Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies!

img_0988It’s Tuesday, which means only one good thing: it isn’t Monday! It also means it’s time for another round of Top 5 Tuesday. T5T is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored. This weeks topic is “books that need to be made into movies”! If you haven’t checked out her weekly prompts you definitely should – they’re super fun!

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Read first. Watch later, you plebeians. 

So I wouldn’t call myself particularly into movies and TV. However, I am also not someone who says I don’t like them either. I’m just a fan of good stories and well made entertainment. Whether that be in my favorite form (books) or in movies or TV, I’m not a stickler about it. What I am a stickler about is book to film adaptations. Most of the time, they’re simply just not as good. You can’t get the range of detail and finesse into a movie that you can into a book. HOWEVER, there’s also something so magical about seeing something you’ve loved in a book come to life on the screen. *Obviously, it can also be terrible if it’s done horribly (looking @ u, directors of My Sisters Keeper) and they miss the whole point of the book. But when it’s done well (GoT 5Ever) it’s a real thrill to relive a story through the screen. So without further ado, here are the books I think should be made into movies!

I AM THE MOST REDUNDANT PERSON EVER: Arc of a Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

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Honestly though, sorry not super sorry about it. This would be PERFECT to adapt to the screen. There’s not too much that I think would be difficult to create with cinema *magic* (except for maybe a couple things in the second book but it’s 2019 and Avatar happened so, I think it could be done). While I think this might be better suited for someone like HBO to do with a larger budget over more than just a movie per book I think this story, if done correctly, would make a magnificent screen adaptation.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Let us all travel to a parallel universe in which The Great Gatsby film adaptation didn’t suck. I loved the vibe of the movie, and they really went for it but also fell totally flat. In a word in which it’s done well Evelyn Hugo would be a smash hit on the screen. The character arcs, the story arc and the lush vibrancy of the Golden Age of Hollywood would be absolutely mesmerizing on the big screen. Not only that but it would be quite fitting since this is about a movie star and her rise to fame.

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

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So I mean, obviously book to screen adaptations depend largely on how they’re cast. If you don’t cast a character right, they’ll miss the nuances of the person they’re portraying in the book. Jane Doe took me by absolute surprise last year, I didn’t think I’d love it quite as much as I did. Jane is absolutely not someone I think most people would want to be friends with but she is a hoot and I adored reading about her. With all the book to screen thriller adaptations out there I’m really surprised we haven’t seen this one get picked up. Especially since it plays right into today’s societal climate and the issues women are facing.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence 

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I literally just happened upon this book early last year at Half Price and I am so gleefully happy that I did. It quickly became one of my favorite books and I suggest people read it all the time. It’s a coming of age story about an unlikely friendship – and if that isn’t enough for it to be at the top of the list for book to screen adaptations I don’t know what is. It has such unique characters and plot points and Alex Woods is a truly likable narrator and main character and I think almost all readers could find a bit of themselves and their own stories within his.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 

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I actually just finished reading this one and I’ll tell you that I put it off for a super long time and it was a mistake to do so. I’m waiting until the end of Whole30 to post my review (only 8 more days!!) because I want to feature some recipes (like honey cake) that aren’t compliant. However, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS!?! I really, really enjoyed the lyrical story telling and the setting would just be effortlessly lovely on the big screen. Fantasy is a lot harder to adapt to film, due to the need for more special effects and this one would need quite a bit of that. However, with the right budget this would be a beautiful and poignant story with a bomb, feminist AF main character and a gripping story to boot.


What are some books you think should be made into movies? Have you read these titles, if so, do you agree with me that they would be good to adapt to the screen? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know! 

22 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies!”

  1. I want to read the Bear and the Nightinhale! I haven’t read any of these but from the synopsis and raving reviews I would say yes My post will be up in a few hours…

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  2. I am soooo looking forward to reading Scythe and The Bear and the Nightingale in my February Fantasy reads. And bet they would make great movies, or TV series … if done right! 😉

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    1. I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOUR REVIEWS! *excuse my over excitement* but they’re so good! The Bear and the Nightingale wasn’t quite as good as Scythe – it was slower and there was one point where I felt it was getting redundant. But I loved Vasya, the main character and the writing was beautiful and the novel super atmospheric.

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  3. I reaaaaally need to get around to read Scythe! I’ve been wanting to read this book way before it was even released and now Thunderhead is already out for a while as well and I still haven’t read Scythe – epic faaaail. And I keep hearing only great things about the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And the Bear and the Nightingale is still on my wishlist!

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  4. I’ve not personally read any of these books (Scythe series was reviewed by a different reviewer on the blog). Here’s hoping that if they do make movies from these books they stick to the story and do the book justice – Not like some films.

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