Thursday, March 18, 2010

book into movie? (Your Questions continued)

SM Schmidt asks, Which book have you read recently (or all time favorite) that you would fangirl scream if made into a movie?

Can I make a list?

Too bad, I'm making one anyway.

1) Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, in general. Obviously I will be hideously disappointed with whatever movie is made from the series, but that doesn't mean I'm not DYING to see it (and perhaps be cast as an extra in it). Good news is they've announced it. I wish they would consider a miniseries, though, instead of a feature film. In fact, Perhaps they should consider 14 miniseries. Producers, if you need advice, my brother and I have worked out an excellent plan of how you might break the books up into good episodes. No, literally, we did. We even wrote it down. So just let me know.

2) Marlon James's The Book of Night Women. The book was just so cinematic. Then again, I'm not sure any movie could do justice to this awesome book.

3) Anything by Lisa See. Perhaps Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would be the best place to start. I think her stories (even without the narrative backdrop of her beautiful writing) can touch just about anyone who's exposed to them, and again, her careful research has made her books very cinematic.

Also, exactly 5 books that I've edited that haven't yet been optioned. I can make great cases for each of them. Sigh. Alas I can't make those cases here. But jsut keep me in mind if you ever have a film production company.

24 comments:

KCA said...

All time favorite - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

I've heard rumors, but it's an older book, so not sure it'll ever happen.

Kate Evangelista said...

The Wheel of Time seems like it would make a good movie. What is Peter Jackson directed it? Epic, maybe, maybe not.

Charles Gramlich said...

Everyone who reads "Cold in the Light" say it would make a great movie. I sure wish someone would do it.

JKB said...

Moonie, because of you, I bought the first book in the Jordan series and I love it.

So thanks!!!! <3

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

The wheel of Time keeps popping up in posts. Okay, I will order it.

She Writes said...

I agree about Snowflower, but Shanghai Girls would be my first choice.

Lyndsay said...

SNOW FLOWER is currently in the works! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1541995/

I am really excited about this, except for the fact that Hugh Jackman currently has top billing... um, what? I might need to re-read the novel, but I don't remember a foreigner in there at all. Let's hope he's just there for a random cameo. I'm going to reserve judgment until I see the trailer.

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Glynis said...

The Book of Night Women is an awesome book. It would make a great movie...but it would have to be tight to the book script to make it work.

Interesting post, glad I found you.

Chris said...

Dear Moonrat:

Anyone reading your blog for a while will notice your love for Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.

From the first time I noticed this passion of yours, I have always wondered about your opinion for another widely aclaimed fantasy series, that is, Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire".

So far, I have only read the first book by R. Jordan but it's been enough to see how different is the approach to fantasy that both worlds take. Though I liked "Eye of the World", I think I still prefer the ¿less Tolkienian? world created by Martin.

As I said I would love to read your opinion about Martin's books.

Cheers from Madrid,
Chris

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moonrat said...

JKB--oh no, I'm so sorry! there goes your life for the next four to six months! (unless you're like my brother, get to the end of the series and have to start again at the beginning, in which case it is more like the next several years of your life...) But anyway, remember you can always find friends here!!

Chris--everyone who has ever read Martin says I will love the series. I'm putting it off for now, because I have too many other things on my shelf, but my intention is to have read it by the time the miniseries comes out on HBO this winter. So check back in in 6 months; i'll let you know.

Lyndsay--YES! Good news. But wait, Hugh Jackman? There aren't any white guys in the book.

SM Schmidt said...

Yay! Thanks for answering my question. Usually if someone is willing to watch their favorite book butchered by the film making process then its a good book.

I didn't know Lisa See had written another novel besides Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Now I finally have some books to hunt down on my next trip to the bookstore.

moonrat said...

SM--oh yeah, she has! Check out Peony in Love, too. I really, really enjoyed that one. My mom liked it even better than Snow Flower, actually, although Snow Flower is so special to me I can't say the same.

Pamala Knight said...

Totally agree with the WoT being made into a series instead of a movie. Unless Peter Jackson is ready to sequester himself and the actors for another 24 months in New Zealand, I think a good series would do the trick. I like your list.

It's funny because I "see" scenes that I write in my head all the time. This morning I wrote a scene where my hero and heroine are in an awkward dance right after they've had an argument and the Black Dub song Surely is playing. I always hope that I get it out of my head and onto paper in a meaningful and impactful way.

michael said...

Movies take your favorite characters and places and make them real. Your visions of that world are destroyed by the reality of film and actors. Did you know Sam Spade is blond in the book?

Let Hollywood make all the movies based on books I like, but hands off the books I love! Those are mine and I am not sharing.

So hands off Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. But go ahead with Linda L. Richards' Kitty Pangborn.

_*rachel*_ said...

December 10, 2010--anybody coming with me to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? They could just about murder those movies and I'd still pay to see them in theater, opening night if possible.

KCA--so true on Ender's Game. Ditto on paying full price whether they mangled it or not.

And The Thief? That could make a good one, too, I think. (Squee--the 4th book is out in five days!)

I may have to read WoT sometime, too, but I'd better wait until summer break. I'll be working, but I won't have homework. It wouldn't hurt to see if my library has it on tape....

roseduncan said...

Has anyone read City of Thieves? I'm sure it's been optioned since the author is a screenwriter as well. I think this would make a wonderful movie.

moonrat said...

rose--i haven't read City of Thieves, but a couple of weeks ago one of my friends told me it is the best book she's ever read in her life. you concur? cuz maybe i'll have to read it...

cindy said...

lisa see said snow flower IS being made into a film. she told us star and we were excited, but i have forgotten. maybe zhang zi yi??

Kerry said...

I completely agree about WoT. Actually, I think most epic fantasies will make somewhat disappointing movies for their fans... George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire comes to mind. Jordan and Martin create such huge worlds that recreating them on the screen without losing elements is impossible. Of course, I'll watch both movies with my eyes glued to the screen and won't miss a second.

Kerry said...

Also, Moonrat, just saw your above comment that you have not read Martin yet - he's good, and he creates a convincing story, but it's very low-magic (unlike Jordan), and he can be a bit... I don't know, pretentious comes to mind. I like Jordan better, but the Martin books are still worth a read!

Anonymous said...

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