Good books can make for great movies. The Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, The Notebook, and Precious are just a few of the many popular movies which have been adapted from books. As an avid reader, I have to admit that there are many books which I would love to see turned into a movie. Here are my top 3 picks.
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan is a young adult novel about a character named Kit, who is forced to attend Blackwood Boarding School, which is run by Madam Duret. The only other instructors are Professor Farley and Jules, Madam Duret’s son, who teaches piano. The boarding school is home to four girls, who each have their own talent. Lynda is a beautiful but ditzy painter, Ruth is a plain but very good at math, redheaded Sandy is a great poet, and during her time at the boarding school, Kit soon learns that she can compose piano music. When strange things begin happening at Blackwood, some of the girls begin to question why they are really there and if there was a reason Madam Duret chose the four of them. According to Lois Duncan’s official website, the film rights to the book have been optioned.
Kit: Miley Cyrus
Lynda: Hayden Panettiere
Ruth: Kat Dennings
Sandy: Danielle Panabaker
Madam Duret: Glenn Close or Meryl Streep
Professor Farley: David Kelly
Jules: Channing Tatum
Suggested Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Peter Houghton, a boy who is bullied at school, brings weapons to his small town high school and ten people are shot to death in a matter of 19 minutes. Josie Cormier is a typical high school girl, who is mostly concerned with her boyfriend, Matt, and has a rocky relationship with her mother. Josie was Peter’s childhood best friend and she is now the best witness in the school shooting – except she can’t remember what happened. Meanwhile, her mother Alex is the judge who is sitting on the case.
This book has the potential to make for a very controversial movie. With the right amount of sensitivity and care like Jodi Picoult uses in her book, however, Nineteen Minutes could make a great movie. Nineteen Minutes got positive feedback from critics for how Jodi Picoult handled the subject matter. The book touches on a lot of important themes, including peer pressure, sexual orientation doubt, violence among teen relationships, suicide, communication issues between parents and their children, and so much more.
Josie: Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 the Streets)
Alex: Angie Harmon
Peter: Michael Cera
Matt: Liam Hemsworth
Suggested Director: Nick Cassavetes
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
Colquitt “Cole” and Walter Kennedy are a happily married couple who live in a peaceful, upper-class neighborhood. When a house is built next door by a man named Kim, their life changes, however. Although neither of them wants to believe that the house next door is haunted, it is seems like too big of a coincidence that the house seems to destroy every family who moves into the house.
Yes, this book has already been turned into a lousy Lifetime movie. Stephen King once called The House Next Door one of the best horror novels of the 20th Century. The Lifetime film adaptation simply didn’t do the book justice. My suggestion is for another film which can really capture how great The House Next Door is.
Colquitt: Rachel McAdams
Walter: Ryan Reynolds
Kim: Leonardo DiCaprio
Suggested Director: Martin Scorsese
I highly recommend anyone to read any of the three books mentioned above. Who knows, maybe they will be made into great movies one day!