Books are leading the way in regards to Latinx representation in media. There are an incredible amount of books by Latinx authors that we think should be adapted for film or TV immediately. Read on for my recommendations, and be sure to add all the books you find interesting to your growing TBR pile.
This book desperately needs to be adapted so that I can see the vibrant Florida town of Port Coral in real life. I imagine that I could get lost in the going-ons of the town like I would in Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, except Port Coral comes complete with amazing sounding pastelitos and dulce de leche from a cute tattooed baker.
Anything witchy needs to be adapted in my opinion, and the entire Brooklyn Brujas series would be so fantastic for the screen.
A thief and a prince work together to take on an evil that they let loose? I’ll take high concept fantasy in need of an adaptation for $200, Alex!
This urban fantasy is too perfect of a concept to not be adapted. I need Sierra on the screen ASAP.
If the rave reviews haven’t convinced you to read this book, then the concept will—a lush fantasy based on Mayan mythology and Mexican folklore. I think this book screams movie material.
This book about identity, finding yourself and all the magical things that make a classic coming-of-age YA novel deserves to be adapted into what I would imagine to be a highly emotional and stunning movie.
I’m honestly surprised that this book—one of the most beloved in recent memory—hasn’t been adapted yet for the sheer gorgeousness of its prose and story.
I love middle-grade books, and this thoughtful and heartwarming realistic novel could be just as helpful to kids as a show like Andi Mack.
There’s something about the ensemble in this book that I think young fans would adore seeing on the screen, plus the activism is something that needs to be shared with young audiences.
If you aren’t sold on the idea of magic cake, then just trust me that this sweet book deserves a cute (maybe animated) movie immediately.
This book is too delightful to miss out on an opportunity to see it as an adaptation. When the book releases in April 2020, you’ll agree with me.
A classic children’s book that is so moving and beautiful that it really should be made into an equally moving and beautifully movie.
The political undercurrent of this YA novel reminds me of The Handmaid’s Tale, and I think a teen version would be just as cutting and horrifying on TV as the Hulu series. Also, there needs to be more queer characters on TV, and this book has a romance that I think many queer viewers wouldn’t mind seeing represented.
This cinematic book is heart-pounding and should be scooped up by a streaming service for adaptation immediately.
This novel is one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and I have a feeling it can provide the perfect inspiration for adaptation.
Utterly charming and wacky, Sal and Gabi is so fun, and I would love to see an adaptation even attempt to attain its cleverness.
Another delightful middle grade move, I think young readers would enjoy meeting an adapted version of Griselda, a girl struggling with the loss of her home.
A fresh and silly take on Mayan mythology? An adventurous romp? Sounds made for a movie or TV series!
19. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
It is a truth universally acknowledged that this Pride and Prejudice retelling in need of an adaptation must be done so immediately.
This book was shortlisted for the National Book Awards and with good reason. The book, which follows a Chicago teen on her journey to become a writer, has been optioned for adaptation, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about movie or TV news soon! In the meantime, if you live in Chicago, a stage adaptation will be hitting the stage at the Steppenwolf Theater in March 2020.
This classic speaks for itself. It’s ridiculous that no miniseries or movie has brought the stories of the people on Mango Street to new audiences.
It was hard to choose which Margarita Engle book would be best, but I think Enchanted Air, her incredible memoir would be a great fit for an adaptation.