Monday, April 16, 2012

Books that need to be made into movies

Why haven't these books been made into movies yet?


A Pair of Blue Eyes. Someone get on this. Immediately.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, or any of the Flavia de Luce books.

The Book Thief. I think it could be done.

Ender's Game. I think there's a lot of movie possibility drama history behind this one but I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of it. Apparently it really is going to be a movie soon...? Good.

Princess Academy. Or Goose Girl. Pick a Shannon Hale, any Shannon Hale, and MAKE A MOVIE.

Papa Married a Mormon. It could even be a TV series! But a really nice one, like PBS would feature on Masterpiece.

And can we please have remakes of the following book-movies?

Into Thin Air. I think they wasted this fabulous book on a straight-to-TV aberration a few years ago. Shame.

Les Miserables. OK, I know they made one with a great cast about 10 years ago, but the second half fell so flat it was awful. I also know they're in the process of making another version. However, this version seems to have Anne Hathaway in it. Can we not just get this right? Please?

Gone With the Wind. Not because the original was terrible, but because it's never too soon for another rendition of this awesome book.

What did I miss?

12 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

Yeah, Les Mis has Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in it, which seriously makes me die inside. I'm sorry, but when I picture Jean Valjean, "Wolverine" is not exactly what comes to mind. BAH! How is it that they can blow me away with the stage version, but the movie always seems so inadequate? Grrrr.

I agree with the Flavia de Luce books. Ooh, now I'm going to search my brain for a good person to play Flavia...

I'd love to see "Peace Like a River" made into a movie, although I'd be peeved if they didn't get the tone right.

I was going to suggest the "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," but apparently it's already in the works.

Crys said...

Ender's game is being made into a movie right now...and can I say I'm kind of happy they waited until the technology was good. I'm going to have to go back and read some of these other books. What did I do with my free time before you :)

Alanna said...

I'm not the only one who loves Papa Married a Mormon?!?!?! That made my day.

Jill said...

At least they got rid of Taylor Swift, girl.

Steven said...

I love how you say "this version seems to have Anne Hathaway in it...".

I'm actually really excited about Hugh Jackman being cast. He's had a lot of singing and stage experience and I think he really seems to fit the part. I guess we'll just have to see about the movie. It has the potential to be really good or really bad... It could go either way.

Also, did you know they're making a movie for The Great Gatsby this year? I don't know if anyone is as excited as me. But it's being directed by Baz Luhrmann so I have high expectations for it.

Bridget said...

Yes...but didn't they replace her with Amanda Seyfried???

Bridget said...

YES, I knew about GG. I am pretty dang excited about it.

Alanna, Papa Married a Mormon is one of my all-time favorite books!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Someone could combine Papa Married a Mormon with Fitzgerald's Great Brain books, and have a decent family TV series going.

I'm afraid we would be disappointed in a remake of Gone With the Wind. A 21st-century version would be full of sex and violence to attract the dimwitted among us. And the cast--I'm so often disappointed in casting choices that even 'good' movies are ruined for me (example: Hugh Grant in Sense & Sensibility).

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elliespen said...

As far as Shannon Hale books go, they have made a movie of Austenland. It should be released sometime this year and has, as near as I can tell, a perfect cast.

Julee said...

You missed the part where YOU write the screenplays to one or a few of these books!!! I don't personally know anyone more capable than you!!! JUST DO IT, Bridget! Of, course, I get to claim you as my longest friend.

Melody said...

The problem with making Ender's Game into a movie is that so much of the book takes place in Ender's mind. It would be incredibly lame to have a narrator tell you what he is thinking the entire time. But at the same time, if you don't understand his reasoning for some of the things he does you wouldn't like him anymore. For example, the two scenes where bullies attack him but he ends up killing them (even though he doesn't know at first that he killed them). I've heard that the screenplay was written by Orson Scott Card, so I have high hopes, but at the same time, I don't know that it can be anywhere close to as good as the book.

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