Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is a book blogging feature where every week there is a different ‘top ten’ list of books to make.
Book to movie adaptations are a dangerous playing field. We love to hate them, and I am always scared when a favorite book of mine is optioned to be a movie. Then again, there have been multiple books (The Martian, If I Stay) where the movie trailer is what convinced me to finally pick up the book. Movie’s based on a book can be very good for getting people to read the book, but I think it’s better for everyone when the movie adaptation is truthful to the book.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is listed as “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To” or “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch” but I’ve decided to list the Top Ten Book I’d Like to See as Movies. Well, as long as their good movie that I get to direct. (You think I’m gonna trust somebody else with these?)
#1 – Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Everything Leads to You is a book about people who work on movies, so wouldn’t having a movie based on it be so poetic? It is also such a beautiful book that could be such a beautiful movie. Ahhh I can see it now and I just want these wide open shot and little colorful details in my life.
#2 – Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Switching it up here, we have Steelheart! Steelheart would be the perfect book-to-movie. Part thriller, part superhero,
part tragic love story, part revenge film. The Epics would be awesome on screen and David and Prof and Megan and the crew would be great on screen. I also kind of want this movie for all the gifs and edits and fan made music videos I could make out of it. Plus all the new fans! Ahhhhh.
#3 – The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection would be the perfect movies because: a) pretty dresses b) cool ladies who know what they want being cool ladies together c) there could be such a visual light/dark juxtaposition between the palace and the rest of the country d) In a movie there wouldn’t be any of America’s inner monologue about Aspen vs Maxon.
Here’s what I see with Fangirl: In the movie we go back and forth between Cath’s story and Simon’s story in Carry On. Unlike in the book, the movie would be a 50/50 split. We would have a cute coming-of-age college romance at the same time as a dangerous, magical mage romance. It would be awesome.
#5 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows would make one heck of a movie. You have a heist story, and you have magic, and you have an AMAZING cast of characters. What could be better? (also the way this whole move could have a darker/purple-y sheen to it and the grit and the darkness would be so perfect)
#6 – A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Think of all the Sherlock Holmes adaptations that have been film. Then bring all that epic sleuthing into a modern boarding school and make the characters two descendants of Watson and Holmes. (and one of them is a badass girl who is a genius and takes no shit) I NEED THIS.
#7 – The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Now, Riordan has been royally screwed over with movie adaptations, so I doubt he would EVER sell movie rights again. But the Kane Chronicles would be an epic movie. We have Sadie and Carter’s narration in voiceover and we have awesome monuments and special effects and if done right this would be epic.
#8 – All Fall Down by Ally Carter
All Fall Down could be one of the funniest movies and one of the creppiest movies at the same time. You have hilarious and fabulous characters, a beautiful nation, and a murder mystery with an unreliable narrator… 😱
#9 – The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Like many middle grade novels, I feel like the Iron Trial has great movie potential. Magic! Multiple main characters! Cool special society! Cool specially built school! I could totally see this as one of those super fun and cool kid’s films that are released around the holidays.
#10 – Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is the one here that I am slightly unsure of. If done even slightly wrong, it could be campy and just bad. But if done well… It would be amazing. And I would cry. (but of happiness. For the first movie anyways)