It’s Tuesday and you know how I love a list. Let’s make one, shall we? The ladies of The Broke and The Bookish have posed an interesting and surprisingly difficult question this week. We’re challenged to name the top ten books we’d like to see made into movies or TV shows (assuming they wouldn’t be butchered, obviously.) Why is this difficult? Hollywood seems to have forgotten the concept of the “original screenplay” and a TON of books I love have already been made into movies or TV series.
Here’s a list of the books that are already in the process of being made into movies or TV shows that I’m eagerly anticipating!
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Casting decisions have been made for the upcoming Starz produced series, and I’m excited. Lots of actors with authentic Scottish accents have been cast. I’m also nervous, because I love these books with a freakish intensity, but I’m cautiously optimistic for the show.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Casting decisions have been made and they’re in production. Shailene Woodley has been cast as Hazel and Ansel Elgort will be playing Augustus. This pairing would be slightly less creepy to me if the two hadn’t been cast as brother and sister in…
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Which I’m also stoked about because I’ve embraced my inner YA fangirl and I’m all about seeing a dystopian Chicago on screen. Shailene Woodley is really too gorgeous to play Tris and the Hottie McHotstuff they’ve cast to play Four certainly doesn’t have a hooked nose. Sigh. Hollywood. I’ll watch it anyway.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The movie trailer was released for this and I’ve got a lot of faith that it’s going to be amazing. My greatest hope is that they still somehow manage to make Death the narrator, because that’s a big part of what made this book so awesome.
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This is coming out in November, and I love me some Hunger Games goodness. I thought the first movie was very good, in spite of its imperfections… I really like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, so I’m looking forward to it.
Books That Aren’t Yet Movies (as far as I know) That I’d Like to See
1. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I loved this book. I’m not sure how well it would translate to film, but if they got the right actors I can see Oscars all over the place. Lots of opportunity for poignant dramatic scenes!
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Who doesn’t love this book? Some might argue that a movie would ruin it, but we’re supposed to be operating under the assumption that Hollywood wouldn’t be a complete jerk face and stay true to the text and whatnot. In my magical version of Hollywood, they’d stay true to the script and make good things happen.
3. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. I think given the proper treatment it could be SERIOUSLY funny on screen. And, obviously. PENGUINS. Yes.
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. True, this might take some doing to translate to the screen, but I could see it being pretty cool. I’d watch it, anyway.
5. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Again, the potential for good actors kicking butt in a movie adaptation of this book? I smell Oscars!
What about you, Bookworms? Is there a book out there you’d love to see as a movie? Are you annoyed with Hollywood buthering all the good books? Got any bookish movies on the horizon you’re looking forward to? Tell me about it!