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From Page to Screen

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Next up in Book Battle 2015 is a book that has been turned into a movie. This was such a broad category I wasn’t really sure what to choose. There are so many books that have been turned into movies and television shows. I finally narrowed it down to two different novels and ended up choosing Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. The book jacket said that this is a novel about a woman with a rare form of amnesia. She wakes up every morning not knowing who or where she is. One morning she could be a child and the next she could be an adult in her 20s, when her accident happened. Then she starts to regain memories and doesn’t know who to trust any longer, including her long suffering husband.

To me, this novel encapsulates one of the worst kinds of fears, the fear of losing yourself. Not knowing who you are anymore and not being able to trust your own mind. The movie adaptation stars Colin Firth, a favorite of mine, and Nicole Kidman. In great news, it’s on Netflix. I can’t wait to finish the novel, watch the movie, and then compare the two.

Stay tuned for the review of Before I Go To Sleep. Happy reading!

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Movie Madness

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Movie Madness

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten books you’d like to see made into a movie or TV show. I know there are a lot of adaptations that just don’t quite hold up to the novel but I still do like to see how they adapt from the page to the screen. The amounts of work that go into each is extraordinary. It’s always interesting to see movies/TV shows that completely deviate from the novel. It always makes me wonder why. Without further ado, here are my choices of books I’d like to see made into either a movie or TV show.

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1. The Sundial by Shirley Jackson

This is one about the end of the world and the preparations that go into that. I’d love to see it made into a TV show so that they can expand and take the concept further. What happens at the end of the world? Who will make it?

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2. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This novel would make a wonderful movie. Kind of like A Wrinkle in Time but with it’s own unique flair. Plus, it would be fun to see New York City in the 1970s on the big screen.

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3. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnely

Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy, this novel tells the tale from a different perspective. There’s already been a movie about this case, A Place in the Sun with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, but I think it would be interesting to see the tale from the new characters point of view. It’s a bit more sinister.

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4. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

This novel would make a beautiful movie. If they get the cinematography right and the screenplay. I loved this book so much. It’s basically a love story to literature and the written word. I imagine a kind of Pan’s Labyrinth type of feel.

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5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I can see this being a movie or a TV mini-series. The plot line and characters were so captivating I’d love to see how they would translate that to the screen.

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6. The Echo Falls trilogy by Peter Abrahamson

This would make a wonderful TV show. Filled with eccentric characters and a delightful small town backdrop, I think these novels would be like Nancy Drew meets the Gilmore Girls.

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7. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Movie all the way on this one. The novel had me laughing out loud and pining right along with the characters.

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8. I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak

I absolutely adored this book and the inventive concept. I think it would make a great movie. The writing is so colorful and vivid it would be an easy one to adapt.

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9. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

A favorite childhood book of mine. I’d love to see it made into a movie just to see how they make those dolls move.

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10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This one would make a great mini-series to give it enough time to tell the tale. The story is so captivating and heartbreaking. Reminds me a bit of The Flame Trees of Thika in the sense that it’s about a family trying to adapt and find their way in difficult situations.

What made your top ten this week?