Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Into Movies

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In a perfect world where books turning into movies are actually done right, I have a running list of books and series that I would love to see on the big screen. I even talked about this subject in a discussion post. The following list will mostly contain books that might not actually be suited for the big screen, but the fan inside of me would love to see it played out besides inside my head. In no particular order:

Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
All I have to say is: Duh. Actually, no, I have more. Can't you imagine seeing one of the best group of friends trading lines back and forth in front of your eyes? Seeing all the cool spy moves that you read about in the books? The mansion? The characters? THE ROMANCE? 

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
"But there already is a Princess Diaries movie out!" No. I love Anne Hathaway and I like that movie, but that is not a true representation of Meg Cabot's series. I would like a REAL version to be made with Tina and Boris in it, all the Michael scenes, and her father, who is actually alive. While I love Julie Andrews, they need to show the true, tough grandmother as well (also, sorry, Joe, but Lars needs to exist as well). They don't have to play out all ten movies although it would benefit everyone, but they better show every single scene of the last book. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Perfect weepy movie. The book is emotional enough, but what if we could see Mia and Adam in the tough scenes? Or the flashbacks of her family? Not a dry eye in the room would be found and Hollywood aims for that. 

Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi
I imagine this one would be hard, but Hollywood has done harder. This is the fangirl inside of me demanding to see Roar on screen. Perry, too, but I have my priorities.

Airhead by Meg Cabot
A regular girl who takes over a model's body...I'm pretty sure Disney has made similar movies so I don't think it would be out of this world for Hollywood to produce a well-done movie version of this. Just no Disney Channel. Please, no. 

Parallel by Lauren Miller
I just reviewed this one and if you haven't read my review, either go read it now or just know that I loved it. Book concussion and all the works. If this was in movie form, I think it's safe to say that nearly the whole population's mind would be blown by Miller's plot (at least, mine would even though I already read the book because the story is that good and it'd be fantastic to actually watch it). Besides, I read Miller's bio and she said she writes scripts. Maybe she could have more say than normal authors do! 

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Same reasons for the Gallagher Girls. Thieves, a lovable group of people I long to actually visualize, and Hale. I want to see the cons played out! 

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Again, I think Disney has danced around this idea as well. Girl goes instantly popular is a common storyline. However, Benway does it wonderfully and her version would not be the same. 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My heart grieves for the bad movies being made instead of the good ones.
What movie audience doesn't like fairytale retellings? Seriously, all the movies being made these days seem to be retellings of some sort. (I personally can't wait for Magnificent and the new Cinderella to come out.) So just add some awesome elements such as Iko, a futuristic/dystopian world, a cyborg protagonist, and all of Meyer's wonderful world building and the box office will be a hit!

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Massive fangirling would ensue if this hit theaters. Girl disguises herself as a boy, becomes a knight, befriends cute guys which includes a thief and a prince, meets many awesome characters, and there's magic. Why hasn't this been made yet? In a perfect movie world, this would be my dream come true. In reality, I think I would be too scared to be excited for it. Maybe. 

Honorable mentions: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine to be done right, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is down here because it IS being made into a movie, Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi but who knows how they'd do that since she's mostly alone, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers even though they might make it dirtier, Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, the rest of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, any Sarah Dessen would be cool, Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen even though there's lots of narrative, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell...I should probably stop.

What books would you love to see on the big screen? Do we share some favorites?

36 comments:

  1. Omg yes If I Stay! It's already going to be a movie and they've cast Adam and Mia so I'm really excited for it. UtNS made my list too! Love that series so much. And I agree, I think Airhead would be great on screen. I'm with you on the Disney part too! Really need to read Parallel but I hope I'll get to it soon. I love that Barney GIF xD
    Great list!

    My TTT

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    1. AH I DID NOT KNOW THAT! Ha, thank you! I hope you like Parallel, because I loved it!

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  2. The Gallagher Girl Series would be an amazing movie! I'm really hoping one will be made eventually. Under The Never Sky is also a great choice. Awesome picks :)

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    1. Same here! I kept imagining it as a movie all throughout my rereading!

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  3. I'd love a movie of Under the Never Sky and Cinder! I think they'd both be fantastic movies - especially Cinder!
    Great list :D

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  4. Yes Gallagher Girls! Also feature on my list! Anything by Rainbow Rowell would be awesome, but I fear would be butchered.

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    1. Very true. I think a lot of them could be (I mean really, anything is possible) but especially so with Rowell books. I'm not sure why, but I do agree.

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  5. I'm looking forward to the If I Stay movie. I'm a fan of the casting so far! Under the Never Sky would be awesome!

