I love a good book-to-movie adaptation. Sometimes the setting or characters don’t match up to what I’ve painted in my head, but I can get over it. Other people are not so easily able to forgive. There have certainly been some adaptation screw-ups in the past (see Eragon) but there are also some really strong ones (see all the Harry Potter films). These are five books that I would love to see adapted for the big screen…or even a television series. I ain’t picky.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I freaking loved this series. I recently re-read it and I still love it. It’s science fiction-meets-fairy tales which screams A+ movie, if done right. I’d love to see how a production team could create Luna and the futuristic Earthen society, the cyborgs and mutants, the androids and culture. All of it would be visually amazing. My casting wish list: Chloe Bennet as Linh Cinder, Sophie Turner as Scarlet, Bradley James as Jacin, Candice Accola as Cress
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
The first two books in this series have released and I thought the were both full of charm and humor. Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas, but I’d love to see a book with so much southern wit get turned into a movie. Beautiful Creatures had some of those qualities, but meh. I think a movie like this would do really well with a young adult audience. My casting wish list: Holland Roden as Harper, Dylan O’Brien as David
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I’ve heard that Emma Watson has said she’d like to produce and star in a movie adaptation of this book. I would DIE if that really happened. I thought this book was really unique and I think it would stand out amongst other YA films out there. Like I said in my review, this book certainly has some adult themes and mature elements, unlike your run of the mill YA choice, but I still think it’s got some solid content. I would love to see this story play out on the big screen, so Emma…make that happen! My casting wish list: Emma Watson as Kelsea, Emilia Clarke as the Red Queen, Michiel Huisman as the Fetch, Kevin McKidd as Lazarus (he’s actually who I pictured in my head as I was reading!)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This beautiful piece of masterful historical fiction deserves to be on a big screen. It is gripping, full of heart, hope, and possibility. I believe this story is necessary, which is a term I don’t just throw around to any book that graces my shelves. It tells the untold story of many individuals caught in the middle of war. I’d love to see how a director would portray both of the main characters. My casting wish list: Asa Butterfield as Werner, Maisie Williams as Marie-Laure, Liam Neeson as Monsieur LeBlanc
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This is one of my all-time favorite books ever ever ever. I think if the writers and director stayed true to the story, it would be a beautiful work of art. It has an incredible message, imperfect characters, and would be different from other options at the movie theater. My cast wish list: Ashley Greene as Angel, Logan Bartholomew as Michael Hosea
What books do you think would be great movies or TV shows? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading (or watching)! – Caitlyn