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BTT: Movies

btt2What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?

Or, what book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

Good question.  I very rarely think of books as films because I know much would be changed and because I’m not a visual person.  I don’t tend to picture what I’m reading in my head, not even the characters.  I do have one fantasy series that I think would make a fantastic movie, and that’s the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.  Fantasy series are fairly popular in cinemas right now and dragons are a universal draw.  I think these books, particularly the first one, have a good mix of characterization and personal moments and potential for flashy battle scenes.  They’re relatively small, so I don’t think much would need to be cut, either.  

I’d also love to see one of Sharon Kay Penman’s historical novels make it to the big screen, just so I could visualize it, but so much would be cut out that it may not be worth it.  A miniseries could do better.  I also think The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson would make a great, if REALLY graphic, movie.  Overall, though, I’ve never actually read a book and thought, “This would be a great movie.”  It’s only upon reflection that I can consider it.

As for what should never be a movie?  Well, my first thought is the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey.  I adore these books, but not only are they long, they are also way too graphic and too complex for any of them to be crammed into 3 hours or less.  I don’t think they could include everything that is relevant to the rest of the series.  I also think that Carey’s writing style is exquisite and in part makes the book, and you can’t get that in a movie. I’d go see it, but would be very uneasy about it.

What about you? What book would you make into a movie, or not?


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