Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is “books that should be adapted into Netflix movies or shows”. The problem is, I don’t watch an awful lot of TV or movies, nor do I have much idea what all is already in the works. So I don’t really have a list of books I’d like to see on-screen. And those that might be on any such list are, at no surprise, already some sort of adaptation.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
I’ve been including this book in wayyy too many TTT lists lately. For good reason though! This book is creepy but interesting, and I think seeing it on screen, specifically the “unwind” process and results, would really put this book/series in an entire different light.
Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
After his family goes missing, 14 year old Bobby Pendragon must travel to different dimensions to save not just his family, but the world. Mostly I think the different worlds/dimensions would be amazing to see on screen.
The Mortality Doctrine by James Dashner
Michael, along with the majority of the population, spends a lot of time in a total mind and body immersion virtual reality game. When a gamer begins to hold hostage and kill players from within the system, it’s up to Michael to stop them. I just really like videogame-related things, okay? Then again, I didn’t like Sword Art Online very much, so maybe this wouldn’t be a good adaptation…
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens was raised by ghosts in a graveyard. This book was actually picked up at one point, but as far as I know, nothing ever came from it. We’ve already gotten a graphic novel, which is awesome, but I still think this could make for a decent short adaptation.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Another book that has been picked up but has had nothing done with it. Really the only reason I include this is because I would love to see the Hinterland.
Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf
This is a fictional account of the kidnapping of Aryan children. It follows Milada in her journey and her struggles after she’s kidnapped at age eleven. These kidnappings aren’t largely focused on in mentions of the World War 2 period, and I would love to see this as a live action movie.
The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby
Another one I talk about too much. Most people can fly. But not Gurl. Instead, she can turn invisible. Alongside new friend Bug, the two go on a quest to discover Gurl’s past and the world’s future. I feel like this would make a cute children’s movie.
These next three series have already been made into movies. However, I could appreciate them getting a “reboot” as a full series.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Ember was created to ensure human survival. But now, years later, food is running low and lights are going out. When Lina and Doon discover that there might be a way out of Ember, they know it’s up to them to figure it out.
The movie was released in 2008. I did watch it. There was a lot I didn’t like about it. However, I do find the appeal in it as a moving picture. I could appreciate a more drawn-out version, preferably including the continuation of their journey as well.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Eragon expects the blue stone he finds in the forest to fetch his family money for food. Instead, it gives him a dragon and changes his life.
This movie released in 2006. The graphics were beautiful, the cast and acting were good, and as a movie in itself, it was pretty decent. Compared to the novel, however, it was horrible. There was a lot left out, and a lot of plot holes because of it. I’d love to have this full series in a TV series. Also, these books get a lot of hate because of their size and their unnecessary wordiness, and having movies makes it a lot easier to still be able to enjoy the beauty and magic of Alagaësia.
The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke
When Dustfinger shows up at Meggie’s house, it’s the start of an adventure. Meggie begins to learn things, like how her dad can read things out of books, and how one of those things was a very evil man who is now after Meggie’s father and a book in his posession.
This movie released in 2009. Honestly, I remember nothing about it except that I disliked it very much. Also, Gwin is supposed to be a horned marten. Not a ferret.
Those are my picks for books-to-screen adaptations!
Is there a particular book you’d love to see as an adaptation? Do you think any of the ones I mentioned would not make for a good adaptation? Why? Let me know in the comments!