Every time you refresh your page, while visiting one of Hollywood's top industry websites, you're likely to be reading a new article about a hot best seller being adapted for the big or small screen. Both daytime and primetime soap opera creators have long been inspired by the literary world.
Before it was a hit movie or televised guilty pleasure, Peyton Place was a scandalous tome by Grace Metalious. The classic 1960's sudser later spun off to daytime in the early 70's, via the short-lived daily serial Return to Peyton Place.
Flamingo Road and Rituals also started off as books. Irna Phillips' Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967-73) may have been viewed as a spin-off from the movie of the same name, but both projects found their origin in Han Suyin's autobiographical novel A Many-Splendoured Thing.
This got me to thinking. Should daytime and primetime television executives start looking more to books to find the next big serialized dramas? Here are a few steamy reads I'd start with!
No. 10: The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
Jennifer Garner's production company is already attached to adapt popular novelist Allison Winn Scotch's first self-published work as a feature film. I can't help but hope the saga of self-exploration, featuring plucky heroine Willa Chandler-Golden, also finds its way onto the small screen at some point.
The daughter of a famed self-help guru, Willa finds herself needing some affirmations of her own, when her perfectly-crafted life starts to fall apart. She's having trouble conceiving, she loses her job, an ex-boyfriend looks her up on Facebook and the husband she believed to be near perfect wants a break. I'd love to watch Willa attempt to chuck the rules for successful living her dad spelled out in Is It Really Your Choice? Why Your Entire Life May Be Out of Your Control, to try and figure things out on her own in primetime.
Wishful Casting: One Life to Live and Guiding Light alum Gina Tognoni as Willa Chandler-Golden.
Read an excerpt of The Theory of Opposites by clicking here.
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