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5 Books that should be made into TV series

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These titles could be the next hits on the small screen

You may be surprised to know some of your favorite TV shows were actually books before they hit the small screen. True Blood, Dexter, M*A*S*H* and Sex and the City were all based on books before becoming fan favorites. So move over Gossip Girl and The Walking Dead. These books should be the next ones to hit your living room.

1. American Vampire

American Vampire

With Stephen King as one of the authors, and the vampire craze still going strong, American Vampire could be a sure hit. This comic series introduces a more vicious kind of vampire, and traces its bloodline through American history as it follows two story lines. With True Blood and The Vampire Diaries hits, and the horror genre featuring cult followings like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, this series should be the next to hit the small screen.

2. Maximum Ride

Maximum Ride

This series by James Patterson was a blockbuster with readers, and could be as well with TV viewers. The first book in the series starts by following a 14-year-old named Maximum Ride, who along with other members of the "flock," has wings and can soar above the world. Sounds like a dream, right? It's anything but for this group of young adults who, after escaping from a lab facility, must face enemies determined to destroy the world. This series is a sure hit among young adults, but with the fantasy genre as well.

3. The Mars Trilogy

The Mars Triology

This award-winning set of novels by Kim Stanley Robinson tells the story of a settlement on the planet Mars through characters that span nearly 200 years. While science fiction lovers will enjoy the scientific advances made on Mars, these three novels also offer intensely personal viewpoints against a breathtaking backdrop. Love, rivalries, battles and scientific breakthroughs would leave audiences tuning in each week to see the next step in creating a new world.

4. Graceling

Graceling

The fantasy Graceling tells the story of a world where people are given a "Grace," a talent that can be just about anything. The title character's talent, however — killing. As the king's niece, Katsa must use her extreme skills in not-so-nice ways, leaving her frustrated and unable to find her place in the world. This action-packed adventure will hit a nerve with teens as they experience life leading toward adulthood, and as a TV series, could draw viewers in each week as they watch Katsa use her talent to right her way.

5. The Cinderella Pact

The Cinderella Pact

Turned down for her dream job because of her weight, Nola Devlin decides to make a drastic change in her life. She develops an alter ego — a thin, hip woman who is offered everything Nola ever dreamed of, from movie proposals to dates. However, no one has met her — leading to some pretty hilarious assumptions on their parts. And when Nola takes her alter ego too far, she's forced to lose the weight — and fast. Her only choice — joining The Cinderella Pact. Though she begins to drop pounds, her pact forces her to face a whole new set of problems.

What books are you reading that would be perfect on TV? Share in the comments below.

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