Abbe Diaz

10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas


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 PhillipsLove 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! READ MORE