I love book to film adaptations. Apart from the select few which have been absolutely awful, most that I’ve seen I’ve really enjoyed and thought they did their paper based counterparts a lot of justice. When I’m reading a book, I often try and see it as a film in my head. I always pick actors and actresses to imagine as the characters and see the book play out – which might be a reason why I love film adaptations so much, because I’m very visual. I’ve read so many books but there’s been a few which I’ve closed and thought about how amazing it would be to see it on the big screen. Here are 5 books I would love to see as films!
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson-Walker
I’ve spoke to very few people who have read this book which is such a shame because I whole heartedly feel it deserves much more praise and hype than it has been given. I read it for the first time a good 3 years ago and after reading it cover to cover in a day, it instantly became one of my favourite books, ever. With such a unique storyline, I think The Age of Miracles would make a fantastic Sci-Fi film which could appeal to all ages, as the main protagonist is a young girl. If you have read this book, please leave me a comment so I can discuss it with you!
The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
This book has all the vital elements of a gripping, gruesome and captivating crime thriller, combining a gorgeous setting, an interesting time-period, magic, mystery and likeable characters, The Zig Zag Girl would be absolutely effing fantastic as a movie. My dream cast for this that I imagined all the way through the book (and through the sequel, Smoke and Mirrors) includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Jack Nicholson to name a few so the captivating mixture of characters and personalities that weave through this book would definitely make for an extremely interesting cast!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
If you only know one thing about me, it’s probably that I absolutely adore John Green. Call me cliché, but I do and his books – particularly Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns spoke to me on a level I rarely experience with books. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the joint work from John Green and David Levithan is an absolutely brilliant novel, told from two very different character points of views but whose lives end up intrinsically linked through, coincidence? Fate? If done right with the right cast, I think this book would make for a incredible and emotional film. I mean, they’ve already done The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns and soon to be Looking for Alaska. Can this one be next?
Every Day by David Levithan
And whilst we’re on the subject of David Levithan, I think his book Every Day would be a immensely intriguing by challenging move. For those that don’t know, Every Day is about a boy called A who, every single day wakes up inhibiting a different body. From boys, girls, all races, all lives – he doesn’t have a choice. I won’t say much more than that in case you want to read it for yourself but my gosh, it’s a one-of-a-kind novel and I think would leave an audience in about pieces by the end if it was a movie. The idea that through the entire film you’d be looking at ‘A’ but never really seeing him is super intriguing.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
After the success of The Book Thief movie, I think Markus Zusak’s other book, I Am the Messenger would also make a cracking film. The Book Thief is one of my favourite books of all time so I Am the Messenger had a lot to live up to but, despite being the same author, the books couldn’t be more different but saying that, I Am the Messenger is just as beautifully written. I think the incredibly unusual storyline would be fantastic on the big screen, as would the characters and the dog that features quite heavily in the book too!