Or TV shows!
TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish.
- Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
This has a lot of crossover potential and I can see it appealing to a wide range of people. It’s a good coming of age story.
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
I just want to see Little John brought to life on the big screen. I think I’d be terrified and loving it. Plus, imagine the flapper costumes. Swoon!
- The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
This has the potential to be amazing. And in the same vein…
- The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
This one would be legitimately amazing.
- The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The dancing, the colours, the passion. Ah, this would be fantastic to watch.
Oooh! I like Nafiza’s list! Hmm …
- The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco: If I know all the twists and what to expect, it won’t be half as scary, right? Right? RIGHT?! *dives under the covers*
- The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan: As a TV show! Three wonderful, magical, occasionally angsty seasons!
- The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott: I still haven’t finished it, but Kate recently pointed out how perfect Zendaya would be as Cat, and I can’t get that image out of my head. I wish it would happen.
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu: GIMME IT!!!
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis: I need it, I tell you. *creepy whispering* Need.
I don’t trust movie-makers not to do horrible things to my darling books. There are a few that might translate well, though:
- Maybe Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson? A short, film that plucks at your heart like a musician to a lyre. The text of the book – what it says and what it doesn’t say – leaves generous room for a filmmaker to expand on that poetic sparsity and make a short that is just as amazing as the picturebook itself.
- Maybe The Water of Possibility by Hiromi Goto? A lovely interweaving of contemporary Canadian life on the prairies with Japanese mythology and culture. The resolution of the conflict is particularly satisfying.
- Maybe The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black? I want the midnight-blue garment with old-gold-embroidered griffins, phoenixes, and dragons worn by a certain boy in a glass coffin. I’m not exactly sure what piece of clothing it is (the garment is described as a doublet on p. 25, and a tunic on p. 100) but it sounds beautiful. Yes I took notes. That is perfectly normal behaviour.
- And… maybe Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol? It would be an excitingly eerie movie. I think all of us would go see it.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I think it could have some great potential as either a T.V. series or a film. Though a T.V. series set in this world would be pretty cool (and probably would totally kick Once Upon a Time‘s ass, I’m not a fan).
- The Diviners by Libba Bray – I’m with Nafiza on her entire list but I have to put this one on my own as well, how beautiful and freaky would this film be? Set in the roaring 20s – the music, the dancing, the costumes, the drinking, the slums and the decadence – but also the great supernatural elements. I’d love this.
- The Girl who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson – This is an old story that is just ripe for the plucking! No adults, a teen girl protagonist and leader, significant fighting between opposing factions – a death or two and certainly injury. The only thing is… there is kind of a happy ending when the main antagonist decides that, rather than fighting to the death, they should work together to survive. *shrugs* I still think it’s a good story!
- The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – Because, let’s face it, the Kane Chronicles are way better than Percy Jackson! Not only do they move a little faster (only three books), they encompass the Egyptian mythos (equally, if not more cool as the Greek) there are less cliché bits in them – the training camp thing is still there, but it’s better in the Kane series and less prevalent. I know that those Percy Jackson movies were terrible but I really think that the Kane series would make a better, shorter, spectacle (also, I like the characters better!).
- Legend by Marie Lu – For a couple of reasons, I liked this series a little more than The Young Elites (which made Yash’s list) AND it features POCs in a dystopian world. Can we please make movies with POCs in different kinds of stories, like fantasy and dystopia etc…? As much as I enjoyed Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies if this becomes a movie before Legend well, it’s just more pretty white people in the spotlight. Come on Hollywood! Come on!