This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is to list books you’d wish to see made into a movie – on the proviso that they do a good job and don’t cut your favourite scenes.
As I went through my list of books on goodreads, I found I was being a lot pickier than I expected myself to be. There are so many books that I adore but as I thought about it, I actually found myself thinking, ‘no, I don’t want you to be a film. I want you all to myself’. And then of course, there were moments where I thought, ‘hey, that would be a GREAT film’ and then stopped myself mid-thought because, those book already were films (although not so great, unfortunately).
So here’s my list. I had to cheat a little.
10. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The second book in His Dark Materials trilogy. The first, Northern Lights (or if you’re American The Golden Compass) was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, although if they were to revisit this film – and please do! – they’d have to start from the beginning, because the girl who played Lyra is too old.
9. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
And of course, the first and second films would be such successes, they’d have to made the third – which ends heartbreakingly.
8. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
You’re going to see me mention this book in a lot of blog posts. It’s THE BEST. Read it.
7. Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
This is brilliant YA story by the legendary Terry Brooks. It’s about a girl called Nest Freemark, who grows up knowing she is different. She has a spiritual bond to the park near her house – she must chase away the ‘feeders’ who prey on small children as well as tending to the park with the help of her sylvan friend, Pick. It’s glorious, evocative and would be brilliant brought to life. There’s an evil Ferngully type tree in it too. Let’s hope he wouldn’t sing.
6. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
My favourite Jodi Picoult novel, this is the only one of hers to have a supernatural element. Ross Wakeman is a ghosthunter and becomes enchanted by an alluring female he sees in a house he is working in. This film would be both spooky and moving.
5. The Road to Paradise by Paullina Simons
Another one by Paullina, The Road to Paradise is the all-American road trip gone wrong. Two girls, one hitch-hiker and a whole lot of trouble. It’s intense; it’s sinister; it’s captivating.
4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A deep, dark thriller of the underbelly of Spain and the mystery of the author Julian Carax. Daniel, the main character, is innocent and inquisitive, and the whole host of characters in this book are amazing.
3. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
A man wakes up from a failed suicide mission by car crash to find himself in hospital. A mysterious and enchanting girl who carves gargoyles. They form an unlikely friendship. There’s also a time slip narrative from a early historical period – I don’t remember much of this bit but it must have been good as I loved this book.
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Angels. Chimaera. A love story. A huge royal castle. Prague. A human ballet dancer marionette. A mish mash family in the most interesting living space. A father and daughter, torn apart. I love this.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A feast for the eyes, the circus of The Night Circus is a beautiful and captivating place where your imagination can run wild. I’d be terrified of what they’d do to this novel in a film, but I would like to see them try.