So…first of all, most movies…if not all of them, have started in written format, as a play, a novel, a story or a comic and since the last decade, theme park rides are included. Therefore, this being a favorite theme of mine, here is my personal preferences for novels that should be turned into movies. I am very biased as to whom the actors should be, so I will humbly leave that task to the future directors of the potential movies on the make. Hopefully.
“City of the Beasts” Trilogy by Isabel Allende: This is actually a bit of a cheat…it’s really three books, but it’s mostly the same set of characters throughout the novels and if they make the first book adaptation, the rest are an obligation. From the very first pages I read, I knew that this series of books were going to be made into movies someday. The first volume in this trilogy is “City of the Beasts”, book two is “Kingdom of the Golden Dragon”, and the third one is “Forest of the Pygmies”. The series revolves around Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold who has the chance to go on a trip of a lifetime. “…Parting from his family and ill mother, Alexander joins his grandmother, a magazine reporter for International Geographic, on an expedition to the dangerous, remote world of the Amazon. Their mission, along with the others on their team — including a celebrated anthropologist, a local guide and his young daughter Nadia, and a doctor — is to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast…”-Excerpt from book jacket. The other two books are just as daunting and captivating, with locations as remote as Asia and Africa…I personally read each book in one day. Isabel Allende has been my favorite author since I was 12 years old and two of her novels have already been adapted to the big screen with very prominent actors. Mark my words.
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’engle: Ooops. Also a series of books, sorry…I’m a sucker for series…and most of the awesome books I happen to find, well…are. This book has already been made into a TV movie by Disney in 2003, but TV movies don’t count. I would like to see this full series made into awesome movies with all the magic that cinema can use to enhance our own imaginations. It’s a heartfelt book that made me cry. Yes I admit it. Meg Murry is having a difficult time. Her father, astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry, has mysteriously disappeared. Her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, a genius, is teased and belittled and thought to be stupid because he does not talk to anyone but family. In the quest to find her father and and save her family from “IT” she finds some unlikely friends and discovers the true power of love. The rest of the series of five books are: “A Wind in the Door”, “A Swiftly Tilting Planet”, “Many Waters” and “An Acceptable Time”.
“The Host” by Stephenie Meyer: YAY! Yes, this is just one book. One long book. One long awesome book. No it’s not part of “Twilight”. It’s “science fiction for people that don’t like science fiction”, but guess what? I love science fiction! Undercover alien invasion…family and love separated… the continuous search for truth…survival of the species…what could go wrong? This book is meant to be a movie, it’s pages beg to be turned into a monster blockbuster. And they were heard; “The Host” is in fact on the works to become a movie! “Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.” -Excerpt from book jacket
I hope you will take my suggestions and explore for yourselves these amazing stories and their potential to become awesome movies in turn.
“The City of the Beasts”, by Isabel Allende
“The Host”, by Stephenie Meyer
“A wrinkle in Time”, by Madeline L’engle