Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Want To See Made Into Movies

Hi! Lesa here!  Thanks for commiserating last week about my cold of apocalyptic proportions.  Wish I could say it dried up like a well behaved cold should but, NO, it morphed into bronchitis.  The symptoms are not fun and the associated head/eye pain and exhaustion have kept me off the computer quite a bit.  But, I am now with antibiotics so hopefully will kick this crud soon.   Hope all of you are staying healthy and crud-free! 

Now for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is very appealing because some books are just perfect for film. 

 For me, it is usually action thriller or fantasy reads that I'd like to see on the big screen. Surely, I'm not the only girl who grew up watching Bond, Sinbad and all manner of cowboys and swashbucklers. Ooo--love those swashbucklers!

I was very curious which books the other ladies of Mrs. BG would choose so here is our collaborative Top Ten Tuesday!

Lesa's Picks:

1. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

    This is my favorite newish fantasy series. I would love to visit a sanctuary for fairytale and mythical creatures but the next best thing would be to see it on the big screen.

2.  Any of the Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Pendergast is an amazing cross between Bond and Sherlocke Holmes. If you aren't familiar with Pendergast, I wrote about him here.

3. Repairman Jack Series by F. P. Wilson.
Jack is so cool-- he lives off the grid in New York City and creatively 'fixes' situations for people who can't go to the authorities for help. If you aren't familiar with Jack, I wrote about him here.

4. Any James Rollins science thrillers-- the old stand alones or the Sigma Force series.

5. Temple by Matthew Reilly but I want to see all his action thrillers made into movies-- reading a Reilly book is just like watching an intense action movie. 

 Temple  takes place in the jungles of Peru with two storylines, one from the past and one in the present. Several factions are furiously hunting for a lost Incan idol that holds the secret to a deadly weapon of war. 

Fun fun fun!! I'd love to have that sort of  jungle adventure--  except for the parasites and creepy crawlies, of course!  

6. Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

This fantasy series is too massive to be made into films but it would make an amazing animated series. I'm thinking something similar to the style and complexity of Avatar:The Last Airbender series. Do you watch it?

Ok, I've monopolized long enough!

DeLynne's Pick:

7. The Phyrnne Fisher mystery series by Kerry Greenwood because the costumes would be stunning!

Phryne (pronounced Fry-knee) has more money than she knows how to spend, luxuriates in expensive cosmetics, wears bespoke clothes, and solves mysteries while shocking society. She is a ballsy, unconventional woman with an amazing intellect who began her life distressingly poor. DeLynne wrote about Phryne here.

Leslie's Pick:

8. The series by Celestine Vaite - Frangipani, Bread Fruit, and Tiare in Bloom.

I think it would be a fabulous movie for a mother, daughter, sister, best friend, aunt, cousin, neighbor....the women in the story are beautiful, hilarious, wise, and know these women, you are these women....and it is set in Tahiti...

Tracy's Pick:

9. Wicked by Gregory Maguire... I know, it's been a play, but I don't do jazz hands...

Izzy's Pick:  

10. The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda.

And a Mary Poppins that is true to the original (i.e. Mary Poppins is stern and a bit scary), not Disney-fied. Also, L.A.Candy by Lauren Conrad.
Love Izzy.

What book would you love to see made into a movie? or a better remake?  That might make an excellent Top Ten Tuesday Topic too. Hmm...


  1. Interesting choices! I too would like to see a few of those made into movies!

    Here is my Top Ten post!

  2. Now, Baja is unique. How many reviewers sign their posts 'Love'?

  3. I've not read any of these. But, of course since you recommended some time ago I check out Fablehaven, it is on my list. And now, I've been turned on to The Key to Rondo!

    btw, "I don't do jazz hands..." made me giggle!

  4. I really like all you eclectic ladies!

    This blog would not be near as much fun without ya'lls perspectives and humor!

  5. Interesting thought about making Wheel of Time into an animated series. I gave up on the books when I could no longer keep the characters straight, so a good adaptation might be just the thing for me.

  6. +JMJ+

    I'm so sorry to hear it got worse, Lesa. =( I hope you feel better very, very soon! (I'm looking forward to the promised vlog, you see. LOL!)

    I don't usually want the books I love to be made into movies, although I like looking at fan art from other readers.

    A friend of mine also wants the Repairman Jack books to be turned into films as long as Mark Wahlberg isn't playing Jack. It seems to be a big issue in certain fan circles. My friend and everyone else he can point me to wish that Nathan Fillion would be cast. What do you think, Lesa?

  7. Oooh, good list! I know my son would agree on Fablehaven - it;s one of his favorite series. He says Mull's new series is just as good.

    And you shouldn't write off Wicked just because it's a musical - I thought it was wonderful! True, they had to leave a lot out of the book in order to fit it into 3 hours, but it was still really good.


  8. Dani: WoT Does have more characters and storylines than just about any fantasy series I've ever read-- I love it!!!

    Sue: I've wondered about the new series thanks for passing along your son's recommendation.

  9. E: Thanks! The meds kicked in Tuesday evening so I'm perking up!

    As for Jack, he lives under the grid. No one knows who he is. despite his skills, he looks average and ordinary-- no distinguishing features-- he blends in. So I think he should be played by a complete average joe looking unknown.

    Have you read any of the books? One of the early ones might appeal: The Haunted Air. It is a ghost story.


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