WHAT I THINK ABOUT BOOK ADAPTATIONS || FT. BOOKS THAT I WANT TO SEE ON SCREEN

An adaptation is either a bookdragon’s greatest wish or worst nightmare. I guess we all know some adaptation horror stories (see: The Percy Jackson films) that make us so hesitant to support a new adaptation when an announcement gets out. It’s always a do-I-scream-in-excitement-or-should-I-flatten-myself-with-my-TBR-pile-because-it-would-hurt less-than-another-failed-adaptation moment for all of us.

Personally, I have a plethora of mixed emotions when it comes to adaptations. For example, when the news of the Grishaverse adaptation got out, my first reaction was to scream (I maybe woke up ten neighbors in the process oops) and message my bookdragon friend who loves the Grishaverse as much as I do to scream some more (screaming is my brand). When all the adrenaline got used up, I just stared at nothing and anxiously thought of all the things that could go wrong because how could they possibly give justice to a universe so elaborate with an eight-episode series? What if they get all the representation in the books wrong? What if they don’t include all the iconic Kaz lines or the witty banter? WHAT IF THEY MESS UP THE PORTRAYAL OF MY MAN NIKOLAI LANTSOV???

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Me trying to convince filmmakers to read the book before making an adaptation

You see, I always have my fears with adaptations but I can’t help but support them because a.) an adaptation is a huge thing for an author and I don’t want to be a bitter eggplant who will ruin the good news, b.) an adaptation can help in boosting a book, and c.) I’m a soft marshmallow who still hopes that a day will come when adaptations will give justice to our children books.

Okay. I’ll stop rambling now. On my last Q and A post, I promised you a list of books that deserve the best adaptations. Some books on the list below already have movie rights. Nonetheless, movie rights do not guarantee the actuality of an adaptation.

HERE ARE SOME BOOKS I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ON SCREEN:

• Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab 

 

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. Read more… 

Locals might raise their eyebrows at another dystopian urban fantasy adaptation but allow me to say this in an ominous voice commonly used in cliché statements: this is not going to be your generic post-apocalyptic flick. With its more soulful undertones, soft monsters™, and dark themes, I think this duology can be the roots to a hit movie franchise if done correctly.

Sony already has the movie rights for the books but there hasn’t been any real progress on the project as of now.

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• ‎Villains series by V. E. Schwab

 

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Read more…

Just like Schwab’s aforementioned Monsters of Verity duology, the film rights for Vicious have already been bought. This happened in 2013 but I’ve seen no further news of the movie except for Schwab’s tweet from 2016:

I don’t know if the adaptation is still on the works (do tell me whatever you know in the comments) but I REALLY REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS SERIES BROUGHT TO LIFE ON SCREEN. I am sure that my murder children Victor and Eli will make a rivalry even greater than Sherlock’s and Moriarty’s. My heart also races at the thought of seeing the EOs’ superhuman abilities brought to life.

I just— I love this series so much and a proper adaptation will complete my life. Also, if you haven’t read this series yet, I’m weeping for you. This is one of the most well-written series in all of bookish history. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT.

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• ‎The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco

 

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. Read more… 

I am trash for this trilogy. The rich world and its pure epicness (I invented the word five minutes ago shh) are markers for an equally epic adaptation. I do think that it’s best adapted as a TV series because a film will never be able to give justice to this masterpiece.

Just imagine Tea riding the azi (the softest three-headed dragon) and laying waste to all her enemies. Think about an Asian-inspired fantasy world in the big screen. THINKING ABOUT ALL THE POSSIBILITIES MAKES ME WANT TO CRY.

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• ‎Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Read more… 

This fantasy standalone definitely deserves an adaptation. I think it will make a perfect anime. When I was reading it, my dormant otaku spirit suddenly woke up because the Japanese folklore-inspired tale reminded me so much of all the anime I used to binge watch in ninth grade.

The book’s ending left me hanging because there’s so much that I still want to see from this world. An adaptation is going to be the perfect outlet to explore more of the empire Emiko Jean created.

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• ‎The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Read more… 

The Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology will finally be turned into a Netflix series but I would also love to see an adaptation of The Language of Thorns someday where one episode = one short story.

Yes, I really have a lot of *demands* wishes here.

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• ‎The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black 

 

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. Read more… 

The movie rights for The Cruel Prince have been claimed by Universal already and I will probably riot if they don’t give Cardan a tail in the adaptation. It would be a very fascinating experience to see the sweeping world of Elfhame brought to life. Holly Black’s plot twists and complex characters will also sweep the world off its proverbial feet. Plus Cardan and Jude on screen??? I think I will spontaneously combust.

