Did you know it was Tuesday today? All day?
Well, I forgot, and so I forgot to make my list for Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Like to See Made into Movies!
I thought this was a fun topic, so I’m doing it a little bit late. Read my list, read the lists of all the fine folks at the Broke and the Bookish, and tell me which books you’d like to see on the silver screen.
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I recently listened to the audio book of this and fell in love. “This would be a great movie,” I thought. Clearly I am not alone. I’m sure this one made lots of lists this week, and it is being made into a movie right now. I’m in.
2. The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher. Okay, this is three books. But once they’ve made The White Mountains, obviously the world will be clamoring for The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire. Classic YA sci-fi, could classify as dystopian, yet refreshingly free of romance. (And disappointingly free of heroic girls, or many girls at all.)
3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Narnia plus The Secret History plus Bright Lights, Big City, with some Harry Potter riffs for good measure. I loved this book for about 300 pages, and then I fell out of love, but I would still definitely be interested in the movie version. (And I plan to read the sequel.)
4. The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Okay, I know there is a Disney miniseries, and, of course, that TV show. But I want a real movie. I want it to capture perfectly my experience of reading these books as a child. I want it to look just like the Garth Williams illustrations, but probably I want it to be live action. I want there to be a lot of fiddle music, and Pa’s stories, and a lot of food and dresses and long winters and buggy rides and tin cups and horses and woodworking and schoolhouses and Indians and all the things that make these books great. That’s not a tall order, is it?
5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. This could truly be fun for the whole family. Great characters, great story, and of course, the potential to make the other books in the series into movies, too.
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Seriously. Why is this not already a movie? Now seems like a good time, with the current YA dystopia fever going around. Again, potential for sequels! Come on, Hollywood. Get on board.
8. Something by Agatha Christie. I know these have been BBC-ed quite a bit, but doesn’t Dame Agatha deserve the big screen? I would love to see a really well done feature film, maybe even a contemporary adaptation. I can’t decide if a Poirot or Marple mystery would be best, or one of the “light thrillers” that might not hang together perfectly but is still a lot of fun. Miss Anderson had this on her list, too, so we must be onto something!
9. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Technically, this has already been made into a movie, but they did such a poor job that I would like a do-over. They could keep the same cast, just . . . change almost everything else.
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I love the Audrey Hepburn movie, but I would also love to see a movie version that is truer to the novella. (Spoiler: the ending is not kissing in the rain.) Jennifer Lawrence, are you free?
Your turn! What books would you like to see at the movies? Or, what are some of the best or worst book-to-movie adaptations you’ve seen?