Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Books into Movies


The theme for this week's Top 10 Tuesday is books we would like to see made into movies. That's a pretty difficult list to compose because there are very few books that escape being made into a film or miniseries. So on my list I've mentioned a few that I wish would be made into better movies or miniseries.

1. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M Montgomery. There is not, to my knowledge, any movie version of this book. I think it would be fascinating to watch: memorable characters, fantastic source material (L.M. Montgomery!), and a truly poignant setting (The First World War).

2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. This a fond wish of my husband. I guess we'll wait and see what happens with The Hobbit. If it makes enough money, someone will start talking about doing this book.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. I've heard that someone is making this one with Kate Winslet in the starring role. I really, really hope they don't mess this one up.

4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. What's that you say? They've done this at least twice? I refuse to acknowledge that. The Rozema version of the '90s is an abomination that would make our dear Jane roll in her grave. And the more recent 2007 version is, as I've said before, No Masterpiece. I'd really like to see someone get this right.

5. A Little Folly by Jude Morgan. I honestly don't know why someone at the BBC, iTV, or PBS hasn't done this yet. It's very Austenesque.

6. The Zion Covenant series by Bodie Thoene. This is a very cinematic story (6 books, originally) that is set before and during the Second World War. Done right (and that's the real catch, of course) it could be wonderful.

7. The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Casting would be difficult, but can you imagine the joy in watching Amelia and Emerson's banter and adventures?

8. The Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers.There are some versions of these stories but they're frightfully dated now. Someone needs to try again. Soon.

9. The Scarlet Pimpernel. I love the 1930's version but it doesn't do the ending justice. I would love to see a faithful adaptation (with the original, as written, ending). And please, do not suggest the Jane Seymour (1982) version. Her hair, Louisa! So dated and ridiculous I couldn't even watch it all.

10. The Trixie Belden series. My daughter suggested these. She loves mysteries and told me she would like to see some of these stories filmed.

The trouble, of course, is that if anyone actually did make any of these movies I've suggested, I would probably be upset that they didn't get the casting or script right. I'm a tough grader on book to movie adaptations.

What would be on your list?
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