Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be adapted into movies

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Last week I made a post about books that should be adapted into television shows. This week, instead of the ‘official’ topic, I’m going to do books that should be adapted into movies. Specifically movies, as opposed to a mini series or something.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson – Basically this is for anyone who liked Ready Player One but wanted far less teenage angst and awkward romance. This is a deep dive into a digital universe, and plays with a modern dystopia, along with the origins of language. It’s really a fascinating read.

Inspection by Josh Malerman – This is the same author that wrote Bird Box, and this book is just as good in my opinion. It’s fast-paced and eerie, perfect for a two hours and change movie. It follows a bunch of boys, whose names are no more than letters of the alphabet, living in a tower, isolated. I don’t wanna say more than that, because it’s better to just find out.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one I think would have to be a bit of a longer movie, like say two and a half, three hours, but I think it could be done well, especially if a lot of work is put into the tone of the movie. This is a thriller Shakespearean extravaganza, and I think it would adapt really, really well to film.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I feel like this book would be a good movie right now. And by that I mean I don’t think it would be a movie that ages well, because it relies heavily on technology that currently exists, and in twenty-thirty years it would seem really dated. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I’m sure future us could appreciate this for what it is, I just mean if they’re gonna do it they need to do it soon.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – The only reason I’m recommending this one as a movie as opposed to a tv show is that it’s a novella. I feel like a movie could actually pick up all the detail in it and do it well. If we’re talking the entire series though, yeah then a tv show (or a series of movies), but for just this specific one, I think a movie could do it justice.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This is a technological thriller and honestly it’ll be rare that I think a thriller should be anything other than a movie. A TV show wouldn’t portray the sense of urgency how I think it should be, if that makes sense. This one I think could be particularly good, especially if the budget is where it needs to be.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – While this one isn’t a thriller persay, it’s definitely thrilling. While I do think a movie would be the better medium for this, I do think it’d have to be a long movie, like three hours or something. It has a lot of weird detail in it that I feel is needed to convey how entirely weird this book is.

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – Going in the opposite direction of the dark novel above, this one would be really fluffy and heartstring-y. It’d be the perfect holiday classic and honestly I do think it’d become a classic if it was made and given the right promotions.


So I just googled this out of curiosity and apparently it was made into a movie in 1999. Well now I have to watch it this Christmas. I’m keeping it on the list though because I made this list before I knew it was already adapted.

14 by Peter Clines – Again with the weirdness, just like a few others on this list. This is a fast-paced, small-setting book that I think could be really good. It has just the right dose of weird, along with a plot that doesn’t stray too far from a few choice locations within the setting. I think it’d be great.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Honestly I will be surprised if this doesn’t get picked up for a movie eventually. It’s just so enthralling and whimsical and mysterious, something that I just know would have this lilting, haunted soundtrack. I can already hear whispers of it in my head. Again this one would have to be a longer movie to really get the full impact but man, I’d be there for it.

And that’s it! What do you think of my movie choices vs my tv choices? Also if you’ve heard of any of these being picked up, do let me know. Happy reading!

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