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• Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

 

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar. Read more… 

This YA series featuring the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will make a very interesting movie franchise. Writing this post reminds me that I still need to reread the books because I don’t remember half of them but I do know it in my heart that I loved reading them a few years ago (the book covers also feed my eyes). Brittany Cavallaro is also a sweet munchkin who made me so happy when she noticed me on Twitter back when my account was still so smol. She was actually the first author who paid attention to all my fangirling and I will never forget that. I will surely read the books again when the series is complete.

Anyway, this series will make a good franchise because it gives a fascinating twist to the old Sherlock tales I love so dearly. I also think that Charlotte and Jamie have great chemistry and to be able to see that translated on screen will add ten years to my life.

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• ‎A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

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An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. Read more…

A Thousand Perfect Notes is not just a simple story of a musical prodigy following his dreams. It’s only natural to dream of an adaptation of this bittersweet story of music, love, pain, and passion because I want more people to cry with me. I can even help you in picking up the broken pieces of your heart.

C. G. Drews wrote this book so vividly but it would be a different experience altogether to finally be able to hear Beck’s music with my own ears. It would also make me so happy to see my stabby soul sister Joey in the flesh. I’m also here for all the scenes where August tries to earn Beck’s trust by feeding him cakes.

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• ‎The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Read more…

I was surprised when I found out that the movie rights for Evelyn Hugo haven’t been bought yet (correct me if I’m wrong). I mean, a book featuring an actress who tells the story of all her experiences in Hollywood and her seven husbands?? IT’S THE PERFECT MATERIAL FOR AN ADAPTATION, ADAM. Just imagine the portrayal of the feisty Evelyn Hugo and the inner workings of Old Hollywood—with all its glamor and scandals—on screen. This book also has the most beautiful relationships (including platonic and romantic love) which made me cry about a hundred times.

If I don’t see a decent adaptation of this book while I live, I will riot.

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• ‎Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

 

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. Read more…

Look. Let’s just pretend that THOSE two abominations disguised as movies didn’t happen. Forgetting about them is self care and that’s final.

All I want in this life is to be able to watch a proper series adaptation of Uncle Rick’s books. When that happens, I’ll probably cry happy tears for five years and buy chocolates for all of you. There’s so much that the Riordanverse can offer and millions of long-suffering demigods will rejoice if we’re given the quality content we deserve. My boy Percy and all my beloved demigod children deserve THE BEST. I will not settle for anything less.

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Saying that books are always better than the adaptations has been a bookdragon brand for years but we must admit that seeing our favorite books come to life on screen is still one of the most beautiful feelings in the multiverse. Sure, we’ll rant a lot and curse the adaptations when they turn out to be more awful than a rotten apple but we can’t purge the feeling of excitement when adaptation announcements come out.

Such treasonous emotions I just can’t—

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What do you feel about book adaptations? Are there cases when you loved the adaptation more than the book? Which books deserve the best adaptations?

41 thoughts on “WHAT I THINK ABOUT BOOK ADAPTATIONS || FT. BOOKS THAT I WANT TO SEE ON SCREEN”

  1. Oh, I’d love to see all of those! 💛 ( I technically haven’t read most of them yet, but I WILL! ) It’s time for Percy Jackson to have a serie of movies worthy of it. They should have listen to Rick Riordan in the first place!

    It’s hard to watch book-to-movie adaptions with different eyes, even more when scenes you wished to see were erased or, in the case of Percy Jackson, the wallpapers were replaced by ones similar, but with ugly patterns print on it. 😅

    And there are those extremely rare book-to-movie adaptations AKA The Maze Runner where some scenes are missing but you still like it better because the characters were in cardboard papers in the books. 🙈 Also AKA Pretty Little Liars.

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    1. UNCLE RICK IS SOMEONE THEY SHOULD’VE CONSULTED. The wallpaper analogy is also very accurate thank you for that.

