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?