I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday very often, but I saw a headline in my feed saying that today’s subject was blending two of my favorite things and I knew I just had to join in this week. Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s subject is the Top 10 Books I’d Love to See as a Movie or TV Show.
So if you’ve been around here for a day or two, you might have realized that I loooooooove television (almost as much as books!) and I’m pretty fond of movies as well. So these are the books I’d love to see translated on the screen, hopefully in a way that would make me watch them over and over and over again. I’m excluding some that are in the works already, like Robopocalypse, The 5th Wave, The Giver and American Gods.
- The Dearly Departed series by Lia Habel – I think this would be top of my list at all times, partly because a television show or movie series would probably mean that Habel would finish the series instead of leaving it in limbo as it currently stands after two books. But mostly it’s because Bram the Zombie Soldier stole my heart and I need him on screen to demand it back.
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – These books are made for movies and a cyborg Cinderella story is seriously missing in today’s cinema. Studios like to rehash faerie tales. Take advantage of a series that gives those stories a cool science fiction twinge.
- The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – The BBC needs to buy the rights and create a Downton Abbey with vampires and werewolves series. Alexia Tarabotti is made for television and with the witty sense of humor, the fun take on monster tropes and the steampunk elements, this could be a hit.
- Something Strange & Lovely by Susan Dennard – More zombies. I’m getting predictable, I know. I just want to see Daniel and Eleanor on a screen being snarky at each other and then passionately making out under street lamps in a steampunk-ish Victorian-era Philadelphia while hordes of vampires terrorize a public that pretends they aren’t there.
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – The shadowy powers that be tried making this into a series, but the stupid powers that be at FOX didn’t pick it up. It was passable, but this spooky series deserves an equally dark show or movie that explores the fantasy elements as well as the horrors while keep intact the underlying story about a broken family fighting to stay together. There is so much fantastic material here to explore.
- Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – SOMEBODY MAKE THIS A MOVIE BEFORE ZACH LEVI IS TOO OLD, DAMN IT!
- Feed by Mira Grant – Zombies are in, so it could be popular even though it’s nothing like any zombie book I have ever read. It’s a political mystery with zombies at the background. Mostly I want it to be on film, so that they film that one scene that still brings me to tears thinking about it a year later just so other people would understand my pain.
- Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield – Steampunk robot machines (see pic on the right) on one side, amalgamated animal monsters on the other, two spunky protagonists to spar between and the backdrop of an altered World War II. It would be a brilliant trilogy of movies with a solid beginning, middle and end.
- Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde – Think Once Upon a Time but with characters from classic and not-so-classic novels, time travel, a smart and tough lead female with a pet dodo bird and a world where bizarre is the norm. It would be AMAZING!
- House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski – Forgive my cursing, but this entire book is a giant mindfuck that left me dazed, confused and a little scared during a time I lived far from home and away from everything I knew. I can’t fathom how it would translate onto screen, but it would make for one tense thriller/horror thing of crazy.
If you had a bucket full of money and a studio to produce your every whim, which book or series would you put on the screen?