Hello bookworms!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is top 5 books I wish had movie adaptations.
I’ve been so enamoured recently with all of the adaptations. Netflix in particular is killing it – and I am especially excited since Alice Oseman has announced how closely she has been involved with the Heartstopper adaptation (creator, screenwriter and . So, because I’m so excited, this month is all about adaptations!!
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Top 5 books I wish had movie adaptations
Fable – Adrienne Young
OK, so I haven’t done my April read wrap yet, but when I do, you will get to see that I finally read a) something on my physical TBR, and b) a fantasy series!! THIS fantasy series!! Ok, so it’s a duology, as opposed to a series, but still… It counts as multiple books.
Anyway, I really enjoyed Fable and Namesake. They give off a low-anxious Six of Crows vibe in terms of heist and plot intrigue. Plus, pirates!! GIRL PIRATES!! Or, one girl pirate anyway.
I really think Fable and Namesake could even be made into just one really amazing movie. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of stuff happens in the two books, but since film is a visual and audio medium, I think we could keep it to one movie. Sure, it might be 2, maybe 2.5 hours long, but it would be totally worth it!!
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix
Hahahaha, this is going to be an interesting one if you know how I feel about this book. Which, to be honest, isn’t that great… In fact, it’s my most disliked Garth Nix book. Which is so sad because I grew up LOVING Garth Nix stories. Anyway, I only rated The Left-Handed Booksellers of London 3 stars. I just felt like the pacing was off and there were parts of this story that I found far more intriguing, but they weren’t explored at all in the book.
However, I genuinely believe that this would make an awesome movie. Firstly, the scenery in this book is so vivid – as someone who has spent an awful lot of time in the Lakes District and London, I can so clearly picture this story. So location would be amazing. Secondly, Nix spends a weird amount of time describing clothing styles from the 80’s (when this book is set), so I feel like the visual medium would a benefit for this. And, having that visual medium would likely fix the plot pacing issues too.
In fact, if I had seen this instead of read it, I actually think I might have enjoyed it more. Which is something that I’m not sure I could say about his other works as I’m so invested in the minutiae of the story with them!!
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Is this a cop out?? Possibly… Why?? Because this book has been on my TBR for so long that I’ve kind of given up on reading it… Also, it’s so hyped and I hate reading hyped books!! But also, I don’t seem to like reading new books either, so it’s a weird corner that I have backed myself into…
So, I want them to make a movie adaptation of The Night Circus so that I can watch it first, and then decide if I still want to read it. I know this might sound weird, but I actually prefer watching adaptations before I read them. Mostly because otherwise I’m ridiculously disappointed that they didn’t add character X or Y who I believe to be INTEGRAL to the plot. Or they totally ruined the casting.
I know I tend not to talk about THOSE BOOKS by You Know Who, but I actually saw the first two movies before I read the books, and that’s why I read them. And then I was supremely disappointed for the rest of the films because I am one of the very few who thought Richard Harris was a much better Dumbly than Michael Gambon.
Where was I?? Oh yes, this needs to be a movie!!
The Summer of Jordi Perez – Amy Spalding
You know what movies are always perfect?? Queer coming of age stories where the main character learns to believe in themselves. Also, The Summer of Jordi Perez would make a perfect movie not just because of the storyline, but because there are like 3 plot sections that would make amazing montage scenes. And we all love a good YA montage scene!!
But seriously, this story is so stinking cute that I’m weirdly surprised that Netflix haven’t picked it up already?! There’s a fashion store, photography and social media elements, an earnest competition for a job, lots of wandering around Los Angeles, a hilarious side-kick bestie, and so many burgers the whole film could be paid for with product placement.
In fact, Netflix should hire me to read all these books, adapt the screenplays, and be some kind of creative producer who wants to keep the adaptation close to its original form. I could look out for these babies!!
Emergency Contact – Mary H. K. Choi
Hi, my name is Meeghan, and I think Emergency Contact is one of the most amazing stories that I’ve ever read. In fact, I’m still kicking myself that I forgot to add it to my top 5 debut novels list a couple of weeks ago.
Choi’s debut novel is a story about anxiety. One that would probably rip your heart out, put it in a blender, pour it on the ground to stomp on, and then sweep it up to hand back to you. Smiling all the while. Yes, I did bawl my eyes out while reading this. And I LOVE IT.
Firstly, Penny and Sam would make sure amazing visual characters. You could show all of their texting back and forth with cute speech bubble montage scenes while they brush their teeth and lie in bed. Plus, I honestly believe that the world needs more mental health and anxiety-related stories. Stories that real-life people can relate to. (I’m also a fan of superhero stories, so don’t worry, I’m not taking Winter Soldier away from anyone.)
But we do need some soft, quiet, hope-filled stories too. Ones with less explosions and zero fast cars.
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What are your top 5 books you wish had movie adaptations?