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Top Ten Books I’d Like Made Into Films

This week’s Top Ten (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is for books we’d like to see as films (I’m British so I say film instead of movie…most of the time).

It’s another tough list, mostly because a huge amount of my books have already been made into films at some point. Some you might have to look really hard for but they’ve been done. Other stories just suit the written word so much that a film couldn’t do them justice. The books that I’ve picked do tend towards sci-fi as they are the ones that seem to translate best onto the big screen.

Altered Carbon – I think it would make an awesome film however I fear the film industry may try and sanitize it. It would make a raw and action packed sci-fi film.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
– This book helped me understand that before the Taliban, Afghan women were just like you and me; they went to university, they held well paid jobs, they wore make-up and some of them were obsessed with fashion. Then The West helped put the Taliban in power and their civil rights were chipped away. Whilst it was a popular book, I think a film would send this message out to a much wider audience. They may need to provide hankies though.

The Rapture – I adore natural disaster films and one of my guilty pleasures is The Day After Tomorrow (yeah I know they science sucks) so I think this is well suited to the big screen. Just imagine that ending…

The Moneypenny Diaries – Wouldn’t a Bond film from Moneypenny’s point of view be great? This series looks a bit girlie but is very much in the style of Ian Fleming’s books. The film wouldn’t even have to follow the plot, just fit in well with the whole Bond franchise (and not be too girlie).

Uglies – Dystopian films are always popular and I think Scott Westerfeld’s world would translate well.

Thief of Time – Heavily influenced by The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I’d love this one to be picked up as the next adaptation. Though I fear the budget for it might not stretch to the special effects required to do it justice.

Shades of Grey – Purely for the visual effects, think selective colour (if you’re not into photography, that’s where you have a mostly black and white image with a splash of colour). It’s amusing and has enough action and intrigue to pull it off.

The Cellist of Sarajevo – I can imagine the soundtrack of beautiful cello music against the back-drop of the war torn city. The bread and water runs would have me on the edge of my seat too.

World War Z – I like to see this as a faux documentary. Plus everyone loves a good zombie movie.

The Raw Shark Texts – I’m sure I heard a while ago that this was going to be made into a film but don’t know what happened. It’s one of my favourite books so I’m a bit wary but if done well it could be amazing.

Books that are being made into films that I’m looking forward to include, Water for Elephants, We Bought A Zoo and War Horse.

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  1. Birdie

    Moneypenny Diaries!!!! Yes, yes, yes…that one's on my list too! Thousand Splendid Suns is still on my TBR list *sigh*

  2. Jorie

    Thanks for commenting to my TT post. You're right about folks being able to "go Avatar" on Uglies.

  3. Katie

    I've been told Thousand Splendid Suns is a great book. I'll have to read it! I like your blog(: and I have to say you have the coolest blog title I've ever read by far!
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  4. Red

    Love your list! I have Shades of Grey and WWZ on mine as well. I think Shades of Grey could be so beautiful if filmed so you only see the colors Eddie can.

  5. Anonymous

    Ooh, Shades of Grey WOULD be fun to see on film. I'd love to see how filmmakers interpret Fforde's world.

  6. gabrielreads

    This list is great. I love disaster films, too. Glad to know I'm not the only one. 🙂

    I also wanted to let you know that you've been awarded the Frequent Commenter Award! Follow the link to come claim it.

  7. KarenSi

    Love your list. I would be interested to see Shades of Grey too (loved that book). I also very much liked Altered Carbon. They are actually making a film of this they are just taking their sweet time. I did briefly consider adding Uglies to my list too. I did read World War Z but zombies scare me to death. No way I coud watch the film.

  8. Trish

    The Cellist of Sarajevo is on my TBR shelf! It sounds like it would be very moving on the big screen.

  9. Brooke

    Uglies has been in pre-production for some time now. I'd love to see a movie version of it, too. I recommend trying 'The Grimm Legacy'. It's a good read!

  10. Anonymous

    Totally agree with World War Z! I definitely saw a documentary/Blair Witch style movie in my head while reading. (I must confess that I will watch just about any zombie movie, but this book really got me.)

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