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.
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.
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 🤔
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!