To Be Adapted Round 2:
Now, now, you knew this was coming. Here’s to the non-swoony-worthy adaptations I want to see. What? Why else adapt a book to film? Because there is so much more to YA then a swoon-worthy cast. In this round of To Be Adapted I want to address some books that I feel would make incredible adaptations for different reasons. Once again, in no particular order.
1: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I never got the chance to finish the trilogy (because I misplaced and lost books 2 and 3) but with the new covers and Courting Darkness on the rise I feel the need to revisit this favorite. Why would it make an absolutely fantastic adaptation? Just look at it! Historical France, political intrigue, and assassin nuns; I need Grave Mercy to be a mini series adaptation. Just imagine it in the vein of BBC’s Robin Hood series. I’m also partial to the old covers, so obviously I need plenty of gorgeous costumes as well, and weaponry.
2: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Talk. About. Magic! Sure, we’ve had our fair share of magic in film and TV, but nothing like this. This type of whimsical magic would make such a neat adaptation because of its uniqueness. And it’s set in the 40’s. ❤ But wait; there’s more. Add in a good dousing of curses (like the ones you cast) AND Shakespeare mystery. Then there’s the siblings, and we all know I’m an advocate for good sibling relations. Plus, a little cutesy romance is always a good thing. Finishing word is fantastic.
3: Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
We all need this magical realism mystery to become a mini series. There’s friendship, a gang of unlikely ones at that. The magical ability to see the value in the mundane things is what drew me into this book and keeps me coming back to it. While it is an adventure, it’s also a surprisingly poignant nod to how we view ourselves verses others. Yes, it’s a slow burning adventure, but I’ll tell you, I see this like a YA Broadchurch.
4: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
PLEASE! Can we please have an adaption of this marvelous MG book! The colors! The magic! The characters! And if you haven’t read this, you need to. I love the ability to completely discredit reality and accept magic as a fact, and that is what Furthermore does. Escapism is the best word to describe this story, and on a screen I can envision a marvelous film bound to inspire anyone.
5: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
All right, this only just released on Tuesday, but I had to include it! It’s just so cute! And slightly creepy, but I’m squeamish as is. This story is about friendship and being solid about oneself and ones identity. Sure, maybe there are some ghosts involved too. But this has all the makings of a fantastic film.
What do all these have in common? Absolutely nothing but my love and admiration. Do I recommend you read all of these wonderful books? Absolutely yes! Next time, I will be talking about books I do NOT want to see adapted, and the answer may surprise you.
The Literary Empress