Books I would definitely watch as a trashy Netflix series...

This week Top Ten Tuesday is celebrating it's ten year anniversary and giving us an opportunity to return to an old topic we didn't get to do - or re-vamp one we did. I'm going back to one I did in 2015 (!!!!) which was a Page to Screen Freebie. A couple of the books on here are the same, but this time I'm thinking about stories I'd love to see as a kind of trashy Netflix series, to binge while I'm stuck at home. There's never enough fluff, and I'd watch all of these if done well.

The Luxe
by Anna Godberson

The Luxe: Godbersen, Anna: 9780141323367: Books

The Luxe is basically Gossip Girl set in 1890's New York. It would be all about the scandal and the clothes would be fab. Maybe a bit Reign vibes.

The Admirable Crichton 
by J.M Barrie


A play by J.M Barrie (Peter Pan) turned into a film back in the day and definitely one of Julian Fellowes's inspirations for Downton Abbey. When a ship is wrecked on a desert island, a Downton style family (including servants and a couple of additional young gentlemen) have to make a new life for themselves. The butler, Crichton, quickly becomes 'the gov' and there's a love triangle with the butler, the eldest daughter and the tweeny maid. Loads of potential for switching couples and drama as a long running series!

The Mediator
by Meg Cabot

The Mediator #1: Shadowland (Mediator (Paperback)): ...

A series of books by Meg Cabot, about a teenage mediator who's in love with the ghost of a young spanish rancher who lives in her bedroom. Each book is a different story (and different ghosts - and boys - come in and out) so you've got your first few episodes set and you could just invent from there. There's an almost love triangle with evil but sexy new kid at school who is also a mediator. And a cute mentor character in the form of headteacher and Catholic priest, Father Dominic.

Any books written by Georgette Heyer

Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

I've only read a couple of Georgette Heyer but my mum and sisters love them. They're basically fluffy Jane Austen with extra scandal and drunkenness. And there are loads of them. Surprised they haven't been mined for TV already.

The Phantom of the Opera 
by Gaston Leroux

Universal is adding The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of ...

Some people might complain about no songs, but this was a book first and it's great craic. As a TV series it would definitely be Reign-ish - dead silly, lots of great dresses, lots of running around backstage at the opera and very sexy. Also you could put in all the random extra characters from the book, like The Persian and the guy with his head on fire. Definitely a romance for Meg, too.

Georgy Girl 
by Margaret Forster

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I read this because I'm trying to mostly read stuff we've got in the house at the minute, but it was fun, if bizarre. The film was a success back in the sixties and you could do a very stylised sixties TV series I think. You'd have to update it a bit and make the old guy more appealing - cast a really attractive older actor. But you could do fun things with the characters and maybe bring in a lot of extras for different episodes. George would make a great heroine.

Sofia Khan is not Obliged
by Ayisha Malik

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (Sofia Khan #1) by Ayisha Malik

The author described this as 'a Muslim Bridget Jones' and that's spot on really. But because it's about Sofia navigating the world of online dating you could spin it out a lot for TV. Each episode could be a different date, and you could have the more serious relationships of Imran, Naim and Conall as like the through story-line of who will she pick?

The Scarlet Pimpernel 
by Baroness Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Orczy, Baroness ...

This has been done as a mini-series before but I think it'd be great on Netflix. Maybe a bit of a Musketeers type show, with each episode being a different rescue and the main thread of Percy and Marguerite's romance - with Chauvelin as the villain/love rival. I've only read the first book but there's loads of them. Plenty of material to be getting on with.

13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes: Johnson, Maureen: Books

I read this years ago so can't remember much, but it's about a girl who's quirky aunt dies, and sets her what is essentially a treasure hunt around Europe. She has to go solo, no phone or contact with her family, and she gets a new envelope each location she goes to. You could do it kind of like 13 Reasons Why - each episode is a new envelope, instead of a new tape.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet
by Tamora Pierce

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Another one I can't remember much about, but I remember loving Alanna as a character and the books are basically swords and sorcery plus feminism (and friendship and love, etc.) They could do it as a teen fantasy show, kind of like A Letter for the King. They'd probably age Alanna up at the beginning though, start her off as fifteen/sixteen rather than ten?

What books would you love to see adapted? Watching anything good and trashy at the minute? 


  1. Anything sounds like a fun summer read!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks, I need to read some more Georgette Heyer :)

  2. 13 Blue Envelopes would be a great series, and I really liked those books.

    1. I had no idea there was a second one - don't know how I missed that haha, will have to get hold of it now!

  3. Great list! I never read The Luxe, but I would definitely watch a drama-fuelled TV series and I think an adaptation of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged would be really fun, too.

    1. I think the Luxe would work better as a series than as books to be honest! Thanks!

  4. Fun idea for a post! I'm always looking out for binge-worthy Netflix shows :)

    Happy TTT!

  5. I did not know how badly I wanted a 13 Little Blue Envelopes show until I saw it in text like that. (also HOW has Tamora Pierce not been mined for TV content by now??)

    1. I know I don't get it? Unless she won't let them have the rights - I thought they would have jumped on them after Lord of the Rings and then Game of Thrones!

  6. Georgette Heyer could be really fun if they kept the same wit and humor, I'm always afraid of what tv and movie producers will do to books to dumb them down.

    1. Yeah to be honest they'd probably be better on the BBC as long as they still made them fun!

  7. I've always wondered why Tamora Pierce's books haven't been made into shows...they're so good and there's so much Tortall material to work with!

    1. Definitely, I still need to read some of the other stuff, I only ever read the Alanna ones.

  8. Such a cool list! Oh man, the Luxe would make such a great Netflix series.

    My TTT:

  9. What a fun topic!
    I, personally, would rather watch 13 Little Blue Envelopes over 13 Reasons why.
    The Admirable Crichton by J.M Barrie seems like an interesting story.

    Here's my TTT list.

    1. Thanks! 13 Little Blue Envelopes Would definitely be more upbeat - and I really love the concept for Crichton but wasn't that fussed on the film.


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