Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show (done properly, of course). I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, so this one is a nice one to re-start to because I have lots of books in mind. Okay, here goes (as per usual, these are in no particular order):
#1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling as a TV Show
My dad has been saying that someone should make a Harry Potter TV series properly and with every little detail included for years and it wasn’t until HBO’s Game of Thrones that I was totally convinced – TV shows can do fantasy properly and have amazing special effects as well (which Harry Potter would need but would also definitely have the budget and guaranteed viewers to use). So imagine that – each year one season simply because it would work well that way, and each season as many episodes as it needs to complete the story. So the first couple of books could probably get the whole thing done in about 10 or so episodes. How beautiful would that be? They’d also need to find some amazing child actors and people who could properly fill the shoes of all the previous actors’. But give it 15 years or so and all the current people would be too old anyway (although Daniel Radcliffe could play James or maybe they could all do the epilogue without the makeup).
#2. The Mediator by Meg Cabot as a TV Show
These books are very, very short and I know that it might be made into a movie soon but I always thought it would work best as a TV show. It’d be like a teenage Ghost Whisperer who kicks ass, is fashionably aware, doesn’t wear a full face of heavy makeup to bed and doesn’t cry at the end of every episode. And since the books are so tiny, they could probably keep the book plots as season arcs and add some more filler, typical ghost trouble stories (have Meg Cabot write them, of course). I would watch the crap out that show, and I know a lot of other people would too. Look at the Vampire Diaries audience, for Christ’s sake – a show like this one could do pretty well. It wouldn’t even have to end where the books do if six seasons is not enough and just keep going.
#3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore as a Movie or a TV Show
I know I talk a lot about this book and there is a possible movie in the works but I’m not really expecting it to happen nor am I expecting it to be any good. I’m dreading it, to tell the truth. But if done properly, this movie could be awesome. Great characters, POCs, action, romance, court politics – it has everything someone could want. I’m probably more open to a TV Show because it would be easier to watch if it includes every detail and it could be like Game of Thrones. The fantasy is big, but is less blatant than in GoT and special effects wouldn’t really be needed.
#4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld as an Animated Movie or TV Show
If any of you have read this you’ll know why I say animated. 2D though! I wouldn’t want to see it done like a Pixar movie; it’s too serious for that and not cartoon-y enough for stop-motion. I was thinking more in the style of Treasure Planet, Sinbad or Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra. Maybe even Studio Ghibli-like animation, although the art style wouldn’t fit. It would be awesome to see it all in live-action, but to be honest I’m not sure if it would translate all that well. Imagine it animated, though! It’d be gorgeous and wonderful. It’s also about kids, and it could be a bit more mature than my examples but it would be perfect.
#5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood as a Movie
This would be a great movie and I really hope someone makes it. I think it could be done really well and if they stick to the non-linear narrative it would be awesome. Maybe keep it a little more linear so it’s not too confusing but still keep cutting in and out of past and future. Ugh, I’m getting excited even thinking about how awesome of a movie this would make.
#6. The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson as an Animated Movie
Again, an animated movie. This one could be good as 3D, but I do mostly see it as a 2D animated movie. It’d be a great Disney movie or maybe Studio Ghibli? I love this book, but it wouldn’t work as a live-action film although I’m kind of upset this hasn’t been attempted before. This book is awesome.
#7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer as a Movie
This book could be a really great movie if done well. I’m not sure whether live-action or animated would work best since the budget needed would have to be huge, but it could work either way. An animated version could be pretty great, though. Especially if it was more in the style of ATLA or LOK.
#8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo as a Movie
This one would be absolutely amazing. I know there is a movie in the works for this as well, but I’m not really excited about this either. I think it has too much possible screw-up possibility. It wouldn’t make a bad animated movie, either. Jesus, I really like animated movies don’t I?
#9. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman as an Animated Movie
The movie they did make for this kind of sucked, with the exception of the visuals and the designs for everything. It could have worked, but I think an animated version would be amazing. It’s got just as crazy enough of a story to do it. Again, I’d like it to be 2D though. But 3D might actually work for this movie as well, if done properly.
#10. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray as a Movie
I could picture this book really well in my head when I read it and it was really visual. If done well, this would make a pretty awesome movie. Historical fantasy with LGBTQ teenage characters and a controversial relationship between a white European girl and an Indian boy dealing mostly with female main characters and their relationships with other female characters and a great female villain? And none of them physically kick-butt while still being amazing characters with amazing character development? Yes, please. I think this movie would rock but unfortunately this would probably never happen or at least not in the way we’d like. So I’ll stick to reading the book.
And that’s it! If you can think of any books you’d like to see made into perfect movies, let me know in the comments!