This week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl was "submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl," and a very good one it is indeed. At first I thought, "Oh, I won't be able to do this one, I have no ideas!" but as soon as I started trying, I actually came up with more than enough ideas and had to cut myself off. I split it up by category, albeit not quite evenly.
Honestly, pretty much any Wendy Webb book will do, this is just the one I like most so far. Ingredients needed include: big old historic mansion, an inheritance secret, a mystery from the past, preferably some big fluffy dogs, and ghosts.
2. Sara's Face - Melvin Burgess
Sara is going to have a face transplant. She has allowed herself to be drawn into the orbit of a highly manipulative and ruthless pop-star. He is going to take her discarded face to cover his own scarred and damaged one. But as the time of the operation approaches, those closest to her suspect that Sara is changing her mind. Is she being pressured into it? Is the wealthy pop-star her benefactor - or her gaoler?
I don't remember this well (like, why is Sara/ANYONE fine with the concept of a face transplant from a healthy living donor in the first place??), but I remember it spooked and unnerved me a lot, and I think it would translate well to Netflix's brand of fast-paced, low budget action/thriller.
3. The Whisper Man - Alex North
4. The Last Woman in the Forest - Diane Les Becquets
Another great potential thriller, featuring beautiful winter forest settings and sure to be SUPER CUTE dogs alongside the murderer/stalker plot.
6. A School for Brides - Patrice Kindl
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.
Why make another Jane Austen adaptation when you could do a DIFFERENT Regency-era story? With the same if not more levity and comedy?? By the way, nobody in the book said lesbians* because men do come along eventually, but Netflix would definitely say lesbians and I'm okay with that.
*they might have and I just missed it
6.5 ALTERNATIVELY: on a slightly similar theme, but a bit younger and more girl-power-centric, Shannon Hale's Princess Academy would also make for a good girls school story.
7. Emancipated / Incrimnated / Vindicated - M.G. Reyes
Now the opposite of cute and fluffy: this trilogy was not outstanding literature, but it was wild and ridic and I'm sad it did not get the readership it deserved, so I'm highlighting it here. Even in my (short, punchy, spoiler-free) reviews I compared it to a TV show (book 2: "This series started as The O.C. and came back as How To Get Away With Murder"), and there's plenty of room to flesh out the characters more than they were on the page. I think it would be just as well served to condense the three into a tightly plotted action/adventure movie, though.
8. The Secret Life of Cowboys - Tom Groneberg
I just wanna see the town of Sisters, Oregon. And the farms. Also maybe the fancy mansion that serves as Alexis' gilded cage. They sound so beautiful. You COULD condense this to a movie, but I think if Virgin River's first book (with elements of the second) can be 10 episodes long, so can this. (But also, make the script better than Virgin River, because that is Hallmark bad.)
10. Animal Inn (series) - Virginia Vail
For slightly better name recognition I would also support the Animal Ark series instead (same premise, 2 parents), but despite being the perfect age to have discovered them new, I haven't actually read any of those/never heard of them until I was an adult so I can't 100% vouch for it.
P.S. Special shout-out to Netflix for recently adding the adaptation of Katherine Center's The Lost Husband, which I had no idea was gonna be a movie until after I read the book in May. It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year, and while the movie in no way looks like it will live up to the version in my head -- mind you, I am a person who often thinks the adaptation is as good as the book -- I was still hoping I could see it and kind of despairing of my options for doing so. But then I logged in to Netflix last week and SURPRISE, THERE IT WAS.
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