There’s always talk about books that shouldn’t be adapted— but what about the ones that should? Crazy, right? No one wants books adapted. You lose so much, that minor thread, that character development, the timing is all off, they deleted a character… But sometimes, I think of how great an adaptation would be.
Camille, WHY? Well, sometimes while I’m reading all I can think of is how awesome it would be to see it on a screen, because there’s just something that feels like it would translate so well. Granted I know not everything would make it into a film, but the essence of that particular book would transfer across mediums with ease.
Let’s get to my top 4 books I want to see adapted (in no particular order):
1: The Luxe by Anna Godberson
I may have read this one ages ago, but it’s stuck with me. From the first read I just always wanted to see this on the screen. And no, I am NOT a fan of the new covers. Why would they get rid of the gowns! That was my favorite part and the root of all cover envy.
Why would this book make a good movie? It’s fast enough paced that it would be great for film, a swoon-worthy male lead (is there any argument – and actually I’m talking about Teddy because he’s the best), and it’s set in the 1900’s. Maybe it’s my love of the era, but I need more early 1900’s films in my life after Downton Abbey was canceled. Also, can’t you just imagine the costumes!
2: The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
You knew this one would make the list. What isn’t there to love about this book! Magic, forbidden romance, food scenes! That dress at the ball, who doesn’t want to see that come to life? I may also be thinking about the volcano scene in The Crown’s Fate because— swoon— I would probably faint right there. *So why this over the Grishaverse? I know you’ll be asking that question. Because I honestly don’t think Shadow and Bone would make a good film on the premise that it would be REALLY DARK. * Back to The Crown’s Game— I feel like there is a whimsical magic that would make the screen light up; the magical bakery? The doll scene? The island? THAT ENDING! And I kind of want to see the line in the sand between Pasha and Nikolai fans XD.
3: My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
This is obvious, right? What could possible go wrong with an adaptation of these magical, witty books? They could get more hilarious. I also want to see Jane turn into a ferret, because of how her nose would scrunch up and she’d throw a fit. And Jane Eyre and Helen’s banter! That would make film gold right there! Yes these are two very different books to see adapted, but I can’t choose between them as for which one I want to see more. Do you have a favorite? Because there is no way I can choose between them ever. *PS, anyone excited about Calamity Jane?
4: Ride On by Gwen Cole
This easily could have become an either or between Cold Summer and Ride On, but Ride On is Just! So! Beautiful! Those landscapes! The friendship between man and horse! The sibling banter! Tell me that wouldn’t make a wonderful film. Mainly I want to see those long, hungry, landscapes and the western shots because it’s something missing in my life. And Seph’s character arc, that has so much depth in it to make me cry and laugh and smile and swoon.
I promise, next time I won’t choose only swoon-worthy books to adapted (I didn’t realize until I started writing this post). So what books would you like to see adapted into film or tv? *Yes, I didn’t mention any tv adaptation but I do have a few in mind.
Also, here’s a list of the books currently in progress of being adapted that I am over the moon for: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson, Caraval *but I really, really need Legendary to be adapted because OMG! * by Stephanie Garber, and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
‘Til we meet again,
The Literary Empress