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10 Books I Would Love to See as a TV Series/Film

The suggestion for this post came from: The Broke and the Bookish

1.) Austenland by Shannon Hale

So this is actually, finally, making its way to the big screen (thanks to Stephanie Meyer) but from what I’ve heard, reviews are mixed.  This hasn’t even opened yet in my corner of the USA but based on the teasers, it looks like they’ve turned it into this girl-fest, completely silly and full of crass, sexual humor.  Can’t a girl have a good time without sexual innuendos?  I don’t remember this being in the original book, which was mostly clean.  I’d go see it for no other reason than Dr. Quinn is in it (oh wait, her name’s actually Jane Seymour, riiighhht.)  Expect my thoughts on the film when it hits theaters.

blue castle2.)  The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Blue Castle is one of the few adult novels that the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series, ever penned.  To my knowledge, this has never been made into a movie, ever.  This book is in my top 3 most favorite books ever and I can’t figure out who has the film rights as of September 2013. Kevin Sullivan, are you listening?  Bring me Valancy and Barney’s story already!!

3.) Angelology and Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

Fans of Robert Langdon would enjoy this genre-bending series about angels on earth and the religious society devoted to the protection of the secret.  It’s a suspense tale, it’s got great locations from freezing, isolated snow-capped mountains, to serene convents, and Times Square, basically a bit of everything.  I expect this series to cap at three books, minimum so there’s sequel potential.

4.) An Oz reboot (the right way)

To be fair, L. Frank Baum actually produced several films based on his books but to my knowledge, none of them have the exposure that the MGM classic does. Or the “sequel” put out in the 1980’s (shudder) or the newest re-telling (erk) which is not based on the musical, at all.

I’m lumping Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series in here as well.  I’d be happy with them attempting to do this as a musical ala a big budget cast with Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth.  Original Broadway Cast. Don’t skimp Hollywood.

With the amazing things CGI can do now (remember The Fantastic Mr. Fox?), there’s so much potential to see these characters come to life and without live-action actors, you could brand the “look” so it’s consistently the same whether it’s Ozma of Oz or The Lost Princess of Oz.

Have I mentioned that I absolutely adored Wicked?  I think I’ve seen it four times now.  I’ve got issues.

5.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book has amazing visuals.  I’d love to see someone tackle this as an artsy film ala Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) but do readers a favor and skip the big-name actors.  They inflate the budget and too often, we’re seeing “BIG NAME ACTOR” not “small name hero/heroine” of the actual book.  This is a beautiful book and someone needs to get a hold of this one and create an exquisite viewing experience. Please?

6.) The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

True Blood exploded into a mass hit on HBO.  Shame it’s got so much gratuitious sex, violence and language. Having read all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (except I skipped part of book 2 because I hated that season 2…), I can safely say that they’ve veered off the books and gone off in their own direction. (sigh) I hate it when Hollywood does that.

Vampires have been there, done that.  It’s time to give shape-shifters and werewolves more room to run free.  This could make an interesting TV series if slanted for a New Adult audience.

7.) A remake of Daddy Long Legs

There have been at least 3 versions of this that I’m aware of: a black and white “silent” film with Mary Pickford, a musical in the 1950’s(?) with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron and an animated version more recently that was done anime style.  The closest version to the actual book by Jean Webster (grand-niece of Mark Twain) was probably the Mary Pickford version. So much is lost though without words!  And colored gingham!  This could be made into such a sweet Hallmark-style Sunday special with a traditional story of an orphan who gets a leg up and hits some rough patches as a school girl.

Briar Rose. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Briar Rose. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

8.) Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

One of THE most powerful YA novels I’ve ever read. Right up there with The Giver (in my book).  Part fairy tale, past ghastly tale on the Holocaust, a must-read.

9.) Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede

One of my top 5 favorite fairy tales. A beautiful retelling of the folklore tale about two sisters living near the woods who take pity on a bear in trouble.

10.) The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander

This could be an awesome animated TV series with a strong female lead.  I think you’d need to change the perspective to be from Vesper’s POV unless you wanted to have each episode to have a moral to it and then it could be narrated over in a “framing” device by her caretaker, Brinnie.  There are far too many great red-headed heroines that don’t get enough press in animation. Anyone out there remember Calamity Jane?  Liberty Kids? I loved those.

So there it is, my first top 10 list here on my blog and plenty of things to mull over.  Are you familiar with any/all of these books? Which ones? What do you think?  Grab a cuppa and let’s chat about it.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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