Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Scrolling through my Goodreads books, I found that many of the books I’ve read are already movies, but they were bad movies, like “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Timeline.”  It might actually be easier for me to make a list of ten movies that deserve better film adaptations.

But that’s for another day.

1. “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Annie Barrows – and it’s happening!  Kenneth Branagh is directing and Kate Winslet will star.

2. “Sabriel” by Garth Nix. Seriously, why isn’t this a movie yet?  Teenage student Sabriel goes to rescue her father and becomes a hunter of escaped dead spirits along the way, accompanied by a snarky cat-demon and armed with a set of magical bells.  The soundtrack possibilities alone are awesome.

3. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.  I’ve heard rumors for years about a new adaptation that would star Tom Hanks, and I think that should happen, maybe with Mia Wasikowska or Emma Stone as Clarisse.  Viggo Mortensen would also make a great Montag.

4. “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire.  This could make for an awesomely surreal fantasy political thriller.  They’re working on a movie version of the musical – supposedly – but I think the book would make for a good film, too, especially with a very visual director like Tarsem Singh in charge.

5. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.  This could have some awesome black-and-white-versus-color imagery in the same vein as “Schindler’s List” or “Pleasantville.”  Imagine the scenes where Jonas sees an apple turn red for the first time, or when he realizes his crush has red hair.  And the scenes of memory transference could even do something about our generation’s disillusionment and complacency, when the audience is forced to view a battlefield or the slaughter of an elephant with the same horror as Jonas.

6.”The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril” by Paul Malmont.  This pulp-fiction story is full of good old-fashioned movie fun.  I’d cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Walter Gibson, Nathan Fillion as Lester Dent, Cate Blanchett as Norma Dent, and Jim Parsons as L. Ron Hubbard.

7. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.  A geeky loner tries to decipher his grandfather’s last words and ends up going back in time to meet his grandfather’s friends, a bunch of superpowered children hiding out from monsters.

8. “The Serialist” by David Gordon.  A shlubby modern-day pulp writer gets caught up in a serial killer mystery.  Imagine “Castle” mixed with “Silence of the Lambs,” starring Paul Giammati and Chloe Moretz.

9. “Habibi” by Craig Thompson.  “Persepolis” was both beautiful and emotionally charged, despite consisting only of black-&-white images.  The artwork in “Habibi,” also black-&-white, is already stunning.  It borrows stylistically from the sweeping flow of Arabic letters, which would translate beautifully to the screen.

10.  Finally, for an art-house entry, some Alan Furst books could be combined into a collection of overlapping short films, similar to “Paris Je T’aime” or “Nine Lives.”  Some of Furst’s characters pop up in several different books, and they all share the overall theme of Joe Average resisting the Nazis.  (And have I mentioned David Tennant will be starring in a miniseries based on Furst’s “The Spies of Warsaw?”)

What books would you like to see movie-ified?  Check out the other entries here!

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies

  1. I just heard that The Giver is being made into a movie! It definitely has the potential to be great, for all of the scenes you stated above; I just hope the text is treated well, and that the ambiguousness of the ending is left intact. Fahrenheit 451 is a great choice, too. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your picks!

    • Ahahaha, I looked up “The Giver” – Jeff Bridges?! Oh man. That’s not at all what I was picturing but I am totally down.

  2. Ahhhh, the Old Kingdom books would all be so good in film. I know I go on about them basically all the time, but any of the Company novels have the potential to be excellent films–I’d also love to see a good adaptation of White Cat, by Holly Black, especially if they could get a good (/cute) Cassel.

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