There is no better…or worse…feeling than sitting in a theater waiting to watch a movie based on your favorite book. It might be great — the book sure was. Or…it might be awful. A lot of us have been there — Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Narnia, Harry Potter, Twilight — and walked out cheering…or crying.
It took me a while to train my brain — or, more accurately, to detach it — in order to separate book characters from movie characters. I usually like to read the book first, but I can’t always squeeze it in. I enjoy movies based off of books — sometimes even more than the book (examples: Stardust and How to Train Your Dragon)
So here’s what I want to know from you: what book would you most like to see turned into a movie? As long as it’s done well, of course.
If I could have one book/series turned into a movie (not counting my own), I’d vote for one of these:
- The Mark of the Lion Series, by Francine Rivers
- The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer
- The Blood of Kings Series, by Jill Williamson — which would be hard to do, but awesome.
- Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
The new trends in movie-making are to create movies based off novels or comic books. Think about just this year: Spiderman 2, Captain America 2, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, Maze Runner, Gone Girl, The Giver, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Mockingjay (not released yet), The Hobbit (not released yet), Edge of Tomorrow, Vampire Academy, Winter’s Tale…should I go on?
Most of these movies were/(will be) the hits of the year. It’s because a lot of novels carry depth and strength that can be tough to create in just a screenplay. I have a feeling our favorite books — even the ones that aren’t blow-the-world-up popular — will make it to screen sooner than you think.
With that being said, what book(s) would you most like to see on screen?
Here’s another one: What books do you wish hadn’t been turned into movies?
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