Last night, at a point in the evening when it was FAR too late for me to even contemplate writing another blog post, Angie posted a Top Ten Tuesday post that I knew I had to jump in on. The topic? The ten books that you'd love to see turned into a movie/TV show. I mean, come on. How could I not get involved in that, even if it were a good 24 hours late?!
Without any further ado, here are the ten books/series that I'd love to see on some form of screen:
1. The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
I love the crap out of these books, and I particularly love the fact that Carriger ended the series on a high note. It would be pretty intense when it came to special effects, what with werewolves and all, so perhaps it's better that we see this one on the big screen rather than the small, even though it would inevitably mean losing some spectacular scenes.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I'm not entirely sure how well this would work as a movie, considering how much of it is caught up in feelings and internal thoughts and things that can't necessarily be conveyed effectively outside of the written form. But I just loved this book SO MUCH that I desperately want it to be a movie. I mean, the soundtrack alone would make it completely worthwhile!
3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I know a lot of people participating in the link up mentioned wanting "Anna and the French Kiss" to be adapted into a movie. But personally, I squeed over Lola's story much harder, and I would LOVE seeing her eccentric taste in fashion and her amazing dads and the adorableness that is Cricket turned into a movie.
4. The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
While I love the crap out of the Chocolat movie, I'm a little disappointed that they made the decision to set it in the 1950s, because it means that it's really difficult to adapt this completely and utterly brilliant sequel into a film. Published in the US as "The Girl With No Shadow", it follows Vianne and Anouk to Montmatre, where they meet a mysterious girl named Zozie who has a spectacular collection of shoes, but isn't all that she seems.
5. The Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter
I know, I'm unashamedly fangirling all over this series at the moment. But I just love the crap out of these books. SORRY NOT SORRY. And I think they'd make the most spectacularly zany TV series of awesomeness. Bonus points to anyone who can work out a way to reverse age Tom Hiddleston so that he can play Gomery. And, ya know, if you want to reverse age me to play Fair at the same time, I'm totally on board with that! I have yet to figure out who would play Monty...
6. The Jane Austen Mysteries series by Stephanie Barron
Okay, this is a total guilty pleasure series in which Jane Austen gallivants around the countryside solving mysteries with the roguish Lord Harold Trowbridge. The books are told through Jane's diary entries, but I think any important dealings contained therein would work nicely as a voiceover. Definite TV series material!
7. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Another one that I'd love to see as a TV series. It's kind of hard to determine at this point, given that only the first book of the (presumed) series has been published, but mysterious murders, superpowers, and a weird museum with a dose of 1920s flapper outfits? PUT IT ON MY TELEVISION NOW PLEASE.
8. The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Oh my God, I would LOVE to see these books as movies. There'd be a crapton of CGI involved to make the beasties and the clankers come to life (and hopefully not look completely horrific). But there's so much action and depth and general fabulousness involved that I think these would be spectacular movies.
9. Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
I have a bizarre level of love for this weird little mystery series. This, the first book, is hands down my favourite, and I'm not sure I've EVER laughed as much over a book as I did this one the first time I read it. The characters are fabulous, the misunderstandings between certain characters are fabulous, and pretty much anyone can relate to the dramas of being involved in the planning of a wedding. I'm less certain about adapting the rest of the books into movies, but this one would be MAGNIFICENT. You know, provided they actually cast someone as Meg who looks like she could wield a blacksmith's hammer...
10. The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
The Napoleonic Wars with dragons? Uh, YES PLEASE. I feel like this one would work best as a mini-series, perhaps because the first I heard of it was when a friend referred to it as "Hornblower with dragons", and Hornblower is a mini-series, so...yeah. If they could get the CGI right for the dragons, it would be completely and utterly amazing, if a little gory.
I'm also going to add in a series that I really DON'T want to see adapted - Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. There've been a couple of attempts at turning various Pratchett books into mini-series, and they've all - from my perspective at least - failed to capture the magic that is Discworld. On one hand, it seems like something that would work better as an animated series. But on the other, animation couldn't quite fulfill some of the awesome scenes that Pratchett creates. And live action, as has been shown with Hogfather and Colour of Magic, has thus far fallen short. Much better, I feel, to leave them as books and let readers rely on their imagination to bring the Discworld and its characters to life!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and features a new top ten list each week.
What books would you love to see turned into movies/TV shows? Any that you WOULDN'T want to see adapted?