Bonsoir Inklings, it’s time for another installment of everyone’s favorite meme from the fair maidens at The Broke and the Bookish! This week I shall share with you my top ten picks for books that should be made into movies.
Rats Saw Godby Rob Thomas
This one pops up frequently on Ink, and I have to admit that I have been mentally directing the film since I first read the novel in the late nineties. Now it would be a nostalgia piece but the core of the story is ageless, and it would be worth shooting for the soundtrack alone! Nirvana and U2, take us away…
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The film would be nothing short of epic, with Alek tromping around in mechanized walkers and Deryn swinging from helium-filled jellyfish. A good-time steampunk ride, and two more films worth of material! I would love to see some of the scenes from Goliath and Behemoth on rendered on the big screen by Industrial Light and Magic’s finest.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Audrey is a readymade riotgrrrl high school sweetheart. I’d take my nieces to see this movie about the darker side of instant celebrity in our digital age, and buy them the soundtrack afterward
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The meat of this tall tale is in the interactions between its colorful cast of characters, and it is seasoned with plentiful music and exotic locales. It would be a good time watching Charlie and Spider’s cinematic journey from England to the Southern U.S., to a tropical island and a mythical realm populated with the creatures of legend. A fruit company could do a product tie-in for limes.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Immediately after finishing this novel I declared to the author that it was destined to become a film. The next day she announced that the rights had been optioned. A romance between the racers of carnivorous water horses set to a driving Celtic beat? Where can I buy my ticket?!
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Perhaps I’ve mentioned the idea that this could be a Sophia Coppola film, in the style of Marie Antoinette. Undine Spragg is a spoiled, silly, striving, hilariously horrible character who deserves her moment in the cinematic sun. I’d trust Coppola not to nice her up like Mira Nair did with Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair. The film would be packed with luxury goods, sun-drenched locales, and ignorant ennui set to a bitchin’ soundtrack.
The Subtle Knife (and The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman
I loved The Golden Compass, despite its occasional tendency to drag, enough that I went out and read all three books in order to be ready for the next two films. They never came! This series kept getting better and better until its philosophical, nonreligious conclusion. I actually feel its important that the series be completed…and I really like polar bears in armor.
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
It would take a weirdo to do the Weetzie Bat books justice, like Alfonso Cuaron and Michael Gondry overseen by Block herself, but what a film it could be if done correctly! Block’s prose is tactile, and the richness of imagery present in this magical story of a unique woman and her children growing up in Lalaland would make an unforgettable movie if done well.
Summer Sistersby Judy Blume
Why don’t we have more movies of Judy Blume books? Lord knows there’s an audience. We get plenty of downright disgusting movies about boys fornicating with pies and drawing penises in every possible configuration, but somehow the idea of a girl masturbating or having a period is still taboo. This story of two unlikely friends and their relationship, which spans decades and has a built-in soundtrack, follows Caitlin and Victoria through family troubles, puberty, coping with death, first love, gender roles and the competitions that come with them, college, careers, marriages, children, and the little-examined stage that comes after all that when the mothers are still seen as people. It could be Beaches for the new millenium!
Under the Dome by Stephen King
All I’m asking for is a good old-fashioned King miniseries, doing the book justice. Think The Stand, not Bag of Bones.
What book would you love to see on the silver screen?