Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Based on the fact that I have an entire feature dedicated to books turned movies, you guys probably know that I love watching movies. It seems that the BBC snatches up a lot of the classics and that somewhere along the way, a lot of books become movies. I actually struggled initially, because it seems like nearly everything has been made into a movie. Yet after some careful combing through my GoodReads shelves, I found a few that would make awesome movies.

10.) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I was a big fan of Sam, the love interest/co-narrator of this story. Yet what I loved even more about this book is Stiefvater's lyrical, poetic writing style. In my opinion, an author's writing style is the hardest thing to translate from book to screen, and I'm worried that it's not possible for any studio to do this novel justice. However, part of me would love to see someone try, on the off chance of success.

9.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've actually heard this one is becoming a movie. I feel like this is another adaptation with infinite potential to go horribly awry. Yet if done well, it could be poignant and beautiful. If it really does become a movie, I'm praying for poignant.

8.) The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
As I read The Cinderella Society, I relished how girly and fun it was. I actually see this as the type of thing that Disney Channel might make into a movie. I love picking out outfits and am a sucker for romance, and since both of these two elements are in this story, I think it could become an instant feel good flick for me.

7.) Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Killer unicorns on the big screen? Talk about badass. I think this one would have to be live action for it to be as awesome as the book, though I'm not sure how'd they create the unicorns. I'm sure someone out there has a special effect for that kind of thing.

6.) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

A story about women by the name of Waverly who own a magical garden, this adult novel is the perfect balance of magical realism and chick lit. I would love to see their fantastic garden on the big screen--I'd walk out of the theater salivating and then go on a fruit and veggie shopping spree.

5.) Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I absolutely adored this book when I read it this past Christmas, and while it's a sweet story, I also think several of the scenarios would be hilarious in live action. If this were made into a movie, I have a feeling it's one I would watch over and over every Christmas.

4.) I Am Really A Princess by Carol Diggory Shields
Okay, so I'll admit it. You'd have to make a lot of changes to adapt this one into a full length movie, because right now it's a picture book. It's about a girl who imagines what life would be like if she were a princess, but one could write about what it'd be like if she somehow became a princess for a day and make it into a full length movie. My inner 5-year-old girl would adore it.

3.) Anything by Sharon Creech

I loved Sharon Creech's book as a tween and teen, and I still love them now. She's one of my favorite authors. I think any of her books would make great movies.

2.) The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September is set in Ireland in 1920, so around the time of the revolution when Ireland was trying to free itself from British rule. It has the wit of Pride and Prejudice and the emotion of war, which would make it a really compelling period piece.

1.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perki
I've never been to Paris, but I've heard the setting is magical. If you find the right actor to play Etienne St. Clair, it would be fabulous.


  1. I agree, Rampant would make a totally awesome movie.

  2. I whole heartedly agree with your #1 choice! I absolutely adore Anna and the French Kiss. As for Great Gatsby...it definitely has the potential to be horrible, but I will watch it nonetheless in the hopes that they can do it justice.

    Great Top Ten!

  3. Did you know The Great Gatsby is already a movie? It was done quite a few years ago with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

  4. Garden Spells would make a great movie! I love that magical realism feel in movies!

    And I think I heard that DiCaprio is playing Gatsby... I don't know if that's good or bad.

  5. I'd love to see Dash & Lily and Anna as movies as well! :) Such a great list!

  6. Just read the Temple Wars Novel on Ganesha! The story is well told through a parallel protagonist Tarun who helps Ganesha retrieve his objects from the spirit world. It's a page-turner that will have you wanting more. You guys should check it out! Temple Wars



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