It’s always exciting to see when one of your favorite books is being made into a movie or TV show. So many of my personal favorites have been popping up these past couple of years that it only leaves me wanting more.
I think probably most of you agree with me that not all books can be made into movies/shows. For example, “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel never should have been made into a movie. A visual image could never express the meanings of what happened to Pi the way words could, no matter how stunning it looked. The pure internal struggle happening to him about being lost at sea, and holding onto his love of god in all forms could only be expressed through the painting words create.
On the other hand, you have movies like “Water for Elephants”. Based on the book by Sara Gruen, the movie accurately captured the personalities of the characters, the endeavors that they have, the life of a circus hand in the time period and the overall magic of the story. Each character was cast with an actor who could portray the role, giving it life.
Here are the top five books I’d like to see made into movies/shows:
1. ‘The Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (‘The Shadow of the Wind’, ‘The Angel’s Game’, and ‘The Prisoner of Heaven’)
– This series needs to be picked up my HBO or Showtime. The stories are too intricate for a movie. Even one of the books would need more than a single movie to show its brilliance. The intertwining, mysterious lives of Daniel Sempere and David Martin on the streets of Barcelona in the early to mid 1900’s would make a beautiful transition to a higher caliber TV show. It must be done.
2. ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown
-The debut novel, which is being compared to ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Hunger Games’, could easily be the next franchise. The main thing that sets it apart from all of the other franchises out there right now is that it will be geared towards a male audience. Darrow’s rise in his oppressive society on Mars is one of personal sacrifice and lots—I’m talking tons of cunning violence. I enjoyed the novel a great deal and can see why it is getting attention. Despite some of the very adult situations, I can see Hollywood trimming that out to make an exciting teen movie.
3. ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon
-This is already being made into a movie, but I am so excited about it I had to add it to the list. Read the story about Paige, a clairvoyant in futurist London, before the movie comes out people!
4. ‘Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink’ by Stephanie Kate Strohm
-I’ve said it a million times before: ABC Family needs Libby, an adorable blonde New Englander, to grace its channel with humor and history. I can see pink colors and feel the fun of camp already.
5. ‘The Diviners’ by Libba Bray
-Libba Bray brings to life supernatural powers in the roaring twenties. Exquisitely researched, Bray brings Evie to life as a real flapper girl who is sent to live with her uncle in New York. As suspicious murders start happening, Evie is faced with having to use her power to help. I think this will be an exciting thriller done teen-style on the big screen. If they do it just right, the world of Diviners will open up to beautiful cinematography.
Naturally everyone should read these books before they, if they ever, get to the screen. Experiencing the words will make watching all that much more rewarding. Happy Reading!