Since it's New (to Me) Movie January, I've been thinking a lot about movies. Specifically I've been thinking about all the books that I've enjoyed that I would love to see come alive on the big screen. So today's let's talk books to movies. Let's start with those that have already been made into movies, there are a few standouts to me.
Stardust and Coraline from Neil Gaiman -- I though both of these movies were great adaptations of Gaiman's work. The visuals in Stardust are great. And the Other Mother from Coraline is terrifying even in animated form.
Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen (obviously!) -- The BBC version is the definitive, although I do enjoy the Keira Knightley version on occasion. Jennifer Ehle is Elizabeth Bennett and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is perfection is itself.
All the Harry Potter Movies from J.K. Rowling -- I know they had to cut a lot out of the storyline to fit into the movies, but I still really enjoyed all of these movies. My favorite is the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon -- I know it's not a movie, but a tv series was the right way to go with these books. The story is just too extensive. So far, I've loving the series and can't wait until it returns. But I better get reading so I can get ahead of the storyline.
The Prestige from Christopher Priest -- Christopher Nolan really captured the feel of this book. Oh so good.
On to those that I'm looking forward to seeing sometime in 2017.
The Handmaid's Tale from Margaret Atwood -- This book gutted me. I can't wait to see what they do to bring it to the big screen.
The Circle from Dave Eggers -- I actually haven't read this book yet, but it's on my short list.
Murder on the Orient Express from Agatha Christie -- A new adaptation of this classic story. This time directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. I love a classic mystery.
Annihilation from Jeff VanderMeer -- OMG! This trilogy was so weird, but oh so right. I am concerned that the movie won't do the weirdness of the book justice, but I guess will just have to wait and see.
Ready Player One from Ernest Cline -- For all the video game lovers out there. I'm so interested to see what they do with this book...
And finally I turn to those books that I would love to see turned into movies. Did you know that there are actually people that set up odds for which books will become movies in the coming year? I think this kind of speculation is fascinating! As to my own thoughts, I would love to see the following books turned into movies:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Cinder (all of The Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
Saga series by Brian K Vaughan
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (series) by Lauren Willig