Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Born from a love of lists and a love of books each week there’s a new topic for bloggers to list their ‘top ten’.
Page to Screen Freebie: Five Adaptations I Still Need to See and Five I’d Love to See
Adaptations can either be hit or miss, but lately there seem to be a lot more hits than misses (or maybe I’ve just learnt to stop judging the films too harshly and accept there will be differences to the source material). I am seriously behind on the TV shows and films I need to watch, my to-watch list is almost as long as my to-read list, so for this week’s topic I’ve picked five adaptations I still need to watch and five books I’d love to see adapted one day (because let’s face it we all want to see our favourite books on the big screen).
I’ve seen the first episode of American Gods but still haven’t gotten around to the second. Watching on my iPhone while I was distracted probably wasn’t the best idea but I’m planning on giving this adaptation a second chance, sooner rather than later too because I want to read the book alongside.
So many people have been talking about this film, I even overheard some people at work talking about how good it was, so To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is high on my to-watch list. I’ll probably watch it in line with the release of the second film that way I can jump from one right into the next.
I’ve already read and loved this book, but I definitely need to re-read it again before seeing the TV show. While the Good Omens adaptation hasn’t been released yet I know myself, as much as I keep saying I’ll tune in the second it’s released I won’t, and it’ll end up sitting on my to-watch list for ages.
This is another adaptation that hasn’t been released yet but again it’s one that’ll probably sit on my to-watch list for a while before I finally get around to it. I wasn’t a massive fan of the film, there was so much they missed out, but based on the trailer the TV adaptation seems to be promising so far.
This was a favourite series of mine when I was a child, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the TV series (the trailer looked amazing, and I love Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf). Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to this one soon, but again I definitely need to re-read the series before watching.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
If this is done right it could be really incredible; in my mind I see it as a very atmospheric film, bringing the unexplained magic of the magical realism genre to life on the big screen. Plus I think the representation that Seanan McGuire includes in her books is important to see in films as well.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
What I loved about Illuminae was the format the story was told in, and while I’m not sure how you could properly convey that format in a TV series (I think Illuminae would work better as a TV series, it would be too hard to condense everything that happens into a single film) I’d love someone to try.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Why are there not more films or TV shows out there that include fae characters? I’m struggling to come up with any off the top of my head (the current trend seems to be superheroes) but it’s clearly a gap in the market and who better to fill that gap than the queen of faerie stories; Holly Black.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In this book Taylor Jenkins Reid lets us explore Hollywood, and we experience the golden era of the film industry through Evelyn’s story. Reid’s writing really brought the setting to life, and I feel like because of the setting The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is asking to be adapted as a film.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Yes there are already two Percy Jackson films out there, and while (taken on their own merits) I will admit to enjoying both films they were terrible adaptations. I want something for better, and if Warner Brothers can do it for Harry Potter someone should be able to do it for Percy Jackson.
Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?
What book adaptations do you still need to watch? What books would you love to see adapted, either on the big screen as a film or as a TV series?
Would any of the books I included on my list make it onto yours, or have you seen any of the adaptations I still need to watch and if you have which one would you recommend I start with?