Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I was really struggling to come up with ten adaptations that I was looking forward to, and I couldn’t think of any that I hadn’t gotten to yet. Of course, now that I’m writing this, I can probably list fifteen off the top of my head. Alas. So this week I’ve split my list up and created a mega-list of bookish adaptations.
I’m Dying To See
1. Mockingjay Part 2
Me and everyone else, right? I’m so not ready for this movie. Mockingjay Part 1 was my favourite movie in the series so far, which is hilarious to me as Mockingjay is my least favourite book! I loved Part 1 though, and I’m super excited and nervous about this one. Because death. All the death.
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
YOOOOOOOOO. If you’re not excited for this then I don’t know what to do with you. I didn’t think we’d ever get another Harry Potter movie but now the world is expanding even more and I am so ready. SO. READY. I will need to reread the book to get a feel for the fantastic beasts though, because I haven’t read it since I was a preteen. Now I’ve got my fingers crossed for a Quidditch Through the Ages movie series.
3. Blood Red Road
I’m not sure if this movie is actually in development or if it’s only been optioned, but I’m always here for more post-apocalyptic survival stuff. I am planning on rereading the book soon in order to recap it for Recaptains and also move onto the sequel. Finally. It’s been years. But I’m pretty excited!
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book, but I think it’ll translate well on-screen and I love zombie movies so I will get right on this. I really hope they pull it off, and fingers crossed that they’ll cut out the stupid love square which completely ruined my enjoyment of the book.
5. The Jungle Book
I don’t know why most of this cast (i.e. the voice actors such as ScarJo, Christopher Walken, Billy Murray, etc. etc.) is white, but there are also some people I’m really looking forward to seeing/hearing. LUPITA, OKAY, I’M HERE FOR LUPITA.
I Really Wish These Would Be Adapted
1. The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremane
The Ice Twins is a really good psychological thriller set on a remote Scottish island. I think this would be the perfect Halloween movie because there are ghostly happenings, an old house that’s in need of repair, and some truly terrifying stuff. And creepy children, which is always GREAT.
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Let’s pretend the budget would be through the roof, okay? And for the rest of the potential/imaginary adaptations that follow. Throne of Glass would make for an EPIC movie series. I have no idea how they could pull it off, but if anyone did I would worship them forever. The mixture of fantasy, assassins, romance (in HoF and QoS… WHEW) and badass characters would be perfect and draw in all kinds of people.
3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Again with the budget thing. I would need The Final Empire and Mistborn to be made into an epic Game of Thrones type series except where the writers don’t completely butcher the story and the characters. I would love to see Vin and Kelsier jumping around the city and the whole revolution thing is my jam. And the series gets more and more intricate as you go along, so by the final season everyone would be completely enthralled by this world. And then of course the TV show would be such a success that they would decide to develop the rest of the Cosmere books and everything would be connected in some way and SFHSDGIHDHGD.
4. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unwind deals with problems that are so relevant right now, particularly the pro-life/pro-choice debate. I am not sure how people would react to the movie, especially as the source material is very pro-choice given that the pro-lifers in this world have abolished abortion and said that it’s okay for teenagers to be unwound (dismembered and distributed to other people). But I would love it.
5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
So I have this whole idea in my head where Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell are both women of colour (obviously, for Tiger Lily, but Tink too) and they are totally in love. It’s a bit of a headcanon but I can back it up with quotes from the text. Just try me. So I would like Tiger Lily to be adapted because remakes are IN right now, and we haven’t seen Peter Pan from Tiger Lily’s point of view. And the two of them could be in love and it would be beautiful.
My Favourite Adaptations
1. The Martian by Andy Weir
I watched The Martian last month and the writers and directors did SUCH a good job with it. I was a bit hesitant to accept Matt Damon as Mark Watney (my future husband) at first, but he pulled him off flawlessly. I loved the humour in the book and the movie captured it flawlessly. They kept in a lot of my favourite moments, and I only missed the ones that were cut out a little bit. The only bit that I really wish they would have kept in is the humanity quote. Because it’s epic.
2. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
#1 MOVIE OF ALL TIME
3. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
You know, for an ABC Family TV series, this was pretty good. They managed to fuck up my ship and my favourite character, but I was loving the mystery and the whole twin-swapping stuff. I was so upset when it was cancelled after that major cliffhanger!
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This isn’t my favourite Flynn book, but I have yet to see the Dark Places movie. Gone Girl was, as an adaptation, pretty spectacular. You get a great feel for the characters, although I did think that they made the audience feel WAY too sympathetic towards Nick in the movie. You’re meant to hate him. But Ben Affleck *___*
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was a quiet movie, but they did a really good job of adapting the book. Sure, it’s not the best movie, but it made me feel stuff. Meaning I was really upset by the time it was over, much like I was when I read the book.
Most Disappointing Adaptations
1. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
I legit fell asleep.
2. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
They tried to cram the first three Saga books into this one movie and it just didn’t make sense. Plus, the reveals happened too early on, the production looked pretty shoddy, and the actors were not that great. The Saga of Darren Shan is one of my all time favourite series because it hooks you in and there are so many twists and turns. You watch the characters grow up, and in a movie this short you just didn’t get to experience that.
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I watched this with Dee and Judith and it was the worst movie I have ever seen. Well, maybe not, but it’s in my bottom three. It’s APPALLING. The script is atrocious (the humour didn’t work at all), the delivery was so, so bad, the acting itself from most of the cast made me want to stab myself in the eye, and the scenes were all mushed together. It’s a terrible movie.
4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Part 1)
Breaking Dawn isn’t the best book to begin with, but this movie was just so dull. Nothing happened and the main thing that I took away from it was that a spider fell onto my shoulder while I was watching it and my brother screamed and ran out of the room.
5. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
After rereading Northern Lights, I wasn’t as impressed by the series as I thought I was. However, I tried to give The Golden Compass another go and, surprise surprise, I didn’t finish it. Just like the first three times I’d tried to watch it. It’s terrible and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. READ THE BOOK.