Ever since Netflix decided to make A Series of Unfortunate Events into a very fortunate TV series, we can’t help but daydream about all the amazing YA book series that would be awesome as Netflix series. Here are our top picks:
1. THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen
The intrigue, the dresses, the time period! Netflix could have a very decadent and amazing series on their hands if they adapted this very popular YA saga.
About the book: Manhattan, 1899: In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
2. CINDER by Marissa Meyer
This futuristic retelling of Cinderella as a cyborg would make for a fantastically vivid show and each season could focus on a different character, much like the books do with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, ect.
About the book: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
3. GONE by Michael Grant
If Netflix is looking to adapt something that could be Lost-like in its mythology and multitude of characters, they don’t have to look much further.
About the book: Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
4. THRONE OF GLASS by Sara J. Maas
Netflix could use more series with badass heroines. We vote for THRONE OF GLASS.
About the book: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
5. THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
If Netflix doesn’t want to show us the pretty dresses from The Luxe series, then we’ll forgive them as long as they then show us the pretty dresses from The Selection!
About the book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
6. THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken
Netflix, we need this as a show. This isn’t a request, this is a demand.
About the book: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
7. SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY by Susan Dennard
In general, we want more zombies on our TV, but since nothing really can beat modern-day or near-future zombies like The Walking Dead, we suggest turning the clock back a century and going with 1800s zombies. YOU HEARD US RIGHT, NETFLIX.
About the book: Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.
8. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
We’re having a grand old time just thinking about the casting process for this amazing series. Oh, Gansey.
About the book: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
9. A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
There aren’t enough parallel universe stories out there and a show based on this book would be done best if J.J. Abrams was producing it! There’s only one book in this trilogy out right now, but if the other two are as great as the first, then we are good to go.
About the book: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself.
10. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
This isn’t a traditional series, but rather a series of interconnected standalones, but it would still make for an amazing, cute, international show about finding your true love!
About the book: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
11. THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney
There are plenty of superhero shows out there (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) so we think The Brokenhearted would make a unique addition to that lineup. It’s sort of like The Bionic Woman meets Batman. You’d watch that show, right?
About the book: Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, has always been closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. Lured by the handsome and dangerous Gavin, Anthem is drawn into the dark and exhilarating world on the wrong side of town. But when the couple runs into trouble, Gavin goes missing and Anthem winds up dead . . . only to awaken in an underground lab with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. Now she can run faster, jump higher, fight better. But the only thing that matters to her is getting Gavin back. And when she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, she is determined to use her new-found powers for the ultimate revenge.
12. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
Okay so this first book in a new trilogy hasn’t come out yet, but we’ve read it and can attest to it’s greatness and potential for Netflix stardom.
About the book: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court where she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world uses her new position to secretly help the growing Red rebellion. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
What other YA series would you like to see as shows on Netflix? Tell us in the comments below!
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