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Today’s Top Ten: The Top Ten Books I’d Like to See Made into a Movie
It seems that Hollywood just can’t find an original idea these days, so a number of the books that I like are already in development to become movies in the near future. Having said that, there are a number of books that have been turned into rather unfortunate movies – and some are downright repugnant. I’m going to pretend that some of these horrors were never made, and include them on the list as books that I’d like to see made into a movie correctly.
10. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This one’s a do-over. Seriously, this is such an incredible book. It wasn’t the casting that I didn’t like – in actual fact, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were very good in their respective roles. However, I didn’t feel that the movie did justice to the story, and I wish there could be another chance to get this book right on screen.
9. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Yes, I’ve read it. Yes, I have certain thoughts and opinions about it. Really though, I’d LOVE to see this on the movie screen to see if it could really bring out the characters in a much more detailed manner. Oh, and yes, I’m part of the group that thinks that Ian Somerhalder would make a great Christian Grey.
8. Bitten & the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong.
Armstrong knows how to write a good paranormal story that includes characters you care about and want to see more of in the future. Apparently her first novel was optioned a long time ago; alas, it has yet to see the lights of the silver screen. A shame, as it’s an interesting take on an often over-done concept of werewolves living among us – this time, though it’s in Canada, and the werewolf in question is a woman.
7. Little Bee/On the Other Hand by Chris Cleave
Apparently, this is currently in production and will involved Nicole Kidman. I’m not sure how I feel about that. This book is a dual narration between Little Bee, a Nigerian-born refugee and Sarah, a Surrey-based writer. Their lives become intertwined on a beach one day when Sarah is on holiday with her family, and Little Bee and her sister are trying to flee for their lives. It’s most definitely not the easiest story to read, as it highlights some of the problems of the refugee system in the UK and the characters are not always likeable. However, it’s also hugely compelling.
6. I Want to go Home by Gordon Korman
This was the Diary of a Wimpy Kid of my generation. Honestly, Gordon Korman could – and still can’t – do anything wrong when it comes to writing fun books that grab kids’ attention. Rudy Miller is a natural athlete who hates sports, and who has been sent to camp on an island along with new friend Mike Webster. Rudy just wants to go home; Mike just wants to catch a break. Talk about a great kids movie, just waiting to be made! I know I’d take my friends’ kids and my nieces. Just do me a favour – don’t add any musical numbers, à la “High School Musical”, okay??
5. Soulless & the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
Steampunk! Werewolves! Vampires! Parasols and bustles! This series is simply fun to read, with lovely bits of humour tied to a more progressive Victorian society than we’ve ever encountered before. Vampires and werewolves live openly amongst us, and play a role in high society. They even advise the Queen. Alexia, Lady Maccon, is strong-willed and opinionated, and happens to be a preternatural (someone who negates supernatural effects). The CGI would need to be just right, but if you had Peter Jackson’s team on it, this could be a GREAT movie series.
4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I just heard today that this book will, in fact, be turned into a movie – cue me crossing fingers and toes that this creepily fun tale of a young surviving child of a murdered family who is raised in a graveyard by ghosts is treated with the respect that it deserves. It’s been referred to as a “Jungle Book for the graveyard” – but I like it better.
3. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
I’ve only just finished this book, and it won’t be released until July, but it’s hanging with me. My review will be coming closer to release day, but the story is haunting. Set in Cambodia, this is the tale of a seven-year-old girl who is forced to learn to survive when her family flees Phnom Penh during the time of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields. It’s a story of legends and mythology and the inner strength necessary to keep going, day after day. Beautiful.
2. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Those who know me know that I love anything that has to do with Egyptology. Factor in the excellent storytelling of Rick Riordan (yes, he of the Percy Jackson series) and you have a rockin’ great story of a brother and sister reunited and on the hunt to save their Egyptologist father Julius, to search for the Book of Ra and to be constantly chased by the gods – and the story’s not done yet. So. Much. Fun.
1. Lamb: The Story of Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Yeah, I have no idea how they would pull this off. There would need to be a kind of Tarantino-esque kind of film, with multiple locations, lots of action and a dark, dark, dark sense of humour. It would either be a colossal train wreck … or the most brilliant movie ever. Either way, I would HAVE to see it!