Top Ten Tuesday #7


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!


119 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #7

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 11:48 am

      I agree, why no one has picked these up for movies yet I do not know!

  1. Elen @ A World of Reviews June 2, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Big yes to The Raven Boys! That series would make an incredible set of movies, and the fantasy elements of the books would be awesome on screen. And I’m surprised Noughts and Crosses still isn’t a film yet! It seems like something that would do really well in the cinema, and the story is so heartbreaking.

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      They would, I can’t believe they haven’t already been made into films yet. Neither can I, there has been a play version of it which apparently did quite well, but no movie. Here’s hoping that someone does an adaptation soon because it would be such a beautiful, emotional film!

  2. thereviewdiaries June 2, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I love your choices. As well as TSR, The Raven Boys really would be incredible to see brought to life. I’m curious to see it as a tv show rather than a movie though I think – more time to coax the story out that way.

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      I can see it being good either way, I’d watch it whether it was a movie or a TV show.

  3. lry93 June 2, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Throne of Glass is a popular one this week – as is Uglies! Nice list

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks! They’re both great books so I can understand why!

  4. Michael June 2, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I just read Pure and loved it. It could be a great movie.

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      It really could, like I said the fusings might be a little difficult to capture on screen but I’m sure the right people could make it work.

  5. Amy @ Pages of Starlight June 2, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I had no idea Heist Society had been optioned. It would be awesome if it was turned into a movie! *sigh* I thought about it for my list, but didn’t have room for it.

    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      I found out when I read the book a couple of years ago, but there doesn’t seem to have been any movement on that project. Still I hope it gets made one day! Oh yeah, there are probably way more books that would make great movies that aren’t on my list-I had difficulty cutting down to 16!

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks! Artemis Fowl is fantastic, and I hope you enjoy The Raven Boys when you read it!

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I think everything about it screams movie!

  6. beckmank June 2, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I haven’t read Heist Society – yet – but if I had, I’m sure that would have made my list. Some of these books I haven’t heard of – Skulldiggery in particular. Looks like I need to add some more books to my pile!

  7. Anjie @ Love thy Shelf June 2, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Throne of Glass! Love it! So many people put it on their list this week. Oh, Nineteen Minutes. That book was so intense and deep, such an impact. It would be a great film (if done correctly). I hated how they changed My Sister’s Keeper … was there even a reason for doing that?! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      It’s understandable, fantasy books always make great films. Nineteen Minutes is among my favourite JP books for those exact reasons, so I would love to see a film version of it, but only if it was done right, I wouldn’t want it (or any of the books on this list) to be ruined as a film. I don’t know, but it was stupid, I’m still fuming about it now, years after I first watched the movie. Thank you!

      • Anjie @ Love thy Shelf June 2, 2015 / 5:42 pm

        Yes, it’s one of my favorites too. I really enjoyed Salem Falls and I think they made a Lifetime film of it but I didn’t want to watch it after what happened with My Sister’s Keeper

      • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 6:04 pm

        So did I and I did check out the lifetime film and it was rubbish. Didn’t stick to the book at all.

  8. iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Heist Society is great fun, especially if you’re going to the beach this summer, it’s a nice light read. Aww Skulduggery is amazing, that’s a series you have to read as soon as possible, they’re so good! I’m glad to be of help in adding to everyone’s never ending TBR pile!

  9. bookishwanderlovee June 2, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    So many of these I haven’t read yet!! I have started The Raven Boys but I put it aside because I couldn’t get into it. Hopefully I’ll pick it back up soon!!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Patty @ Bookish Wanderlove

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      Well I hope you found something that might interest you on my list. It does take a while to get into, I found that as well, but once you get into it, it is brilliant. No problem, thanks for stopping by here!

  10. Marie June 2, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Hey, that’s more than 10. :p

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 5:59 pm

      I tried but 10 was impossible! There are so many great books I’d like to see turned into movies.

  11. Jenn June 2, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I agree that fantasy books make the best TV shows and movies! Most of my favourite shows on TV right now have a fantasy/sci-fi bent, and so many of my favourite movies as well… so good choices all around 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks! I find that with fantasy books I try to picture the worlds and all the different characters more than with other books and so I enjoy seeing them come to life on screen, and in my experience fantasy adaptations seem to be pretty successful for the most part. Plus I read a lot of fantasy anyway, so there was guaranteed to be quite a few on here!

      • Jenn June 2, 2015 / 6:47 pm

        Haha, me too – my reading is probably 90% fantasy or sic-fi. They are really visual genres, and there have been some really fantastic adaptations of them.

  12. iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    Yeah I have to say fantasy makes up a large proportion of my reading but I love it for the exact reason you said, it’s very visual, and I read some sci-fi as well. There have been some really great fantasy films, for some reason filmmakers seem to do better at adapting them.

  13. digitaltempest June 2, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Awesome picks! I have to say I would love, love, love to see an Artemis Fowl movie. I’ve thought that many times before while reading the books. I think that would translate to movie well!

