Following up on my Bookwyrm Confessions post from a couple weeks back, Movies I Liked Better Than the Book (and Other Confessions), I’m here with a list of some books I’d love to see made into movies.
*gasp* The shock! XD *nervous laughter* I’m much more of a book person, but movies can be fun, and I can dream, right? 😉
As long as they were done right, with a proper budget and effects, and faithfully adapted *cough* (good luck with that, right?), I think these would make amazing movies and/or shows.
(This is not an exhaustive list, but these would all be pretty cool. ;))
In no particular order, here are 18 books (or… well… sometimes book series) I’d love to see on the screen.
Books to Movies
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
These books are EPIC and were my main introduction to fantasy when I was young, and I just can’t imagine how amazing they would be if they were live-action movies and close to the book… Just… I want. 😀 (In the meantime, I’ll content myself with a long-overdue-re-read of the series… after Realm Makers, maybe. :P)
(And no, I’m not even going to acknowledge the fact that there’s a terrible cartoon of The Black Cauldron. Just… no. We do not speak of this.)
The Sentinel Trilogy by Jamie Foley
GAH. I’m imagining how thrilling these would be as an edge-of-your-seat, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, superpower, modern-esque-but-on-another-world, awesome set of action movies. (Seriously, so hard to categorize. XD) Just know that it would be so much fun and so exciting and I need. XD
Song of Leira by Gillian Bronte Adams
I mean, yes, you’d probably do the other ones in the series first. But I just finished reading Song of Leira this month and it would make an incredibly epic movie, particularly the song fight scenes and all the Songkeeper’s powers and the griffin and the saif (the creature on the cover) and just… yes.
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
ACK. This would make a brilliant movie with all the illusions and action and steampunkery, and a Jonathan and Lockwood buddy movie… Just do it, somebody.
Entwined by Heather Dixon
I mean, it would just be beautiful! And… somewhat creepy, but you know. Of course I want a Twelve Dancing Princesses movie, so since I haven’t written my own novel version of one, I’ll just have to pick this. XD It would be really neat. (Also, props to Heather Dixon for getting on this list twice, apparently.)
Halayda by Sarah Delena White
When I say this story looks like Pinterest in my head, it’s my way of saying that it’s SUPER VISUALLY STUNNING. And also epic and fun and Faerie-ish. I need a movie of it so badly.
Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal
I JUST WANT THIS. It would be an amazing movie, with the wintry-ness, and the snarky shapeshifting blue cat Fae, and all the epicness and humor and dialog and magical feel. It’s perfection as a book, and I feel like it would make a fantastic movie as well. Also Azrael. Just… y’know. Throwing that out there. 😉 I WANT IIIT.
Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag
This would be a gorgeous, epic movie, halp. I mean, it would be terrifying and dark, but just imagine how visually stunning (like above) it would be? *eyes the book’s length* …Eh, maybe it should be a TV series instead. XD (But it would be really cool; just sayin’.)
The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
I… um… I’m just going to leave this here. O:-)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Okay, so I know there was a movie of this, but hear me out. While the movie was adorable and I still love it, it wasn’t very much like the book. Can you imagine how fantastic a true-to-the-book, live-action version of Howl’s Moving Castle could be, if they did it right? 😀 *dreams*
A good version of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
PLEASE. (And how about The Two Princesses of Bamarre, while we’re at it?)
Books to TV Shows
Because these would be perfect as more episodic onscreen adventures.
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Okay, so I know there were some cartoon shows of this, so that’s fun, but really, just imagine the full potential of a… well… not exactly “live-action” since we wouldn’t have ACTUAL animals, but more like a CGI version, like new-Jungle-Book-movie style? The epic animal characters with their swords and food and gorgeous scenery in this, all having adventures. IT COULD BE AMAZING. Or… if not a show, I’d settle for a really good movie like this of just Mossflower. 😉 (And maybe Taggerung… and Rakkety Tam… OKAY, I’LL STOP. XD)
Twinepathy and Lightporter by C. B. Cook
I’ve already remarked in my reviews that these books feel like a TV show, and just imagine the potential! A YA superhero show with oodles of awesome superpowers and fun characters and snark and different locations throughout the world. It would be awesome. (Maybe once a few more books in the series have been written! ;)) I want an IDIA superhero show, y’all!
Modern Tales of Na Fianna series by Hazel B. West
Seriously, someone get on this. Modern Irish warriors with swords and fast cars in an alternate Ireland with Fae and epic swashbuckling adventures and all the snarky bro friends. JUST. I NEED THIS. It would be a perfect show. 😀
Kate’s Case Files series by Sarah Holman
The books already feel like a TV show, and who doesn’t want another exciting FBI show? 😉 It would be a lot of fun, and I’d love to see these characters come to life.
Beaumont and Beasley, Crockett and Crane, and Blackfire series by Kyle Robert Shultz
Okay, but seriously, an Afterlands TV show would just be the coolest. XD Or, y’know, a main one and two spinoff series (at least). Alternate 1920s fairytale stuff in the main show, with all the beloved characters and humor and special effects, and then a magical western spinoff with a part-time centaur, and a Regency era one about a dragon archaeologist hero and a jewel thief heroine. I mean… what could possibly be on TV that would be cooler than these??
(To be fair, the Blackfire books aren’t even out yet… *cough* But they sound like they’ll be fun, and there will be a peek at the characters in a novella, The Janus Elixir, releasing in July, which I HAVE READ and it’s amazing; just wait. :))
Spellsmith and Carver series by H. L. Burke
Buddy story. Jericho. Auric. Snark. Mechanical fox. Scary fae. Magic. Steampunk. ‘Nuff said. (IT WOULD JUST BE AMAZING, OKAY.)
The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
I’m not sure how this would work, exactly… but just imagine the wonderful complexity of maybe weaving together all six of the books (and the four short stories) into a tapestry of adventures to last a couple of seasons, at least. With flashback parts about young Christopher Chant, and a main storyline with Cat Chant from Charmed Life and The Pinhoe Egg, and side stories about other adventures Chrestomanci has to drop in on, namely Magicians of Caprona and Witch Week. It could all be woven together, Once Upon a Time TV show style, and it would be epic! Or maybe just take it chronologically — that would work too. But either way, the different worlds and Chrestomanci being his fabulous self — it could be absolutely delightful. 😀
(Notice the shocking lack of The Silmarillion on this list — because I don’t really believe it could be done RIGHT, even though it would be cool if it could be — and the slightly less shocking lack of an Amazon TV show about young Aragorn, because they’re just going to make up loads of stuff and… halp. *hides face*)
And there you are!
Do you agree that any of these would make epic movies? What books would you like to see on the big or small screen? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading! 🙂