It’s definitely not an easy task when filmmakers attempt to turn a book into a film. Sometimes the stories accuracy is lost in the book to film conversion. And it is a true shame when that happens. But it can be done. Many books easily made the transition to film, so we know it can be done.
I think when stories are turned from book into film, that they should remain as accurate to the book story line as possible. All the main events that happened in the book should be covered carefully, and certainly included in the film. It’s simple keep the story accurate, and as true to the original story as possible.
The characters should be close to the same age, as the character, and should resemble the character’s looks, or temporarily be made to look like the character they are playing.
Here are the top 4 books I would like to see turned into a film and which stars I would like to see play the characters from the book.
1 Heaven by V.C. Andrews. Heaven was the first of five books in the Casteel series. It is considered to be one of readers’ favorite V.C. Andrews series. And it is one of mine. The entire series was published from 1985-1990. The story tells of the fictional life of the Casteel family. The Casteel’s are a poor and troubled family living in the backwoods of Virginia. Heaven Leigh Casteel and her brother Tom try to tend for their younger siblings, and have a father they deem “meaner than ten vipers”. They try to prove to the world that they are talented and worthy. Then their stepmother abandons them and soon their greedy father develops a terrible scheme, one that threatens to tear apart and destroy their dreams forever. They dream of a better place, somewhere where they are given love and respect. Somewhere where their dreams can come alive and then can soar. This is one of my very favorite stories of all time. It is a dark and intense story. I would love to see this entire series on film.
Shannen Doherty looks very much like the character illustration of Heaven, but the character is meant to be much younger. Although Doherty could easily pass for Heaven later in the book series.
A few people that I can see playing the role of Heaven – Dakota Fanning, Ashley Simpson-Wentz, or perhaps Emma Roberts. But, they would definitely have to change the color of their hair for the role, because this character is known for her dark, thick hair.
2 Dawn by V.C. Andrews. Another of V.C. Andrews five-book series. Featuring the Cutler family, and was published in 1990, with the rest of the series ending in 1993. Dawn Longchamp feels safe in her fine new school. She and her brother are finally give a chance to live a nice normal life. Then their mother dies and her world begins to fall apart. She is given to another family, where she discovers a world of lies, sins, and an evil web that threatens her existence. This story blows me away every single time I read it. I think it would be a great film, if done correctly.
I could see Carrie Underwood , Hilary Duff, or Miley Cyrus in the lead role for the character Dawn.
3 Ruby by V.C. Andrews. This was another of V.C. Andrews’ series, involving the Landry family. This book is the first of five in the Landry series. Ruby Landry lives with her Grandmother, who is a Cajun spiritual healer. She also has to put up with her drunken Grandfather. Even though her parents are dead she is grateful for the life she has. Ruby dreams of becoming a painter and her life is filled with promise. Soon she meets the mysterious Paul Tate, and their love is forbidden by his rich parents. As Ruby glimpses for the first time at an image of her father, she learns a shameful deception and shocking betrayal, involving blackmail. Suddenly, her Grandmother dies, leaving Ruby all alone. Devastated, she seeks out her father, seeking out his large New Orleans mansion. Secrets and lies fill his house and Ruby clings to memories and a torn apart love. Only love can save her now.
Maybe it is because of her red hair and youth, but I think Lindsay Lohan would be perfect for the role of Ruby. And Kathy Bates would be fabulous in the role of Ruby’s Grandmother.
4 The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks was published in 2003 by Warner Books. I absolutely love this story about Julie Barenson, a woman who was widowed at age 25. Her husband left her with two unexpected gifts before he died – a puppy named Singer, and a promise that he would watch over her. Four years after his death the story begins. Now Julie is ready for happiness and perhaps is ready to risk caring for someone again. She is sought out by Mike Harris, who was her husband’s best friend, and a sophisticated engineer named Richard Franklin. This novel is full of intensity, riveting suspense, mystery, jealousy, and chilling deceptions. This story is completely unforgettable.
The Guardian is the first of Sparks’ books that was not inspired by a true story. It would be great to see this heartfelt and mysterious story on film. I could easily see Drew Barrymore in the role of Julie Barenson, Colin Farrell in the role of Richard Franklin, and Mark Ruffalo (Brothers Bloom) as Mike Harris.
There have been two V.C. Andrews books that were turned into movies- Flowers in the Attic and Rain. In Flowers in the Attic, some of the key story points were ignored, but still it was a good movie. Rain, on the other hand, was not done properly, in my opinion, when it was made into a movie. Rain the movie was deeply dark and depressing, and the in the book the feeling was nothing like that. So I think the stories should be followed closely when converted.
5 Listen For the Whisperer by Phyllis A. Whitney. I would also love to see Phyllis A. Whitney’s novel, Listen For the Whisperer, turned into a movie! Here’s what Listen For the Whisperer is about: Leigh Hollins was determined to find her mother–the famous Hollywood actress Laura Worth. She found her all right, but it was not a happy reunion. For Laura was being haunted by the murderer who had killed the director of one of her movies twenty years earlier. Laura was being stalked, harrassed, and frightened near to death. And because Leigh was her daughter, someone would try to kill her too….
All four of these stories would do well as a film. Hopefully one day each of these books will actually have the chance to be a film. I certainly hope so! It would be a dream come true! Whitney, Sparks, and Andrews are without a doubt my very favorite authors and I collect their books!