I had to think pretty hard about this one, honestly. As much as I enjoy adaptations, it’s rare that I’m just DYING to see a movie of them. Sometimes I’d rather just keep it between me and the page (which seems ironic if you know my general opinion of adaptations, being that I think readers are far too harsh on films of their favorite books).
Also, I fudged a little bit. Some of these I hope NEVER become films, but I think they’d be brilliant on TV.
Top Ten Books I’d Like To See
Made Into A Movie Adapted to Big or Small Screen
- Any of Ann Rinaldi’s Episodes series – At a time when I thought I didn’t care about history, I had Ann Rinaldi there to put tween and teenage girls in the heart of American historical action. I think A Break With Charity, The Fifth of March, Finishing Becca, or any number of others would translate well to film…or perhaps Masterpiece Drama.
- More Dirk Pitt – We got Sahara, which I enjoyed well enough, but even with the little Dirk Pitt I’ve read, it’s not the strongest story. Silly adventure stories have become something geared at 10-year-old boys. Dirk Pitt could appeal to an older, more general audience.
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – I’m one of the very small minority who prefer Brandon’s freshman book to the (better written) Mistborn trilogy. It’s such a beautiful world with three equal viewpoints written directly into the story that I think it would rock as a Syfy miniseries.
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins – I adored all three books, and I think they’d film well, and have natural humor rather than the melodrama humor of, say, Smeyer’s creation.
- Young Jedi Knights series by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta – Don’t make a film out of these, oh please don’t, but I think this MG/YA series would suit itself well to tween television, live action. The journey of going to the Jedi Academy, training, building their lightsabers, fighting the Shadow Academy—it could easily sustain a series. Biggest problem would be to convince Harrison Ford to do cameos.
- Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter – These are the kinds of books that I sort of picture like movies in my head anyway. Heist Society I’m fairly certain is farther along in development than GG (last I saw Drew Barrymore was attached to direct/produce) so I’d love to see something move forward here.
- Crocodile in the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters – I would love to see this Victorian archaeologist on the screen. Seriously.
- Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – Oh come on, you didn’t think I’d get through this list without mentioning Sherlock, did you? Honestly, I don’t know that these could be filmed well, but I’d love to see them try.
- Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey – I very recently learned that there IS some development here. I hope it does Pern justice.
- The Belgariad by David Eddings – I’m throwing this on here because I really couldn’t think of ten! I don’t know how well these 5 books would adapt to the screen, or if they’re better left on the page. It would definitely need to be a mini-series, though. The problem with the Belgariad now is that it looks derivative, even though it was one of the first epic fantasies that took off after it became a genre.
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