10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas
No. 4: Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon
If Jackie Collins is the Queen of Sudsy Novels, the late Sidney Sheldon was her King. From The Naked Face (1978) straight through 2004's Are You Afraid of The Dark?, Sheldon put out one impossible-to-put-down book after another. It should come as no surprise a man who'd already "mastered the game" writing for Broadway, feature films and television would turn out such cinematic novels.
To be honest, Sheldon's entire bibliography could serve as source materials for smash hit soap operas, but it is Master of the Game which made the cut for this particular list. The multi-generational journey of insurmountable heiress-turned-mogul Kate Blackwell kept me up late into the night when I first discovered it back in middle school. The book was turned into a miniseries in 1984, but I'd love to see it revisited as a summer event series for NBC or ABC. I can't be the only one who misses sweeping sagas in primetime!
Wishful Casting: Ellen Burstyn as elderly Kate and Anne Heche as young Kate.