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We all have those books we wish we could see on the big screen. I’m always a little bit worried when they say they’re coming out with another of my favorites, because there are so many things they can do wrong. And I honestly think we need to get back to more original works – the majority of films out recently are either sequels or based on something else, like books movies or video games. BUT, if made to chose, these are the 10 I’d love to see in no particular order. [links go to my reviews, or a GoodReads page where you can find more information on the books listed]

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I know they recently did Hunger Games and this is very similar, but I think it could be done so very differently and still be an amazing movie.
2. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – Okay so technically they already did this one once, but they did such a poor job I’d like to see them do it again and do it RIGHT this time!
3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love the Studio Ghibli version, but I really REALLY want them to do a live action version. I even cast it for them back when I reviewed it a year ago!
4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I loved this book so much! More of this book is ALWAYS a good thing. Plus, if they got the right costumers and set builders it would make just about the prettiest movie I’ve ever seen.
5. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett – All of the Terry Pratchett adaptations haven’t quite worked because they tried too hard to put too much of the great one-liners and ironic moments. For that reason I almost think this one would be better as a TV show, but with the right director (Joss Whedon maybe?) I think it could be pulled off.
6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh – I can’t say enough times how much I love this book, but I think it would also make an amazing movie. It really feeds on the darker trends in film recently. I can picture the scenes, especially in Poe’s world, so vividly that I wish someone would just pluck it out of my brain and make it real!
7. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley – This is one that I haven’t talked too much about on my blog, as I discovered it pre-blog, but I think the premise and unique twists make it great for film. That said, I’d be really picky about who directed it and who was cast cause it has the potential to be really cheesy too. (Sunshine by Robin McKinley was a candidate for this spot as well, but I decided it would end up too much like True Blood and all those other vampire TV shows already out there)
8. Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey – I love this Beauty and the Beast retelling and it has such potential as a period piece! With the resurgence of fairy tales I sincerely hope someone has thought to bring this one back to light.
9. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende – Again, this one has been done already, but let’s face it, it was the 80’s. Let’s do it again and make it better, k? (At least this one has an excuse for being awful *glares at Percy Jackson writers/directors*)
10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – I have a shameful confession to make: I’m a sucker for cutesy teen rom-coms. This one is serious enough, at least I wouldn’t feel guilty for watching it!

That’s my list for this week. Did you pick any of these?

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16 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Coming to the silver screen (I wish)”

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I've always wanted to read Howl's Moving Castle. I see it mentioned a lot around the blogosphere.

    Here's my
    Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Made into Movies.
    I'd love to have you stop by!

  2. Alyssa says:

    YAY to Mercedes! I have to read Fire Rose ASAP! The others are good choices as well but I haven't read many of them! Adding some to my TBR :]

  3. Becky says:

    I've seen Divergent on so many lists today! I guess I should probably read that one and see what all the fuss is about. 😉

    I TOTALLY agree about The Neverending Story, too. The original holds a special place in my heart from when I watched it as a kid, but I watched it again recently and… Yeah. It was not good. Sometimes memories are better staying that way. 😛

  4. The Housework Can Wait says:

    Aw, come on, the '80s Neverending Story is awesome! "FIGHT AGAINST THE SADNESS ARTEX!" I cry every. single. time.

    It would be interesting to see what a modern take would look like, though.

    I've got to add a few of yours to my list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  5. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase says:

    Oooh, a live version of Howl's Moving Castle would be really cool! And I loved The Neverending Story movie, but it could be cool to see a new version. Great list, and thanks so much for stopping by my TTT!

  6. Penelope Lolohea says:

    Great picks! I'd love to see a movie version of Divergent, and also a new version of The Neverending Story (LOVED that movie as a child). They're currently making the second Percy Jackson, and it has a new director, so I'm holding out for a much better sequel. :)

  7. Jamie says:

    Awesome picks! I can TOTALLY see 13 Little Blue Envelopes as a cute teen rom-com. AH I wish this would happen!!

  8. Jamie says:

    Oooh great picks! I can TOTALLY see 13 Little Blue Envelopes as a teen rom-com! SO can see it!!

    I haven't seen Percy Jackson on the big screen yet but it's sad to know that it wasn't that great!

  9. Anne says:

    Oh yes, do! Fire Rose is my absolute favorite of her Elemental Masters series! Glad I could help add to your pile.

  10. Anne says:

    Yes you definitely should!

    Yeah, I'm not saying the original isn't special, it's just so… 80's you know? I just think they could do a really amazing remake with all the special effects they can do now.

  11. Anne says:

    It is awesome in it's own right, I just want to see what it'd be like in a new version. It's gotten to the point where I cringe a little every time I watch it because it's just too limited by its time.

  12. Anne says:

    Oh I hope so! They screwed the plot up so royally in the first one, though, I'm having a hard time figuring out how they'll even be ABLE to do a sequel…

  13. Anne says:

    I know, wouldn't it? I've already cast it and everything, all they have to do is get everyone together =P

  14. Anne says:

    Yeah, unfortunately they really screwed up the plot, for no apparent reason. I can be okay with messing with the plot if they have a good reason, but it's pretty obvious they just… didn't.

  15. Anne says:

    It's unfortunate, I think, that as bloggers we feel like we need to review the latest and greatest, because that sometimes means we miss out on the best "classics." You should definitely read it if you get a chance!

  16. Vicki says:

    I've been meaning to see/read Percy Jackson. My dad enjoyed the movie, but he doesn't read any fiction, so… I definitely think The Neverending Story could benefit from a reboot. I just wish movie writers/directors would stop seeing a children's story or even YA and think they need to talk down to their audience instead of presenting the great story that speaks to all ages. Sigh.

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