Books I'd Like To See Made Into Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This post is difficult for me because I'm generally not a fan of books made into movies. Seldom is it done in a way that gives the book all it deserves. That being said, this is a list of books I would like to see made into movies provided they are done very, very well.

1. Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon: An amazing story that could be easily translated to the big screen.

2. Kindred - Octavia Butler: "A kind of grim fantasy" that could prove to be a heartbreaking but powerful movie.

3. The Book of Illusions - Paul Auster: I couldn't put this book down and provided the movie was done well, I think it would be a great suspense.

4. Oryx and Crake or The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood: This one would be a tough movie to make, but it would be quite interesting to see.

5. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbury: The movie might be slow, but I'd still go see it.

6. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly: A great adventure story that would be anything but boring.

7. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri: Really a touching story that wouldn't be too hard to bring to the big screen.

8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer: I hesitate to add this one to the list, because in reality I don't think the movie would come close to giving the novel the justice it deserves, but it would still be interesting to see.

9. One Day - David Nichols: I know this is already made into a movie but I can't wait to see it!


  1. I thought about adding EL&IC but I don't know if it could successfully be made into a movie. It feels like a book that could so easily go the wrong way. I still need to read Kindred but from what I've heard of it I'd love to see it as a movie.

  2. The Namesake is a film already! I enjoyed it, although I haven't read the book. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433416/

  3. I had Oryx & Crake and Year of the Flood on my list too. I think they'd make really interesting movies.

    I didn't even think of Kindred. That would be an excellent movie.

  4. I loved The Namesake as well, although I haven't seen the movie. Lahiri is such an awesome writer, one of my favorite short story writers. nice list!

  5. Red, It would have to have the perfect Oskar or it wouldn't work.

    Questionable, I had NO idea! Where I have I been?

    Loni, I know Kindred would be awesome. I think it would be easily translated to film.

    Catherine, I didn't know until today that there was already a movie made! Oops.

  6. The Namesake really was a good movie. I would love, love, love to see The Shadow of the Wind. That's one of my favorites. I think The Book of Lost Things would be fantastic too, so dark.

    Also EL&IC is currently being made into a movie with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock...


    The Elegance of the Hedgehog was made into a movie in France...


  7. The Shadow of the Wind would make an amazing movie. I also think the book of lost things would look great on the big screen!

  8. Avid Reader, Thanks for pointing those out! I am really out of the loop when it comes to books to movies.

    Two Bibliomaniacs, Shadow of the Wind is my number one pick - it has great potential for a movie!

  9. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442519/

    No.5 :) I think it's even available in the US

  10. Ben, Jeeze I'm seriously out of touch.

  11. Brenna, I love your list! And now I'm off to Netflix The Elegance of the Hedgehog... The Atwood and Butler novels would work wonderfully as films: Will you become a producer?

  12. A bunch of these books are on my TBR...I need to get on it!

  13. Oryx & Crake and YotF would definitely be a hard remake, but I would totally go see it.

  14. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is in Fact a very great movie. The story was transferred beatuifully and it might have been one of the best movies I have seen last year.

    I love your list, Brenna. The Shadow of the Wind would have made my number one, too.

  15. I can see an Extremely Loud movie not being better than the book, but I think in the right director's hand it could be very interesting!

  16. I really enjoyed The Namesake so must look out for the film and I agree that The Shadow of the Wind would translate well to the screen.

  17. nice post dear blogger