      I’m glad you loved the Maze Runner films. I have yet to watch and read Pretty Little Liars 🙈

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      1. HE EVEN SAID HE’D GLADLY HELP AND THEY WENT NOPE. HE FORETOLD IT AND THEY DIDN’T LISTEN AND TEAR DOWN THOSE EPIC WALLPAPERS. When the person in which the story had bloom tells you that it’s awful, I don’t know, LISTEN TO THEM. 🙃

        The 1st and 2nd season of Pretty Little Liars are really worth watching if you like mystery! As for the books, they are… good mystery books but the writing is really simplistic, though it’s perhaps because I read those in my native language. 😅

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  2. YES!! Loved this post!!
    I personally love adaptations because movies got me into books so I am just always grateful for adaptations for that. And I love seeing the transformation of the world and the whole buzz around the story again!! 😍 But I definitely get the stress because they don’t do some books justice!!
    I always say the Narnia films were better than the books in my opinion.
    I think the adaptation I have always wanted the most is six of crows and we are getting it *screams* and I just can’t put into words how excited I am. I also think ‘an ember in the ashes’ would make a great film!! 😊

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    1. I LOVE THE NARNIA FILMS. This may sound ridiculous but I actually haven’t read the books yet??? I’ve been living under a rock when I was a child.

      I’m so excited for the SoC adaptation! Will definitely riot if they don’t do justice to it. I still need to read EMBER soon eep.

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      1. They’re really good right?!?! I was really late to reading the books but I actually preferred the movies in this one occasion (I did watch the movies first) but I felt the characters were more developed in the movie!!

        I hope so– I will riot with you if that in the case!! Oh it is really good– I hope you enjoy it when you get to it 😊

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  3. There’s been very few cases where I’ve liked the adaptation better than the book (The Maze Runner 1 and Everything, Everything), but I still love adaptations! I’m so excited because one of my fave books – All the Bright Places – is coming out this year and excuse me while I go and die. 💀

    I’m so excited, though, for ANY adaption of a Schwab book. Her books give me life (hey, how do you think I look this great at 879 years?) and I was totally not aware of the Villains adaption (now that Vengeful is out and a hit, there will probably be more pressure for the adaption). I NEED ALL THE VILLAINOUS THINGS.

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    1. I’ve heard positive things about the maze runner adaptation and I’m glad you liked it. I hope they give justice to All The Bright Places too. Haven’t read that but my friends love it to death.

      I’M SURE YOU’LL LOOK GREAT IN 879 YEARS. We’ll be wise vampires by that time and we’ll do nothing but binge watch all the great Schwab adaptations (a very great dream).

      I WANT TO SEE VILLAINS ON SCREEN SO BAD TOO.

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      1. If they ruin the All the Bright Places movie, I’ll cry.

        Thank you. That sounds fabulous. Of course, I’m already working on my vampiric ways – all I need is the Schwab adaptions.

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  4. I’ve just about lost hope in book adaptations because they hardly ever do justice to the book. But I’m always happy for authors whose books are adapted because it means more people get to know the story!
    I would love to see n adaptation for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, though.

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  5. I so love that “throwing a book at someone’s face” gif xD ahaha AND the screaming pfft!

    So. For me, I only recall one book-to-movie adaptation who PISSED me off so much AKA the spiderwick chronicle. I don’t recall any other one (but frankly.. my reading may be a little wierd xD) I however liked the adaptations of book I wouldnt dared read before, like Miss Perigrine’s home for pecular children, as I fear i’ll get lost somewhere and … it’d be too much for my brain.

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    1. I remember watching Spiderwick but since I haven’t read the books I can’t really complain about it. I’m sorry you didn’t like it though! Ah, I think not watching the Miss Peregrine movie was a good decision. I read the book before I watched the movie and I was bored to death by the adaptation. They also changed and exed out lots of things so nah.. don’t ever get near that one 😔

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      1. Well, I liked it, but I was just SO picky about all that was left out and such!!
        See- for thoses I dont have anything to base myself on ahaha as I havent read the book first xD (like harry potter, lords of the ring, etc etc)

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  6. Honestly, the fact that all we have from a book adaptation of the Riordanverse is those two movies that shall not be named is heartbreaking. This universe has sooooo much potential! Even though, as you mentioned yourself, book adaptations can always be tricky, I think we couldn’t get go much worse than what we already have, right? (I hope I don’t jinx it by saying this, hahah).
    I believe these books would make a great TV show, and there’s definitely nothing similar at the moment, so it would very much stand out. Teenagers + greek mythology in a show? I think a lot of people, even non-fans of the books, would be interested in that! I’m lowkey still salty that all these other fandoms have beautiful adaptations to throw in our faces in gifset format, and we just have to sadly sit here, hahah.

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    1. I can go full-out salty with you! We can walk the nine worlds and just throw salt all over the producers who have wronged us. PJO has soooo much potential. It even has a chance to become a movie franchise as iconic as Harry Potter. We’ve been denied that. I’m still angry as we speak.

