You guys, I finally remembered to jump in on the Top Ten Tuesdays bandwagon on a TUESDAY! I swear, I always see the posts over at The Broke and the Bookish and want to add my own, only to realize I missed the boat. A day late and a dollar short, as my grandpa would say. Well, I’m still missing that dollar bill, but it’s Tuesday and I’m here!
2012/2013 has been a great–and terrible–year in film and TV adaptations of books. Maybe I’m just now paying attention, but it feels as though more book-to-film adaptations have surfaced in recent years than before. There have been some shining moments (The Hunger Games), some stinkers (Mortal Instruments), and some that were not green lighted and thus will never be seen (Delirium). There some I’m so excited for that I’m constantly refreshing my twitter and Facebook feeds for updates (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, If I Stay, Catching Fire, etc…), and some rumors that I’m still waiting, breath held, for proof of (The Giver, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Fifth Wave).
A lot of my must-reads have been or are being adapted to the screen, but there are still so many books I wish I could see. Here are my top ten:
Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty series
This has been on the top of my list since I was 16. It would kill me to see the series butchered, but I honestly believe it would be a perfect choice to adapt.
Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden
The thing I loved about this book was how it reached across the generations. I loved it, my mom loved it, and my grandma loved it; but we all loved it for different reasons.
Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily
Have I mentioned how much I love this story yet? Tiger Lily bridges the gap between mainstream readers and diverse characters (few Native American MC’s in YA). I’d love to see how the crows and Tinkerbell and this entirely human Peter and less-than-sympathetic Wendy would be interpreted on screen.
13 Little Blue Envelopes / The Last Little Blue Envelope
The travel. The romance and heartbreak. The tears. I think the YA film world is overdue for a journey around Europe.
Jennifer Castle’s You Look Different in Real Life
Probably due to the fact that most of the action takes place on camera. I kept wanting to watch the FIVE at 5 / 11 / 16 documentaries and to see the drama play out on the screen, where it seemed to belong. My perfect casting for Justine: Emma Stone.
Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl
Yes, Hollywood absolutely butchered the last Sophie Kinsella book they touched, but I’d love to see this quirky and unique romantic comedy on screen. Preferably NOT with Katherine Heigl.
Libba Bray’s The Diviners
In keeping with the roaring twenties, this supernatural thriller would make a great film, or even (and I say this carefully because book-to-tv rarely goes well) a TV show along the lines of GRIMM. Basically, I just love Libba Bray and want the rest of the world to read and love her, too (instead of some other *cough*ELJames*cough)
Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
With all the YA films coming out, you don’t see many that deal with modern teenage life the way that the BratPack did, along with the power of choice and the difference between doing what’s easy and what’s right.
Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series
I’m still horrified that Fox passed on this pilot, but at the same time, I think it would have much more success as a film.
Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls
Imaginary Girls would be amazing as a movie, with the spookiness and the people in the water. It’s the perfect mix of psychological thriller and coming of age.