Books that should be a Movie… Pretty Please?

Books into films is always a precarious one. Will it be Harry Potter, where we’ll flock in our masses to the studio tour, rewatch the films at any given opportunity and laugh rather than cringe at the slight book to film inaccuracies? Or will we get that adaptation that doesn’t even resemble the books, where the characters aren’t recognisable and all the joy has been bleached out for dramatic effect? *cough* Percy *cough cough* Jackson.

All I’m saying is film adaptations are a tight rope, a balancing act. And if some massive producer gets hold of this Top Ten Tuesday list full of books we want to see as movies, I am not responsible for any plot changing, character looking completely different films that may follow. That said, if we get a sensational hit then I’ll take nothing less than 50%.

1. A Darker Shade of Magic

Honestly most of this is just me wanting to see Kells cloak. And the red Thames. A Red Thames people 😍

2. To Kill a Kingdom

Pirates? Syrens? Princes? What more can you want. And that final battle with the sea queen would just work perfectly on the big screen.

3. Children of Blood and Bone

I’m sort of imaging Ice Age meets Lord of The Rings with this one. Lots of unusual fluffy creatures but also some deadly questing thrown in there.

4. Asking for It

Genuinely serious one here. I just finished this novel and the message is just too important to not hit the big screen.

5. Caravel

Ok, I might not be able to visit Caravel or sample the amazing cider but surely seeing all the glamour unfold in a cinema is somewhat close? And Scarlets dress would be amazing on a film.

6. The Night Circus

We can all buy stripy scarfs to match the film! It can have a proper following like the circus did! I’m imagining this people and it’ll be amazing.

7. Circe

Not only is this an excellent book with a fab plot, but I bet it would be a low budget film. You’d only need a handful of actors and just one set really. I’m envisioning this as one of those films with a narrator at the beginning of scenes, but possibly that’s because I read the Audiobook πŸ€”

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Just those vivid descriptions of Prague and the mysterious undertones, ah what a fan film this would be. The book is so enchanting.

9. The Raven Boys

Oh come on, this would make an excellent film. You could use one of those fancy country house schools as the set and have actors that look about 25 pretend to be 16 which will of course make the youth of today feel they look too immature. See, I know what they do.

10. Skulduggery Pleasant

I haven’t yet worked out the best way to bring to life a talking skeleton, but I’m thinking with a lot of CGI this could work. If they did the Lion King they can definitely manage Skulduggery.

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it! A list of books that would make exceptional films. And, bizarrely, this topic couldn’t be more topical because I’m going to the Harry Potter studios this weekend with my boyfriend! A very generous Christmas gift 🎁

But back to this list. Anyone else agree? Disagree? Have a list yourself? Would love to hear from you in the comments section!

30 thoughts on “Books that should be a Movie… Pretty Please?

  1. I would love to see the Shades of Magic series adapted! I think it would make a great anime tbh, especially with the colours and Kell’s coat.

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      1. I feel like I’ve heard whispers about this! That’s so exciting! (This also means I need to get round to reading the last book…πŸ™ˆ)

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  2. I would love to see all of these! I know they’re working on A Darker Shade of Magic, but it’s still in development so it might not happen. Children of Blood and Bone has been optioned for film, so has The Night Circus and Maggie Stiefvater is working on a script for The Raven Boys TV show, she posted it on her Instagram a while back. I know there was talk of a Skulduggery film a while ago, but apparently the script was terrible and Derek Landy took the rights back, I don’t think it’s gone anywhere else yet. As for the others, I haven’t heard anything about them, but I’d definitely love to see them!
    My TTT; https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/top-ten-tuesday-211/

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  3. Caraval made my list, too! I listed the first 10 series that came to my mind and used them, but then I continued the list a bit to see what else came to mind for a future post. The Raven Boys is on that list! Great picks.

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  4. I agree with you: if things were done right, To Kill a Kingdom would work perfectly on the big screen. Hope you have fun at the Harry Potter Studios this weekend.

    Happy readings! πŸ˜‰
    TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

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  5. OMG I love this list! YASSSSS A Darker Shade of Magic made my list too!!! Can we please have an adaptation for this??? Just to see the characters brought to life in the parallel Londons would be so intriguing to watch. Yayyy!!! I also had Children of Blood and Bone and Caraval as well. They are just beautiful works of fantasy that offer so much imagery and brilliant plot lines! Ooooo I still have yet to read the Night Circus. I have heard a lot of great things about it but I am so late on this haha Do you recommend it? And great list BTW!

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  6. Oh, nice selections. I just hope if they make those into movies, they should give justice to the beauty of the book.

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  7. I’ve had Circe on my TBR list for ages now and really keep meaning to pick it up.
    I’d love a movie version of A Darker Shade of Magic too, it would be so good πŸ™‚

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