5. Throne of Glass
YA books created by: Sarah J. Maas
Already optioned/created: Hulu optioned the book series. The plan was to call it the Queen of Shadows. So far, there’s been nothing about it. Could it come ot the option running out and Amazon to grab hold of it?
Why it needs to be adapted: When you want a book about a complex female character, the Throne of Glass series is a must. Celaena Sardothien is an 18-year-old prisoner-turned-assassin for the Kingdom of Adarlan. After suffering for her crimes, she makes the choice to become an assassin to get out of the slave camp she’s in.
Throughout the course of the book, Celaena has one goal in mind: freedom. After four years as an assassin, she will be allowed her freedom. That just comes a little harder when she starts to form bonds with people around the kingdom, including Dorian, the Crown Prince.
At the same time, Celaena realizes that there are conspiracies and battles taking place. She learns more about herself and the kingdom along the way.
While there are a lot of YA books that focus on strong female characters, not too many give us an anti-hero of sorts. She comes from a dark past and learns a lot about her skills, her personality, and her compassion throughout the books. A TV series would offer plenty of time to develop the relationships, friendships, and character development, as well as giving time to the world development.