aka who do I have to pay to make these books into movies/tv shows?
2018 has been the best year for book adaptations with Love Simon, A Wrinkle in Time, Ready Player One, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Crazy Rich Asians, The Hate U Give and soooo many more all getting their moment to shine. And all that’s done is made me want EVEN MORE adaptations.
Each book is captivating in its own way and has all the elements that I look for when choosing my next watch.
So here’s my brief* list of books I need to be made into visual art.
An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.
He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan — and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the worldŠand their souls.
In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity….
As much as this book was entirely too long for its own good, the overall idea and world building of this story is something I’d like to see take shape visually. It was even odd enough to meet ‘Stephen King’ levels (i.e. perfect for adaptation) and yet interesting enough that you want to see how it all pans out. I also think that maybe I’d prefer it as a movie/TV show to the book.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The #1 New York Times-bestselling series that brought fans a complex and thrilling world of cyborgs and evil queens is now available as a beautiful boxed set.
Follow Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles from the beginning with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest: Levana’s Story, and the epic conclusion, Winter.
I appreciate that there is valid criticism of this series. I get it. But I also want to acknowledge that visually this would be nothing short of Star Wars beauty with high action and a villain truly worth hating. Plus the setting isn’t the typical, generic town/city so it would be a refreshing change from the usual. Of course, there would need to be elements of the other books in the series but since Winter is the best of the series (in MY opinion), this storyline should be the focus of anyone interested in adapting it. Who doesn’t love an underdog fighting an evil villain?
Gregory and the Grimbockle
Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.
What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…
…that is, before tonight.
This middle-grade story would make the perfect cartoon series for Saturday morning coziness (or an intense binge-watching session). There’s a perfect blend of silly and heartwarming.
They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
Because the very idea that you could know when you’re going to die is just unimaginable enough to work as a really twisted movie. Plus the relationship between Rufus and Mateo is something I’d want to see on the big screen. And that blurb up there perfectly explains the draw to this storyline.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Charismatic characters ✔
Intriguing world building ✔
Beautiful writing that would translate well to the screen ✔
Any of the books in this series would be perfect for the screen, so I’d take any or all of them.
*I’d appreciate if all books were adapted, thank you very much. But if I absolutely had to choose then these would be the ones at the top of my priority list. Plus, my selections are limited to books that I’ve read.
Which books do you want to see hit the screen?
Also, I’d love for you to check out the special requests section. I wanna hear from you!