FromÂ Netflixâ€™sÂ Series of Unfortunate Events and 13 Reasons WhyÂ toÂ Starzâ€™Â American Gods and HBOâ€™s Big Little Lies, readers are being treated this year to a range of television series that capture what they loved so much about the booksÂ â€” sometimes with bonus content that allows viewers to glimpse the point-of-view of characters the novel may not have had so much room to flesh out.
With that in mind, EW has put together a list of recent (or soon to be published) young adult novels that are ripe for TV adaptations. And given that some popular picks (Maggie Stiefvaterâ€˜sÂ The Raven Boys, Nicola Yoonâ€™sÂ The Sun Is Also a Star and Stephanie Garberâ€™sÂ Caraval) are already making their way to either the small or big screens, this list comprises titles that have not been optioned quiteÂ yet.
â€˜Legionâ€™ by Julie Kagawa
TheÂ fourth book in Kagawaâ€™sÂ Talon saga (afterÂ Talon,Â Rogue,Â Soldier)Â sees a society of dragons (The Dragons of Talon) locked in a deadly battle with their mortal enemies, the Order of St. George, a group of hunters determined to kill all of their kind. The series kicks off when Ember Hill, a young dragon, is assigned (along with her twin brother Dante) to blend in with human teenagers as part of her training. Only as she begins to question her future with Talon, she meets Garret, a cute boy who happens to like her back. The only catch? Heâ€™s one of St. Georgeâ€™s most gifted soldiers and heâ€™s been assigned to hunt her down. Kagawaâ€™s easy mix of star-crossed love and tense, cat-and-mouse misdirection, along with a highly original world, would make for a riveting and action-packed seriesÂ â€” and one that could continue for a couple of seasons given everything that happens over the course of the four books. Order it here.
â€˜Lois Lane: Triple Threatâ€™ by Gwenda Bond
With Superman about to get his third live-action television show (after Smallville andÂ Lois & Clark), itâ€™s only fitting that his partner-in-crime, Lois Lane, also gets a chance to step into the televisual spotlight. Bondâ€™s series of booksÂ â€” all of which follow teenage Loisâ€™ adventures after moving to MetropolisÂ â€” would serve as great source material for a potential series. Not only do Bondâ€™s books feature Lois working with a group of her student reporter friends to break stories for â€œThe Scoop,â€ a subsidiary of the Daily Planet (her eventual employer), but sheâ€™s also got a rapidly budding online relationship withÂ
Clark Kent SmallvilleGuy. ThinkÂ Veronica Mars but set in Metropolis, with plenty of superheroic shenanigans. Order it here.
â€˜The Love Interestâ€™ by Cale Dietrich
Caden and Dylan are both highly trained Love Interests, teenage spies who attempt to get close to specific individuals and enter into long-term relationships with them so they have constant access to valuable secrets for the secret organization in which they both work. Thereâ€™s only one slight problem: Neither of them is into Juliet, the girl theyâ€™re both trying to win over for fear of death (the one she doesnâ€™t choose will die). Instead, both agents are attracted toÂ each other, something that could put both their lives in jeopardy. Thereâ€™s enough material in Dietrichâ€™s novel to form the basis of aÂ Man From U.N.C.L.E.-esque series, but what would be particularly enjoyable to watch is to see two oppositesÂ â€” Caden was trained to be the quintessentially nice Boy Next Door, while Dylan is the classic Bad BoyÂ â€” attract while still dealing with their various spy duties. Order it here.
â€˜One of Us Is Lyingâ€™ by Karen M. McManus
McManusâ€™ page-turner of a debut novel rightfully earns its dual comparisons toÂ The Breakfast Club andÂ Pretty Little Liars thanks to its addictive blend of teen drama and constantly shifting mystery that sees five students go into detention, and only four emerge alive. As Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy try and figure out who was responsible for claiming the life of their classmate Simon, the founder of the schoolâ€™s gossip app, they learn more about themselves and each other. With the bookâ€™s hint of forbidden romance, likable cast of characters, and compelling whodunnit,Â One of Us Is Lying, would be the ideal binge after a season ofÂ Riverdale. Order it here.
â€˜Saints and Misfitsâ€™ by S.K. Ali
Aliâ€™s book has been likened to My So-Called LifeÂ with good reason. Protagonist Janna could easily be the spiritual sister of Angela Chase as she deals with a whole host of teenage issues, including being as devout a Muslim as she can (she even wears a hijab), her crush on a classmate named Jeremy, living with her divorced mother and older brother, and attempting to get over being sexually assaulted by a member of her mosqueâ€™s community.Â But despite some of the darker aspects of Jannaâ€™s teenage experience, Aliâ€™s light and effortless writing ensure that the audience gets to know the teen in all her photograph-taking, graphic novel-loving, Flannery Oâ€™Connor-admiring glory. But it isnâ€™t just her alone, Saints and Misfits is populated with memorable characters, each of whom is begging to be brought to life in a miniseries adaptation. See also: My Mad Fat Diary.Â Preorder it here.