Hollywood is constantly mining the printed word, seeking out novels and memoirs that can be adapted for the big screen. Each awards season, we see at least one amazing book that's been turned into a prize-winning movie. (Will this be Gone Girl
's year?) But, sometimes, the source material deserves more than just 120 minutes of screen time. And, this being the golden age of television, it seems that there's never been a better time to give our favorite books a little more love and turn them into miniseries.
For instance: HBO has produced Olive Kitteridge
, starring Frances McDormand. The 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Strout follows the titular character, a Maine matriarch, along with other stoic residents of the small coastal town of Crosby. It's a slim volume filled with big stories that will haunt you long after you finish. And, if the reviews are to be believed, the HBO series is amazing. The A.V. Club's Libby Hill writes
: "There are many things that Olive Kitteridge
gets right, but none so significant as how brilliantly it simultaneously captures the deep, pervasive stillness and the close, suffocating entanglement of small-town living."
However, Olive Kitteridge
is not the only book that deserves some small-screen love. Ahead, we look at nine more titles that would make excellent miniseries. Until TV execs make these happen, you know what we'll be watching on Sunday nights.