2.6.15

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I'd Love to See Turned into Movies

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c.j.'s selections
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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.  
 //  Review
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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. 
  //  Review
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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? 
  //  Goodreads
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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.  
//  Review
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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. 
 //  Review
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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.  
  //  Review
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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. 
  //  Review

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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.  
   //  Review
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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.  
 //  Review
ten
  

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.  

Only freaking get it right this time.  

//  Goodreads  



29 comments:

  1. The Winner's Curse is on my list as well. And seriously a true adaptation of Ella Enchanted would probably be my one movie wish if I only got one. It's my favorite book from growing up, and I remember being SO disappointed when I saw the movie in theaters.

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    1. Someday, someday. The movie had so much potential--I love Anne Hathaway--but they had to go and change EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PLOT.

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  2. I haven't read any of your choices, but it's not for lack of wanting to. So many of these titles though I would love to see turned into movies just from what I know of them. Of course, I'd have to read the books first. :-)

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    1. I can't recommend them highly enough. (:

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  3. Yes to Throne of Glass, We Were Liars, and the Winner's Curse! We Were Liars would make a really great thriller. There is a BBC tv show adaptation of Gaiman's Neverwhere! I haven't watched it, but it might be worth checking out if you haven't already.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. OH RIGHT. Ha, I totally forgot about that. How embarrassing. The BBC and I do have a good track record.

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  4. I don't know why I didn't think of Throne of Glass. That's a brilliant choice. I think We Were Liars could be really interesting!
    My TTT!

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    1. ToG pretty much makes every list I write, so it's always on my mind.

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  5. Throne of Glass and The Winner's Curse!!! I would love to see an adaptation for these :) Great list! The rest of these I haven't read yet but are sitting on my TBR list.

    My TTT

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  6. The Winner's Curse would be such an epic movie! And I've got Something Strange and Deadly on my list as well.

    Here's my TT: http://betweenyabookends.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-ten-books-wed-like-to-see-as.html

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  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone made my list too :-)

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  8. Ooh I like the sound of Seraphina! Definitely on my 'to read' list now. :)

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    1. It's honestly one of my favorite books I've read in the last five years.

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  9. Your description of Seraphina makes me want to read it even more. I'll definitely be crossing it off my TBR soon!

    Visually I think Neverwhere would make for a really interesting adaptation, though I'd love to see someone like Guillermo del Toro at the helm. :D After Pan's Labyrinth I'd trust that guy with anything.

    Great list!

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    1. I'm glad! I can't speak well enough of that book. It's just what fantasy ought to be, so magical and spunky.

      Hm, good choice. He'd do really well with the sort of dark, twisted elements.

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  10. I would watch all of these!

    http://cucie-reads.blogspot.no/

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  11. I totally agree with you on We Were Liars. I think it would be an amazing movie. Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I can imagine it so easily in my head.

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  12. Great list! I included Throne of Glass on my list but I also agree on Something Strange and Deadly, The Winner's Curse, Seraphina, and We Were Liars.

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  13. Throne of Glass and DoS&B actually made my list this week too :D I still need to get to Seraphina, Something Strange and Deadly though. Awesome picks^^ x

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    1. Reeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaad them. Your subconscious mind is telling you to. :P Thanks!

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  14. True story: This post caused me to reread Ella Enchanted for approximately the 57th time -- until about 3:30 in the morning. Thanks for that. :-P

    (By the way, it's still just as amazing as ever, and I still haven't gotten over the utter betrayal of that movie version.)

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    1. Hey, I know you. ;P HA I have so much power! Mwuwahahahahahahaha. I'm due for a re-reading myself, and for Howl's Moving Castle as well.

      (I think the final song-and-dance routine is what really did me in.)

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  15. Throne of Glass was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/top-ten-tuesday-7/

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