I’m sure most readers have got to the end of a book they love and thought “I would love to see that as a film”. Obviously, I am a huge advocate for books and reading, but there are some ideas or concepts which would work fantastically onscreen, to the point, where they may actually triumph over their paper counterparts just through sheer clarity of what the author was trying to imagine. But anyway, below is a list of books which I think would make fantastic films or TV shows, and I have tried to explain why, do feel to agree or disagree, and let me know if there are any others you think should be added!
A Little Life
How could I write a book list and not include A Little Life!? This book absolutely broke me, and I think if it was made into a film or a TV show, it would be utterly heart-breaking and definitely have to be watched with caution for fear you may actually just drop dead from crying too much. However, I do think that the characters in this story would benefit so much from being brought to life on screen, and as @travelsinfiction pointed out when she read it, there are a lot of side characters in the book which are easily forgotten, so it would be good for them to be in a film, as they would probably be easier to remember.
Daisy Jones & The Six
There’s an easy, easy reason why this should be seen onscreen: the music. Don’t get me wrong, Daisy Jones & The Six is strong in its own right, but it is completely surrounded by music throughout, and while reading, all I wanted was to be able to hear the songs they were writing and singing. Full of drama, romance, and sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, this one is a no-brainer and would no doubt be loved as a film by both lovers of the book and everyone else too.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This book was excellent when I read it a few months ago, and while I feel like the author did it justice, one thing which was slightly hard to get your head around while reading is the logistics of the camps. In The Tattooist of Auschwitz there was often some explanations of how people either hid or moved around various places and I think this would transfer perfectly onscreen. Plus, the love-story at the centre would play out beautifully by the right actors, and I know it would make more people fall in love with this story, just as I fell in love with the book.
I See You
What makes a good thriller film? Dramatic music, unpredictable twists, and an ominous, omniscient narrator who controls the narrative. Well, if Claire Mackintosh’s I See You was to be made into a film, I can guarantee people will love it even more than Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This thriller was so unpredictable and I was just captivated the whole time, fearing what would happen next. With the help of some great cinematography and some talented actors, this story is perfect for a film or TV show!
The Night Circus
Everyone would like to think their imagination is worthy of accolade, but it’s true, that try as we might to imagine the magic of something like the Harry Potter universe, it pales in comparison to seeing it onscreen. And that is exactly why I think The Night Circus would be perfect as a film; filled with whimsical magic and beautiful out-of-this-world ideas, as long as it was done justice (and by that I mean probably with a healthy budget), this story would not only be beautiful as a film, but one-of-a-kind. It’s a unique book, but would be unforgettable if you could see it in a cinema.
Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice was made into a heart-breaking (and Oscar-winning) film in 2014, and as a Lisa Genova super fan, I think many of her other books deserve to be seen as films. Left Neglected is my favourite of hers, and similarly to Still Alice, it really focusses on the impact a neurological disease can have on an individual and their family. The other thing I like about Genova’s books is she always uses them to raise awareness of lesser-known diseases such as Left Neglect, or Huntington’s Disease (Inside the O’Brien’s) so I think this is another reason they deserve recognition as films!
The Book of Dust
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was made into a film way back in 2007 and a TV show is to start this winter (very excited for this!) based on the same books. But his new books, which started with The Book of Dust (a prequel to the original series) definitely deserve some time in any TV shows or films which get made. The world is so fascinating to read about it because it’s so similar to ours with just a few subtle differences like dust and dæmons. While critics didn’t love The Golden Compass, I, personally, quite liked the film, and to be perfectly honest, I’d just be excited to see some talking animals on my screen again!
They Both Die at the End
I read this a couple of months ago as I was trying to diversify my reading and in particular, read more LGBTQ+ fiction. This book deserves to be a film just because it’s such a cool concept; imagine being told at midnight that you have 24 hours to live!? For that alone, it would be a great film. Other YA books have very successfully been turned into screen adaptations, including The Fault in Our Stars and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, so there’s no reason They Both Die at the End can’t be added to that list.
Beartown is not only one of the most topical and relevant books I’ve read recently, but also it had such a subtle, but beautiful, way of relaying a very important message. The #MeToo movement has raised so much awareness for an evidently huge problem, and I think fiction like this cannot only be a powerful education tool, but also a voice for those who have had similar experiences. Furthermore, this book was originally written in Swedish and was translated to English, so it would also be a good opportunity to shine a light on books which are not English (or originally written in English).