10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas






No. 8: Right Side of the Wrong Bed by Frederick Smith

Television execs are becoming much more comfortable green lighting stories about the LGBT community. Of course for every Will & Grace or Modern Family, there's a The New Normal. HBO's upcoming San Franciso dramedy, Looking, once again offers hope there will be room for sudsy, well-written stories about the gay experience.

If Hollywood is looking for a writer skilled in telling such stories, they need look no further than Frederick Smith. The educator has turned spinning sultry tales of love and lust in SoCal into quite the impressive side hustle.

Smith's upcoming work, Play It Forward, dives into the world of black gay Hollywood, but it was Right Side of The Wrong Bed, his 2007 story of interracial love between a buttoned up Los Angeles buppie (black Yuppie) and a thuggish East L.A. Latino, that had me racing to the final chapter.

By adapting Right Side of the Wrong Bed for television, LOGO might finally make me forgive them for ending Sordid Lives so abruptly. I said they might.

 Wishful Casting: Noah's Arc's Darryl Stephens as Kenny Kane and Guiding Light and Revenge's EJ Bonilla as Jeremy Lopez.

 Also check out Down For Whatever by Frederick Smith.


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Patchworks's picture
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Thanks, Jamey. Now I have a winter reading list. I would love to see some of these ideas make it to soap television because the regurgitated drivel we're given year after year is played out.

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I'm putting Frederick Smith on my Authors-to-Read list TODAY.

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Pride and Avarice is definitely my kind of book. Nicholas Coleridge will be on my list. Thanks Jamey. Ain't no way that KA can pull playing Lucky Santangelo

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I'd suggest (erstwhile daytime soap writer) Christian McLaughlin's "Sex Toys of the Gods." The title alone is worthy of a soap.. lol!

http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Toys-Gods-Christian-McLaughlin/dp/555-5555

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love your pairing of EJ Bonilla and Darryl Stephens

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love your pairing of EJ Bonilla and Darryl Stephens

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People Like Us is one of my all time faves!! everyone should check it out!! I would go with Marj Dusay as Lil tho!! Jamey--no E Lynn Harris?? I could see a whole series around Basil the bi sexual bad boy football player and that hell cat Braxton and her evil mother!!

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Nicolette Sheridan the original Lucky Santangelo that's the casting. No one can bring it like she did and her daddy Vincent Irrazery and the old man she married Eric Braedan as Stanasloplous. That's the cast.

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I have a book out. And I always wanted to be a soap opera writer. Smile Shameless plug. How could I not!

An abused American teen is rescued by a staunch Japanese skating coach, groomed for future Olympic glory and an arranged marriage to the coach's daughter. All is going according to plan until the bride-to-be is injured and her partner goes to work on his artistry with a sexy male British ice dancer. Quadruple Flip--4 revolutions, 3 make a love triangle, 2 people he truly loves, 1 happy ending? (Or maybe a cliffhanger/sequel).

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