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Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies

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?


June 18, 2012 - 11:47 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I did a little crazy dance when I read the very last item on the list (Divergent/Insurgent) because YES. TOTALLY. This series needs to be made into a film.

I love most of the suggestions for this Tuesday, you guys! They’re making me so excited 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 7:08 am

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May 5, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The only ones I’ve read off of that list are Divergent and Shatter Me, but I agree about those whole-heartedly. The thought of actually seeing the shower scenes has me swooning already!

Also. May I address the epically awesome fact that YOU REFERENCED THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE? Because, really. That kind of just made my night. I still love that movie and watch it/listen to the soundtrack on a semi-regular basis.

May 4, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Jasmine Rose - Shatter Me and Divergent would definitely be awesome. There need to be more dystopian movies out there. Have you seen In Time? It was dystopian and super good so I know Hollywood could do well with it :]

May 1, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already liked your blog, but my love just grew exponentially with The Lizzie McGuire Movie reference. I mean, honestly. I may or may not have Youtubed the final song scene recently… shh! Also, can we just talk about the fact that Hilary Duff is married and has a baby now. LIKE WHAT?! This cannot be real. I refuse to believe that Lizzie is a mommy.

I should be embarrassed that my comment is solely dedicated to Lizzie McGuire, but I have no shame. I loved that show back in the day. And I love you so much more for mentioning that movie.

May 1, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Melissa Long - Great site and list! I would have had Divergent/Insurgent on my list, but I haven’t read it yet. I know head hanging down in shame.

May 1, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Jessie - Walk Two Moons used to be one of my favorite books. I think that that would be a great movie.

May 1, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Oh, yes to Wanderlove! The traveling and all of the characters would be great!

May 1, 2012 - 9:47 am

Magan - Ugh, Melissa. YES, YES, YES. It would break my heart if the botched Divergent. (Or any of these.)

May 1, 2012 - 9:46 am

Magan - Ashley, hahaha to the Take a Bow bit. It’s okay that you haven’t read it yet. (READ IT SOON!) It would be a great, great movie, I’m sure!

May 1, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Tanya, even though you’ve only read Divergent, I wholeheartedly think it’s one of the best books. Maybe read Shatter Me? It’s ah-mazingggg.

May 1, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Ginger, it would be awesome, yeah? I’d want to curl up inside that movie with all the beautiful places they go.

May 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

Magan - Thanks, Lori! 🙂

May 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

Magan - Hahah, Anna. Seriously. Tahereh wrote some of the most amazing scenes in Shatter Me. I might have a heart attack if I see them on the big screen though. 😉

May 1, 2012 - 9:32 am

Anna - You had my attention at shower scenes, let’s just start there. Plus: Wanderlove movie? YES, PLEASE!

May 1, 2012 - 8:27 am

Lori - 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Wanderlove are excellent choices! I would love to see those. Great list!

My Top Ten Tuesday

May 1, 2012 - 8:20 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh heck yes to Wanderlove!!! Man that would make an AMAZING movie. And Estelle, I love soundtracks too! They are pretty much awesome 🙂 (when done right)

May 1, 2012 - 6:18 am

Tanya Patrice - I’ve only read Divergent from this list – and 100% agree, I think it would make an excellent movie.

May 1, 2012 - 4:49 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Oh my god I about died when I saw 13 Little Blue Envelopes + Lizzie McGuire Movie in the same sentence…but oddly, I could TOTALLY see that, too! It would be a great summer movie if they were to make that book into a movie, all the traveling would be tons of fun. I included Take A Bow on my list (which is a bit of cheating since I haven’t actually read it yet), I think the premise of it could be great and all the artsy aspects would lend the potential of unique casting. I considered Wanderlove for my list too, but I had to nix it because I adore that book SO much that I can’t imagine I’d ever be able to reconcile a movie version of it haha.

My Top Ten

May 1, 2012 - 2:09 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great list! I haven’t read most of these, but agree with those choices that I have read! Divergent would make a great movie but, as you pointed out in your intro, only if it’s done RIGHT. There’s nothing more tragic than having a treasured book butchered in the big screen rendition =(

May 1, 2012 - 12:50 am

Magan - Laura, yes to dystopians and traveling tales. 🙂 I’d be a movie addict if they made these come to life!

May 1, 2012 - 12:44 am

marissa - Shatter Me would be fun. I so hope that the Divergent movies end up happening. I NEED them…like bad. Happy Insurgent release day!


May 1, 2012 - 12:40 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - I love that you mentioned the Lizzie Maguire movie. I haven’t thought about that in ages, but must admit that I saw it when it came out.

Beyond that, great choices! Really love the theme of dystopians (Shatter Me and Divergent would be awesome!) as well as the road tripping tales, like Wanderlust and 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

May 1, 2012 - 12:31 am

TeacherMotherReader - 13 Little Blue Envelopes was on my list too. I have to admit though, I wasn’t really thinking about Lizzie McGuire! Couldn’t you just imagine all those crazy characters and places that Ginny visited? It was a good book, but seeing all of the European sites would really enhance the book for me! Thanks for sharing your lists.

May 1, 2012 - 12:04 am

Magan - Hahahahaha, Alexandra! I love your comment. And yes, most definitely love dance movies despite their cheesiness. 🙂

May 1, 2012 - 12:02 am

Alexandra - Dystopians and roadtrips for the win! And those shower scenes *fans self rapidly*
I love dance movies – despite an abundance of lame plots and terrible acting. They’re like the candyfloss of the film world.

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