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Movie Madness

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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

Mr. Kiss and Tell

Mr. Kiss and Tell

Mr. Kiss and Tell is the second novel in the Veronica Mars spin off books by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. The plot centers around the brutal attack of Grace Manning, a character from season 2 of the TV show. The Neptune Grand, the hotel the girl was attacked in, hired Veronica to investigate the girl’s claims and decide what the culpability of the hotel was after Manning accused one of the staff of being her attacker. Veronica takes the case and is soon surrounded by misleading evidence and non-existent leads. The writing is thick with the dark, sardonic humor from the TV show and is intensely fun to read.

I found it difficult to stay objective while reading this book because I’m already a fan. I’m that ideal audience the book is seeking. The person who wants to know what happened to these characters after the show went off the air. I loved that the series brought in characters that had such a short shelf life on the show and expanded upon them. For me, this aspect has been the best part of the book series. Because the show ended so abruptly many plot elements were left dangling and the books have given the creators another outlet to tie up those loose ends. All of the characters have evolved from their time on the show and yet remain somewhat the same, still driven by the same desires and needs that fueled them throughout the series.

The actual case is solved very early on in the novel with the remainder of the book trying to figure out a way to catch the criminal. It does drag in places but the characters make up for the lack of a tight plot. Not too many twists and turns but serviceable as a mystery. I love that Veronica is still the same mix of idealism and spunk. She’s still a bit jaded but never strays from the fight. She’s like a tiny Phillip Marlowe in the present day world. And that’s really the reason fans are reading these novels is the powder keg character Veronica Mars, to see where she ends up and what changes are coming her way.

Overall, this was a fun read, especially for those who loved the TV series. It would be fascinating to hear from people who have never seen the show and read the books from a fresh perspective. There would be the real test.

Rating: 4.5/5

Happy reading and stay tuned for the next read in Book Battle 2015!

Veronica Mars Rides Again

Veronica Mars Rides Again

Next up in the book battle is a Veronica Mars spin off books entitled Mr. Kiss And Tell. This is the second book in a new Veronica Mars series taking place after the events in the movie. One of my fellow book battlers lent me this book to read because I was having a hard time finding a book based on a TV show. There are just so many choices out there it’s hard to narrow down your focus.

I’m excited to start this book and take a little departure from more serious reading material into a little more guilty pleasure reading. Now I admit I was absolutely obsessed with this show when it was on the air in high school. I loved that it was a mix of Nancy Drew and Raymond Chandler combined into one snarky high school teen. I’ve always loved the mystery genre for it’s plotting and take on the seedier side of life. I like to kind of play my own detective and see if I can figure out the mystery before the detective in the book.

In college I took a class on detective fiction and it was amazing. It just opened up the world that I already enjoyed even more. I love the plotting structure, the red herrings, and the flawed characters. There’s something almost enchanting about a world where a person sets their mission to right all the wrongs. And Veronica Mars definitely did that. She was the self-proclaimed white hat of Neptune, CA, home of the wealthy and the famous.

I also read the first book in the series and loved it. The show ended so abruptly when it was on air that many of the characters never got to develop their way they were intended to. Now the books give Rob Thomas, the creator of the series, another vehicle to see his creation come back to life and deepen in different ways. It’s so much fun to see characters that had a short shelf life in the series pop up somewhere in the books. And most importantly, it gives the fans the fix they’ve been craving.

Happy reading and stay tuned for the final rating of this book. Maybe it will make it to the finals of Book Battle 2015!