Some of our favorite YA novels would make some seriously stream-worthy sitcoms.
Their hilarious, heartwarming stories and lovable characters would work really well in the thirty-minute TV format, with or without a laugh track included. And since TV shows have more time to expand on stories than movies, we’d get to dive deep into these five books and follow the characters over the course of several years, watching them grow up, commiserating in their failures, celebrating their wins, and basically making these stories live on forever. So, if you know anyone in the sitcom-making industry, get these books on their radar. We’d really appreciate it!
This offbeat love story with a Bollywood twist would make for the perfect romantic comedy! Nisha Sharma’s My So-Called Bollywood Life follows the story of Winnie Mehta, who’s just returned from a summer at film camp to discover that her boyfriend of three years (who she was sure was “the one”) has been cheating on her! A pandit predicted that she’d find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, but when she meets the charming film geek Dev, it throws everything she thinks she knows about fate out of orbit.
This hilarious and swoon-worthy story is told in alternating points of view, as two high school seniors go through some truly sitcom-worthy misunderstandings and challenging situations before finally getting together. Think Bridesmaids meets Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Oh, and did we mention the authors dated in real life? The teen voices are fresh and authentic, there’s enough drama to fill a whole sitcom season’s worth (at least!), and the awkwardness of Sam and Hannah’s love story is super relatable.
An unrequited love story that’s both fiercely funny and devastatingly heartbreaking? We’ll take it! It may not follow a classic sitcom formula, but Jared Reck’s A Short History of the Girl Next Door would certainly make for an intriguing and touching television show in the vein of Boy Meets World. Fifteen-year-old basketball player Matt is hopelessly in love with his neighbor and best friend Tabby, but unfortunately, she’s already caught the eye of a popular senior boy. This book will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, so naturally, we’d die to follow these characters for at least a season!