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    1. I looked and I am too! I can't believe I missed that. Although I feel like I just forgot.

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  6. The Gallagher Girls!!! And I would love to see Heist Society as a movie! I think Cinder would be neat as a movie, I also think it would be cool as an anime! The Ella Enchanted movie was not bad, but it would be cool to see a movie that actually resembled the book.

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    1. Since I don't read/watch anime, I have no idea, but I would like it to be adapted! Yes, I love me some Anne Hathaway movies, but I want it to resemble.

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  7. You're the second person I've seen who's mentioned Airhead, which I've never heard of even though I adore Meg Cabot. I'm definitely going to have to check it out.

    Here's my list.

    Sarah

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    1. Huh, well you have to read it if you love Meg Cabot!

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  8. These are all awesome choices, Sunny! I especially would love to see Heist Society, Cinder, and Audrey Wait hit the big screen.

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    1. Thank you, Lucy! Wouldn't that be great?

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  9. If I Stay would make a amazing movie, although I would probably be balling my eyes out the entire time :)

    Great list!
    Christy @ Christy's Book Addiction

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    1. It is coming out so bring on the tissues! :)

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  10. You have mentioned some great books Sunny, which I definitely agree with should be made into movies! I loved Princess Diaries and although I loved the two films too, I also would want another film which is similar to the books, I hate that they cut Mia's dad out and I would like an actor who could truly represent how hot Michael is. I also agree that we need movies for If I Stay *sigh Adam* and Parallel just how crazy was that book!

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    1. Thank you, Jasprit! Amen to that. I used to think the movie Michael was kinda cute, but now I want book Michael to be visualized! YES.

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  11. You listed a lot of movies. I really liked Ella Enchanted although I have yet to read the book.

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  12. Great list, sweets! The ones I haven't read yet I still want to read. The only one I probably won't read is Under the Never Sky. I got the audio and tried twice, and I just can't seem to get into it. :( Other than that, yes to the others! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Aw, man. It actually took me a while to get into, but once I did, I was hooked!

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  13. So many of these would've been on my list too, especially a true-to-book Princess Diaries, Audrey, Wait!, Cinder, Ally's books, and Airheard! I think it's cool that If I Stay will be a movie and they've casted Chloe as Mia because we actually went to the same school. I loved reading this! All these books need to be made into movies, and then all us book bloggers have to get together to watch them with a giant bowl of popcorn! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. YOU DID? Whoa! So cool! That would be absolutely fantastic. Book blogger movie night!

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  14. Ah, I just finished Fangirl, and I agree...it would make for the cutest freaking movie! You've read a lot of books up there that I haven't, but I bet they'd all make great movies. You do have great taste in books, after all. :P

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    1. YOU HEARD IT HERE, FOLKS! I HAVE GREAT TASTE AND JEN SAYS SO!

      Thanks ;)

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  15. Really looking forward to the IF I STAY movie! And I've never even heard of AIRHEAD, but it does sound like the perfect thing to be adapted into a film. I'm halfway through AUDREY, WAIT! at this point and can totally see that as a film, too. I hope Hollywood is reading your blog, Sunny. ;)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. So glad you're reading AUDREY WAIT! Ha, I wish ;)

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  16. Yes to the Ally Carter selections! Her plots would translate beautifully into the kind of action movie with a side of romance that everyone devours. I've heard talk of a Heist Society film and I'm hoping that becomes a reality.

    Your Princess Diaries point is great as well. The existing movies are good, but I want to see more of her non-princess aspect of her existence and her regular teenage life. I'm picturing all the wonderful things they could do with her friends' characters and, of course, Michael.

    As a side note, I support the book blogger movie night that Alice talked about because that would be the best thing ever. And hey, with all the chatting technology that we have, who's saying a digital version isn't possible?

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    1. I have too! I hope it comes to be because that would be awesome.

      They are. If I hadn't read the books, I would be okay with them. Now I'm discontented!

      It would be. Anything is possible! And should come to be.

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  17. I totally agree that the Princess Diaries movies didn't really reflect the original series. I was a huge fan of those books when I was younger and would love to see a remake or something. And If I Stay is one that I'm definitely looking forward to! I hope they don't completely ruin it. Under the Never Sky is another brilliant choice. Why hasn't that happened yet?!

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    1. I hope so too! I always get nervous that they will :) THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING!

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  18. If I Stay is going to break my heart! I would love to see Wild Encounter which is set in the African wilderness. I would love to see a movie of Grave Mercy, too! Great choices, Sunny.

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