Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Books I wish would be tv shows (2016)

Books I wish would be TV shows (2016)

I've done this same topic in the past, but it's beyond time for an update ;)

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci - Summary: "When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there is the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. But can art attacks really save the hell that is high school?"

My thoughts: Anyone for a Daria-esque/My-So-Called-Life group of Janes using art Banksy style? I love the concept of this series. Arty girl power!

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - Summary: "High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom--an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop."

My thoughts: With the popularity of fantasy shows involving fairy tales and star-crossed loves, I feel this book would be a great fit. YA romantic, mysterious, and great imagery.

The Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron) - Summary: "Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn't exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?"

My thoughts: This series is an unrated children's classic. If you enjoy LOTR, Zelda, or the like, it's a very cool. And, in my memory, also pretty funny.

Pusheen the Cat Summary: "Who is Pusheen? This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—featuring the chubby, tubby tabby who has taken the Internet by storm. Pusheen is a pleasantly plump cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles."

My thoughts: Move over Garfield, this cat is adorable! I'd love to see an animated Pusheen series! Guaranteed to brighten your day.

The Princess DiariesSummary: "She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!) DOWNER: Dad can't have any more kids. (So there's no heir to the throne.) SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?"

My thoughts: Yes, it already has movies, but the series itself is so different! It'd be a sweet on-going tv show covering all of Mia's hijink drama. Like Gossip Girl, but younger and clean.

Star Wars & Darth VaderSummary: "Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fi ght for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape...while Luke finds himself face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital - and dangerous -secret mission...but can they succeed without Luke?"

My thoughts: For me, the new canon comics are almost as thrilling as watching Episodes 4-7. Although the art is already awesome, I'd love to see it move!

Outrageous Women series -
 Summary: "Some were feisty and fiery. Others were cool and dangerous. All were incredibly courageous. Outrageous Women of The Middle Ages took on the challenge of their world--and didn't worry about ruffling a few feathers. "

My thoughts: I love history, but there's not enough HERstory on tv. Outrageous Women is an informative series of books. I only wish someone fun (I dunno Tina Fey, Amy Schumer) would cover the wild and crazy ladies of the past.

The Prisoner of ZendaSummary: "Anthony Hope's swashbuckling romance transports his English gentleman hero, Rudolf Rassendyll, from a comfortable life in London to fast-moving adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land steeped in political intrigue. Rassendyll bears a striking resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania. When the rival to the throne, Black Michael of Strelsau, attempts to seize power by imprisoning Elphberg in the Castle of Zenda, Rassendyll is obliged to impersonate the King to uphold the rightful sovereignty and ensure political stability. Rassendyll endures a trial of strength in his encounters with the notorious Rupert of Hentzau, and a test of a different sort as he grows to love the Princess Flavia."

My thoughts: This is so old school, but I enjoyed reading it. Too bad there's not a good, current, BBC level modern adaption of it.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) - Summary: "From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world... or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs. After growing up in the south where she was "home-schooled for hippie reasons", Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star."

My thoughts: I identify with Felicia so much. Throughout the whole book I was thinking, me, too, Felicia! I wish she had her own daytime talk show. She's like my geek lady Oprah.

Prequel/Young Order of the Phoenix seriesMy thoughts: Since we're fresh off The Cursed Child, I'm craving more of the Potter universe. Magical Beasts looks fun, but deep down, I wish there was a young Order of the Phoenix series covering the dramatic history between Lily, Snape, and James in great detail. I wouldn't miss an episode!



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