10 Books That Should Be Made Into Movies
Everyday I tell my students, “Books are better!!” This has become my mantra and my motto. Students are reading less and less every year and I become more and more obsessed with getting them into reading. But, I am a big movie lover and there are some amazing books that should be made into good movies that honor the books and their authors.
There are so many books out there that are already made into movies, but there are a lot of books that I would love to see on the big screen sometime.
Here is my list of the top ten books I think should be made into movies.
1. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
This is such a wonderful book about a girl coming of age, and dealing with the exact thing she tried to avoid throughout her whole life. This novel brings forth so many issues in such an elegant manner. Barbara Kingsolver is a lovely writer that pulls you deeply into the story and makes you fall in love with the characters.
2. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffterty
There are five books in this series, and I love each and every one of them. Jessica Darling is hilarious and complex, and it would be great to see a strong female character on the big screen. These books follow Jessica darling and her life starting in her teen years when she dates and breaks up with a very unexpected boy.
3. If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan
All of Han Nolan’s books are amazing, but this one seriously touches my soul. It’s about a girl who is seeing the world from her perspective, and gets a chance to see the world through the eyes of a woman who survived some of the worst parts of the Holocaust. The main character is a girl that has joined a neo-Nazi group, and after a rally gone wrong she ends up in the hospital. Her hospital stay forces her to see life in the eyes of the Holocaust survivor that she shares her hospital room with. It heart-wrenching and soul shaking in a satisfying and miserable way all at once.
4. 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
This book might never make it to the screen even though others of hers have, and I can understand why. This book is about a school shooting, but it’s also about the pressures of high school, relationships in general, and bullying. School shootings are tough to write about let alone to watch in a theatre. Jodi Picoult tells a story that many people can relate to and understand. Of course there is a twist ending which Picoult is known for.
5. Flight by Sherman Alexie
This book is about a young Native American boy who is going through a time in his life where he could make the wrong decisions, and where he goes to find answers to those questions. The main character goes through a time shift and sees the different lives and decisions he could make and how it would impact himself and others. Sherman Alexie has other novels that have made it to the screen, but I would love to see this one. He’s usually very involved in the movies made from his books, and I think he would do an excellent job bringing this to the big screen.
6. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
This is a series that is fantasy as well, and meant for younger readers. I love this series because it focuses on faeries that live underground, and do not want to be found by humans. Artemis is a criminal mastermind that is also a pre-teen. He discovers the existence of faeries and tries to steal from them.
7. Uglies, Pretties, Specials series by Scott Westerfield
This is another great series that is about a society after ours that is so advanced that they have broken people up into groups based on looks. It’s a great series that pulls you in, and seriously makes contemplate our world today.
8. Any Sarah Dessen book
Sarah Dessen has published 13 books. I have read and enjoyed almost all of them, and I wouldn’t mind seeing at least one of them on the silver screen. They all have strong female characters that are in love or having trouble with relationships. There are some that are definitely better than others. I am shocked that at least one of her books hasn’t been made into a movie. Teens would love these movies as well.
9. Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow is a red blooded poor girl living in a society where silver bloods rule the monarchy. Silver bloods have supernatural powers like super strength, fire manipulation, mind whispering, etc. Mare discovers that although she has red blood she also has a power. Mare can manipulate lightning and electricity. Mare must now navigate her way in the silver King’s court while working for the red rebellion.
10. The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
A disease breaks out and affects everyone 16 and older. Those that are affected by the disease either die from it or become child eating disease riddled zombies. The children must band together and work to fight the zombie invasion, and begin to rebuild London. Each book focuses on a different group of kids until they all begin to overlap. These books are fast-paced, action packed, and very interesting to read.
There’s my list of my top ten. I hope to see some of these make it to the big screen soon! Hope you enjoy!