Top Ten Tuesday: Books You Want To See Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday

Or TV shows!
TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish.


  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
    This has the potential to be amazing. And in the same vein…
  4. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
    This one would be legitimately amazing.
  5. 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 …

  1. 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*
  2. The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan: As a TV show! Three wonderful, magical, occasionally angsty seasons!
  3. 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.
  4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu: GIMME IT!!!
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. And… maybe Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol? It would be an excitingly eerie movie. I think all of us would go see it.


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4.  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!).
  5. 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!