Top Ten Tuesday

TV Shows That Would Have Made Amazing Books

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Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Hi everybody and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is ‘Movies/TV Shows That Would Have Made Amazing Books’ and since I haven’t watched all that many movies lately, I decided to focus on TV shows.

… Which also turned out tricky because it turns out that most of the TV shows I love and think could be a good book… are actually already based on books (think Good Omens, Sherlock, The Umbrella Academy, Half Bad, Jessica Jones, Heartstopper, Sandman and so on…).

Still, I managed to come up with eight shows that I think would make a great book!

Young Royals: it’s the first show I though off when I saw this prompt. I mean, prince gets sent to boarding school where he falls in love with a poor working class boy, the perfect bookish trope.

Only Murders in the Building: the perfect cozy mystery, multiple books with their own mystery to solve!

Wednesday: this paranormal YA boarding school retelling would be just as much spooky fun in book format.

The Brothers Sun: ugh, I’m still so disappointed this show got cancelled after one season. It would be such a fun bookish action comedy: triad sun moves to the US to protect his estranged mother and little brother who has no idea about the ‘family business’

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Again, this would be such a fun spooky paranormal book series.

Emily in Paris: I feel like maybe a book could do this story so much more justice than the series itself does? Like, just a bit less cheese but all the good drama and intrigue?

Romance is a Bonus Book: Of course I always want more of my favorite kdrama, but I also feel like this could be such an empowering contemporary bookish workplace romance. A divorced single mom falls onto a rough patch and ends up lying on her resume to be able to start working at her best friend’s publishing company. But she ends up rejuvenated and loving her new job, her new colleagues and yes, also her best friend.

Hometown Cha Cha Cha: another kdrama whose story lends itself so excellently for a book! An ambitious city girl’s life gets turned upside down and on a whim she decides to move to a small seaside town where she gets entangled with the colorful inhabitants and falls for the unassuming town handyman.

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Tell Me:
What’s a TV show you think would have made a great book?

Lindsey xoxo


  1. I only watched a bit of ‘Only Murders,’ but I know so many love that one. It does indeed seem like it’d make a good book maybe similar to The Maid. 🙂

    1. Yes, I think it would definitely have some The Maid vibes!

  2. I really should watch Wednesday sometime.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. I hope you’ll love it when you do!

  3. I love the idea of Only Murders in the Building being a book series!

    1. It would be a perfect book series, I’m sure 🙂

  4. Just recently started watching Wednesday (finally), and yes, it would make such a fun YA paranormal retelling!

    1. Yay, hope you’re enjoying Wednesday!

  5. Only Murders in the Building would make a really great book, I agree! I love the tv series but I still need to catch up on the previous season. Woops!

    1. Haha you’re not alone, I still need to catch up with the latest season too! 🙂

  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    Wednesday would have made an amazing book!

    1. It really would!

  7. I haven’t watched any of these but I can see Emily in Paris being made into something like the Confessions of a Shopaholic book series! Only Murders in the Building sounds like it could make a fun cosy mystery series too. Great list!

    1. Thanks! Emily in Paris and Only Murders in the Building are both fun shows, but I’m definitely convinced they would work as books too 🙂

  8. YES to Only Murders! Cozy mysteries are my thing and this show really is a great cozy series.

    1. I love Only Murders! Though I still need to catch up with the latest season.

  9. Love this list! Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is such a favourite of mine. I binge-watched it. The story is so cute, it really would have made a great rom-com book.

    1. Yay for a fellow Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha lover! It would indeed be such a fun rom-com 🙂

  10. So…commenting issue again. I can comment from the front page of WP reader, but I can’t comment from your website or when I open your post in reader. There is no comment box. Yours isn’t the only blog I’ve had that issue with today. Dedra’s also did it.

    I’ve only watched Wednesday, but I can agree it would be a fun book.

    1. Oh no! Thanks for letting me know! I’m not sure what happened as I can see my comment box like normal… I just updated my plugins in the hopes that it helps. I’ll keep an eye on it.
      Wednesday would indeed be such a fun book though! 🙂

  11. I have not seen any of these. I hope you have a great rest of your week 🙂

    1. Thanks!

  12. masterspj says:

    Great choices, Lindsey!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. Thanks!

  13. Great picks! I love Only Murders in the Building and Wednesday! I’m sure I’d love them as books too!


    1. Thanks!

  14. Only Murders would make a great series. I would totally read it. 😀

    1. It would be such a fun book series indeed 🙂

  15. I loved Wednesday! It would have been a fabulous book.

    1. It definitely would be a fabulous book 🙂

  16. Only Murders would have been a fabulous series!! Great choices!

    1. Thanks!

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