Top Ten Tuesday # 20: Books That Should Be Movies

September 10, 2013 Allen Zadoff, Demitria Lunetta, Elizabeth Wein, Gayle Forman, Mindy McGinnis, Rainbow Rowell, Rick Yancey, Robin Wasserman, Ruta Sepetys, Sarah Beth Durst, Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:

 Books That Should Be Movies

Books to movies are always a dangerous proposition.  I would love for a filmmaker to take a chance on these: 

Historical Fiction That Will Make You Cry

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Realistic Contemporary Romance

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: (You can read my review here.)  Fangirl is a great look at freshman college life, from the perspective of an introvert.  I’d be curious to see if the filmmakers would resist casting beautiful people in the lead roles.  
Just One Day by Gayle Forman: (You can read my review here.)  Aside from the European travel scenes,  this is a great story of romance and heartbreak.  The film could follow the plot of Just One Day, and just show us Allyson’s perspective, or it could combine it with the coming sequel and weave in Willem’s story.  The audience would know what Willem was up to, even though Allyson wouldn’t.

Scare Me!

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman: (You can read my review here.)
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff: (You can read my review here.)
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis: (You can read my review here.)  This could be made into a movie with very few changes to the story.  Trying to survive in a world without sufficient water, where people are willing to kill to get it, would make for a terrifying movie.

The Aliens are Coming!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: (You can read my review here.)  I believe the movie rights for The 5th Wave have already been sold, so let’s hope it happens.  I have to admit while I was reading this book, I was thinking, “Hmmm…Yancey and/or his publisher were thinking ahead to the potential film, and they’re attempting to keep the special effects costs low.”  Yes, I’m cynical.  You’ll know what I mean if you read it.
In the After by Demitria Lunetta: (You can read my review here.)  This is a great mix of a survivalist story and sci-fi, with two great lead characters.

To Paraphrase The Beatles: Take a Bad Book and Make It Better

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst: (You can see my review here.)  Allow me to explain.  The book was a bit of a mess.  But, the ending is CRAZY, and I kept picturing it as a film in my mind.  It could go one of two ways – absolutely laughable or intensely creepy.  

Your turn!  Which books would you like to see as movies?

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18 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday # 20: Books That Should Be Movies”

  1. Kate Bell

    Love the list! I’ve only read two of these (although I can’t wait to get my hands on Fangirl… I love Rainbow Rowell!).

    I like the categories of how you broke it all up 🙂 Hope you have a great week.

    Kate @ whYAnot

  2. Robyn Jones

    In the After could be really scary! The blurb imprinted on my brain. And I remember reading your review for Boy Nobody and seeing the book as a movie. For a movie girl I can’t think of any books I want turned into movies.

  3. Sandy J

    I haven’t read any of these (shame on me) but I really want to read The 5th Wave and everyone keeps mentioning Not a Drop to Drink that I can’t help getting excited to read that!

    My TTT

  4. Jessica Chiles

    You have a lovely list, most of which I haven’t read yet. However, I have some of these in ARCs, like The Waking Dark and Conjured. I’m glad to see you liked them!

    My TTT!

  5. Nikki

    Now I’m ALL about horror/dystopias/thrillers being made into movies! I think Not A Drop To Drink would be particularly freaky being that it’s such a plausible scenario. It would be kinda like The Walking Dead (sans the zombies) in that it really focuses on the human element more so than the apocolyptic scenario that’s present.

    And just so you know, they ARE making The 5th Wave into a movie! SQUEE!

  6. igamogam

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I’m planning on reading The 5th Wave soon. And I’m really looking forward to reading Fangirl. The rest of your list sounds so good though!

  7. quinnsbooknook

    Yeah, I bet the movie people would cast pretty people as Cath and Levi, etc. Maybe I’m just jaded, though. I actually think Attachments by Rowell would make a wonderful Rom Com. I do think fangirl would be a hard movie to pull off. I love, love, love the book, though.

  8. Becky

    I just picked up the Fith Wave and it is on EVERYONE’S list, lol. I’m so excited to start it now, but I’ll be thinking about the low budget haha. My TTT

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