Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into Movies

Generally, I don’t like book-to-movie adaptations because I tend to be a purist—I don’t care if novels don’t read like  movie scripts, don’t change anything. I realize this isn’t usually possible, so I just try to avoid movie adaptations of books. But these are the ten that I’d like to see as movies—if, of course, they stayed (completely) true to the book.

1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card. Okay, sorry, this might be cheating because I think they are actually making a movie out of it—but I’ve been hearing that for the past ten years and apparently production hasn’t really gone anywhere. I’m highly skeptical of anyone who attempts to make this into a movie, but if it lives up to my impossibly high standards, it would be an incredible thing to see.

2. Tick Tock – Dean Koontz. A 300+ page, action-packed, hilarious novel that takes place over the course of only 18 hours? Sounds like a fantastic movie to me.

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. Yes, yes, I know a Jane Eyre movie just came out. But I don’t want to see a “true” adaptation of this one. No, I want to see something in the style of Clueless, with Jane Eyre’s story adapted to 1995 Beverly Hills. (An equally cheesey time/location will do—Woodstock, perhaps?—but I’d love to see it as a companion to Clueless as well.)

4. Watchers – Dean Koontz. I think there actually was a movie made, but I vaguely remember reading a synopsis on IMDB and thinking that it made no sense at all. If the Powers That Be were able to fully capture Einstein’s personality, Nora’s reclusiveness, Travis’s superstition and Vince Nasco’s plain old evilness, it could be a fantastic movie.

5. Bedbugs – Ben H. Winters. Okay, I’m not sure I would want to actually see this movie, but this novel is short and intense enough that I think it would make a fantastic movie. It scared the crap out of me though (okay, maybe just severely creeped me out, but I felt things crawling on me for days) so I am pretty sure I would not actually go see this.

6. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury. But only if it was in black and white like To Kill A Mockingbird. (And if they got Gregory Peck to play Will’s father.)

7. Divergent – Veronica Roth. It would be worth seeing this in the theater just to drool over larger-than-life Four. I think a movie might already be in the works, no?

8. Cathedral – Nelson DeMille. This is another one that I don’t think I would personally want to see in the theater (too bloody and violent—which, strangely, doesn’t bother me  about the book), but I think it would make a great action flick. The IRA takes over St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC…on St. Patrick’s Day? Awesome.

9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I don’t think this one even needs an explanation.

10. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner. Except that it would be a romantic comedy focusing on Dewey Dell and the guy who knocked her up, and they have to overcome a series of comic pratfalls while transporting her mother across the country to be buried, but ultimately make it through and live happily ever after. Actually, no, not really at all, but I’d like to see a similarly absurd premise…

This weekly meme courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish.

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into Movies

  1. I have been waiting for Ender’s Game for SO long, it finally looks like it’s happening and even better I think it’s a combo of Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow I hope they don’t screw it up it could be great!

  2. Great list! I know Ender has been in the works several times, but it finally looks like it’s going to get done pretty well. I also liked the book Watchers, but the movie (I can’t even remember whether it was a movie-movie or a tv-movie) was pretty awful and NOTHING like the books.

    Speaking of horrible adaptations you’d like to see re-done well, I’m putting down LeGuin’s Earthsea books. They’re just beautiful, but the thing they put on on SyFy should have never been allowed.

    • I hope they do Ender’s Game well…if they don’t, I”ll be so sad.

      I’m going to add Kubrick’s The Shining to the list of horrible adaptations–the miniseries from the 90s was awesome and much better than the feature film.

  3. I haven’t read most of the books on your list, LOL. But I could see Divergent as a great movie or mini-series. … Though of course it all depends on how the next book comes out and everything…

    • True! I can’t wait until I get mine next week–I preordered it a few weeks ago, but thanks to super saver shipping I won’t be getting it till Monday or so…

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