Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. There is a new subject each week and this week's topic is "Top Ten Rewind" where we pick a topic we didn't get to do. My topic this week: top ten books you wish were made into movies.

I love it when books are adapted for film, especially when it's done right. Here are some books that I think would make great movies:

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This may be a huge book but I think it could be adapted nicely into a fantastic movie. Of all the books on my list, this one is the book I'd most like to see made into a movie. I'd certainly love to see Jamie on the big screen :)

2. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

This is one of my favorite YA fantasy novels. The dragons would be hard to get right but I would love to see this made into a movie. We need more movies with courageous YA heroines.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
While this moving story would be a challenge to adapt, I think it would make a fantastic movie. The filmmakers would probably have to use flashbacks to show what happened during World War II but the fascinating characters and story would be excellent on the big screen.

4. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I'd love to see Amy and Roger's Epic Detour on film. The travel adventures, the friendship/romance that develops, and the journey the characters go on emotionally would make this a film with wide appeal.

5. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

When I read this book, I kept thinking over and over how this story was made for film. It kind of reminded me of the film Serendipity. With the right actors and screenwriter, this would make a cute, fun teen movie especially at the holidays.

6. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

This book has a powerful and uplifting story that I think would inspire a beautiful movie about a daughter and mother trying to rise above horrible circumstances.

7. Soulless by Gail Carriger

This would be such a fun film. I already know who I'd like to see play Conall Maccon (Kevin McKidd of Grey's Anatomy and Rome) and Professor Lyall (Jude Law). The characters are fantastic and as long as they cast the right person for Alexia, I think it would do well. Even if they never make it into a movie at least I can pretend with the wonderful audiobook.

8. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
I know that years ago the film rights for this series were optioned but it was never developed for film. I think Disney should buy the rights and make them into TV movies. It would do very well. It would be even better as a movie on the big screen but then probably only the first book would be adapted and I like the later books in the series even more. Cammie is a fun and intelligent heroine and so are her friends.

9. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen could be such a fun teen movie if adapted properly. DJ is a great character with a lot of spunk and strength. The football angle would give this a wide appeal to movie going audiences. So enough YA vampire/werewolf movies already! Adapt something like this, Hollywood!

10. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secret Daughter is one of my favorite books and I think this touching story about mothers and daughters would make a wonderful film. The universal theme of mother-daughter relationships would appeal to a broader audience as well.


  1. It's been a while huh! Just thought I would hop over :) Amy and Roger sounds so good, I have to read it!

  2. Secret Daughter is one I've had my eye on. It's a great subject for a movie too.

  3. I need to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Great list btw.

  4. I definitely second your choice of Dash and Lily. While reading it, certain scenes just felt perfect for film adaptation. I think it would be perfect for both YA and adult audiences. Great list!

  5. I definitely think that the Gallagher Girls series should be made into movies. I'm only on the first book, but I think it would be amazing as it's action packed - and I love reading about the gadgets and the school!

    Books of Amber

  6. Fantastic list! I love them all :)

  7. I think that with the write person adapting it, Outland could be really good. I've always wondered if it has been/why it hasn't been optioned. Also, definitely agree with the Gallagher girls series. I think Disney channel would be the perfect place for them to get air time.


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