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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Want to See as Movies

April 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely, lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. The topic du semaine this time around is the books I want to see as movies. This was actually a little more difficult than I thought it would be, because the first five books that jumped to my mind are already in development to be films! So I guess that means I have good taste? In that case, “Yo! Movie directors! Make the books listed below into movies, ya dig?” 


I think they do. And hopefully you will too! 

1. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
This is basically a giant, international scavenger hunt. Like the Amazing Race, but with teenagers. Mostly I want to look at different parts of Europe and the lovely, accented men they have to offer.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This is one of my faves from my childhood and I so so so want to see it on the big screen. Technically, there is an animated version that came out in the ’70s, but I’ve never seen it. If you have, lemme know if it’s good. Oooohhhh IMBD tells me this is in development for a release in 2013!! Hooray!

3. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
I like spies. Especially girl spies. Especially girl spies who have charming boy spies chasing after them. Want to see it. (I believe this has been optioned to be a film…but…that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen.)

4. You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
In my review of this, I actually compare it to Brick, a fantastic teenage-centric film noir. But, I think You Killed Wesley Payne is different enough from Brick that it would stand on its own. And there really need to be more contemporary films noirs. At least, IMHO.

5. Vixen by Jillian Larkin
1920s Chicago? I’m in. Bonus: Marcus Eastwood.

6. Paper Towns by John Green
I know this one pops up on, like, every list I make, but I love it so. And c’mon. You know you want to see a house decorated in solely black Santas.

7. Angelfire by Courtney Alison Moulton
I don’t think society will ever get enough of stories about hot teens and demons/angels, and I think Angelfire would be WAY better than a lot of movies in the genre that have come out recently. Plus, it’s a little reminisent of Buffy. I like Buffy. And I like this book. LET’S MAKE THIS A MOVIE, PEOPLE!

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Alright, I know people intensely love The Mortal Instruments, and I do too, but I actually prefer The Infernal Devices. And since we all already know that City of Bones is being made into a movie, I figure, why not go ahead and start on Clockwork Angel?

9. Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
This book is so much fun! (My review will be up sooooon.) It’s a little bit coming of age, a little bit fantasy, it’s super smart and super funny and I think it would translate well to the film if done in a sort of Monty Python storytelling kind of way. Does that make sense? If not, GO READ IT. Then you will understand.

10. Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen
I really don’t know if this would translate to film well or not because of the narrative shifts between the present and the 1800s, but I think it’d be fun to see! Also, it’s set in London. I’ll see pretty much anything set in London.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2011 9:24 PM

    I seriously need to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Paper Towns! They sound right up my alley. I would LOOOVE to see Vixen as a movie!

  2. April 12, 2011 2:34 PM

    Great choices,Vixen looks interesting.Stop and see mine and my giveaways.

  3. April 12, 2011 11:28 AM

    The animated Tollbooth has good memories for me but i haven't seen it in forever so it may just be a childhood nostalgia thing. i can't wait for a remake (if it's done well.) i thought about 13 LBE but i ended up picking Suite Scarlett instead because i love theatre but i'm so glad you got it on your list.

  4. April 12, 2011 8:44 AM

    Ooooh! I really hope Phantom Tollbooth comes out as a real movie and not just an animated version. I haven't seen the animated one, but I'm assuming it's probably not the greatest. But maybe it is. I think a real, live-action movie of this story would be awesome!

  5. April 12, 2011 8:08 AM

    I adore Phantom Tollbooth. I'd love to see a great movie made from this book.Here's my post for this week's Top Ten.

  6. April 12, 2011 1:36 AM

    I also have Clockwork Angel on my list and my class has watched the Phantom Tollbooth and it wasn't that bad but I'm glad there's going to be a remake.

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