To adapt or not to adapt!

Today over at the Broke and Bookish the topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows

This is a tricky one because sometimes I feel really unhappy with adaptations, particularly when they don’t, for me, do the book justice.  Yes, I know that movie/tv is a different medium however I don’t like massive liberties being taken with the overall story. My motto: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.  This makes me cautious about picking my favourite stories to be brought to the screen.  I considered cheating here and picking 10 books already adapted that I enjoy, but then I decided to stay on track:

  1. All the Truth That’s in me by Julie Berry – a really good story that I didn’t know what to expect and thoroughly enjoyed.
  2. Beauty/Poison/Charm by Sarah Pinborough – mashed up and twisted retold fairy tales
  3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – would make a great movie with a strange Sliding Doors type feel – but one that continues throughout the life of the main character and ends up in all kinds of situations
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I would love to see this adapted – it could be such a lovely and slightly creepy adaptation – perhaps Tim Burton could give it his special touch?
  5. The Gentlemen Bastards – I would love to see this series converted to film – but, by the same token I’m scared to see it adapted.  Jean is one of my favourite characters and I’d hate it if somebody I didn’t like was chosen to play his role!
  6. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz – this is an excellent book and could be a brilliant, exciting and totally over the top film almost in the style of comic book super hero.
  7. The Prince of Fools and The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence – so far, this would make an excellent series – or epic type films for that matter!
  8. Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson – this could be really creepy!
  9. Longbourn by Jo Baker – just to visit with the Bennet’s again,  A bit of a period drama but from a different perspective.
  10. The Just City by Jo Walton – I would love to see this on the big screen.

16 Responses to “To adapt or not to adapt!”

  1. RoseReadsNovels

    I would watch Life After Life and Longbourn too!

    • lynnsbooks

      I would love for both those books to be adapted – I think they’re perfect for the big screen.
      Lynn 😀

  2. hlmorris85

    I thought The Graveyard Book already was in the process of being adapted.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ahh, I didn’t know that – how exciting! Thanks
      Lynn 😀

  3. Michael

    I think the Graveyard Book is one of those that is stuck in development limbo. It could be great, but only if done absolutely right.

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh no – I was getting all excited then thinking of being able to watch it – but, like you say, better to be done properly – or not at all!
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    I think Stephen King’s Dark Tower series could make an epic TV series like Game of Thrones 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh yes – that would be an excellent choice for a series. I keep say I’m going to pick it up one of these days – never say never!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hexed would make an excellent paranormal tv series!

    • lynnsbooks

      It could be wonderfully dark and creepy couldn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Some great picks here! Flex, Gentleman Bastards, Beauty/Poison/Charm would all make excellent viewing. Actually, I wouldn’t have though of The Just City, but I think your right, I think that would work really well as well.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think the Just City would be great – although it would have to be done carefully to get all the little nuances right. I also thought of When We Were Animals – but I couldn’t figure out how well that would translate having to have bunches of teenagers running around naked! It’s a lot easier to read about than to actually watch.
      Lynn 😀

  7. digitaltempest

    Ah! How could I forget Hexed! That would make a great movie/series. The Graveyard book as well! Excellent choices.

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    Oooh Longbourn! I love Regency adaptations, especially miniseries. I agree with the massive liberties thing – changing the story a whole lot can really ruin it. The only time it’s ever worked for me is with Bitten, the Canadian TV show based off of Kelley Armstrong’s books. The show deviates SO much from the books, but it’s been like a decade since Bitten was published so I feel like enough time has passed that I can view the story through a new lens if that makes sense.

    • lynnsbooks

      It does make sense and sometimes its easy to see why a series deviates – Trueblood also didn’t stick religiously to the books and it was actually a good series. It annoys me with certain films though when they’re adapted from a book that has been incredibly popular – I just can’t help thinking why do you have to change it if it’s already so well loved. The Beach is a good example of that – or I am Legend. The changes just didn’t make sense for me and also lost a lot of what made the book so good (particularly with I am Legend).
      Lynn 😀

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