This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books you’d like to see made into a movie or TV series…assuming that Hollywood didn’t constantly ruin the books we love! Not sure I can think of ten off the top of my head, but let’s see how it goes:
1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus — I actually didn’t love this book, but I did love the lush, vivid descriptions of the setting. Because so much of the novel’s magic comes from imagining all the wonders of the circus, I think it’s an ideal candidate for a movie. And I would like Baz Luhrmann to direct it, because it would be gorgeous.
2. Naomi Novik, Temeraire series — I believe Peter Jackson optioned these books a while ago, but I don’t know if he’s actually planning to do anything with them. But having a visual for those dragon battles would be pretty amazing!
3. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey — Yes, this book has already been adapted more than once, but I’d love a version that actually stays true to the original novel! I somewhat enjoyed the 2007 version with Felicity Jones and J.J. Feild, but the script was subpar, and the random fantasy scenes were terrible. Basically, I would like the same cast with a better screenplay, please!
4. Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair — This would probably be a really difficult book to adapt for the screen, but I’d love to see ’em try! I once attended a Fforde book signing where someone asked him who would play Thursday Next in a film adaptation. His response: Vin Diesel. Hey, I’d watch that!
5. Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy — Or any of her Regency romances! I’m actually surprised that there aren’t already tons of adaptations of her novels, given the popularity of bonnet movies these days. Someone should have capitalized on the Austen fever of the past few years…
6. Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown — This was one of my favorite books growing up, and I think it would make an excellent movie. There’s a great blend of action/adventure, cool fantasy special effects, and romance.
7. Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor and Park — I mean, this book basically IS a John Hughes movie already! It’s got the young love, the cool soundtrack, and the coming-of-age struggles that would make it a big hit with the teen movie crowd.
8. Julie James, Practice Makes Perfect — This is another book that I really like and that I think would be easily film-able. Also, I love a good chick flick, but I have been really disappointed with the quality of rom-coms in recent years. I’d like to see a chick flick revival!