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Readers spend a lot of time imagining aspects of books: What does this character look like? What does this setting look like? How would this scene play out? And although the reality of book-to-film adaptations isn’t always rosy, I can always dream. Here’s my list of the books I’d most love to see made into films.
1. The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde) – I’d love to see Fforde’s crazy, ridiculous world brought to life. I haven’t been able to pin down what Bradshaw looks like, and for some reason I always imagine Emperor Zhark as looking like Zaphod Beeblebrox (Hitchiker’s Guide). I’d love to see a directors’ take on the characters.
2. The Host (Stephanie Meyer) – I find the themes in Meyer’s novel to be intensely interesting and relevant, and I’d love to see it on the big screen.
3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E.L. Konigsburg) – A classic from childhood that I must have read dozens of times. It’d be kind of tricky to do, because it’s just two characters most of the time, but it’d be worth a viewing.
4. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) – A sweeping epic that would be ludicrously expensive to film, and would possibly merit an NC-17 rating. But it’d make a great movie.
5. Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) – I love British humor, and this book is one of those awesome ones that has some great themes masquerading beneath some absolutely ridiculous comedy.
6. The Masqueraders (Georgette Heyer) – You can never have too many Regency-era films, especially when they’re well-written, humorous, and have lots of swash and buckle.
7. The Giver (Lois Lowry) – I’m surprised this hasn’t been adapted into a film already. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but I think it would make a good family movie, with some social commentary thrown in.
Man, this list has gotten me all excited! Are you listening, filmmakers?
What book(s) would you like to see made into a movie?