“The book was better.” How many times have you heard that (or said that) after watching a movie that had been based on a novel?
Something about the way our minds interact with the words on the page. The way we almost become the protagonist makes reading a novel a unique and wonderful experience.
Movies have a lot to recommend them as well. It’s like putting flesh and blood on an idea. I don’t know a single writer anywhere who wouldn’t love to see their story played out on the big screen. It’s that rare, magical ring to reach for.
Here’s my list of novels that I’d love to see made into a movie.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, (Actually I’ve heard that this wish is coming true. Can’t wait!)
All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt-Now that would be a fun movie. Full of adventure and romance and beautiful scenery.
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters-I wouldn’t want it to be too realistic, but if it could retain the same ridiculous, over-the-top feel as the novel, I’d love it.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett-Casting would be super duper important in this one. But it would be so much fun to revisit Discworld. In fact, I think I may dig up a copy of this and reread it.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig-This romance novel has a real Scarlet Pimpernel flare and would be a blast on the big screen. Although, I’d prefer they tone down the ‘romance’ about two notches.
The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters-Yep the whole series. Love this proud Victorian mama and her wonderful adventures.
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik-A fantasy set in Regency England. It’s awesome! The major powers each have an aerial corp of dragons. Imagine Horatio Hornblower or Jack Aubrey uprooted from naval service and put in charge of a querulous dragon, who just may tip the balance of power in England’s favor. That’s right. Awesome.
The Peacock Throne by Me-Hey a girl’s gotta dream!
So what about you? What book would you love to see made into a movie? Or vice versa, which movie ruined a favorite book for you?