Book Number Three: The Giver by Lois Lowry
What’s it about? – The Giver is about a dystopia; a strange sort of place where there are no colors, no tastes, no families. All of human memory and emotion is kept within one person:The Giver. A boy named Jonas is selected to become the next Giver. As he slowly remembers a time before the dystopian lifestyle of his comrades, he begins to wonder if he really ever wishes to live in a society like his, or whether he should break free.
Why this book? – The Giver is all about depth. Emotional depth, depth of wisdom, depth of knowledge; even depth of sight, because the people of this dystopia cannot see color.
How should it be done? – The idea of realness, of depth, should be thoroughly fleshed out. Get Tim Burton to direct and he’d have a blast with the dystopian atmosphere, with the black and white slowly merging to a colored world as Jonas learns. Burton would give the film the creepy edge it would need, and yet allow for humor and a lighter tone (we’ve seen him do this in Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
Book Number Two: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
What’s it about? – Cameron Morgan is a completely normal girl… except for the spy school bit. When Cammie meets an ordinary boy, life gets really complicated really fast as she attempts to learn about, and befriend, a kid like us.
Why this book? – Two words: Spy stuff. This book is the dream of a stunt artist, or a special effects director. Intrigue and humor mix perfectly (it’s about girls who are training to be spies. Hilarity will ensue) in a whirl of crazy antics normal people can only dream of.
How should it be done? – To tell the truth, I’m thinking Spy Kids. Play up the gadgets. The spy school is just asking for all kinds of crazy tools everywhere. Let the romance be an afterthought and focus on the gap between being a spy and an ordinary life.
Book Number One: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
What’s it about? – Artemis Fowl is a child genius and a thief, and this time, he’s got his eye on a crazy prize… fairy gold. His plan? Kidnap a fairy for ransom. Holly Short is a fairy, trying to make her way up the ranks of a male-dominated job industry – and the perfect captive.
Why this book? – Artemis Fowl has suspense, magic, logic, and humor. The underground world of the fairies would have the ‘otherworld’ quality people enjoy (look at Avatar‘s success), there’s a fair amount of action, and the logical mind of Artemis would pull people into the movie.
How should it be done? – Artemis should have many of the same qualities as Death Note‘s L. Let the fairies have a dirty, work-hard, type of feel that people can relate to, but have them set in a world that is so entirely different that the similarities stop there. Allow Artemis’ logic and the scheming on both sides to dominate the drama.