Hey guys! I had some free time this week (some of my last before school starts back up again…ugh), so I thought I’d do a couple of specialty posts before summer ends. And while there aren’t any official Top Ten Tuesdays until August, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at a couple that I haven’t done but look interesting.
And I love movies (who doesn’t?), so I thought this might be cool. We spend a lot of time complaining about how Hollywood ruins movies as they adapt them (though they are getting better), so this is my Best-Case-Scenario adaptations. Also, if you have news that any of these are going to be movies/already are and flew beneath the radar, please leave that in a comment! There are so many adaptations being done right now that I’ve lost track.
Top Ten Books I Wish Would Be Movies
(Or a TV series…I’d be good with that too.)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Let’s be realistic. Is there ever going to be a time when this doesn’t show up on my Top Ten lists? No. But that’s because this story is complex, well-written, surprising, and has a whole cast of great characters that you love, love to hate, and want to impale on a pike. (…Too much?) I think this would be an awesome fantasy series, if it could be done well. And by that I mean no changes from the source material whatsoever.
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Everyone’s super into Beauty and the Beast right now, so why not adapt a brilliant sci-fi version? I mean, how many variations of Cinderella are out on video? Let’s get BatB on that bandwagon. Because this story is also brilliant and complex, with an interesting and unexpected twist on the tale as old as time.
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
The reason I want this to be a movie may be surprising. It’s not because it’s a great teenage love story (though it is), but because of Jordan herself. She’s fiesty and athletic and totally one of the guys. She’s a fantastic atypical role model for girls and I would absolutely love to see girls have someone like her to look up to. Growing up a tomboy myself, I constantly felt like people and the media were judging me because I wasn’t wearing makeup and doing my hair, etc., and I don’t want other girls to be judged the way I was.
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
I love a good Robin Hood retelling, as do many people judging by how there’s a new movie every 5-10 years. This one is less action based than some of the others, but it makes up for it with the intricacies of the plot and the scheming of the baddies. There are impossible predicaments these characters are put in with no easy answers. And I’d love to see a movie that does that.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I feel like this go looked over in the rush of turning YA novels into movies. I know angels are kind of on the outs right now and not nearly as popular as tragic teen love stories, but I think if done well, this could be spectacular. The special effects in this alone would probably get me to the theatre.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Like seriously, how is this not a thing? I mean, Hunger Games, Divergent, The 5th Wave all got made into movies. This was just as big as any of those. Yes, it’s more fantasy than dystopia, but still. This was one of the first fantasy novels where I fell in love with a fantasy world. And you’ve got to admit there’s a lot of action.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
This could be really interesting as a movie, especially when you take into account that the main character is an unreliable narrator since she can’t tell reality from fiction. So while highlighting mental illness and making it relatable, I think this could also be an interesting experiment in movie making. Probably an indie movie, though, since big companies would think it’s too risky.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Like seriously, how has this not been turned into a movie either? It’s a creepy ghost story in line with other horror stories and ghost thrillers, but with a dash of humor and romance. It’s so interesting and good.
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
I’ve noticed lately that movie makers are starting to delve into little-known historical moments and people to make into make really interesting movies (see: Dunkirk, The Imitation Game, Hamilton [it’s a musical but so what?]). So I think this extremely well-written book about the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish Influenza that devastated cities across the country would be really fascinating. Because this was the era of World War I, still-growing medical knowledge, and new technology. And, like many of the dystopians that are famous, you get to see neighbors turning on each other for survival. Only this is scarier because it’s real.
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
When I first wrote this one down, I was all for it. And I still am, but I think this is probably another indie movie-style book. The main character doesn’t talk. She can’t. And it’s a great look at what it means to be silenced in the many ways that someone can be silenced. There’s drama and some action, but it’s mostly about the themes. And I think an Indie movie would do it justice.