Discussion: Books You Want to See Adapted

Every book fan has had their favourite book butchered in either movie or television form.  (Trust me, I used to be an Eragon fan.)  But sometimes you get a very faithful adaptation of the books that are in some ways even better than the source material.  See: Harry Potter (done well) and Game of Thrones (sometimes even better, sometimes worse but generally done well).  One of the things that really annoys me about movies these days is that they’re remaking movies that no one wants to see remade: movies that just came out a couple of years ago, classics, etc.

Then that got me thinking: what if the movie industry decided to adapt more worthy books instead of remaking old movies again and again?

One of the books I would love to see on the silver screen is Feed by Mira Grant.  Zombies are popular now and Shaun and Georgia are main characters that are fairly easy to relate to.  Mira Grant wrote the book in such a cinematic fashion that it would be very easy to adapt and make a two to two and a half hour movie out of the novel without really cutting all that much.  Plus, there’s a ton of humour, political intrigue and of course zombies (with extra added science!).  If the right director got his/her hands on it, I would probably be first in line to go see it as a movie.

What I want to know now is this: If a good director that stayed faithful to the source material was going to adapt any book, what book would you want to see as a movie or a TV show?  Why?

21 comments

  1. patricksponaugle

    I’m a fan of Roger Zelazny (RIP, Big Z) and I’d be happy if a quality television mini-series was made from the first five books of his Amber series. (The second 5 books don’t exist, as far as I am concerned.)

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, the budget factor would be important for most faithful adaptations in the fantasy/science fiction genres. In the perfect world scenario, every adaptation for books I loved would have a Game of Thrones-esque budget. 🙂

  2. romeorites

    Years ago, Carlton tv (or Granada, I cant remember which) did a TV series based on the David Audley/Col. Jack Butler books. It was called Chess Game starring Terrance Stamp et al. And it was terrible. So I would love to see a faithful adaptation of those classic espionage books. Also, I would love to see a film/tv series of The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch.

    • Carrie Slager

      I don’t see why they wouldn’t remake the series, especially since it’s something easy like espionage. (By easy I mean you wouldn’t need as many special effects as sci-fi or fantasy.) If only directors listened to normal people!

      • romeorites

        It could be like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, or Smiley’s People, but I cant see them doing anything to remake and repair the original one. One series that I think could be awesome as a TV series, is the Malazan books by Steven Erikson. Could imagine it being a bit of a rival to GoT. If done right and well of course.

    • Carrie Slager

      Haha, starting your comment off like that got you landed in my spam bin. 😉

      Anyway, just looking up the summary on Wikipedia it sure sounds interesting. I wish they would do one!

  3. thedailyopine

    I agree about Feed, great book that would translate well into a movie, as long as the right people were involved. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore is one of my favorite books and I think it would make a great movie. It’s got humor, creepy stuff, and a charismatic lead character.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s for sure! They would need to get just the right actress to pull off Georgia’s stand-offishness and snark while also highlighting her love for Shaun and her natural vulnerabilities with retinal KA. I honestly don’t know of any current actress that would do it well.

      Also, A Dirty Job sounds like an awesome book. It’s now on my TBR pile.

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