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Top 5 Books That Need To Be A Movie

The topic of this week’s Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm is, Books That Need To Be A Movie. I know I’ve seen lots of movies and, because of them, have gone on to read the book. But, occasionally, we also read a book that we would love to see up on the silver screen, and even start imagining who we’d like to see play the MCs.

I’ve read a few books lately that I think would make great TV shows, especially Steve Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, and, of course, Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache books. Then there’s, Steph Braodribb’s Lori Anderson series, which would also make a great series on the small screen. But books into movies? Hmm …

Making my top 5, I would choose:

#1. THE RECKONING by James McGee — This is the kind of period drama that the BBC does well. Rabble-rousing fist fights in seedy dark corners of 1813 London. There’s period costume, spies, murder, oh, and did I mention it’s set during the Napoleonic Wars? The story has lots of layers, political intrigue, mystery and yes, a few gory moments.

#2. THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty — I’ve heard this weekend that another similar fantasy book, THE EMPIRE OF SAND by Tasha Suri, has been optioned. But really, I would far rather Nahri, Dara and Alizayd get the BIG screen treatment, and I’m sure anyone who’s read the book would love to see it made into a movie too. I mean, if Disney can do another remake of Aladdin, then a live action version of The City Of Brass would be no problem.

#3. THE DRY by Jane Harper — Oh, no, wait, this one is already in the works with Eric Bana (HULK) starring as Aaron Falk. To which news I was like: YES! Hopefully, this Aussie production will do the material justice, as I think Bana will make a great Falk.   

#4. THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO by Karen Engelman — Here’s another great historical read full of twisty plots, intrigue, murder, and life in general for Customs Clerk, Emil Larsson. Set in 1791 at the height of revolution across the globe, and an assassination attempt on King Gustav III in Stockholm, Sweden. This would make a great movie. Yes, I really do love historical period drama.

#5. THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks — Yes, yes, I know, another period drama. So sue me already. I can’t help it, historical novels make for great period dramas. They have it all, political intrigue, murder, spies, great costumes, and strong female characters—what ore could you ask for!

So, what five books would you choose to make into movies, and why?

13 Comments

  1. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned to you before that I was a really big fan of the late Victoria Holt and Phyllis A Whitney. They were such prolific writers yet none of their books were ever made into a movie. Not a single one! I would really love that. I used to imagine the actors that would be perfect for the characters in their books!

    • Oh, I use to love reading Victoria Holts books. Are you telling me none ever got optioned? Wow! That seems a shame. I’ll have to check Whitney, I don’t remember her. Thanks, Veronica! 😀

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  3. I have a feeling the common theme for today is going to be books I haven’t read yet, but will scramble to read if they suddenly have a movie trailer! LOL

    • Ha! Ha! You and I both. I went through Shanah’s list of participants, and ended up writing down several book titles. I might be getting a second mortgage soon! 😉

  4. Ah, the Dry!!
    Nice. I had to look up Eric Bana, had no idea who he was…

    I would totes watch City of Brass.

    • Yeah, when I found out they were doing The Dry, I had to go check, and Eric Bana is perfect.

      Just hope if anyone ever does The City of Brass, they don’t do dumb casting like Aladdin though. Would prefer complete unknowns to Will Smith, I mean, really?

  5. Why am I not surprised to see here the City of Brass??? LOL And yes I agree with you on what the BBC excells at filming. We are big fans of series like Downtown Abbey, call the Midwive etc my daughter and I 😉

    • Alexandra says

      Ha! Ha! Of course it would be in MY list, Sophie. 😀

      And who doesn’t love a good Brit-made period drama? Did you watch the Vanity Fair mini series, or Little Dorrit? They were good.

  6. I’d love to see The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker on tv to name the first that pops into my mind… Great list, I’d probably put The Dry on my watchlist since I can’t seem to get to reading the novel 🙂

    • Thanks, Inge, and you won’t have too long for THE DRY, it will probably be out next year. And I haven’t read The Fourth Monkey, maybe I need to check that one out too. 😀

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