Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re chatting it up about books we want to see turned into films. Lately there’s been such an explosion of YA books being adapted to films (thank you Twilight for being a crappy example, and thank you Hunger Games for being pretty near perfect). Fortunately, tons of great books are currently optioned for films. Hopefully Catherine Hardwicke stays far, far away from them and the finished product will be entertaining. The films rights have been sold on most of these choices, which means that hopefully they’ll get made into good movies someday soon.
Also, it’s a given that I want to see Catching Fire (even though I’m unhappy that Gary Ross isn’t directing it), right? Good.
1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks– I love this book, even though it isn’t huge and blockbuster-y. It’s fun and smart and it’s so funny. This is the kind of movie I’d dive into again and again. No CGI, no big action sequences, just something that’s well-written and witty. As far as I know, there aren’t any plans to make a movie here. Sad face!
2. The Mortal Instruments series– I’m so excited to see what becomes of this film. It has the potential to be stellar. I love the casting of Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. This is one that can easily be HUGE if it’s done right.
That pic was totally photoshopped by some awesomely nerdy fan (Tee says after she spent twenty minutes searching for Mortal Instruments images. Who’s the nerd now?).
3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone– This book was so vivid in its descriptions. I’d love to see the real locations combined with the mythological characters and their world. And I love the story. It would be amazing to see Karou and Akiva on the big screen, blue hair and all. Universal owns the rights, so hopefully they crank out a good one here.
4. Divergent– Well, that’s a given isn’t it? This has the potential to be ginormously amazing. Summit owns the rights, so hopefully it’s not another Twilight. They’re doing Enders Game and Warm Bodies too, so we’ll see.
5. When You Were Mine– This book comes out TODAY, but months and months ago there was already buzz about the film rights being sold. Initially, there were rumors about Keira Knightley possibly being attached, but according to Variety, it looks like the cast has finally been settled. If they stick to the story it’s going to be beautiful and sweet and tragic in every way. I’ll be there opening day.
6. Legend– I really enjoyed this book, but in truth, I think it would make an even better movie. It has all the elements–good guys, bad guys, bad guys who think they’re good guys, murder, lies, love–to make it totally entertaining. I think the casting of this one would be key. CBS owns the rights and they guys who produced Twilight are involved. (Eeeks!)
7. The Sky is Everywhere– I refuse to discuss the fact that Selena Gomez is slated to play Lenny. The movie in my head is quite different and if it were to be done right, with all that poetry and pain and humor and with the right actors, it would be beautiful.
8. Shatter Me– This book is so cool and it has that dystopian vibe while still having this awesome superhero thing going on. I love it. I’d be very interested to see who’d play Warner, the guy we
want to kiss love to hate. 20th Century Fox owns the rights.
9. The Knife of Never Letting Go– Every time I even read this title I sigh with love and sadness. Oh, this one is SO GOOD! Todd! Viola! Lionsgate owns the rights, so let’s see what they do with it.
10. Delirium– This is a beautiful book. I think it has the potential to be such a good film if they can translate the raw emotion that Lauren Oliver captured in Lena’s story. As far as I know, Fox 2000 owns it, but I haven’t heard much more than that.
Oh, did you think I was finished?
11. Tempest– I love stories about time travel and this is a good one. It has a love story, a hot guy, kissing, bad guys–the whole deal. Also, I really love stories told from a male POV, as this one is. The film rights were acquired by Summit and the author, Julie Cross, picked her dream cast here. Anyone who chooses Alaric from The Vampire Diaries, as Ms. Cross did, is good in my book.
12. Lola and The Boy Next Door– I need movies like this story. Happiness, cuteness, love and kissing, and–be still my heart–best friends who fall in love. Le sigh!
I’ll stop there, although I could keep going. We could be here for days!