TTT: Books To Be Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover, but I can’t really think of any signs that aren’t the same old, same old, so I’m doing a past topic instead: Books To Be Made Into Movies.

Now honestly, I’ve been disappointed by movie versions of books so often that I tend not to think, after reading a great book, that a movie should be made from it. (I’ve listed a few exceptions here and here.)

For the purposes of this list, I’m making the caveat that these books would make great movies IF AND ONLY IF the movie makers actually make the book’s contents into a faithful adaptation and don’t eff it up royally. Also, I might love a book to death, but books that focus on lush writing and internalized emotional arcs just won’t translate to a visual format, so I haven’t included those types.


40381319._sy475_The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I mean, dragons and ichneumons and magic birds. Epic action. People of color represented everywhere. Gorgeous scenery. Detailed fantasy world with cutaway scenes that would illustrate its many myths and legends. My adrenaline spikes just thinking about it.

Uprooted and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The Mangoverse series by Shira Glassman

Magic and fairytales and feminism and queer and Jewish representation.

837188Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams

An epic sci-fi. Fascinating worldbuilding, philosophical exploration of humanity and integrity, character and relationship development, scientific and technological advances, a realistic integration of cultural aspects from around Earth as we know it into a future society, high-energy action and adventure, secrecy and betrayal, and even some undercover work on a pre-technological world.

15819028The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Because I would absolutely fall into this early 1900s New York City period piece with mythological figures and never come back out.

6547258Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

Epic, mind-blowing, painstakingly crafted fantasy world with compelling characters and high-octane stakes.

22048804Lazarus series by Greg Rucka

This futuristic dystopian world where a handful of families rule sections of Earth is brilliantly, realistically devised and opens a ton of questions while providing kick-ass characters and action. Honestly, the panel art is so well chosen that it reads like a movie as is.

6381205Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Because it would be fantastical and action-packed and hilarious.

45046567The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Because it’s the light-hearted, meaningful, uplifting, joyous, hilarious story about found family and kindness the world needs right now.


Honorable Mentions

32620332._sy475_The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Yes of course, but whoever plays Evelyn would basically become her. It would be the actress’ only role, the be all end all of her career, who she would always be known as, because Evelyn is that singular a character. And she would have to be EXTRA PERFECT.

29396738._sy475_Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu

IF they could translate the stunning steampunk designs, for both buildings and clothing, into moving visual form. Otherwise it would be a sin against the graphic novels to butcher that environment. Although after sitting through a movie with that level of beauty, we’d either all go blind or just think everything is hideous by comparison.

9361589The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Again, the visuals and atmosphere would have to be particularly spot on to have the same impact the book does.

38619Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

I would 100% watch a TV show of this post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series, provided it fixed the seriously problematic relationship parts. The found family aspect and wide variety of magical beings/influences are awesome.

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And those are my top books I think would make great movies! Let me know down in the comments what books you’d like to see on the big screen.

5 thoughts on “TTT: Books To Be Made Into Movies”

  1. Oh now that you’ve mentioned it, I would LOVE to see Priory made into a movie! Given how gorgeous the High Western on the foiled cover is, I can’t imagine how beautiful they could render the dragons in moving form 😍 It would also be such an interesting challenge for Sabran’s actress to portray all those different characters (don’t want to mention any spoilers haha). Now you’ve got me really wanting a Priory adaptation ASAP 😂

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  2. Oh I would LOVE to see Priory adapted in any way possible. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be?? I’m honestly surprised that there’s never been any kind of adaptation of Mistborn, considering how popular it is! And yesss, an Evelyn Hugo adaptation could be amazing, but SO MUCH would depend on the main actress. If they found the right person, it could be glorious 😀

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