Just read an EW.com article about movies you should just read the book for because the movie did it no justice at all. Interesting concept & I agreed with them one some of them, others I couldn’t form an opinion because I had never seen them. I decided to make my own list but then changed my mind & decided to make a list of movies that deserve a movie portrayal and not a half assed one. You can check out EW’s list HERE.
In no particular order,
The Blue Nowhere
This book is so terrifying, in the way that it portrays just how cunning and awful people can be when you have this kind of understanding of the techno world. Done properly, it could be an amazing movie to behold. I picture Clive Owen as Frank Bishop & someone Ethan Hawke(ish) as Wyatt Gillette in my head.
Just read that Warner Brothers is planning on adapting this into a movie. I hope it works out, though in all honesty I think it would be better suited towards a television series. It is a MASSIVE book with so much information, kinda a la George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. It concerns a large group of people that find themselves in another land inside computers, virtual reality at it’s best (or worst actually at times), the types of people are completely different so I don’t even want to get started on that… But they have to work together to stop a group of old farts who want to stay alive forever. I am doing it no justice, so HERE is a link to the synopsis. I hope it’s adaptation will not get mangled in translation. I couldn’t even begin to try casting for this, I think a lot of unknowns would be best in all honesty but casting Xabbu would be insanely difficult. I look forward to seeing what WB will make of it.
Thirteen Reasons Why
There are already talks of adapting this with Selena Gomez as the main character. I wasn`t sure about that choice then & I`m still not sure now, but she has some sort of passion for this story so why not give her a chance I guess. This new generation doesn`t seem to read like those before it so I think that acting this out is needed. It`s a story that needs to be told. People should realize that your every action (or non-action) makes a difference and it is up to us to decide which differences to make in this world. The term Bully is overused these days, and I don`t say that to mean that it`s not as wrong as it should be. But it is not seen in the context that it should be seen. Bullying has so many more forms it can take in our current society that some people don`t realize that they are taking part in it or that that the internet is not as faceless as it seems. And then others sit back and do nothing, which is just as bad. Celebrities can make all the “It gets better” videos they want, what victim really thinks that those people know anything about what they are going through at that moment. So make the movie & SHOW these people that their actions count and maybe some of us will make the choice to make them count for the right reasons instead of the wrong.
With all the supernatural things out there these days I am amazed that this hasn’t been done. It has elves, goblins, shapeshifters & so many more, Oh yeah I’m pretty sure there’s a witch in there somewhere too ;-p. Elena is the witch and she is just a young girl trying to deal with these newly discovered powers after her parents have been slaughtered and her brother taken. She is on her own but quickly finds help and the story unfolds naturally. Clemens is a genius! It is a coming of age story, sort of, with a number of characters that are endearing and heartbreaking at the same time. It also is a long saga that could probably do with a tv series portrayal but I highly doubt that.
On the Jellicoe Road
I couldn’t devour this book fast enough. It has a relationship dynamic unlike anything I have ever read before. People you are supposed to despise and you just can’t, a history to uncover and understand & tragedy that can’t be quite let go. I would love to see if the relationships could transfer through to the big screen and it’s one of those young adult angsty things that catch on like wildfire. I need to see Jonah Griggs brought to life!
The Glass Castle
Hope, that is what this book represents. That no matter how bad things seem there is a way out if you choose to find it. Heartbreaking & uplifting at the same time, sometimes even on the same page I think it could transfer well to the screen. The public loves a dark story & you slap a based on true events sticker on it & poof…. you’ve got it made. Reading the book, it’s a bit choppy (Being a memoir and all) putting it together on film would make it seem less so I think.
I read this book LONG before I probably should have. It’s sexy, gritty and the ultimate revenge story. Rachel sets Danny up for a huge fall after he ruined her life years ago. She is forced to become a prostitute for him and when she becomes pregnant (by Danny) he forces her into an abortion and then onto the streets. From rags to riches, homely to beauty and pitiful to powerful. We have the power to change ourselves no matter what anyone tells us. That’s what this story is about, never back down. We need more movies like this. Putting it out there in the world that we don’t have to be someone’s bitch, we can be ourselves and rule at it.
The Beach House
Another revenge story but on the legal level. Imagine holding your brother’s killers captive while you give them your own trial on camera and broadcast it to the city. I love the books that Patterson writes with Peter De Jonge, they turn out so well. Most of this takes place in a beach house so it could be pretty cheap to make so long as you don’t go all out on superstar actors. I think this should be made, but don’t ruin it like you did with Along Came a Spider please.
Before I Fall
Another one that needs to be told for today’s youth. We really do have the power to change things with our actions, even when you have not been the best person the whole of your life. Regard your actions as if someone’s life depends upon it.
World of Warcraft Lore
The fantasy genre is not just for dorks anymore. Hell, dorks aren’t just for dorks anymore (Big Bang anyone??) Yes I play the game, but the books that people out there have written about the lore are pretty good too. Seeing it played out would be pretty awesome, but live action not animation. We get enough of the animation in game and the potential to make a truly amazing live action fantasy movie is ripe for the taking. So go on, dooooo it! You know you wanna!!
Dark Tower Series
So I’ve never actually read this, it’s coming from Eric’s mouth and this is what he says…
It an amazing fantasy book that while you are reading it you can’t help but want to see it done well on film. It’s been thought of before, been put on the back burner for multiple projects but a tv series would be best because of all the content. Casting would be best with unknowns, easier not to typecast with unknowns.
Books that deserve better movies than they got
Maybe this new version will be better but I highly doubt it. The story is well written and the movie was blah. Mia Farrow, not your best performance. The whole point of the story is lost in the movie. It’s about living and obtaining that American Dream, the wealth & recognition. Daisy comes off as a big whiny brat not the desired object of Gatsy’s heart.
I can’t even begin to tell you the mistakes they made with this!! Grover is NOT cool, he’s a nerdy goat boy. Annabelle is blond, hello that’s a discriminating feature of Athena’s children, don’t change it. And they got rid of the big bad guy, how do you do that!!
I loved the books, yes I really did. But the movies are terrible. I even liked Bella in the book, even though she really is so annoying I still loved the relationship between her and Edward. But the movie, yuck even though they seem to get better as they continue, though I haven’t bothered to watch part one of Breaking Dawn yet.
Arnold Schwartzenegger?!? Really. If anything could be on a please remake this 80’s movie list, this should be there!! What were they thinking. Massacred.
Da Vinci Code & Angels and Demons
First mistake was casting Tom Hanks as Langdon, not that I don’t love Hanks but he is not Robert Langdon at all. Aurey Tatou wasn’t too bad of a choice in all honesty. But the film did not transfer over well. Not sure what exactly the main problem is but it didn’t come out well at all & Angels and Demons, whew what a stink.
Great Movie & Great Book
Harry Potters & Shawshank Redemption
Yes there were some parts left out that were hard to swallow sometimes, but overall they are really well done. If you haven’t bothered reading the books I suggest you do because you are missing some really great writing. Rowling is great at what she does and you can tell through her writing that she is completely invested in her characters.
They turned a short story into a phenomenal movie with two actors that possess an awesome dynamic. That’s good writing, and plus they managed to stay true to the short story. Can’t beat it as a prison movie in my opinion.
There are others few and far in between that somehow made the movie even better than the book. A Walk to Remember & Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist for example. The writing was dry and boring in each, and Norah was so damn unlikeable in the book I wonder how it got cleared for a movie to begin with.
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