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Books That Should Be Adapted

One of my favourite things in the world is seeing books I love being adapted into movies or television programs. I’ll admit – it can be terrifying. What would happen if your favourite characters are portrayed wrong or differently to how you imaged them? Or what would happen if it flopped in the box office and the adaption is a complete disaster? It would suck, that’s what. But despite all those little things, the off-chance that the movie will be a well-done, faithful adaption of your favourite book is worth the wait.

So with that, these are 5 books that I would love see adapted for film or television!

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

This story definitely deserves to be made into a film for the big screen. Inspired by a true story, Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes, who has been charged with murdering her former master, and has been sent to an isolated farm to live until her execution. I imagine this one being filmed on location in Iceland and really taking visual advantage of the environment. It’s such a heart wrenching book, and I can’t imagine how much I’d cry if I was able to see this one on screen.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Whenever I think about books that should be movies/TV shows, this one immediately pops into my head. The Lunar Chronicles is a science fiction retelling of fairytales and one of the best mash-ups of genres I have ever read. It would definitely translate well onto screen. While I think The Lunar Chronicles would make a fantastic series of films, I can’t help but want this series adapted into a television show. I wouldn’t want ABC Family (Freeform, whatever) or the CW to get their hands on this one though – I’d much rather HBO or a streaming service like Netflix pick up the rights for this one.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is not only my favourite book ever (I really, really love it ok) but it’s also one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever read and one that I feel like could be adapted into a cinematic masterpiece. Set in Victorian England, this book tells the story of two real life illusionists, Marco and Celia, who, although being wagered against each other in a deadly battle of magic, end up disobeying their masters and falling in love. I can’t really explain what I think one would be like, but if you’ve read it I’m sure you understand.

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

While I can imagine Wonder being adapted in a few different ways, my favourite idea I have for this book is if it was adapted into a middle-grade film sort of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The story focuses August (Auggie), a ten year old boy who suffers from severe facial abnormalities and attends main-stream school for the first time when he is ten years old. While I feel like this one may be hard to translate properly (especially with Auggie’s facial abnormalities) I can imagine it being a really heart-warming picture that would be a bit hit at the box office, especially if it was released during school holidays!

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Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious is one of those books you read and immediately want to tell everyone about. The only issue with this is that everyone doesn’t read books, so trying to get a non-reader interested enough to pick up this book can be a challenge. If Vicious was adapted onto the big screen, I can only imagine that it would be a big hit. I have major Woody Allen vibes when I think of an adaption of this one. But on the other hand, I can picture this book be an amazing television adaption. Imagine every weeks episode focusing on a different EO (person with extraordinary ability). It’d be incredible and I need this. 

What are some books that you would love to see adapted for television or film? Let me know down below! X

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4 Comments

  1. Oh, I would LOVE to see The Lunar Chronicles adapted into film. Unfortuantely, I haven’t had time to read the series but really want to and a movie adaptation would certianly motivate me further.

  2. I completely agree with Vicious, I could imagine it being adapted for a season, like how some shows are only a season and have 10 or so hour long episodes. I would love to see the Newsflesh trilogy adapted into a TV show, it would be such a refreshing zombie show!

    • Omg I would love to see Vicious adapted into one of those series – definitely something I hope happens! I hear the rights were bought – so if it is adapted I hope they do it right 🙂 And oh, I’ve never heard of Newsflesh so I’ll definitely have to check that out!

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