Every Tuesday, I am featuring a Top Ten list. Today, it’s 10 books I’d like to see become a movie. And my top ten picks, in reverse order are:
10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I have a vision of the mothers in this novel arguing, then sticking together, eager to protect each other in the sisterhood even when they have their own issues within the group. And I’m imagining some great Aussie accents at play.
9. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. So far, it’s the only Dostoevsky novel I’ve read but it was such a fantastic tale. I can’t recall hearing that any of his books have been made into movies and I’m not sure why.
8. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney. A book I treasured as a child. It’s a story about 5 siblings and shows how they developed their values and relate to each other. There was an old movie from the 1930s which I’ve never seen but in 2015, let’s make a new version of this classic.
7. Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards Another book I fell in love with as a girl. It had an impossible story about an orphan girl who finds a house that she starts to fix up and eventually her life changes.
6. Mosquitoland by David Arnold. It’s a new novel but it totally imagine MIM with her lipstick-painted face all over the screen, her imperfections making me cry for her all over again. I’d go see this movie on opening day.
5. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. Yeah, I know these were already turned into a series but they weren’t very good. I’d love to watch a better version.
4. Room by Emma Donoghue. Before there was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidth, there was Jack, a five year old boy who was born in captivity and who thinks the world outside is a made up concept and his mother and the man who comes at night are the only other people alive. This could be an Oscar movie if it ever got made.
3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes about a mentally challenged young man who starts an experimental treatment that changes his mental capacity and changes the course of his life. I’d love to see the changes played out on the big screen.
2. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery. I have been obsessed with this little book since the first time I read it. I can’t explain it. It’s a tiny book, filled with revolutionary thoughts. I would love to see it made into a movie or short film to reach a brand new audience.
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The author actually refused to sell the rights to a movie, maintaining that the book would be better imagined instead of seen. I love that dedication to his medium but I can’t help but wonder what it would like outside of my head and on my screen.
What books would you like to see as a movie?
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