Now, as you know if you read my Armchair BEA post about book to movie adaptations, I have kind of a love/hate relationship with them, because on the one hand you get really excited about your favourite book being adapted into a movie and it can be done really well, however on the other hand, you might be constantly disappointed when your favourite book gets transformed for the big screen and wish that it had never been touched by filmmakers in the first place. Still, like most people, there are books that I would love to see adapted for the big screen, some of these will be the same as in my post for Armchair BEA, and I may go over ten this week as there are a lot of books that I would like to see as movies!
1. Unwind-Neal Shusterman-Yes, there is no doubt this would be a creepy movie, but I also think it would be visually stunning and thrilling to watch and it’s the sort of book that would translate well on screen I think. Plus more people need to be introduced to this world! It’s apparently been optioned by a production company, so here’s hoping we’ll get to see it hit our screens soon!
2. Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas-I feel like fantasy and the big screen usually go pretty well together and this is one of my favourite new series, so I would love to see a movie of it. I feel like Sarah J Maas’ writing is very visual anyway, so I think it would be incredible to see the world she created come to life on screen.
3. The Raven Boys-Maggie Steifvater-Again what’s not to love about a fantasy movie? As with Sarah J Maas, I feel like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing would translate very well onto the big screen, and as I love these characters and this world so much, it would be incredible to see it brought to life on screen.
4. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy-I cannot be the only one who wants to see Skulduggery Pleasant as a movie! I think this could work really well on the big screen, it’s the sort of world that would be great for cinema but as I said before, only Derek Landy could write it, because only he would be able to get the right style of humour into the script and I don’t think anyone else would get the right feel for Skulduggery. He said he was going to work on a script for the movie after Dying of The Light was finished, so let’s hope we get a Skulduggery film in the next few years.
5. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas-Like I said, this is a kind of YA version of Gone Girl, and I think it could do equally well as a film, given the twisted characters, the story and the crazy ending, it feels like the kind of book that would do well as a movie (plus Abigail Haas doesn’t get nearly enough credit for this amazing book, so maybe if there was a movie more people would read it!).
6. Artemis Fowl-Eoin Colfer-Are we sensing a theme here? Yes you guessed it another fanatasy book to movie adaptation. I don’t know why, but fantasy novels always seem to work really well for the big screen. I think this would be a fantastic movie, everything about it screams movie, criminal mastermind, fairies, centaurs, dwarves, an evil elf in the later books, magic, what about that would not make a good movie? Apparently a movie adaptation of this has been in the works for years, so let’s hope it actually happens!
7. HIVE-Mark Walden-This would do amazingly well on the big screens I think, as HIVE is basically like Hogwarts but training young criminal masterminds rather than young wizards and witches. Otto Malpense is kind of similar to Artemis Fowl in that he’s a young criminal genius but the comparisons end there I think. They’re great action adventure books with lots of cool gadgetry, and there’s a great mix of main characters, so I think these books would make really fun films.
8. Pure-Julianna Baggott-This book would be visually stunning on screen, it’s such a stark world that Baggott has created and I think it would come across very well on screen. I’m not sure exactly how they’d manage to create all the fusings on people, particularly Bradwell’s birds, but there is no denying that visually, this story would look incredible on screen.
9. The Medusa Project-Sophie McKenzie-I could have chosen any one of Sophie McKenzie’s books as I think they’d all make great movies, but this series in particular would be fabulous on screen. They’re sci-fi adventure books and I think the whole teens have psychic abilities thing would work really well in a movie, plus the books are pretty fast paced and action packed which always goes down well on the big screen.
10. Uglies-Scott Westerfeld-I would really love to see this book as a movie, the concept behind the book is great, the technology in the world is really cool and I think would come across well on screen, and it’s a world that I’d really like to see on screen, as certain things are kind of difficult to picture on my head.
11. Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher-There were rumours about this being made into a movie a while back but those seem to have stopped now. I hope someone does make this into a movie, as it’s one of my favourite books, and I think it would make a really beautiful, heartbreaking film.
12. Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman-Again this is one of my favourite books, and I would love to see the love story of Callum and Sephy come to life on screen, it would be an amazing, touching, incredibly heartbreaking movie.
13. Heist Society-Ally Carter-These heist novels are full of fun, boys, action and great heists, and I think Heist Society would make a great movie, not least because I want to see what W.W. Hale looks like and if he’s as hot as I picture him. In all seriousness though, these heist novels scream movie, and I think the first book has been optioned as a movie so hopefully it will hit our screens soon.
14. Nineteen Minutes-Jodi Picoult-I’m kind of hesitant to include a Jodi Picoult book, because every one of her books that has been adapted into a movie (some have been adapted into TV movie as well as the feature film My Sister’s Keeper) has been ruined, but this is one of my favourite of her books and I would love to see it come to life on screen, if it was done well.
15. Blind Beauty-K.M. Peyton-This novel is a heartwarming, beautiful, touching novel about a girl’s special relationship with a horse, and her determination to win the Grand National, and I think it’s a story that would come across amazingly well on screen, and this book has the potential to be just as great a movie as the 1994 adaptation of Black Beauty was.
16. Breathe-Sarah Crossan-This wasn’t my favourite dystopian novel ever, but I think it could work well on screen, the world would be visually stunning, and I think the story would work well as a film, it might be one of those times when the film is better than the book.
So that’s my top ten (umm sixteen!) for today. Would you like to see any of these books as movies? Is there anything you think I should have added that would make a really good movie? What books would you like to see as movies? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you want to? Let me know!
I will be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week with my top ten anticipated releases for the rest of 2015, but I’ll have another Wishlist Wednesday post for you tomorrow, so look out for that!