I originally did this topic back in 2013 but since then, I’ve read many books I’d also love to see adapted, preferrably in a world in which book-to-movie adaptations are actually super faithful to the source material and people who look just like I imagined the characters are cast. Wait, what do you mean there’s no such world? Damn, now I have to endure another freaky adaptation of The Mortal Insturments (I had high hopes because I quite like most of the cast – and then I saw this picture of Isabelle in her ‘classy white dress’).
Parasol Protectorate & The Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger
If I had to choose between all of the novels and series I name here, this adaptation would be the one I’d most desperately want to see. The two series have everything to become the most brilliant and hilarious TV series ever in existence: the style is delightful and funny, the characters are a treat, it’s set in the steampunk Victorian era, and we’ve got super-, preter-, and metanaturals, sexy times, lots and lots of banter, tea, parasols, awful hats, weird gadgets, kerfuffle, constant danger to the characters’ lives, mysteries, secret societies, bloody history, … you name it!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Yes, I’m well aware there’s already a movie. Yes, this movie is … not great. But let’s be honest, it was obvious it would flop, although it is very close to the novel. And that’s exactly the problem. While the books do become darker and darker, the first one’s just your regular high school drama with a supernatural twist. Enjoyable but nothing special. The story would probably work best as a series, but Steffi and I have a brilliant proposition for a movie reboot: mash up the first two books into one movie. So lets take the beginning of the first book, skip everything unimportant until they end up at the ski resort, and then combine all the important bits from both books like character establishments, mysteries and action scenes. Et voilà: a much darker, grittier, and cooler movie. Plus, there would be Adrian.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Speaking of novels whose movie adaptation I want to reboot … at least Vampire Academy wasn’t even close to being as bad as this fiasco. I love PJ’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I do with all my heart. I think it’s one of the best adaptations out there. So how could this happen?! I really liked the first, wasn’t all too fond of the second, and downright hated the last one. I really wish this/these movie/s would have been made back in the days after The Lord of the Rings. They would have been much more enjoyable with the old techniques and less green screen Middle-earth. What would have been even better: making just a single movie. After all, the whole project’s called The Hobbit. I think Legolas had more screentime in the last one than Bilbo – and Alfrid more than all dwarfs (minus Thorin, Kilí and Filí) combined.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I wanted to include this one in the last post, but since it is already a work in progress, I didn’t. Two years later, nothing much has happened except for the script being finished. There’s still no news on when the movie will be cast, filmed, let alone distributed. And yet, this is possibly the project I’m most excited for. Jellicoe Road was one of my favourite reads in 2013 and Melina wrote the script herself. Just bring on the Summertime Sadness, which will forever be my theme song for this beautiful melancholic Australian summer.
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
There are just not enough stunning exotic, spirited, romantic, magical Arabian tales on screens in the Western world. Or at least I seldom come across them. And even more seldom I come across ones that are not completely whitewashed, so how about sticking to the source material for once? I’d love to see this. No, I need this. I’d probably turn into a puddle of feels, but it’ll be worth it.
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line / Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
There’s just no such thing as enough Veronica Mars. I’ve only read the first one so far but it’s so canon that they wouldn’t even have to write a script. Just film a couple of episodes per book and I’m a happy girl.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I’ve got no idea how to turn this into a functioning movie. I think it’s not even possible. I just know that I’d love it (in a world in which … well, you know the drill).
The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
HOW IS THIS NOT A THING YET?! There aren’t even any proper fan vids on Youtube and there’s so little fan art! This series would make an awesome TV series of one to two seasons, depending on the number of episodes. All you’d need to do is cramming everything into a much shorter period of time, start with an older Sonea and cast the hottest guy imaginable as Akkarin. Because basically, all I want from this is drooling and fangirling over Akkarin.
East by Edith Pattou
I really really enjoyed East. Since everyone loves a good fairytale, this novel based on a Norwegian folk tale called “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” would make such a sweet fairytale film. It’s a little bit like Beauty and the Beast plus trolls – and wind roses and mapmakers, superstition and prophecy, weaving, sewing and magical dresses, a castle inside a mountain, a light that should not have been lit, and a long and rocky journey to a palace in an icy barren land east of the sun and west of the moon. I’d much rather watch this than a sequel to Frozen. Don’t we all know that sequels to Disney movies
The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Because I want ALL THE FEELS! It’s in a way similar to A Song of Ice and Fire: although it’s high fantasy, the fantasy element has retreated to the background while the actual topics adressed are reflecting current affairs – asylum policy, resettlement, religion, genocide, despotism, and a couple of other things. Plus, the series has amazing layered characters and the girls totally rule!