Jun 2, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (134)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Seeing books we love get made for the screen is a bit of a conundrum, because it's SO COOL and the story is literally going to come to life...but what if the move makers mess it up, or it's not what you had pictured? Some book-to-screen adaptations I've really liked--Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games--and some are just not good--Blood and Chocolate, Vampire Academy. There are a few books that I think could be pretty cool on screen, but there are rules: the book must be followed as much as possible, no shitty Disney actors (for main character roles I think I prefer "nobody" actors), and effort must be put into the adaptation to make it as spectacular possible. (For example, I haven't finished all the Harry Potter books so I don't know how well they match up, but I think the movies are made awfully well.) If any of the following books get made for the screen, consider my movie ticket preordered or my DVR set as of now.

Director: Susan Ee
Set notes: Keep it cinematic, apocalyptic, and make those wings (and the romance) epic.

Director: Elizabeth Wein
Set Notes: All tickets should come with Kleenex, and make sure you hire a SCOT for a certain character--not a BRIT (and keep all the important lines from the book, you hear me, Hardy?).

Director: Eliot Schrefer
Set Notes: Use a bonobo, not a chimpanzee, and do not call them monkeys--and make this film visually stunning.

Director: Michael Grant
Set Notes: If a TV show, it needs to be on a premium channel because some seriously uncensored fucked up stuff happens.

Director: Katie Cotugno
Set Notes: Please do a good job of flipping between the Before and the After, and give this a powerful, indie feel.

Director: Meg Cabot
Set Notes: Keep the feel fun, the graphics good, and this may appeal to fans of Buffy and Veronica Mars.

Director: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Set Notes: Make this the best damn crime-solving show to ever exist, and bring the characters and their personalities to life.

Director: Ashley Elston 
Set Notes: Don't make this a cliche--make this a thriller with a thrilling and sweet romance.

Director: Sarah Dessen
Set Notes: Make this sweet and musical, and go for the indie feel (and do not mess up Dexter and Remy).

Director: Sarah J. Maas
Set Notes: Make it badass and bloody, and if you mess this up, the fans will be after you with more than just torches and pitchforks.

What books do you want to see on the screen?


  1. I love the way you formatted this. I could not agree more that some adaptations are just... -sigh-

    Here's my TTT

  2. This is a great list and I love the way you've done it! Throne of Glass? YES PLEASE!

  3. I haven't read any of these. I'm intrigued by them based on your set notes though! :) And I've been meaning to pick up Throne of Glass.

    My TTT!

  4. Throne of Glass was on my list this week too. I haven't read Code Name Verity yet but it's on my summer reading list.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/top-ten-tuesday-7/

  5. I'd love a good indie film of How to Love. It would be spectacular.

  6. I most definitely agree that the Gone series should be on TV. I'd be all over that!

  7. I most definitely agree that the Gone series should be on TV. I'd be all over that!

  8. Great choices! I would love to see Code Name Verity and Endangered on the big screen!


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