Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'd love to see as movies (if movies didn't mostly get it wrong)

This week The Broke and Bookish asked what we'd like to see in film (with a perfect adaptation of course).  I'm amazed I limited myself to 10 this week (I originally had 25 or so, but I didn't have time to do justice to a list that long).  With no further ado, here's what I would most like to see!  

1.  The Song of the Lioness Quartet (or any other Tamora Pierce series)

I feel like all of these would translate well (except for maybe the Wildmage quartet since I can't see her transitions to animal form translating to screen well).  They've got loads of action, plenty of romance, and great comebacks!  All in all I'd love to see some female badassery on screen.

Other books I would have listed here for the same reasons:  Graceling, Throne of Glass (particularly Throne of Glass - can you imagine how AWESOME that would be?  You never know, with the trending YA movie adaptions, this wish might actually be granted!)

2.  The Fortunes of Indigo Skye (or any other Deb Caletti book)

Deb Caletti is a contemporary YA master.  Take any of her books and you've got a great main character, focus on a big issue (i.e. how you would change if you got a bunch of money, abuse, mental disorders, etc.), a cute boy who helps our heroine on her journey, and a beautiful story of growth and redemption.

3.  The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

First of all, who wouldn't want to see a movie set in 1940's Barcelona?  The novel is set in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war and is fraught with mystery and secrets and danger and if you haven't read this you should.  Out of all of the books I've listed this is the most like watching a movie in a book.

4.  A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

Boarding school.  Dark, powerful magic.   Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in Victorian England but snarkier and with mysterious gypsy boys.  Again, what about this would you not want to see?

5.  Conjured - Sarah Beth Durst

 The writing of this was so vivid and I would love to see the dark magical realism on screen!  Especially the carnival scenes - I mean can you imagine?  If we could ever make it look real enough, it would be BEAUTIFUL.

6.  The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian

Ok I can't say much about this without spoilers.  Just know it is one of my favourite books of all time and the suspense/mystery/the MAJOR twist at the end would keep you captivated!

7.  The Bridei Chronicles - Juliet Marillier

Set in Scotland, this follows the Pictish king, Bridei the 1st.  I didn't actually know he was based on a real character until fairly recently, so it isn't full of dry history.  This is a fantasy novel that I would love to see on screen, (but I am admittedly biased as I am enamored of both Pictish culture and Juliet Marillier).  And besides, if I made a list without any Abarat on it, I've at least got to have my weekly does of Marillier to substitute for it!

8.  The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell

This is another of my all time favourites, and has appeared on my TTT before.  And it's another book I can't say too much about or it will ruin it (if you ever plan to read this book AND YOU SHOULD, the less you read about it, the better. Trust me!).  It's juxtaposed between 60 years in the past and more or less now and...gahhh I don't know what to tell you.  It's another mystery, but it's not action packed in quite the same way as The Double Bind? 

9.  The Year of Secret Assignments - Jaclyn Moriarty

You've heard me mention this book over and over in my TTT list as Finding Cassie Crazy.  This movie would be fantastic!  The antics these girls get up to are hilarious and it's got plenty of cute boys and poignant moments to choose from as well.  I honestly prefer this to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and that's saying something because I well and truly loved that series.

10.  The Riddles of Epsilon - Christopher Morton Shaw

Yet another gothic mystery juxtaposed across centuries, full of creepy magic and other wonderful things!  Clearly I am interested in a certain type of book at the moment...almost all of these were gothicish mysteries with lots of dark, scary magic!

And that's it for my TTT!  What made it onto your list?  Leave me a link below! (No really leave a link, Disqus won't send me to your blog otherwise)


  1. I think The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox would be so good! Great choices!

  2. I've only read A Great and Terrible Beauty of your list and it made mine too!

    My TTT

  3. Shadow on the Wing would make a terrific movie.

  4. I now officially want to see all of these SO MUCH. I have to remind myself it's probably not happening (although I'm going to continue holding out hope for Throne of Glass)

  5. Right? When you read it is just so movie like! And obviously as a favourite of mine, it's a fantastic book.

  6. I can imagine all the dresses they'd wear and the crazy magic land and it would be so wonderful...*sighs dreamily*

  7. I've been meaning to read something (anything) by Juliet Marillier because her books just sound amazing. I guess I need to get on that asap!

  8. Alright. You convinced me. My TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer and longer...

  9. Do it! I'd really recommend any of her series, but Daughter of the Forest? (I can't remember the exact title but it's the first of the Sevenwaters series) seems to be the most popular one. I don't actually know anyone who's read the others, now that I think of..

  10. Mwahahahaha you can't stop the power of the almighty TBR list! (TTT's are terrible for my list. I think I added about 30 books today haha)

  11. Love the Moriarty books, but The Murder of Bindie Mckenzie is my favorite. Any of them would make great movies.

  12. You know I can't remember if I ever got my hands on that one or not. I should probably do a reread (like that would be a hardship at all haha)

  13. The Fortunes of Indigo Sky is such a great idea! I hadn't thought of that one!

  14. I haven't read any of those book *shame*. I guess I have to get acquainted first before considering seeing them in another format. ;) Thanks for dropping by my blog. :D

  15. Really any of her books would work so well!

  16. YOU HAVEN'T READ TAMORA PIERCE?!? Do that first. Drop everything and read one of her quartets!

  17. The Song of the Lioness Quartet would make some great movies or a series!

    Here are my Top Ten .

  18. Oooh I didn't even think of that! If it was done as a tv show...it could be like a British one with only a couple episodes, but every season could be a new quartet...and NOW I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN SO BADLY.

  19. The Gemma Doyle trilogy is one of those series that I love so much I wouldn't want it to be adapted, haha. But Secret Assignments would be really cool!

  20. Yeah...it's terrible because I want to see all of these as movies, but if they ever were movies all I'd do is complain about how terrible the movies are hahaha


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