To adapt or not to adapt, part 2…

Yesterday as part of Top Ten Tuesday I selected 10 books that I would like to see adapted to movie or series.  Today, I’ve chosen 10 books that I haven’t read that I would like to see adapted.  Now, if I see something on film or tv it usually puts me off reading the book so what I’ve really gone for here are books and series that I really want to get to grips with but probably won’t get to read because of my fight with too little time/too many books:

  1. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal.  I’ve been checking out this series for some time.  I still quite like the idea of reading it but in actual fact I think it could made a great tv series mixing period drama with fantasy.
  2. My Life as a White Trash Zombie – zombies with a twist.  Again, I’ve had this for ages so perhaps the only way I’m going to find out what it’s all about is film!
  3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – again, a book I’ve had for a long time.  I am trying to get to some of my older books this year but it would take me ages to get to them all.  This has always had good reviews so I’d be keen to see how it adapts.
  4. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time – I have to just hold my hands up and admit that I’m very unlikely to get to this series – it’s just such a huge undertaking and a bit too daunting.  A series could be another thing though.
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I’ve loved the look of this book and yet still haven’t picked up a copy.  It has very positive reviews and it could be a great atmospheric thriller.
  6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  This is a series that I probably now won’t pick up and yet everyone loves it so I do kind of feel like I’m missing out.  A series would be good??
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – another book with lots of positive reviews but I feel like the moment has now passed by for me.  It sounds like this would make a magical film.
  8. The First Law books by Joe Abercrombie – I would like to see these adapted.  I haven’t read them yet but definitely will but even so they’re on the list.
  9. One of John Green’s books – maybe looking for Alaska?  I haven’t read any of this author yet –  a little film might jog me along.
  10. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – I had to go there.  I keep thinking I will pick this up and then I just keep not doing.  Will I ever do so.  I don’t know.  A series could be the only way for me to find out what exactly is going on here.
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14 Responses to “To adapt or not to adapt, part 2…”

  1. Michael

    If I were to recommend one epic fantasy over another, I’d say give The Dark Tower a shot over Wheel of Time. It’s shorter and finished. Also, I’d say it doesn’t wander off too much in the middle (as I’ve heard Wheel of Time can).

    And I won’t be shocked to see Looking for Alaska get the movie treatment if Paper Towns does well at the box office.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I should really read The Dark Tower series – so many people (who’s opinions I value seem to love it) – I need to just make the decision and go with it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    I love The Dark Tower series SO MUCH, that I don’t think I want to see it made into a film. I know various people have been playing with the idea, but it’s never happened. To me it’s just one of those stories that needs to stay in the pages of a book:-)

    • lynnsbooks

      I feel like that about a lot of books to be honest – I really would like to see them adapted but then I’m also scared that they’ll be ruined. But, I like to think of examples like LotR which is a great adaptation – I just suppose it needs the right person with the right vision and the love for the story (although, on the other hand – I don’t like Jackson’s Hobbit adaptations!)

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The Night Circus in some ways could make a wonderful film, but in other ways, I just don’t know that they could capture the imagery created with words and imagination. 🙂 White Trash Zombie definitely sounds like great material for TV or movie 🙂

  4. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I’d love to see the First Law as a series!
    And Dark Tower by Stephen King. I haven’t read that series yet, but knowing it would be coming on TV would probably be the motivation I need to finally pick up the books.

  5. jessicabookworm

    I felt very similar to you when I watched a TV adaptation of The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling. I was interested to find out about the story but I knew I would probably never read the book.

    • lynnsbooks

      Sometimes I think it’s the only way I’m going to find out about certain stories to be honest. It’s just not possible to catch up with all the books after all!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    I also need to read Shades of Milk and Honey – I’ve had the first three books in the series on my shelf for ages now. I could definitely see myself binge-watching The Lunar Chronicles if it was on Netflix; it’s got that book-crack feel to it. We’re in agreement on The Wheel of Time…it’s not gonna happen since the series is so long 😉

    • lynnsbooks

      So many people love The Wheel of Time – it makes me feel obliged to read it – but then I look at the size of the series and I just can’t!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Genki Jason

    After the success of Game of Thrones it feels like Joe Abercrombie’s books would be perfect for adaptation with their distinctive characters, dark humour, twisting plots and politics, heaps of hot-blooded action.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think so too. I still really do need to read the books though.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Agreed on M.R. Kowal’s series: I think that the working of glamour would make for some interesting special effects, and the mix of Regency era with fantasy is an intriguing one.
    As for Oryx and Crake, I read it recently and think it would be a great movie, or even mini-series on tv: again, the genengineered animals would open the door to some fascinating FX.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think those two would definitely adapt well (although obviously I’m speaking from a position of not having read them of course). I really still do think I’d like to read Oryx and Crake.
      Lynn 😀

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