget for the Ancient Rome setting. Also, I wouldn’t want any of the characters ruined so I definitely think there needs to be good actors/actresses hired for the major roles.
The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke
This would make a great mini-series. Fans of WWII I think would really enjoy this one. Set in the Jewish Ghettos during the German Occupation in Poland, it would set itself apart from other WWII shows. This book is really depressing, however, I do find series like these do well on the big screen despite how sad they are.
The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan Busse
Now with Game of Thrones done, I think there is a need for a new fantasy series. What I love about this series is that it’s similar to Narnia in the way that it’s not clearly Christian but has a lot of Christian symbolism. So I like that aspect and I think both Christians and non-Christians alike would enjoy this series. Also, the magic isn’t too extreme so I think they wouldn’t need too crazy of a budget but they would need a good CGI budget for the fantasy setting (unless they film like somewhere in New Zealand or Iceland).
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright
This would make a great mini-series, especially for this time of year. I definitely think this series would be perfect for a Netflix Original Series like they did with The Haunting of Hill House. I would love to see more Christian TV series on Netflix and I would think this particular one would do well. Like the Ravenwood Saga, it’s not clearly Christian so I think there would be a wide fan base.
So there you have it! What books do you think would make great TV Shows? Share in the comments!