An adaptation is either a bookdragon’s greatest wish or worst nightmare. I guess we all know some adaptation horror stories (see: The Percy Jackson films) that make us so hesitant to support a new adaptation when an announcement gets out. It’s always a do-I-scream-in-excitement-or-should-I-flatten-myself-with-my-TBR-pile-because-it-would-hurt less-than-another-failed-adaptation moment for all of us.
Personally, I have a plethora of mixed emotions when it comes to adaptations. For example, when the news of the Grishaverse adaptation got out, my first reaction was to scream (I maybe woke up ten neighbors in the process oops) and message my bookdragon friend who loves the Grishaverse as much as I do to scream some more (screaming is my brand). When all the adrenaline got used up, I just stared at nothing and anxiously thought of all the things that could go wrong because how could they possibly give justice to a universe so elaborate with an eight-episode series? What if they get all the representation in the books wrong? What if they don’t include all the iconic Kaz lines or the witty banter? WHAT IF THEY MESS UP THE PORTRAYAL OF MY MAN NIKOLAI LANTSOV???
You see, I always have my fears with adaptations but I can’t help but support them because a.) an adaptation is a huge thing for an author and I don’t want to be a bitter eggplant who will ruin the good news, b.) an adaptation can help in boosting a book, and c.) I’m a soft marshmallow who still hopes that a day will come when adaptations will give justice to our
Okay. I’ll stop rambling now. On my last Q and A post, I promised you a list of books that deserve the best adaptations. Some books on the list below already have movie rights. Nonetheless, movie rights do not guarantee the actuality of an adaptation.
HERE ARE SOME BOOKS I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ON SCREEN:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. Read more…
Locals might raise their eyebrows at another dystopian urban fantasy adaptation but allow me to say this in an ominous voice commonly used in cliché statements: this is not going to be your generic post-apocalyptic flick. With its more soulful undertones, soft monsters™, and dark themes, I think this duology can be the roots to a hit movie franchise if done correctly.
Sony already has the movie rights for the books but there hasn’t been any real progress on the project as of now.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Read more…
Just like Schwab’s aforementioned Monsters of Verity duology, the film rights for Vicious have already been bought. This happened in 2013 but I’ve seen no further news of the movie except for Schwab’s tweet from 2016:
I don’t know if the adaptation is still on the works (do tell me whatever you know in the comments) but I REALLY REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS SERIES BROUGHT TO LIFE ON SCREEN. I am sure that my murder children Victor and Eli will make a rivalry even greater than Sherlock’s and Moriarty’s. My heart also races at the thought of seeing the EOs’ superhuman abilities brought to life.
I just— I love this series so much and a proper adaptation will complete my life. Also, if you haven’t read this series yet, I’m weeping for you. This is one of the most well-written series in all of bookish history. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. Read more…
I am trash for this trilogy. The rich world and its pure epicness (I invented the word five minutes ago shh) are markers for an equally epic adaptation. I do think that it’s best adapted as a TV series because a film will never be able to give justice to this masterpiece.
Just imagine Tea riding the azi (the softest three-headed dragon) and laying waste to all her enemies. Think about an Asian-inspired fantasy world in the big screen. THINKING ABOUT ALL THE POSSIBILITIES MAKES ME WANT TO CRY.
In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Read more…
This fantasy standalone definitely deserves an adaptation. I think it will make a perfect anime. When I was reading it, my dormant otaku spirit suddenly woke up because the Japanese folklore-inspired tale reminded me so much of all the anime I used to binge watch in ninth grade.
The book’s ending left me hanging because there’s so much that I still want to see from this world. An adaptation is going to be the perfect outlet to explore more of the empire Emiko Jean created.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Read more…
The Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology will finally be turned into a Netflix series but I would also love to see an adaptation of The Language of Thorns someday where one episode = one short story.
Yes, I really have a lot of *demands* wishes here.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. Read more…
The movie rights for The Cruel Prince have been claimed by Universal already and I will probably riot if they don’t give Cardan a tail in the adaptation. It would be a very fascinating experience to see the sweeping world of Elfhame brought to life. Holly Black’s plot twists and complex characters will also sweep the world off its proverbial feet. Plus Cardan and Jude on screen??? I think I will spontaneously combust.
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar. Read more…
This YA series featuring the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will make a very interesting movie franchise. Writing this post reminds me that I still need to reread the books because I don’t remember half of them but I do know it in my heart that I loved reading them a few years ago (the book covers also feed my eyes). Brittany Cavallaro is also a sweet munchkin who made me so happy when she noticed me on Twitter back when my account was still so smol. She was actually the first author who paid attention to all my fangirling and I will never forget that. I will surely read the books again when the series is complete.
Anyway, this series will make a good franchise because it gives a fascinating twist to the old Sherlock tales I love so dearly. I also think that Charlotte and Jamie have great chemistry and to be able to see that translated on screen will add ten years to my life.
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. Read more…
A Thousand Perfect Notes is not just a simple story of a musical prodigy following his dreams. It’s only natural to dream of an adaptation of this bittersweet story of music, love, pain, and passion because I want more people to cry with me. I can even help you in picking up the broken pieces of your heart.
C. G. Drews wrote this book so vividly but it would be a different experience altogether to finally be able to hear Beck’s music with my own ears. It would also make me so happy to see my stabby soul sister Joey in the flesh. I’m also here for all the scenes where August tries to earn Beck’s trust by feeding him cakes.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Read more…
I was surprised when I found out that the movie rights for Evelyn Hugo haven’t been bought yet (correct me if I’m wrong). I mean, a book featuring an actress who tells the story of all her experiences in Hollywood and her seven husbands?? IT’S THE PERFECT MATERIAL FOR AN ADAPTATION, ADAM. Just imagine the portrayal of the feisty Evelyn Hugo and the inner workings of Old Hollywood—with all its glamor and scandals—on screen. This book also has the most beautiful relationships (including platonic and romantic love) which made me cry about a hundred times.
If I don’t see a decent adaptation of this book while I live, I will riot.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. Read more…
Look. Let’s just pretend that THOSE two abominations disguised as movies didn’t happen. Forgetting about them is self care and that’s final.
All I want in this life is to be able to watch a proper series adaptation of Uncle Rick’s books. When that happens, I’ll probably cry happy tears for five years and buy chocolates for all of you. There’s so much that the Riordanverse can offer and millions of long-suffering demigods will rejoice if we’re given the quality content we deserve. My boy Percy and all my beloved demigod children deserve THE BEST. I will not settle for anything less.
Saying that books are always better than the adaptations has been a bookdragon brand for years but we must admit that seeing our favorite books come to life on screen is still one of the most beautiful feelings in the multiverse. Sure, we’ll rant a lot and curse the adaptations when they turn out to be more awful than a rotten apple but we can’t purge the feeling of excitement when adaptation announcements come out.
Such treasonous emotions I just can’t—
What do you feel about book adaptations? Are there cases when you loved the adaptation more than the book? Which books deserve the best adaptations?