We all know the saying “the book is always better than the movie,” but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see these books on the big screen!
THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN, BY GEORGE MACDONALD
A splendid children’s fantasy tale just waiting to be made into a movie. The book was a huge part of my childhood; I still remember every character, scene, and setting, and most importantly how it made me feel, and I’m sure a well-made movie version could be just as formative for children now.
THE MOORCHILD, BY ELOISE MCGRAW
This was one of my all-time favorite books growing up. I think I’ve read it 3 or 4 times. A poignant coming-of-age story and a twist on a familiar concept, this tale of a misfit changeling has just the right amount of fantasy and just the right amount of heart, as well as a powerful lesson for kids, all without being too “heavy.” When I think about this book, I immediately picture myself back in that world with all of its’ images and emotions, which I think makes it a great candidate for a film adaptation.
THE ABLES, BY JEREMY SCOTT
Creator of the immensely successful YouTube channel CinemaSins, Jeremy Scott is also an author! The Ables is about a team of teenage superheroes with disabilities all trying to find their place in the world, and specifically, in high school. It’s charming, full of heart, insight, and of course, lots of superhero action! And it’s definitely ready for a big screen adaptation.
THE KANE CHRONICLES, BY RICK RIORDAN
Set in modern times and filled with Egyptian mythology and magic, Riordan delivers another widely successful series after Percy Jackson. I could see these books being adapted as a film or a tv show and doing great either way. They could definitely work as a fun, upbeat, action-packed, fantasy-adventure trilogy, but there’s also enough material to make for an excellent tv series. That kind of versatility is rare! We especially need to see a good version of Riordan’s work on screen after the underperforming Percy Jackson films.
THE WINGFEATHER SAGA, BY ANDREW PETERSON
Described as “The Princess Bride” meets “Lord of the Rings,” this four-book saga isn’t just one of the finest children’s books I’ve ever read, it’s one of the greatest fantasy books I’ve ever read, and it’s just begging to be adapted. Oh wait, this is already happening! They just finished the first stage of a massive kickstarter campaign to bring this book series to life as television series. There is some amazing talent behind this project, a strong fan base, and stupendous content. It’s a recipe for success and I for one cannot wait! It’s sure to be golden.
What about you? What books have you been waiting to see on the big screen?