BTT: Movie Potential

Booking Through Thursday

What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?

Or, What book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

Often, the scary thing about translating books into movies is that the vision of the author and the director may not be the same. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes it isn’t. In the past, I enjoyed some movies from books, like the Harry Potter series (even though I didn’t like the treatment of some of them, I still had fun watching them), or Hayao Miyazaki’s take on Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (I wouldn’t mind if he decides to anime the sequels, Castle in the Air and The House of Many Ways).

That said, I think I’d rather fancy seeing a few of my favorite fantasy books be turned into movies. Neil Gaiman’s works are coming to life on the big screen, with Stardust and Coraline out in the last two year, and I hear The Graveyard Book is in the works.

I’d love to see Jostein Gaarder’s The Solitaire Mystery as a movie, or maybe Isabel Allende’s Alex Cold series. Artemis Fowl also looks like it’ll look great on the big screen. Oh, and though it’s pretty epic and a very long series, David and Leigh Eddings’ Belgariad, Mallorean and the Elenium are ones I’d like to see too (but that’s wishful thinking already hehe).

Books turned to movies that should’ve been left alone? Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising and the Eragorn book. It was quite disappointing for me.


  1. I’m feeling quite illiterate now… I’m not familiar with any of the books you’ve listed! (Except for Harry Potter.)In the fantasy realm I did see and enjoy LOTR and Narnia onscreen.

  2. Hi!I have seen the previews of Coraline. Haven’t read the book yet, it’s on my list to read this year, it looks like a pretty good movie. Have a great day!!Sherrie

  3. Hi all! I’m such a fan of the fantasy genre that I’m barely just scratching the surface. From what I’ve seen in your answers, there’s an awful lot of books that I haven’t heard of myself, so that’s added to my TBR list.It’s always a challenge for books to be translated into movies. You risk the wrath of the authors and book fans haha. Cheers!

  4. I agree on the dark is rising and Eragon. The movie interpretation of Susan Coopers series was so disappointing and off the mark. I had to reread the books just to get it right again. As far as I’m concerned Christopher Paolini shouldn’t have been allowed to publish his work with some serious editing.Coraline and Stardust–both terrific! I’d watch them over and over.

  5. The only book I’ve heard of is The Solitaire Mystery. But based on your description, these books all sound quite intriguing.

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