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Books I Would Like Better as Movies/Shows

The great horn sounded.

First line in The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

I know a lot of readers deem it to be sacrilege to say that any movie was better than the book. I’m not one of those readers. You see, if I don’t like the book, there’s quite a big opportunity for the movie to be better. The most popular example is The Lord of the Rings.

A movie or a show has the opportunity to fix some of the issues I have with the book, especially in terms of writing style and sexism in books published (what feels like) 5000 years ago. So that’s what I’m talking about today. I’m going to be talking about books I gave 3 stars or less, that I think I would enjoy more if they hit the big screen. This was inspired by a recent Top Ten Tuesday post where I talked about all the books I love I would like to see adapted.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 2 stars

I know I’m not the only one who found this book very confusing, but I would still be very intrigued to see it turned into a Netflix series. It has enough interesting characters and a world writers can play around with. Especially the many inventions introduced in the book could be portrayed better in a TV series. In the book, I missed some background information about these things and why they existed, besides the fact that the characters needed them.

Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call

My rating: 2 stars

This book was too slow. And it was slow in the wrong way. For example, it spent a lot of time setting the scene every time we changed location. Those 2-3 pages-long descriptions of a room every so often would just be a single shot in a movie, meaning there could be room for so much more story.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

My rating: 3 stars

It’s not that I disliked this book. It just wasn’t anything special. I think that I personally prefer these cutesy romance stories in movie format. You know, with music in the background and generally beautiful cinematography to really make me feel all the feels.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

My rating: 3 stars

This would need a major makeover as a movie to be something I liked, but it can be done. Fewer flashbacks and more present-time interactions between Victor and Eli would make it much more entertaining for me. A little more action, too, please. They have superpowers!

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

My rating (book 1-3): 2-4 stars

I know we’re already getting an adaption of this, so this is me saying I have high hopes for it! I’m positive the show will do something about the awful gender stereotyping and generally give the characters a little more depth. The show format will also mean that I don’t have to trudge through long-winded descriptions of inns that look exactly the same.

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

My rating: 3 stars

This book has so many cool concepts that were sadly overshadowed by the worst case of “men writing women” I’ve ever seen. Watching a movie version would mean less eye-rolling for me and quite possibly make me much more interested in this world where demons rule the night.

That was this week’s fun little post. Let me know what you think of book-to-movie adaptions. Am I completely wrong in saying that the movie is sometimes better? Is there a movie you like better than the book or maybe predict you would if it existed? I would love to discuss it in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be A Movie/Show

“Even a perfect machine wasn’t built to go this fast.”

First line in Proxy by Alex London

The Top Ten Tuesday topic of today is one that is always fun to discuss: books that should be a movie/show. There’s just something very exciting about being able to watch your favorite book instead of just reading it, but as we have seen several (!) times, it doesn’t always work. There can be multiple reasons why but sometimes, we as readers just need to accept that not every book is adaptable.

Today, however, I’m sharing the books I think would definitely work as either a movie or a show and how that is. A lot of books are in the process of being adapted but I believe I’ve found 10 books that so far aren’t in the works.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl so head over there to check out the future topics.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

🎬 Movie

With Silver in the Wood you have the advantage of adapting a novella so you would probably not have to cut anything from the story at all. It might even give the writers the creative freedom to add some scenes that you don’t see in the book due to its single POV narrative and thereby expand the story. The movie doesn’t just become a copy of the book but actually adds to it without damaging the storyline.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

🎬 Movie / 📺 Show

I’m undecided whether this is best as a movie or a show, but leaning towards movie. It’s a quite character-driven book so there aren’t that many ‘big events’ to fit into a 2-hour movie. I would just really love to see this library and how characters would pop out of books.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

📺 Show

It’s a series of 4 books (although still waiting for the fourth), but I think too much happen in each book to successfully adapt them into movies. There wouldn’t be time to develop the characters and make the audience care about them. It takes place in a very rich world so it would be a shame not to take advantage of that and use it to flesh out the characters a bit more. I’m also convinced this whole Roman inspired world would mean some very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing shots that I just need to see.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

🎬 Movie

This just needs to be a thing. It’s the only book on my list that isn’t SFF so in comparison to the rest, this is easily adapted. Just go do it. The world needs more rom-coms that aren’t about straight people.

The Tarot Sequence by K. D. Edwards

📺 Show

In the future when this series has had some more books published, it would be the PERFECT show! There is so much of this world to explore. So many possibilities for the writers to create new content. It’s also a world that gives the creators immense opportunities to play around with sets and costumes in colorful variations. And it’s also incredibly diverse. I need this!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

🎬 Movie

We need another YA dystopian (or utopian?), right? I think these books have some incredibly important messages about life, and therefore they need a bigger audience than just those of us who read. I also really want to see how creators would imagine this futuristic world where (almost) all of our problems are solved.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

🎬 Movie

For me this could be an example of how a movie can make a book better because the writing style isn’t the thing being adapted. I’ve seen a few people have issues with Lynch’s style, myself included, but I think the story itself is strong and eventful enough to be a movie. So much action in this book. Fight scenes, deaths, heists. Then add in its very… colorful characters and a beautiful setting and you have a great action/adventure movie.

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

🎬 Movie

A contemporary with a sci-fi twist should be easy to adapt. I really want to see it as a movie because it deals with some very heavy and important mental health topics. It also asks the question of whether you would want to save the world in its current state? Is it worthy of being saved? I think that is an interesting moral dilemma.

Sorcery of Thorns Margaret Rogerson

🎬 Movie

Please, I need this! I need to see the libraries. I need to see interactions between Elisabeth, Nathaniel and Silas.
Will it work as a movie? Yes, I believe so, but the hardest thing will be to capture the atmosphere that comes from Rogerson’s beautiful writing.

(Sorry that one was more me fangirling than an actual argument as to why it should be a thing)

Proxy by Alex London

🎬 Movie

Not gonna lie, it’s been a while since I read this one. It’s a YA dystopian which we have seen the market willing to adapt before. This one is especially relevant now as its main character is black and gay. And those aspects of his character aren’t even the focus of the story as far as I remember. That’s just who he is. That kind of character isn’t represented a whole lot, especially not in SFF, so I really want this to become a movie.

Those were 10 books I really wish would be adapted. I think some of them might have a shot in the future so crossing my fingers. Both that it will happen and that they will be good!
What are some books you really want to see adapted?