Top Ten Tuesday: Paper to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you each week by the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish.
Go check them out and see what books others have chosen for this week’s topic:

Books I’d Like to See Made into Movies

(assuming that you know, everything is perfect about the adaptation)

A Mercy, Toni Morrison. This book has some great visuals. I still think about a scene in the beginning where a man rides his horse through Virginia’s early morning fog. There are some horrible images too, like that sinking of a slave ship.

A Heart So White, Javier Marías. First of all, great settings! Spain, Havana, New York. And a dancing monkey! Who doesn’t want to see that? Plus, that scene with the women on her stilettos is just aching to be brought to film.

The Protector of the Small Quartet, Tamora Pierce. This would be a great tv series. A young girl pretends to be her brother so she can become a knight and eventually, a hero.

The Handmaid’s Tale, Mararet Atwood. I know this one was a movie with Aidan Quinn and Natasha Richardson, but it’s due for an updated retelling, especially with all the new restrictions on reproductive rights.

Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck. This book, centered around a vacation house in eastern Germany, would be great for a miniseries.

The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater. Really, I just want to see an awesome portrayal of the water horses.

The Taste of Salt, Martha Southgate. Josie Henderson is a top marine scientist originally from the midwest. Great opportunities for exploring themes of family and identity, with an ocean backdrop.

Kindred, Octavia Butler. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, but I think it could make a really good movie. A contemporary black women somehow begins to time travel to the antebellum South where she meets some of her ancestors. There’s one scene in particular

Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks.  It would be really cool to show the beginnings of Harvard University, before it was the huge institution we see in movies from today. Plus, Martha’s Vineyard and the American Indian villages would make great settings.

Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward.  Some kids in a neighborhood try to prepare for Katrina.


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