I like this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic. Which books should be made into movies? Here’s my list:
- The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern. I think this book would be great in Tim Burton’s hands. It wasn’t my favorite read, but it has such strong imagery that it’s begging to be made into a movie. I think I heard somewhere that it actually has been optioned.
- Outlander, Diana Gabaldon. It would probably only work as a miniseries, and God knows who they would cast, but it’s such a great series. I’d love to see the books made into films à la The Thorn Birds.
- Looking for Alaska, John Green. I didn’t like this book a whole lot, but I could see it making a pretty good teen movie like Some Kind of Wonderful or Pretty in Pink.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs. Another one with a lot of visual imagery and some great humor that would be fun to watch.
- The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde. I’ve actually talked about this one before.
- The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger. It would be tricky to pull off, but I think if the director did internal monologue voiceovers, it might work.
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman. This could be a sprawling sort of epic with the right cast and script.
- The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins. If this has been made into a successful movie, then I haven’t heard about it, but it would be a great gothic tale.
- Wicked, Gregory Maguire. Why not? They brought it to Broadway. Would be fun to cast Wizard of Oz lookalikes where possible, too.
- King Lear, William Shakespeare. Seriously, why hasn’t one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays been made into a huge movie. They’ve done just about every other major play and even minor ones. I have seen filmed stage versions of this, and there’s a good PBS one, but not exactly major motion pictures.
What about you? What books do you think should be made into movies?