The Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

A horrifyingly long time ago (I AM SORRY), Evi @ Where Books Never End tagged me for the Book to Movie Wishlist tag. Now, you’ve got to understand that I’m quite picky about movie adaptation. I don’t usually think they’re as good as the book. So, I don’t just, like, want my favourite books to be made into movies. They have to have specific criteria.

Coincidentally, I just watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which is based on the book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. I feel bad for not reading the book, but it was actually pretty good from my non-reader point of view. Although, like, how is Norah not pretty? DO YOU EVEN HAVE EYES?? (Plus, she was just sassy and grumpy and FREAKING AWESOME. Norah and Caroline pretty much made that movie, okay?)

nick norah

I’m using this insult from now on. Anyway, the rules for this are pretty simple: choose 5 books you would like to be turned into movies, and then tag 5 others to join in the fun. Without (much) further flailing about movies, let’s proceed.

the selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass This series is literally based off reality TV shows, so I think it would make an awesome movie. I mean, imagine the sets! Pretty dresses! Frills! All the drama! It would probably also be quite trashy, but I’m equally watchable, I’m sure.

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen I have a couple of issues with this book, but seriously. This girl has literally lived out a high school movie. If it isn’t made into an actual one quick, then I don’t know what the world has come to. (Side note: in fact, she does have a movie deal. I got there first, just sayin’. 😉 )

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell CAN I HAVE THIS AS A STUDIO GHIBLI ADAPTATION PLEASE. See, I almost suggested Eleanor & Park, but a) I don’t want to jinx the actual E&P film and b) I’ve realised that Fangirl is basically basically Whisper of the Heart for the modern age. I mean, Cath is obviously a modern Shizuku. Shizuku already writes fanfiction about the Baron, right? Reagan is sassy older sister. Levi is a blonde, more tanned Seiji who works at Starbucks. It’s all there!
infernal devices

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare I don’t know if it’s just me, but I actually preferred TID to TMI. The steampunk-y setting would be awesome. Plus, it kind of has that…cinematic quality? With all the character dynamics and slightly-trashy-but-oh-so-compelling romance. I just think it would be fun.

Gone by Michael Grant Whilst I was reading this, I kind of forgot who everyone was. So, whilst this is technically a movie wishlist, I think that it would make a great TV programme. I mean, it’s kind of like a way darker version of that CBBC show The Sparticle Mystery. (Which I totally watched whilst it was on, by way. Seriously considering checking out the third series which is showing at the moment.)

I’m tagging Lola, Lana and Lily Blogs, Dreamland Book Blog and Starry Stories, as well as anyone else who’d like to participate. 🙂

Do you agree with my choices? Are there any books that you’d like to see turned into movies?

NB guys, Short Story Long also wrote a post today about book-to-movie adaptations! Go read it!

31 thoughts on “The Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

  1. I still need to read the Gone series. My sister’s read all the books and says they’re amazing!

    1. I’ve got to admit that I never actually finished the series (oops? I’d just forgotten who everyone was by the time the last came out) but I’d recommend giving them a go!

      1. Yeah I was kind of the same with the first book, but I’m going to add it to my list of books to read over the summer

  2. I totally agree with you about the Gone series; sometime last year Michael Grant said someone had bought the rights to a tv show so fingers crossed it’ll happen!😊 I watched the the Sparticle Mystery too, which was awesome.

    1. Ooh, that’s exciting news! Hopefully the TV rights don’t just get ignored, because I think it has a lot of potential. 😛
      Haha let’s be CBBC fans together! (Or Cbeebies. I still remember the Numberjacks and all their spooky cutlery.)

      1. Ah sorry, I only just saw you’re reply!
        But yes, lets. CBBC (& Cbeebies) were practically the definition of my childhood… Everyone else was raving about the Disney Channel but nothing will ever beat Tracey Beaker 😉

      2. No worries! 🙂
        MY CHILDHOOD TOTALLY. So many good times. (And it definitely wasn’t because we couldn’t get Disney on my TV. :P)

  3. In my opinion, The Infernal Devices was sooooo much better than the Mortal Instruments. I think it would translate really well on screen as well, and I would love to see how that time period would be portrayed!

    1. Yay, someone else who agrees with me! I know there’s a lot of stuff with the TMI TV show at the moment, but I think it would be lovely to see TID as well. 🙂

    1. I just made a word document of my tags, and I swear it’s just there to remind me of how forgetful I am. 😛
      Yesss ‘twould be! 🙂 Noelle Stevenson’s illustrations are already so wonderful; I would LOVE to see them animated. (Well, with a more Ghibli style. But yeah!)

      1. Oh yes. If you can get through the very beginning, it’s a intriguing story with some rich detail and description! 😀

    1. btw, there’s this tv show for kids that is similar to Gone. It’s about adults dissapearing, but it’s much more less violent. In the tv show, the reason for adults disappearing isn’t like why the adults disappeared in Gone. But some of the teenagers in the tv show’s got powers too.

      1. FANGIRL YAY!
        That sounds a little like The Sparticle Mystery? Idk, it showed on CBBC a couple of years ago and they have some more series now. (If not then I must watch this show!)

  4. Hehehe I have a new insult to use from now on as well *evil laughter* XD I DEFINITELY preferred TID to TMI. I cared about the characters a more, and let’s not forget…realizes that she’ll just name every one of the characters in TID…and how it was much more fast-paced ❤


    1. Just another addition to my arsenal of strange/Shakespearian/vegetable-related insults. 😛
      ❤ Yess so many TID feels! I totally agree with you on the characters.
      *flails as well* PERFECTION I KNOW I can really see it happening now! Maybe I need to, like, send them a letter… xD

  5. I haven’t read Fangirl, though I definitely should have (I got the ebook a year ago. What was I even doing?!) I read the Selection, but didn’t really like it, and I haven’t read other books you mentioned, so I wouldn’t know if they’d make good movies/TV shows. But then I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies, so I never thought about that, and that means I wouldn’t know how to do this tag…(also I always prefer the book to the movie, except BBC Sherlock 😛 )Sorry for not being able to do the tag, but still THANKS A LOT for tagging me ❤

    1. Haha, I always seem to be promoting Fangirl… The Selection isn’t one of my favourites, but I do think that it would make an excellent movie.
      Please don’t worry at all about the tag! I’d much rather that you didn’t feel pressured or anything. 🙂 (High five for Sherlock, though!)

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