Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Books I Want Movies From

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is books you'd like to see as movies. This is a hard list for me to make because books are so much better than movies and the last movie I saw was The Muppets when it came out on DVD, and I probably go to the actual theaters like two or three times a year mayyybe, so I am not the best person to ask about movies. But okay, I'll give it a try. Because I do love movies like A Walk to Remember and Geek Charming and The Hunger Games and sometimes books make really good movies. Also, I only have six books because of whatever.

1. The List
Siobhan Vivian
It's sad, but I'm pretty sure the only way this would make it to any sort of screen is if Lifetime decided to make it into a totally salacious "teenage girl problems" movie. Which is, like I said, sad. But that aside, the many different characters and POVs here would be a great fit for a movie along the lines of He's Just Not That Into You. Except, you know, different.

2. Jessie <3 NYC
Keris Stainton
This was the first book I thought of for this topic because even in my review I mentioned how I wished this book were a movie. The characters, storyline, and little surprises along the way are the sort of things that work so great in movies. YOU HEAR ME, MOVIE PEOPLE? Make it happen.

3. Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance
Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
How meta would a movie about teen starlets in a fake romance be? SO META. And also, pretty awesome.

4. The Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
There's something about this book -- the subject matter, the well-drawn characters, the underground justice system, that I would love to see on screen. It's got the right mix of interesting, unexpected, and tried-and-true to be a really awesome, if slightly understated, movie. 

5. Two-Way Street
Lauren Barnholdt
This one came out five years ago, so it's probably not exactly on your radar, but from what I remember it definitely should be. Exes on a road trip together, on the way to the same college? Unresolved feelings and too much ambiguity? I love this book and I want it to be a movie that I will also love. 

6. Cheating At Solitaire
Ally Carter
This is another older book (it came out in 2005 and isn't even YA), and is one of the few straight-up "chick lit" (ugh, can't we rename that genre?) that I've flat-out loved. The love story is meet-cute perfect for a movie.


  1. I haven't read any of your books, but I love your descriptions! Makes me want to read the books and see the movies too! I do want to read the Fauxmance book. And considering the movie, yes that would be so meta. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I also what a book from Mockingbirds I just adore it. I haven't read any of the other ones but The List and Jessie loves NYC seems really interesting to me

    1. Jessie <3 NYC is actually a UKYA book, but I'm hoping it ends up published in the US as well.

  3. I think The List- with the right casting- could be great. While I didn't love the book, I think it could be pretty potent on screen.
    I haven't read Cheating at Solitaire or Two-Way Street, but Carter and Barnholdt are two YA authors I really enjoy.

    1. The List would be GREAT, right?

      Also: yes, read those two books! They're great.

  4. "It's sad, but I'm pretty sure the only way this would make it to any sort of screen is if Lifetime decided to make it into a totally salacious "teenage girl problems" movie."

    Oh my gosh, I couldn't stop laughing at that one. Yeah, I think Hollywood needs some good teen movies that aren't seen as just "silly teen movies" or "teen problems movies". There are some REALLY great contemporary YA books out there that just deserve to be on the big screen. I definitely agree that The List and Mockingbirds would make great films.