Junie B. Jones
“The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.” Iconic. Being the first chapter books I was able to read on my own – and read over and over again – I can recite this by heart. Tons of millennials can (and their parents too). Author Barbara Parks, helped teach everyone who read the books to be true to who they are by making Junie B. unapologetically herself. Junie B. also teaches good character throughout the series in traits like responsibility, respect, dignity and honesty, most of the time by being the one with poor character, showing readers what not to do. So, I think the world deserves to be graced with a Junie B. Jones show, especially considering children’s shows currently on air.
If you have ever read the lovable book series called “Charlie Bones,” you will understand my hope that Jenny Nimmo will collaborate with Netflix to capture her stories and characters in live action. Bloor’s Academy and the magic of the Children of the Red King, followed by playful shenanigans and mysteries, created a wonderful series that should never have been forgotten. It would take a talented director to bring Charlie’s magical ability to enter pictures, Tancred’s famous storms and Olivia’s projections to life, but it could be accomplished with a talented cast. Charlie and his friends’ endeavors and friendships would create a show that audiences would remember. Film is an extension of a book’s greatness, not replacements. Nimmo wrote an amazing series that deserves to appear on the big screen.
On January 13, 2017, Netflix will release the wildly anticipated “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The eight-episode event stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss, with a slew of other actors playing the Baudelaire siblings and the various malicious characters they encounter throughout their journey. Netflix original series have not only been widely renowned and popular among the masses, but they have been receiving massive budgets and somewhat unconstrained creative freedoms – perhaps why these series have been so popular. The Current, being a fan of both children’s literature and binge-watching T.V. shows, has compiled a list of other series we would like to see adapted for the small screen.
“The Percy Jackson” series has sold over 45 million copies around the world and is deeply loved by fans. It certainly holds a special place in my heart. Everyone I know feels betrayed by the movies that have been produced for “The Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters.” When something is as loved as these books are, they must be portrayed accurately.
Instead, we had characters misrepresented in looks, age and personality. Events were out of order, inaccurate or missing. (Gateway Arch scene, anyone?) Let’s not forget “Sea of Monsters” totally spoiling all of “The Last Olympian.” Sure, we all discovered Logan Lerman’s handsome face, but at what cost? Netflix would surely give the fans what they crave.
Magic Tree House
I followed Jack and Annie’s escapades for 28 consecutive short-readers. For a seven-year-old who had just recently learned to read, 28 books is quite the feat. What can I say though, Jack, Annie, Morgan Le Fay, their magical, time-traveling Tree House and the many, many books they brought with them everywhere had me hooked. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the series was capable of transporting me out of my own world for the first time. I got to experience a Good Morning with Gorillas, an Earthquake in the Early Morning, an Afternoon on the Amazon, an entire Night of Ninjas, and even Midnight on the Moon. What a blast. Netflix would be a fool to not even consider taking these great characters to the screen. They travel across the globe through history. Just think about all the diversity they could include in their cast. People would go crazy for that. And that’s what puts the Magic in Magic Tree House.