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Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show
I'd love to see the Kingkiller Chronicle as a series of movies or as an HBO TV show. In fact, if I could choose just one book to be made into a movie, I'd choose this one. I have to control outbursts of fangirl-ism as I write this.
The main character of this novel, Kvothe, is a hero in the most classical terms, and he's actually recounting his life from his very humble origins to the point he became a legend. At the same time, we know he has somehow fallen in disgrace in the present time, so he is a darker and more complex character than it seems. So interesting characters who go through many adventures? Sign me in. Besides that, Game of Thrones has shown that it could do very well as a TV show.
2. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Again, a fantasy novel which would do very well as a TV show. It is set in alternate 19th-century Britain and features historical figures as a characters. The result would be a mix between an HBO and a BBC TV show. People of the movie industry, what are you waiting for?
3. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
The adaptation of this novel to screenplay would be so swift that nobody would notice it was adaptated. I have been encountering rumors about the rights being already sold, but I want this movie to materialize now. Adventure, gaming and coming-of-age with a lovable hero and amazing side-kicks, and an evil corporation trying to monetize even breathing and to enslave everyone everywhere. And an 80s soundtrack. Yes, please. This should have been adapted yesterday.
4. Jasper Jones, by Craig Silvey
This YA novel features two precocious 13-year-olds, an adorable love interest with a penchant for impersonating Audrey Hepburn and a misunderstood outcast who set to solve a crime that has shocked the small Australian village where they live, Corrigan. It's a mix between To Kill a Mockingbird and Twin Peaks, and a sadly underappreciated novel. It also broaches more mature themes which complicate matters and show Corrigan's dark underbelly. I think it would be a wonderful indie film.
5. Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, by Dorothy L. Sayers
According to Goodreads, Lord Peter Bredon Wimsey is a bon vivant sleuth in a series of detective novels and short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, in which he solves mysteries - usually, but not always, murders. The whole series is set in 1920s-40s Britain. He is witty, handsome and has an awesome fashion sense. The mysteries are also engaging and well thought-out. It could be a wonderful procedural TV show.
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
An epistolary novel dealing with the day-to-day lives of the peculiar inhabitants of the Channel Islands during the Nazi occupation. And a clandestine literary club, full of witty members. As a TV show, it would make you laugh and cry in the same way Downton Abbey does.
7. Harry Hole series, by Jo Nesbø
Harry Hole is a Norwegian police officer who has some unorthodox methods when in comes to solving crimes. He is a classic hard-boiled detective that comes as a lonely man the reader could be friends with. The novels are really well-written and the mysteries are good and not the kind you have read about before. It could be a great TV show.
8. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
This would be a fantastic gothic thriller. Everyone and their mother is hiding a mystery, the scenery is to die for and could possibly feature some of the most beautiful libraries in film ever. The biographer Margaret Lea is in charge of recording the personal life of famous author Vida Winter. Of course, her life is full of family secrets and dark spots she wants to unveil and hide at the same time, but Margaret herself isn't exactly clean herself...
9. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
I know the first installment of this trilogy, Northern Lights, was already adapted as a movie under the US title, The Golden Compass. This was my favorite series growing up, and still has a place of honor in my library. While the movie had a dreamy décor and the most perfect Mrs Coulter ever (Nicole Kidman, if you're wondering who), it didn't capture the spirit of this Paradise Lost retelling. It was flat and too simple and it didn't satisfy my expectations. Clearly, another adaptation is necessary.
10. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
How do I love this? Let me count the ways. A film has already been made. And it was awful. Despite the dynamism of the novel, the film was sloooooow and boring and artificial and stunted. It was the opposite of the novel. Adapting this is really a challenge, but I think the result could be really cool.