Backwards Adaptations

I love when books are made into movies or TV shows. Now, there are definitely numerous book to movie adaptations that were awful (The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Beautiful Creatures) but there has been some amazing ones too (Harry Potter, The Book Thief, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Water for Elephants, The Help, Under the Dome, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, Dexter, Game of Thrones).

I sit with my phone in my hand during the trailers and feverishly look up the movie titles to see if they were adapted from books. I love to read the book before the adaptation so I can really imagine the storyline. I can see how that can ruin the movie for me, but whatevs.

There are a few TV shows and movies lately that I really wish were books or book series because I want more:

Pushing Daisies (aired for 2 seasons on ABC and was cancelled in 2009, it is currently on Amazon Prime)
Here is the premise if you haven’t seen the series (from Wikipedia): Pushing Daisies centers on the life of Ned (Lee Pace), a pie-maker gifted with the mysterious ability to reanimate the dead by touching them. Some conditions come with this talent. Ned quickly learns that if something is revived for more than exactly one minute, a similar "life value" in the vicinity drops dead, as a form of balance. Additionally, if he touches the revived person or thing a second time, it dies again, this time permanently. In the pilot episode, Ned discovers his gift as a child by resurrecting his Golden Retriever, Digby, after the dog is hit by a truck. He later brings back his mother when she dies of an aneurysm. However, in doing this, he accidentally causes the death of the father of his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles (Anna Friel), as the "price" of keeping his mother alive. Even worse, Ned's mother falls dead permanently when she kisses him goodnight (which is how he learns the effect of the second touch). In their childhood, Ned and Chuck are separated after Chuck's agoraphobic aunts, Vivian (Ellen Greene) and Lily (Swoosie Kurtz), move in to take the on role of her parents, while Ned is shipped off by his father to a boarding school. Inheriting his mother's baking talents, Ned becomes a pie-maker, operating a restaurant called "The Pie Hole", which he runs with the help of waitress Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth). The restaurant is failing financially when private investigatorEmerson Cod (Chi McBride) accidentally discovers Ned's gift and offers a proposal: Ned will temporarily bring murder victims back to life, allowing Emerson to inquire about the circumstances of their death, quickly solve the case, and split the reward money with him.

Warehouse 13 (final season airs 2014 on Syfy)
Here is the premise if you haven’t seen the series (from Wikipedia): The series follows U.S. Secret ServiceAgents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) when they are assigned to the secretive Warehouse 13 for supernatural artifacts. It is located in a barren landscape in South Dakota, and they initially regard the assignment as punishment. As they go about their assignments to retrieve missing artifacts and investigate reports of new ones, they come to understand the importance of what they are doing. In Season 1, Episode 4, they meet Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti), who is searching for her missing brother; in Season 2, she joins the team as their technology expert. In Season 3, Episode 1, Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), an Agent from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives comes aboard.
I wrote a whole post on my love for Warehouse 13!

Revenge (Season 3 currently airing on ABC)
Here is the premise if you haven’t seen the series (from Wikipedia):Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons and buys a beach house next to the Grayson family mansion for the summer. Emily is really Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for treason when she was a little girl. After a lengthy trial, he was imprisoned for life, and was murdered in prison by agents of the people who framed him. Amanda was separated from him after his trial and never saw him afterwards. She has now returned to the Hamptons as an adult to get revenge on those who wronged her and her father. Her primary target is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family, who loved and betrayed Amanda's father. The show focuses on Amanda's plot to destroy every individual who played a role in her father's imprisonment. Along the way, she discovers various facts about her father's past which change her plans many times. As the series progresses, Amanda brings in other individuals as allies for her plan. As Amanda executes the stages of her elaborate plan, she finds it difficult to remain emotionally detached. She struggles to identify her true motivations and examines how her actions change her sense of identity. As she enlists trusted friends into her schemes, she worries how their involvement will change their lives.

The Purge (movie released in 2013)
Here is the premise if you haven’t seen the series (from Wikipedia): In the year 2022, the United States has become "a nation reborn" thanks to the New Founding Fathers of America. Crime and unemployment rates are hitting an all-time low due to the government having instituted an annual 12-hour period called "the Purge" during which all criminal activity (including murder, theft, and rape) becomes legal. The only rules during the Purge is that government officials of "ranking 10 or higher" must remain unharmed and usage of weaponry above "Class 4" is forbidden. Also, the police and emergency services are suspended during this time and anyone who doesn't follow the rules of the Purge will receive the death penalty. The Purge is designed to act as a catharsis for the American people, so that they may vent all negative emotions and repressed urges however and on whomever they desire, although it is implied throughout the film that the Purge is really just a method of population control, allowing the weeding-out of the impoverished and other people who are seen as a burden on the economy and society in general.

Penelope (movie released in 2006)
Here is the premise if you haven’t seen the series (from Wikipedia): Penelope Wilhern is a young woman from a wealthy family with all the qualities to make an excellent match for any other well-bred man of her status. What sets her apart is that she has pig-face disorder. Generations ago, an embittered witch placed a curse on the Wilhern family after their son had an affair with her daughter, one of the Wilhern servants, and, talked out of marrying her by his disapproving family, abandoned her and married someone of his own status. The heartbroken and pregnant servant girl then threw herself off of a cliff. Furious, the witch then cursed the Wilherns so that the next daughter to be born into the affluent family would have the face of a pig. For five generations, the Wilherns produced only sons, until Penelope was born, stricken with the curse. It is said that the curse can only be lifted if 'one of her own' learns to love her, which her parents interpret as meaning that Penelope must marry a man of noble birth.

Those are just a few that I would love to have a book series on. I love the shows so much and I think that internal dialogue and extra detail that comes with books would be amazing. Do you have a TV show or movie on your wish list to have turned into a book series? Too bad it doesn’t happen backwards very often! I love the characters and story lines so much and just want more!


  1. Yay, another Warehouse 13 fan! I need to buy the dvds for that show, it was so creative. And I adored Pushing Daisies, although I thought it would have worked better as a movie instead of a TV show.

  2. I loved Pushing Daisies and Revenge. They would make awesome books.

  3. Oh yes, Pushing Daisies would make an awesome book. I loved that show and was really sad when they cancelled it :(

  4. I am still angry that Pushing Daises was canceled BEFORE it was finished. I mean... couldn't we as fans get an ending. I always heard that it was going to be finished in comic book form but I don't know if that every happened or not.

  5. I love this post! Pushing Daisies was one of my favorite shows & I was so sad when it got canceled. Especially because it felt like we never got a proper ending. It would be great if they'd actually finish it out in book form.

  6. It really would be fun to see REVENGE become a novel / book series - all the drama and secrets and plot twists would translate wonderfully to a novel!

  7. If you liked Pushing Daisies you should watch Wonderfalls, it's by the same guy and Lee Pace is in it and he's so adorable in it. And the main love interest is SO. PRETTY.

    Also I watched Penelope at the end of last year and it's very cute and has great potential for a whimsical story.


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