Friday, January 18, 2008

Books that SHOULD be Made into Movies

With all the children’s books being made into movies these days, why is it that the movie studios haven’t made movies out of any of MY favorite books yet? For example, Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery, author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. The Wonderworks version of Anne of Green Gables is insanely popular since the day it first was aired. As wonderful as Anne is, the Emily of New Moon Series is ten times better. If they remained faithful to the books, Emily of New Moon could make the at least as much money as Anne—possibly more. So why haven’t they made an Emily of New Moon Movie? Maybe they’re afraid of making huge amounts of money.

Below is a list of books I can’t believe they haven’t made movies out of yet. Feel free to add any of your own suggestions in comments.

Emily of New Moon Series by L. M. Montgomery
(See tirade above) As long as they make Teddy a complete hunk, they should be rolling in the dough.

Dragon and Thief by Timmothy ZahnA living dragon tattoo would be fabulously awesome to see as a special effect.

Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander(And I’m not talking about that silly cartoon Disney made years ago) A live-action version of this series of books is long overdue. Can’t you just imagine those legions of cauldron born surging toward us on the big screen? Get with it, movie people!

The Mennyms by Sylvia WaughLife-sized dolls living among us unseen. What’s not to love? CGI characters would look great! Especially the blue one.

Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Carol StevermerJane Austen meets Harry Potter! Comedy, romance and an enchanted chocolate pot—sounds like a recipe for success to me.

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing HahnWhat ever happened to the days when they made spooky movies aimed at kids? Remember Watcher in the Woods and Something Wicked this Way Comes? They showed those movies at practically every slumber party I ever attended as a kid. This book would be perfect.

House on Hackman’s Hill by Joan Lowry Nixon
Goosebumps have nothing on this story of two children caught inside a cursed mansion. Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead was my favorite mythological character for years after reading this book.

Hollow Kingdom by Clare DunkleGoblins and elves and humans, oh my! A magical story about a beautiful young woman and the ugly, but charming goblin king who is determined to marry her.

Homeless Bird by Gloria WhelanThe heartbreaking story of the life of a child bride in India after her young husband dies.

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series by Brian Jacques
No talking mice involved. The high sea adventures of a boy and a dog that live forever. Pirates of the Caribbean eat your heart out.

Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld
This story just screams for a big screen rendition to be made. Who wouldn't shell out big buck just to see a whale made into a flying ship?

4 comments:

Jamie said...

I've only read two of those: Sorcery and Cecilia, and Castaways of the Flying Dutchman. I completely agree about S&C; in fact, anything by Patricia Wrede would make for a good movie. (If it were well done; after all, that's what I always said about Ella Enchanted.)
It's been a while since I read Castaways, but I recall that the boy and the dog talk to each other through telepathy? Maybe? That would make for awkward voice-overs, I think.

Raspberry said...

Amen and Amen to Sorcery and Cecilia and Hollow Kingdom. The other, for sure, but those two have got my full support....:)

Sylwia Lipinska Hardman said...

i miss and love you so much. i love your art, your book choices, and your blog. i just love the things that you love and that you are good at. i'm so glad i have a friend who writes and creates things that i love. i'm very excited about your book.

i'm going to check out and read or at least have my sons read all of the books on your list. i trust your taste...

sylwia

Lepi said...

The Mennyms.... WHAT THE CRAP IS WITH YOU AND DOLLS!!! *cries in a corner*, this would be a horror film for me... though I have no idea what the story is about...

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