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?
Many lessons can only be learned in life through trial and error. But books can save us a lot of suffering if we learn the same lessons through them! Guess what? None of the books on this list are the literary classics that critics laud for being so deep and meaningful. There’s nothing wrong with classics. It’s just that I’ve learned far more from what literary snobs call ‘trash’ than I ever did from the books they praise. What are these life lessons? Well, here they are:
Lesson: You are not your family. What they have done is not your fault.
Where I learned it: Run Like Jäger by Karen Bass.
This is a lesson that holds a lot of meaning for me because both of my parents had fathers that were…not so great. As a kid, I was very sad that I never got to meet my grandfathers and held rather romantic visions of what they must have been like. Then I actually asked what they were like and was horrified. How did their past sins reflect on me and my family? Well, Run Like Jäger, where the main character wrestles with what his grandfather did in Germany during WWII, hit pretty close to home. I finally made peace with myself and learned that the sins of my ancestors have nothing to do with me. Continue reading