  14. iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Thanks! Yeah me too, I first read Artemis Fowl a few years ago, and loved the world, the story, Artemis, basically everything about the book, and I’ve always thought it would translate to screen well.

  15. Sarah "SacaKat" Fairbairn June 2, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Artemis Fowl! Yes Please 🙂
    I’ve seen Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas come up on a few lists – I better go check this book out 🙂

  16. iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I completely agree! Yes you should, it’s crazy but crazy good!

  17. El @ So Bookalicious June 2, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    From your list I’ve only read Throne of Glass but that book would indeed make a great movie or tv-series.

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Oh you should definitely check out some of the others, they’re great books. Yes it would.

  18. Melissa Lee June 2, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Interesting list. I haven’t read any of those but I hope to get to Heist Society one day. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks! Heist Society is great, I hope you get around to reading it. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  19. Alicia June 2, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    There are so many there I agree with. Great list 🙂

  20. Lindea June 2, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I think 13 reasons why should be made into a movie too, as far as I know they are still going to do it, it’s just a question about when

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      I hope it’s soon, I really want to see it! I heard about it a while ago, but haven’t heard anything in years.

  21. Angeline @ Berds Fly June 2, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I can totally see Thirteen Reasons Why as a chilling, yet soulful movie. I’d probably ball my eyes out, but I really hope they see that this book is a gem. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      It would be an incredible movie. I think it’s been in development for a while, but nothing’s ever come of it, so let’s hope that changes soon. Thanks for stopping by mine!

  22. emilynelson89 June 2, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    I almost added Uglies to my list. I still need to finish that series, but that would be super cool as a movie and honestly sounds a lot like something people would want.

    • iloveheartlandx June 2, 2015 / 10:59 pm

      I think it would definitely be popular if it was a movie, and it would be a really cool one. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, personally the first one was my favourite, but you might think differently.

  23. sophieswancott9 June 2, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Great list! Heist Society would be so fabulous! And now all I want is an The Raven Boys adaptation!

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 12:00 am

      Yes it would! So do I, it would be the most amazing film.

  24. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) June 3, 2015 / 1:22 am

    I haven’t read a single one of these!! I definitely have a few on my list though! 🙂

    Here are my Top Ten!

  25. laylapalooza June 3, 2015 / 1:33 am

    Ooh, yes, I had thought about Neal Shuterman’s Unwind series too. I think that’d be a really good one and man, would that first book be unsettling as hell as a film. (I also want to know how they’d film that particularly horrifying scene at the end? The operation? I would want character’s perspective on that.)

    I still haven’t read Noughts and Crosses but it’s been on my TBR list for-ev-er. Like so many other things.

    My TTT @ The Midnight Garden

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 8:20 am

      It would be amazing, and yes really unsettling. I have no idea, that’s my big thing too, they’d have to include it because it’s such an important part of the book, but I don’t know how they’d do it, and it would definitely have to be from Roland’s perspective. That’s what made it so unsettling in the book. Noughts and Crosses is one of my favourite books, I think I read it when I was about twelve/thirteen. I feel you on the ever expanding TBR list, mine goes up just looking at these top ten list, there’s so many books I want to read!

  26. Alex @ The Book Banner June 3, 2015 / 2:03 am

    Oh I totally forgot about Artemis Fowl, but I agree with you 100%. It would make an incredible movie! I love those characters so much and would love to see them come to life on screen.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Alex @ The Book Banner

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 8:22 am

      Yes it would! I love them too, I really want to see Artemis, Holly, Foaly, Root, Mulch, all of the gang on my screen! Thanks for stopping by mine.

  27. Cilla June 3, 2015 / 2:14 am

    I totally forgot about Uglies, but I agree that it would make a fascinating movie. I kind of don’t want any more Jodi Picoult books adapted, but Nineteen Minutes could be amazing if it was done right. Love the list! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 8:24 am

      It would make a great movie. Oh me either, I don’t really trust anyone in Hollywood to get them right after the My Sister’s Keeper incident, but I put it on there because I agree that Nineteen Minutes could be fabulous if it was done right. Thank you!

  28. Theresa June 3, 2015 / 2:20 am

    I love your choices! I still need to read the Unwind series and The Raven Boys Cycle. I heard that Uglies is supposed to be made into a movie. Fingers-crossed!

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 8:25 am

      Thank you! Ooh they’re both great, you’re in for a fantastic time when you do read them. Really? I hadn’t heard that, but definitely fingers crossed that they do!

  29. Uzi June 3, 2015 / 3:50 am

    I’ve always secretly wanted an Artemis Fowl movie!

  30. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard June 3, 2015 / 3:54 am

    Wow, I haven’t read any of these yet! My daughter has read some, though, and would agree re Raven Boys, which she loves. Unwind really creeped her out, though; I don’t think she would want to see a movie of it.

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 8:28 am

      You should check some of them out, they’re all great books. Yes The Raven Boys would be a fabulous movie. Unwind isn’t for everyone, I lent it to a friend who enjoyed it but it creeped her out too. Personally I loved it, but when it comes to books (and movies), I kind of enjoy being creeped out.

