Top Ten Books I'd Like to See On Screen

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top Ten Books I Would Love to See as a Movie/TV Show, with the additional note that this takes place in a perfect world where our beloved stories are not butchered by Hollywood. There are plenty of stories I think could make fantastic movies if done right, so in no particular order, here are just a few of my picks.

 Reboot by Amy Tintera.
This one has action, excitement, friendship, love, and some major butt-kicking. This has the potential to make for such a cool movie.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.
Hello ADORABLE romance movie! This one is funny, sweet, and has some fantastic characters. And who doesn't adore a good love story sometimes?

Black City by Elizabeth Richards.
This one I think could be a visual masterpiece. There is so much visual description for the city to help readers picture it, it's like a scene right in front of you as you're reading. A tv show of the series could look amazing, plus it'd be an intense, exciting story with a great underlying message about acceptance of "different" and equality.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
Another one that would be absolutely stunning visually. I think set and costume designers could have a field day with this. Not to mention the sci-fi feel of the novel which is usually fun on screen, mixed with the classic fairy tales that everyone knows.

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown.
The illusions, the magic, the mystery? Those could totally be translated to film. And the tense family dynamic? Could be very dramatic.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab.
This one would be hard to capture, but in a perfect world I think this could be amazing. There's so much to work with character-wise, plot-wise, with the settings and the flashbacks and, man. I would be all over a movie of this.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.
Medieval. Assassin. Nuns. Who WOULDN'T go see this movie?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
I'd weep and sob my way through this powerful WWII story and I'd be darn happy to do it. This could be an incredibly heart-breaking film. My only concern is how they'd translate the narration style to film.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.
Another one that could be really hard to capture but man, the setting and the atmosphere would make for such a visually interesting film, and the combination of story elements (historically relevant struggles, ghosts, a love story, etc) could hold appeal to more than one group of people.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
After the epic disaster that was the Eragon movie, I'm pulling for a perfect world version of Seraphina to be the glorious and majestic dragon movie that Eragon should have been. Not to mention there are absolutely wonderful characters in Seraphina.

Those are my picks this week, what are yours?


  1. I also put Code Name and Shadows on my list! And I think that they sold the rights to Cinder, so that could actually be happening! Here's hoping if it does that it rocks! Great list!
    My TTT

  2. I haven't read any of these books! Although I own Reboot, Cinder, and Grave Mercy. The stories for all three sound fantastic, so I can see why you chose them for this week's TTT.
    I think there needs to be more sci-fi/fantasy movies made based off books, rather than just the typical paranormal romance. They can get pretty repetitive, but fantasy and sci-fi are (for the most part) pretty different from each other.
    Great picks!
    My Top Ten post :)

  3. I've read Cinder and Seraphina and agree with you - would love to see them as movies!!!

    Tanya Patrice

  4. Great picks, Jess! I just finished REBOOT and totally can see it as a movie. I know it's been optioned so maybe it'll happen someday :)

  5. Good list, Cinder made my list as well.


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