We all have our favorite books, unless we're those people who don't like reading, in which case you probably shouldn't be reading this right now. Just as we all have our favorite books, we all have our favorite movies. But there really is magic when you finally see your favorite book adapted into a film or even a television series. If it's done correctly.
Poor examples of book-to-film adaptations are: Vampire Academy and Twilight. I'll admit that I used to be a "Twihard" or whatever they're called, but then I discovered real books and realized that the movie totally destroyed what little smidgen of decency Stephenie Meyer had composed. As for Vampire Academy, that movie was just one big joke.
Good examples of great book-to-film adaptations are: The Book Thief and The Host. At least in my opinion. I read The Book Thief a few years back and then when I saw that it was a movie, I was a little iffy about watching it, as I am with all of my favorite books (or any that I've read) being adapted into films. But it was amazing.
Without further ado, here are five series that I would love to see adapted to film or TV...If they're done correctly.
Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
This series is my absolute favorite (alongside The Mortal Instruments, which is already being adapted to TV and has a not-so-good movie). It was set to be made into a movie in 2012, the rights had been sold and everything, but the author, Becca Fitzpatrick, has decided to hold off. Hopefully, if there ever is a movie or even a television series, it will be just as good as the books.
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
I'm not sure what it is about this series, but I just loved it. Hmm.
The rights to this series to be adapted into a film were recently bought by Warner Brothers, so here's to hoping they do a good job and choose the right cast and everything...Ugh, I'm excited.
There are five, or there are going to be five, books in the series. The Selection, The Elite, and The One all focus around America Singer, while the last two books, The Heir and the other, whose title has yet to be announced, will be from America's daughter's point of view.
Again, I'm excited.
Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license - for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.
The choice Tally makes changes her world forever...
This series is so amazing and still one of my favorites. I have always thought this series would be perfect for the big screen, but it has yet to happen. In 2006, the movie rights were bought by 20th Century Fox and it was supposed to have been released in 2011, but it was pushed back. The latest I've heard was that it was once again in the works in 2013, but I haven't been able to find anything else about it.
A shame, really. I hope it works out eventually, because I'm dying to see this series come to life.
Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind — or destroy it.
Again, one of my favorite series. James Patterson is a literary genius. There are nine books, one that was just recently released and I've yet to read.
I've been hoping this series would be adapted into a television series or films, but I've been disappointed. I've read that, after years of troubles with the film being made, the series will be made into a web series. A web series might be better than nothing, but I'm still hoping for an actual movie! Fingers crossed!
The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that's all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real.
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.
Gena Showalter puts a very twisted twist on Alice in Wonderland. And it's glorious. I love it. I also love that these zombies are like hardcore, real zombies, with rotting flesh...the whole nine. Gena doesn't pretty them up or anything and that's what zombies are all about.