Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish Were Movies/TV Shows

Posted September 10, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 16 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Wish Were Movies/TV Shows(& this one comes with the disclaimer that Hollywood would NOT mess these up. We are assuming these books will be translated beautifully onto the screen).

1. The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand

I think the Unearthly series could make a GREAT TV show. There’s already built-in life transitions(like Clara going off to college), and I think it would be easy to translate Unearthly and Boundless into seasons. Hallowed would be more difficult, since it’s definitely the slowest-moving of the series and not a whole lot ACTUALLY happens, but I think it could be done.

2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

I mean, I know the basic plot is similar to a lot of movies already, but I don’t care too much. I’d TOTALLY watch a movie if someone could find the perfect actress to play Caymen. I’d be less worried about Xander, but whoever played Caymen would have to be able to pull off her awesome dead-pan sarcasm.

3.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I know that The Book Thief is already going to be a movie(and I’m excited for it!), but I am including it on this list because I want them not to mess it up. In my perfect world, this book will be beautiful on the screen. I’m hoping the real life movie captures the heart of the story, but I’m a little nervous about it(though excited).

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer

In my perfect world, I think The Lunar Chronicles would have the potential to be an amazing TV show. It’s futuristic & sci-fi, but it also still keeps the original fairy-tale heart.

5. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

So there IS a movie version of this book called The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, but. . . I’d like to request a do-over from the universe, please. Let us not talk about how bad the original movie is(which is too bad, because it had some pretty great actors). For comparison, the movie has a score of 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.  So yes, Hollywood, I’d like to see a better movie out of this childhood favorite.

6. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Most of the books on my list so far are pretty heavy in subject matter, but I think Going Vintage could be a cute, fun, quirky movie. Definitely not something I’d want to watch ALL the time, but could be a nice feel-good movie. The book is just so fun and cute that I think it could translate well.

7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

One word: Gimme. I want to see a visual of this book, please.

8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Ah, I really loved this book, with it’s sibling dynamics and creepiness and Gothic feel, and I would LOVE to see it on the screen. I think it would be very hard to manage, since so much of the story is told in dialogue, but it could work, I think, with the right people.

9. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

I liked this book quite a bit, even if I wasn’t blown away by it, and I think it would be an interesting(and potentially very creepy movie). I thought the book was already told in such a way that a movie was basically playing in my head the entire time, so I could have faith in this as an adaptation.

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I actually didn’t like Anna and the French Kiss very much(Anna got on my nerves), but for some reason I think I’d like the story in movie form BETTER than the books. Probably because Paris would be the setting, and I’d be distracted by the background to be annoyed by the characters.



16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish Were Movies/TV Shows

  1. I’m really excited to read The Distance Between us and The Lunar Chronicles! I think you’re the first person I’ve heard criticize Anna and the French Kiss and that’s so refreshing! I can’t believe i haven’t read this yet, but I’m FINALLY the next on my library’s waiting list. I’m a little overwhelmed by how it’s everyone’s favorite book! Love your blog, especially the name!! I’m a new follower! 🙂

  2. I am actually reading Unearthly this month for book club so I’m excited to see what everyone loves about it.

    The Lunar Chronicles would be a really awesome TV show!

    The Madman’s Daughter seems like it would be a really interesting and creepy movie too.

    Great list Stormy! My TTT list!

  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is on my list, too! I think the Lunar Chronicles would be awesome! I just read and reviewed The Thirteenth Tale and have so many mixed feelings about it, but I think a movie will be interesting. I love Sophie Turner, so I’m at least excited that she’s in it.

  4. I ALMOST put DoSaB on my list but it just missed the cut! I cannot WAIT to see The Lunar Chronicles on the big screen. I mean. That NEEDS to be made into a movie. It has to be.
    I would love to see Anna and I forgot about Going Vintage! Too many things to choose from! 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to see The Thirteenth Tale as a tv movie (I initially thought it was a movie but a TV movie works too). I’m excited for The Book Thief as well, it looks good; I hope it will be fantastic! xD Great list! 🙂

    My TTT

  6. Haven’t read The Dark is Rising…but I have watched the movie and yeah it wasn’t really good.
    And guess what! The Thirteenth Tale has been made into a movie…a TV movie. Supposedly it will be aired in December.

    • stormydawnc

      Oh man, I do not speak of The Dark is Rising movie unless necessary. *shudders*. The books are WAY better.
      So interesting the Thirteenth Tale is being made into a TV movie! I’ll be interested in seeing that one.

  7. It seems like I am behind on the reading times, because I have only read The Book Thief, and Anna and the French Kiss out of all the books you listed!
    I saw the trailer for TBT the other day, and I must say that it looks beautiful. I was pretty apprehensive about the movie, and thought that the book could never be made into a film and keep the story’s integrity. But I may be proven wrong, because I had shivers the entire time I watched the trailer.
    I think AATFK would be an adorable movie! I am not as obsessed with that book as everyone else is, but it would be a pretty cute chick flick, haha.

    • stormydawnc

      I am very optimistic about The Book Thief. Definitely crossing my fingers for that one.
      I actually didn’t like Anna and the French Kiss in book form, but I think I would like it better as a movie!

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