LET'S TALK: Books That Would Make Great Movies or Shows

Linking up for the first time with one of my newly-discovered fave book blogs for a weekly series called "Let's Talk." This week's topic is one that I've been meaning to write about anyway - so it seemed like a great opportunity: books that would make great movies or TV shows.

I have a feeling this is going to be a long post, so you might want to pause here and go make yourself a snack or a cup of coffee. Go on, you'll thank me about 15 minutes from now.

Before I get started, let me just say that this isn't as easy as it sounds. Just because I love a book doesn't mean it'll translate well onscreen (*ahem* Even Cowgirls Get the Blues *ahem*). Some stories - particularly those with a magical realism element, just don't work when you try to make them into a literal interpretation.

That said, there are TONS that would be amazing. So here's my list:

1. Boy Nobody (by Allen Zadoff) and the Agent 21 series (by Chris Ryan). These are both thrillers that involve teens in roles that we've never thought of them in before: spies and assassins. I'm fascinated by this concept, and I love a good heart-thumping adventure.

2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I loved the characters in this book, and I'd love to see them come to life.

3. The Alphabet Murders series by Sue Grafton. You know, A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar... those books. Mostly just because I love mysteries. And there are so many of them - it'd be a great TV series.

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I love, love, LOVED Coraline. I picture this done a similar way, but a bit more dark and brooding, cos, you know, GRAVEYARD.

6. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. They did a very short-lived TV series of one of his books, JPod (shot at my university, btw) that I loved and was very sad to see cancelled. I think Microserfs would be a great one to put on film - the characters are so interesting and varied, and there'd be so much potential to do more with them. Or they could just bring back JPod. Either way.

7. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is his non-fiction account of Pablo Escobar's abduction of 10 prominent Colombians (mostly journalists) in an attempt to evade extradition to and prosecution in the US. I was completely gripped by this book and read it with as much rapt attention as any good crime novel. Because of the historical element I think it would make fascinating watching.

I'm sure there are tons more, but that's all I can think of for now. Want to share your opinions? Head over to I Swim for Oceans and link up!


  1. The Graveyard book is the only one I've read, but it would be a great movie. It would be great in the style of Coraline. I might have to check out a couple of these other ones. Great picks!

    1. Loved Coraline. Maybe time for a re-watch! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh my gosh...YES to The Graveyard Book! I swear his writing is just fantastic. Can you imagine how amazing it would be if it came to life on screen?! Great picks all around.

    Thanks so much for linking up this week! :)

    1. Think if enough of us tweet him about it he'll make it happen? Cos I think that's my fave of the books I picked. Thanks for the link-up - great topic!


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