I love to read, the thing I love the most is escaping into a fictional story. I get extremely excited when one of my favorite books is made into a feature film, it thrills me. There are many wonderful books that I would like to see made into a movie, but my favorite books all revolve around troubled girls or women as the lead role/character. I connect more to books where the leading role solves a problem overcomes their problems or something from their past. Here are three books, which focus on troubled females, that I would like to see be made into a movie.
1. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Identical is, by far my, favorite Ellen Hopkins book. It revolves around two identical (mirror-image) sisters and their troubles with their lives, family and sexual abuse. Ellen Hopkins has a unique way of telling stories and her novels often end with a twist. The Twist at the end of Identical blew me away and this book instantly made it to my list of favorites. One of my main choices for the lead roles (the girls are identical so the actress would need to play both roles) would be Natalie Portman. I believe that Natalie Portman would be able to bring a certain sadness and troubled feeling to the identical twins. I also think Keira Knightley might also be a good choice for the leading roles of the identical twins. As for the director, I think Christopher Nolan would be a great choice. Nolan is most known for his film The Dark Knight and I believe he would be able to bring a darker feeling to this film. David Fincher would also be a good choice for director, he directed Fight Club and The Panic Room.
2. After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell
Another one of my favorite books, After You’d Gone is the story about a young woman’s struggles after her husband dies. The main character, Alice, goes through a difficult and life altering time after she loses the love of her life. Maggie O’Farrell does a remarkable job at describing Alice and the ordeal she goes through and is able to bring mystery to the novel and its lead role. When I think of this book I picture Summer Glau playing the lead role of Alice. Summer Glau is an experienced actress, but is very new and not as mainstreamed as other actresses. I think that for this role someone who is experienced and fresh would be a great choice, which is why I believe Glau would be perfect. She is a very believable and has a depth that a lot of actresses do not. She portrayed River on Firefly and Serenity and has the ability to bring to life the distress of the main character from After You’d Gone. I would like to see Joss Whedon direct this movie, he is a feminist at heart and I think he would be able to bring empowerment to the movie and the main character.
3. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
The Lake of Dead Languages is a mystery novel whose main character is a middled-aged mother. The Main character goes back to the town where she went to school to teach at the same school. The whole book revolves around the mystery of how two of her friends died and she gets closer and closer to figuring out the biggest mystery of her life and teenage years. For the leading role, I would choose Kate Winslet because I think she’s a very spectacular and well defined actress. This book has a darker feeling to it and I believe Kate Winslet would be able to do this book justice. I think that Toni Collette would also be a nice choice for the lead character. For the director, I would choose Peter Jackson. Peter Jackson directed The Lovely Bones and I feel as though he would be albe to bring the same mind-blowing visually quality to The Lake of Dead Languages.