Every avid reader knows that there are always those books that when you are done reading, you wish that you could watch a movie based off of that book. Being the avid reader that I am, I have come up with my top three books that I think would make fabulous major motion pictures.
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is definitely an author who knows how to entice his readers. With a couple of his books already being made into fantastic movies, I believe that The Guardian would also make a great one. Unlike The Notebook, or even Dear John, The Guardian is not a typical Sparks’ novel. It has romance but also has a very thriller like plot. I was so impressed when I read this book. It is a story about a young widow who is trying to move on after the death of her husband. She is caught between two men; one who she has known for many years, and one who is a mysteriously handsome stranger. The book quickly goes from romantic novel to page turning thriller. I think the main character of Julie would be beautifully portrayed by Sandra Bullock. Julie in the book is natural and beautiful and I think Sandra would do an excellent job with her laid back nature. The hunky long time friend could be played by Gerard Butler. He has gruffness about him that women love and he could capture the essence of the character Mike perfectly. The character Richard, who is the mysterious stranger, must be played by someone very deep and sexy. Jude Law would make the perfect mysterious romancer. I also believe that the man who beautifully directed The Notebook would do a fantastic job with The Guardian. This man is Nick Cassavetes. This book would definitely be a Nicholas Sparks movie masterpiece.
No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
I stumbled across this book while browsing the small book section in my local grocery store. I love mystery and suspense novels and this one looked as though it might be worth my time. After getting it home and reading it within two days, I was hooked on the beautifully suspenseful writing of Jordan Dane. This book is about a detective in San Antonio who is forbidden from working on the case of her missing younger sister. When a new case erupts with the murder victim being much like her sister, the detective plunges herself into the case as though it is a personal vendetta. Along her work she discovers a connection to the murder in a seductively mysterious man named Diego Galvin. Rebecca Montgomery, the detective, must overcome his powers of seduction to solve the case. It is really a gripping and nail biting novel. I think the determined detective should be played by Julianne Moore. She has the perfect determination in her acting skills that would mimic Rebecca Montgomery perfectly. Diego Galvin would be perfectly played by Javier Bardem. His seductive nature and rough appearance would make the perfect mysterious Diego Galvin. David Twohy would direct this movie perfectly. The Perfect Getaway was one of his works, and I think he would do a great job with No One Heard Her Scream. If this novel never becomes a major motion picture, at least do yourself the favor of reading it.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
This is the first book I have read by Colm Tóibín. I discovered this novel at my local bookstore on the best-seller’s table. The book is about an Irish immigrant who comes to Brooklyn sponsored by a priest in the 1950’s. Ellis is trying to stay true to her Irish roots, but meets a man who is anything but. While trying to stay true to herself Ellis Lacey overcomes many obstacles that are tearing her apart from her culture. I think Keira Knightly would beautifully play this determined Irish girl. Her love interest Tony in the novel could be played by someone like Tobey McGuire. His sweet and caring nature would seem to perfectly portray the sentiment of Tony. The movie would be beautifully directed by Joe Wright who also directed Atonement. Brooklyn is a heartfelt book that attaches you to the trials and tribulations of the young Irish immigrant girl. I think that it would make a heartwarming and touching major motion picture as well.