  31. Bookish Realm June 3, 2015 / 11:37 am

    Great list!! I agree that the Throne of Glass series would make great movies!! Fantasy movies always seem to do good in the box office.

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 11:56 am

      Thanks! Yes they would! They do, I think because everyone loves a bit of fantasy, and in general and I’m not saying this is true for all fantasy movies, they are usually adapted well.

  32. Patty @ Patty's Book Corner June 3, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Artemis Fowl totally made my list of this topic last time around. I WANT IT SO BAD! Dangerous Girls would make such a great movie! I actually really want to see that now/

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Me too! I think it would be really popular as well, fantasy films always seem to do well! Yes it would, and hopefully would introduce more people to this amazing book!

  33. Kelly June 3, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    I still have to finish the H.I.V.E. series (I don’t even know what the North American publisher is doing right now…) but it would make a fun movie. Artemis Fowl has a lot of potential, movie-wise, but who knows if that will ever happen (I also think it would be kind of hard to cast), but it would be great of done well.

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 1:51 pm

      I’m lucky because Mark Walden is a UK author so all the books have been released here, I read the first six all in the same year and then read 7 & 8 when they were released a couple of years later. I think it’s going to be a long wait for 9 so I might have to reread the series over again before it comes out! I hope you get to read the rest of them soon. I agree Artemis Fowl does have a lot of potential and I hope it does happen, but you’re right it would be difficult to cast.

  34. ChrissiReads June 3, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Fantastic list 🙂 I would love to see Dangerous Girls as a movie! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Thanks! Obviously I would too, it seems to have been quite a popular choice this week, which makes me happy. No problem, thanks for stopping by mine!

  35. Trish @ Between My Lines June 3, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Yes! I would love to see The Raven Boys as I love that gang so much and think it would work really well. And Dangerous Girls would be fun too!

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Fantasy novels always seem to adapt pretty well to screen, and like you, I love the gang and would love to see them come to life on screen! Yes! I love Dangerous Girls, it would be such a great movie.

  36. Katie @ The Petite Bookworm June 3, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Unwind, Artemis Fowl, and Uglies would be so amazing! They are some of my favorite series and they would make some amazing movies. I just hope that if they do make movies out of any of these books that they would do them some justice.

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      You have good taste, I love Unwind, Artemis Fowl and Uglies too (obviously) and think they would make great films. Yes, well that’s the big problem, you never know whether the filmmakers who adapt your favourite book will do them justice or not, so when I say I’d like to see these, I mean I’d like to see them done well!

  37. Olivia @ Fluttering Pages June 3, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Definitely yes on Heist Society! It has such a movie like feel to it. I hadn’t thought of it before, but Unwind would be incredible as a movie! It was super creepy to read as a book, so I can’t imagine what that would be like as a movie. Also, Dangerous Girls! I agree! Such a mind-blowing book and I think a movie of that would turn out really good. Great list!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

    • iloveheartlandx June 3, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      It really does! It would be a fab movie. It would have to be done by the right people obviously but Unwind would be an incredible movie, it was a super creepy book and I feel like it would be equally fantastic and creepy on screen. Dangerous Girls is such an amazing book, it kind of reminds me of Gone Girl a little bit, so I think a movie of it would definitely turn out well. Thank you!

  38. thebrightspark June 3, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Nice choices! I agree with the ones I know anything about.

  39. dreamingthroughliterature June 3, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I’ve seen the Raven Boys Cycle creep up a few times this week. I definitely need to read those books soon!

  40. Brenda June 4, 2015 / 12:11 am

    Artemis Fowl, how did I miss that one on my TTT? Thanks for stopping by my blog

    • iloveheartlandx June 4, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      There are so many great books that would make great movies that we’re all bound to miss a couple off our lists! Thanks for stopping by mine.

  41. A ROOM OF MY OWN June 4, 2015 / 12:29 am

    I only know of Jodi Picoult on yor list. I have to check out some others of your titles

  42. Emma @ Bookshelf Kitten June 4, 2015 / 12:34 am

    I agree, Artemis Fowl would make a great film. And Unwind would be so freaky… *shudders at the possibilities* Great choices! Fantasy is my favorite genre so I would love to see some of those Fantasy books be adapted into movies or TV shows. (There aren’t enough Fantasy TV shows, if you ask me!)

    • iloveheartlandx June 4, 2015 / 12:18 pm

      It would. Yes Unwind would be freaky, but in a really good way I think! Thanks. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres as well (in case you hadn’t guessed!) and whilst I do love Fantasy movies, I would love to see more fantasy TV shows as I don’t really watch any at the moment.

  43. Catherine June 4, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I’d forgotten all about Artemis Fowl, but I loved it when I read it! Can’t believe they haven’t filmed it yet!

    • iloveheartlandx June 4, 2015 / 12:20 pm

      It is quite an old series, I only read it a few years ago, so it’s more fresh in my mind I guess. Neither can I, that book is crying out to be made into a movie!

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