It seems like books are getting so many film and television adaptations recently, which is great for those of us who love seeing our favorite books brought to life. The Witcher and Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books are being made into Netflix series, Marvel is releasing a crazy amount of films and shows based on their iconic comic books, and every time you turn around there’s a new adaptation being announced.
Here are five of the books that I would most love to see turned into a movie!
For The Night Circus to be made into a good movie, this is a book that would require just the right director, someone who can translate the atmospheric whimsy of the novel onto the screen. Done right, though, I think this could be an incredible and beautiful magical realism movie. I also think the black, white, and gray color scheme of the circus would translate well to film.
Just the other day I was telling my boyfriend that I was surprised that more post-apocalyptic films featuring nuclear war hadn’t been made in the past decade or so. The Last would be a perfect novel to turn into such a film. This book combines both the post-apocalyptic world that we expect with a murder mystery. It’s set in a hotel in a remote part of Switzerland, which would make for a great backdrop for a film.
This novel would be a perfect option for an engaging chick lit film. It’s a hate-to-love romance set in rural Alaska. Our two main characters, Calla and Jonah, are immensely likable and could be portrayed perfectly on the screen if the right actors are chosen.
Is anyone surprised that I’m adding a second post-apocalyptic story to this list? Because you really shouldn’t be.
One Second After follows the survivors of a community near Black Mountain, NC, after an EMP attack that wipes out everything electronic. The reason I would love to see a film adaptation of this novel (aside from the post-apocalyptic part) is that Black Mountain is just minutes away from Asheville, NC, where I lived for all of my twenties. I would love to see a film based there, and this story would be an engaging one.
This was a wonderful book that dealt with racism in a powerful way, and for that reason alone I think this would be a great novel to be made into a movie. It’s very real, which obviously would translate well to film. Shirin is a strong character who isn’t afraid to also be vulnerable, which I think is important to portray.