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  7. YES THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS how has it not even been picked up already? And I think they would do more Percy Jackson (let me rephrase; redo them, and do the whole series) I’ve heard rumors about it for a couple of years!

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    1. I’m afraid the rumors aren’t true 😔 I think the same ole people still own the movie rights and unless they let go of that one, another adaptation cannot be possible. *cries in the corner*

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  8. I NEED (good) adaptations of al the Schwab books!! I think all of her books would translate to film so well, and I’d love to see my stabby children on screen!

    And Evelyn Hugo! I really want to see an Evelyn Hugo show… I think it would work so well. And I just adore that book so much!!

    Ajkhgfgdfghfjgjghgfhdgshj I’m SO WORRIED FOR THE GRISHAVERSE SHOW!!! IT NEEDS TO BE PERFECT!!! I REALLY HOPE THEY CAST IT WELL. Also I’m pretty sure I saw somewhere that they were working The Langauge of Thorns in somehow as well? But I’m not quite sure where I saw that, sooo… Who knows. But ajghfgdghfjgkfgdhffgdfg I’m so scared this show needs to be perfect!!

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    1. I didn’t know they were working on Language of Thorns too! I really hope they do justice to all the Grisha books. My children deserve nothing less.

      Just how great would it be to see Evelyn Hugo on screen?? She will really rule all our lives.

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  9. Book to movie adaptations are good in my opinion but it depends on the production. I’m still salty they didn’t do justice on Percy Jackson (this needs a reboot or something, along with Vampire Academy series). There are instances the movie is better than the book like A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I want to see The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Bone Witch or The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco and Legend trilogy by Marie Lu on screen.

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  10. UHM YES!! The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King NEED TO BE ONE SCREEN. I truly believe that if they were a series, it would be come so popular?! BECUASE LIKE the tension and plot twists and imagery! IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

    And Yes?? The Study in Charlotte series would be PERFECT on screen. I can just imagine it? AGH WHY AREN’T THESE ALL SERIES YET!?

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    1. IKR! THESE BOOKS NEED TO BE ADAPTED SOON. And they should be the best. They should give justice to the books or else…

      TCP would be sooo good on screen. Just imagine all the complex relationships brought to life. There would be no other like them on television (or in movies).

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  11. I would sob uncontrollably for days if they made an adaption of the Bone Witch trilogy and I fully agree that it would need to be a tv series rather than movies because there’s so much world-building, character development, and plot building that even a few movies wouldn’t do it justice. Same with the Percy Jackson series, though I didn’t seem to hate them as much as you do, they would be much portrayed as a tv series.

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  12. As someone that tried twice to read Six of Crows but finally gave up, I was really excited when the Netflix show was announced because it means I get another chance to enjoy the world & characters so many of my friends love! The writing style is just not for me, but I am convinced the plot is.

    I would LOVE to see Vicious adapted. My soul needs it. Victoria needs to update us!

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    1. I admit that I almost DNFed SoC when I first read it too. It was so slow but it eventually picked up and ended up being so well-written and action-packed! I hope you get to finish it soon but it’s totally fine if you won’t. Not all books work for us after all.

      If I ever see Vicious get adapted properly, my soul will surely thrive.

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  13. I’ve only read Schwabs duology but erm heck yes to seeing soft monsters on screen, I’m down for that and erm I’ve not reading Empress of all Seasons yet but from what I’ve read it’d be awesome as an anime or movie. Smol confession I watched the PJ movies first before I even touched the books, I only read the first book last year and it all made so much sense…why everyone hates the movies. Like the movies don’t even deserve to be called adaptations of the books.

    I’m still terrified for the Grishaverse series sis, so terrified like if they ruin it the bookdragons will come for them. *sniffs* I’d love to see The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare adapted into a Tv series probably, films wouldn’t do it justice imo but also I’d rather they don’t cause a) its set in Victorian London, b) it’s my all time fav series c) they’d probably ruin it and I’d have to burn them

    Ooooo yes to ATPN being adapted, honestly we just need more people to cry with us, but being able to hear the music would be a whole new experience and super cool. Aaaaah I want that to happen now.

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    1. I also watched the PJO movies first and despised them when I read all the books. THE DISRESPECT THEY DID TO THE BOOKS. I JUST CANT.

      I understand your views on a TID adaptation. I will burn everything with you when an adaptation happens and they don’t give justice to the books. Jem Carstairs deserves the best.

      I DEFINITELY WANT MORE PEOPLE TO CRY ABOUT ATPN WITH US. They can catch my tears when I cry.

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