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|one||Red Rising by Pierce Brown. |
With its epic action-packed plot, vivid battle scenes, and gritty atmosphere, Red Rising would translate easily to a winter blockbuster. I picture a mix between Ender's Game and Game of Thrones, half lush science fiction and half brutal medieval combat, with a Lord of the Rings style soundtrack.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Sarah's debut is also an incredibly visual book, with monsters, daring escapes, epic fights, and sizzling dialogue. It would look great as a colorful, glittery sort of movie. Picture Cinderella (the new one) and its dark, glittery atmosphere crossed with the general badassery of a more serious The Princess Bride.
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard.
Dennard's debut has a winning mix of wit, charm, and zombies that Hollywood would go nuts over. Picture the steampunky Sherlock (with Robert Downey Jr.) crossed with Interview with a Vampire crossed with The Prestige. The zombie warfare and magic would be gorgeous on-screen. Plus, who doesn't want to watch Daniel Sheridan for two hours?
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
You have a charming medieval setting, a playful romance, and dragons. What more could you want? Though I think Hollywood would probably up the dragon battles, I'd just love to see Hartman's rich world and lovable characters come to life. Picture Dragonheart with an atmosphere of Pride and Prejudice and a dash of Ever After.
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski.
In case I haven't hit you over the head with it enough, I'm all for lush fantasy movies. The Winner's Curse is a gorgeous, painterly sort of book that would make for a lovely on-screen romance. Picture something as pretty as Pride and Prejudice with a touch of the glittery, dark Cinderella (again, the new one) and a dash of a more serious The Knight's Tale.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
The mysterious, otherworldly world of Lockhart's characters would make for a poignant summer drama. I could see someone like Scorcese giving it a good eerie undertone. Picture the style and atmosphere of Atonement with a little Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.
There are so many elements in this book that would make for a visually stunning fantasy film: the paper sky, the everchanging castle, the mysterious shadow boy. Picture a cross between the darkly magical Labyrinth, the vibrancy of Cinderella (I swear, I'll stop bringing this up), and the biting wit of Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Tim Burton, if possible.
|eight||Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. |
Taylor writes like a painting, and I could see a good director turning her gorgeous visuals, high stakes romance, and eerie fairy tale undertones into a beautiful film. Something with a rough-voiced narrator like The Book Thief, with the romantic mystery of that movie I promised not to name and a sweeping soundtrack.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Like with anything Gaiman, Neverwhere is quirky and magical. The vivid descriptions of a magically twisted London-within-London would look delightfully Harry Potter on screen, but with a darker and dryer overtone. (Plus, urban fantasy never gets enough love at the movies.) Tim Burton directing, of course. Picture a cross between the visuals of Labyrinth and Legend and the tone of Wristcutters.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.
Only freaking get it right this time.