Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, and every week we compile a list of ten things that have to do with reading. This week, it’s Top 10 Books We’d Love To See Adapted for TV Or Film.
It’s really taken me a while to come up with a list, because most of my favourite books have already been turned into TV Shows or films. There’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Sherlock Holmes, for example.
Kathy Reichs’ books are the basis for TV show Bones, while Whale Rider is a beautiful NZ film. Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy has been radio show, TV show and film. Dead Poets Society is one of my all-time favourite films, I grew up reading Pippi Longstockings and watching the show, and one of the first books I read in school was The Chronicles of Narnia – as we all know those became a series of movies as well.
So that’s ten right there already. But here’s my list of books not yet adapted or at least not yet released as movies):
1.) The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
Lucifer Box is a British gentleman, dandy and spy who lives at No. 9 Downing Street because “someone has to” and gets into all sorts of trouble in the name of His Majesty’s Royal Academy – the MI6 of the early 1900s. Sort of Victorian Sherlock Holmes meets bisexual James Bond – you can’t really get a more British spy than that! There are two sequels as well and with the author being a BBC screen writer this just begs to be turned into a series!
2.) The Forest Wife trilogy by Theresa Tomlinson
Maid Marian’s tale, in which Marian becomes the Forest Wife, the good lady of the forest who helps and heals those in need, including Robin Hood and his men. Robin is only a minor character, instead this book focuses on women power.
3.) Paper Towns by John Green
Due out in cinemas June 19, so I hope they captured the story of Q and Margo well!
4.) A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
This is actually due for a movie release in late 2015. I just hope it’s as funny as the original, because Bill Bryson’s account of his hike and mishaps on the Appalachian Trail is absolutely hilarious!
5.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
While this book was turned into a movie in 1966, I do think it’s time for a remake. A world, in which TV rules and books are banned and being burnt – imagine the visual spectacle modern technology could make of this!
6.) The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Books, dinosaurs, monsters and loads of literary references. This could easily turn into a long-running child-friendly sci-fi TV show, especially as the thick book has prequels and sequels to explore as well!
7.) Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge
Arguably one of the best road novels never turned into a movie – yet. It’s got rock ‘n’ roll myths, insurance scams, fast cars and America’s wide open plains. It just begs to be turned into a road trip movie.
8.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
A story from the point of view of an intersex characters, spanning several generations of family history. Hollywood could sure use some more LGBTQ characters without turning them into over-the-top drag queens for comic relief!
9.) The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
A group of creative friends grows up and life does not always go as planned. Perfect opening for a Hollywood movie!
10.) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
London Below is an intriguing world people from London Above (the London as we know it) seldom get to see. There’s an Earl at Earl’s Court, kind Old Bailey, and the Angel Islington, among others. While this was turned into a TV series in 1996 I think it’s time for an update. A movie version had once been proposed and then shelved, but it’d be interesting to see this dark, twisted and fantastic side of London come to life. You can’t really go wrong with a Gaiman fantasy!