I have spent all year blogging about books that were adapted to film, which has given me like 51 weeks to ruminate on all the great films that deserve to be adapted–and adapted well. I’m not going to list the books I think need BETTER adaptations (cough–Avalon High–cough) but here’s a quick run down of some books I LOVE that need movie adaptations
American Royals by Katharine McGee
First off, yes I think the duology is better suited to film rather than TV because we could get the whole story and TV adaptations stress me out. Think of the costuming! Someone get the CW on this, stat.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
There have been TV adaptations, sure, but this deserves a real movie adaptation with Saoirse Ronan (since we missed the boat with Keira Knightley,unfortunately). Such a good book, and not often read.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
All Christina Lauren films should be adapted to film, obviously, but this one in particular would be the perfect summer rom-com or Netflix original. Enemies to lovers, a fake honeymoon, come on–it delivers for that massage scene enough.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
This book which blends historical fiction and fantasy elements would be perfect for film. Think of the soundtrack opportunities! Also the role of a young Mozart could be a great breakout role for some young actors.
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
The team behind Thoroughbreds needs to make this film ASAP, and that is all.Feminist, murderous Macbeth retelling for the #MeToo movement.
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
How was this not a 2006 DCOM? Honestly, missed opportunity. It’s peak DisneyChannel, and I’m willing to let them do it now to make it up to me. It’s like Starstruck meets Geek Charming and Read It and Weep.
My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies
This would be HILARIOUS on film. Think A Knight’s Tale but with Lady Jane Grey. The costuming opportunities! The fun with the horse stuff! I want it now.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
All Jodi Picoult books are good/would be good on film, but this one…wow. It’s my favorite of hers, people love elephant movies, and I love the twist and so would EVERYONE.
Losers Club by Andrew Clements
Kids movies are great too…and Andrew Clements not being adapted is a crime. This would also be a great Disney+ original–and it’s pro-reading!
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Hear me out. A Rian Johnson adaptation–The Westing Game in the vein of Knives Out. Perfection, yes? Yes. Yes. Yes.
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Remember how Amazon did Modern Love? I want that, but with this essay collection, which gets the acclaim it deserves but also would be great in that style.
What about you? What books do you want to see on film?