A movie made from a book is, at times, a blessing and a curse. You get all excited about seeing your favorite book translated to the big screen, and then the casting decisions start to leak and other little details, and you start to feel protective. Because when you are reading an author’s descriptions and feeling what the character is feeling, you are making your own movie in your head, and sometimes (most of the time) what you are seeing just doesn’t add up. It’s really hard to distance yourself. Honestly, The Notebook and The Hunger Games are two of our favorite book-to-movie releases. They weren’t exactly word for word but the feeling of the books was perfectly captured (and great casting helps too).
So after all this reading, what books do we want to see on the big screen someday? (Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for this awesome meme!) Here we go:
1. How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie Debartolo (Goodreads): One of my favorite books about a girl who moves to New York, scared shitless of planes, and falls for a bandmate of her brother’s. Personally, I always pictured Billy Crudup in the role of Paul but I think the casting would have to go a bit younger. There’s music references, the lead character is a writer, and there’s a love triangle. I don’t think it’s a surprise that I love books that make me feel something and this book makes me feel a lot. I definitely could see this as a fun indie film with lots of awesome music. (The Book Stoner recently did a review!)
2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Goodreads): I read this book in one day at the beach last summer. It’s a little light as far as content but I think it’s a great coming of age story (and better than half the crap that comes out in the movies anyway). A favorite (yet estranged) aunt leaves her niece 13 blue envelopes all over Europe. Talk about a life-altering trip. And there’s a boy and uncovered secrets. Sounds awesome to me. (I’m envisioning a little bit of The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Yes, I really said that.)
3. Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (My review): I think we all know I have a mad love affair with NYC and I live here. Basically. I just finished Supergirl Mixtapes a few weeks ago, and I would really love to see it as (another) indie flick. Awesome music, a hip not-so maternal mom, and a rule breaker/loner like Maria would really make for an interesting story. Also let’s go back to the music. Soundtracks are my favorite. There I said it.
4. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Goodreads): This is an old favorite of mine from middle school. A girl who is on a road trip with her grandparents and entertaining them with story of her new friends. Everyone loves a road trip book, and hopefully a road trip movie. I love the main character so much, she has a quirky friend, and there’s a lot of mystery surrounding the circumstances of this road trip.
5. Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (My review): Just like we need more male narrators out there with a fresh voice and plenty of winning qualities, we need movies doing the same. Here we have sports, family, romance, and discovering a newfound hobby. Part of me thinks this would make a SMART Disney Channel film, and another a cool indie for the younger crowd. Fun music and use of photography for a really great great story.
1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Goodreads): The imagery and traveling aspects of this story would translate so beautifully in a movie. I would love to see the places that were described; I may never get a chance to visit Guatemala, so a movie would be perfect! I would love to see the snarky boy, Rowan, interact with self-conscious/soul-searching Bria.
2. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (Goodreads): Maybe this seems like an odd choice, but come on – think about the sound track that would ALSO be a result of this book-to-movie adaptation. Let’s talk Center Stage, Step Up… I see a win win situation here. Music + Performing Arts School + Music + Love Story + Music = Epic.
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Goodreads): Must I really say any more than the shower scenes? No? No… I didn’t think so. I mean we’d have Adam, this incredibly broken world/society, the shower scenes, and major steaminess. Yum.o.
4. The Survival Kit by Donna Frietas (Goodreads): Apparently I’m a girl who likes to cry. Major tears would stream down my face during this movie. I’d be so excited to see the kite scene (!!), and seeing how this story of love, loss, and friendship translates on film.
5. Divergent / Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Goodreads and Goodreads): Um, hello. Are you aware how much I crush on FOUR?! I love the factions, the dystopianism, war, and our bad ass heroine Tris. Yes, yes. Tris and Four…especially when they’re together.
What do you want to see on the big screen? Think any of our picks would make a particularly good movie?