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Children’s Books and YA Novels That Should Be Developed into Netflix Series

Ah Netflix! Ever since you came, “staycations” and work-free days became a lot better. Subscribers can binge-watch past TV shows, anime, cartoons and of course, movies.

If you prefer watching something new, no worries because they have a selection of Netflix Originals like Stranger Things! Speaking of which, 2017 was a good year for the American entertainment company as they did not only give us another lineup of original content but also acquired exclusive international broadcast rights to some great series as well as adapted novels into an original television series.

The series that comes to mind is Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The children’s book is a great material and was even made into film way back in 2014. I honestly wasn’t ready to see new actors playing the Baudelaire siblings especially Count Olaf. But Netflix’s (in association Paramount Television) A Series of Unfortunate Events is so good.

With that, I realized that there are several children’s book and YA novels out there that are worth developing into a series. If you search online, countless articles has been written about this. Well, those are their list AND HERE IS MINE!

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Do you remember The Spiderwick Chronicles? This series of children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black was made into film in 2008. It tells the adventures of Jared Grace, his twin Simon and older sister Mallory as they together with their mom move into the Spiderwick Estate in the woods.

This is where Jared discovers a book or should I say Arthur Spiderwick’s field guide to fairies, goblins, mole trolls, and other magical creatures. The story is really fascinating and compelling. In fact, I thought there was going to be a sequel as there are more stories to tell such as Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles.

I think this would make a good series because people love to explore the unknown and The Spiderwick Chronicles is based on that! Plus, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a series with this theme that’s very family-friendly.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

This somewhat reminds me of another film franchise that failed to recoup their budget from the first film. Good thing it was made into a TV series and Netflix acquired global rights.

I hope Percy Jackson & the Olympians is given a second chance. Fans did enjoy the books and of course, the two films – Lightning Thief & Sea of Monsters. If it were made into a series pretty sure all the favorite scenes that weren’t in the movie will be given justice.

Apart from these two well-known literature, here are a few more series you might want to check out.

Trese Series

This is a Filipino horror/crime graphic novel created by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo.

Foul play. Magic spells. Supernatural criminals. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese. She is the sixth child of the sixth child, the child of paradox and possibilities. She is, so to speak, the city’s warrior and the city’s healer, a mandirigmang-babaylan.

I have read all six novels and let me tell you the world they created is so fascinating you will want to see it on the big screen or as a live-action series.

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Courtlight Series

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She is a New York Times bestselling author and is behind the Courtlight Series.

It tells the story of a peasant girl Ciardis who is chosen for a position at court and travels across the empire to begin a new life. To survive, she’ll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince, and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed.

I stumbled upon this series on Kobo.com. Though each book isn’t that long, I can’t help but follow Ciardis’ story and the unique world Terah Edun created. It would be great to see that wonderful realm and characters on screen.

Shaye Archer Novel

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon is responsible for the Shaye Archer Novel.

Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any.

Like the previous, I also found this on Kobo.com. I was hooked the moment I read the first few paragraphs of Malevolent, Shaye Archer Series #1. The story telling is not only exciting but clever as well. The way it was presented, I think that it would really make a good action-mystery series enjoyed by both young adults and adults.

Blackmoore Sisters Mysteries: Written by USA Today bestselling author Leighann Dobbs, the Blackmoore Sisters Mysteries tells the story of the Blackmoore sisters as well as the secrets in the old Blackmoore house.

Yes, you guessed it. I found this in Kobo.com. Though it’s really not the best one out there, the elements in the story – sisterhood, magic and mystery –  blends well together. It reminded me of Charmed. Being a fan of the Halliwell sisters, I want that series to be left untouched. If you ask me, I would suggest the Blackmoore Sisters Mysteries as a great source material.

And that wraps up my list ! How about you? Do you have a children’s book or a YA novel in mind that you would like developed into a Netflix Series? Comment down below and I will surely check them out!

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  1. Jazmine Shurtliff says

    Thank you so much for the great article. It was fluent and to the point. Cheers!

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