10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas






No. 6: Pride and Avarice by Nicholas Coleridge

Few authors cause me to obsessively seek out their entire bodies of work, after reading just one novel. There was Jackie Collins, Terry McMillan, Sidney Sheldon and now Nicholas Coleridge. I was actually looking for a turgid pot boiler from Collins in the "C" section of Borders a few years back, when I discovered her fellow Brit Coleridge.

After reading the back flap of Pride and Avarice (published as Deadly Sins in the U.K.), I knew the book was for me. A modern day saga of two rival families duking it out over the right to reign supreme in a sprawling stretch of English countryside, Pride and Avarice is Dallas meets Gosford Park

In one corner, there is Miles Straker, a famed PR strategist and consultant to London's elite. Miles owns the massive estate Chawbury Manor. Imagine his horror when noveau riche grocery store owner Ross Clegg buys the neighboring estate.

Miles pulls stunts worthy of J.R. Ewing and Falcon Crest's Angela Channing to run the Cleggs out of his beloved old money enclave. Meanwhile, the Clegg and Straker children simply can't seem to stop shagging one another! This book was made for television. I know PBS loves their period pieces (and so do I), but this contemporary work would go great alongside Downton Abbey.

Wishful Casting: Days of Our Lives' Charles Shaughnessy as Miles Straker and Torchwood's John Barrowman as Ross Clegg.

  

 


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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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