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Potential Movie, BTT

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What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?
Or, What book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

This is déjà vu. I was thinking about the same thing when I was reading some of the new books that would inspire a motion picture. The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave would probably make great movies. All three books are plot-driven and are rich in characterization. After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, I think White Tiger by Aravind Adiga would also stand a chance. It would be highly satirical and funny. The Booker Prize winner of 2008 has boosted traffic to my blog big time with overall 3300 hits. I just picked up Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and started reading the first few pages. This might also be material for a film.

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54 Responses

  1. Ha! You really did pick the same books. I always knew you had great taste! 😛

  2. You do have good taste; however, I selected yet another title. Here’s my response:

    http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/03/booking-through-thursday-movie.html

  3. I’m not familiar with most of these. Sounds like it’s time to add to my tbr list!

  4. I read Half of a Yellow Sun a couple of years ago. It would make a good movie, but a sad one.

  5. Good list!!! I still have Cutting for Stone to read (soon I hope!)

  6. I loved Cutting for Stone, but I’m not sure I would want to see it as a movie. Too much potential for losing the beauty of Verghese’s words…but the story is incredibly well told, and I can also see how it might make an excellent film. I’ll have to continue pondering this.

  7. Interesting I’ve never heard of these books.

    mine

  8. I haven’t had a chance to read Little Bee yet, but the buzz (heh) has certainly be good.

    Half of a Yellow Sun would make an excellent movie.

  9. I haven’t heard of any of the books except White Tiger. I’m generally not a big fan of books into movies although I’m a fan of Peter Jackson’s LoTR and I’m looking forward to his adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

  10. Oh yes – Half a Yellow Sun might make a wonderful movie.

  11. I have Cutting For Stone and Little Bee in my TBR pile. Can’t wait to read them!

  12. Hi!
    I checked all your reviews of these books! They sound like they would be good reads, don’t know about movies. Have a great day!!

    Sherrie

  13. I think there’s a copy of Cutting for Stone in our family’s library. I might check it out, based on your review. 😀

  14. I want to read Cutting for Stone – so many great reviews on the blogs.

  15. This is a tough question! I think the problem is, you never know what the director will do with it in the end, or how good the screenplay will be.

  16. I agree with Half of a Yellow Sun. It was one of my choices, too. But I’m hoping for a television series. If you have six or seven episodes you don’t have to leave anything out. Did you ever see The Jewel in the Crown? That would have lost so much if it have become a movie instead of a television series.

  17. Marie:
    Great minds *do* think alike! 🙂

  18. Sally:
    I like your choice as well; and you go as far as to ponder at the background music for it. 🙂

  19. Janet:
    I read the ARCs of both Cutting for Stone and Little Bee, which actually were reading highlights for last year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

  20. Laza:
    The setting is similar to Little Bee. I can smell a sad ending even by reading the first few pages.

  21. Beth F:
    I can only urge you to read it as soon as you can! You’re in for a treat! 🙂

  22. Rebecca:
    It reminds me of how The Remains of the Day might turn out in film, which I have yet to see. Sometimes the beauty of words is inevitably lost when it’s transcribed to the visual realm.

  23. thebluestockingguide:
    They are all my favorite reads from last year. 🙂

  24. SFP:
    Half of a Yellow Sun and Little Bee have very similar setting. 🙂

  25. Mae:
    I have held off from reading Lovely Bones from the beginning because of all the hype. White Tiger has been unusually popular lately after the release of trade paperback.

  26. Juliann:
    I’ll need lots of kleenexes for Half of Yellow Sun!

  27. Chris@bookarama:
    Both books are great reads! 🙂

  28. Sherrie:
    I highly recommend all the books I listed. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

  29. Kat:
    It’s quite a chunkster but you will be so engrossed in it that you will find yourself having a difficult time to put it down.

  30. bookfan:
    Cutting for Stone is all over critics and readers’ radar. I went to his reading event and the bookstore was completely packed.

  31. Priscilla:
    I feel like it’s a catch-22 because I’m afraid the motion picture rendition will ruin my favorite books.

  32. CB James:
    No I haven’t heard of The Jewel in the Crown but now you have recommended, you bet I’ll check it out. 🙂

  33. Now, how is it that I get your BTT before the original BTT?? I like your potential movie visions! I just finished The School of Essential Ingredients, and perhaps I am biased because I so loved the book, but would love to see this one brought to life.

  34. I’m kind of sick of Hollywood turning books into movies….get your own ideas Hollywood! I want my movies to capture something that isn’t possible in a book -likewise a book lets us further into the details that a movie will ever allow.

    I’ll agree with the LotR statement above – that one kind of rocked and was one of the only times I can recall liking the movie as much as the book (some of the Pride & Prejudice movies are pretty good too).

  35. I haven’t read Aravind’s book yet but I’ve heard that it’s great. 🙂

  36. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall would make a great film. I kept imagining the scenes as I was reading. I would also like to see The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

  37. Haven’t read any of these yet. But from what I’ve heard about The Clothes on Their Backs, it does sound like it would make a terrific movie. Interesting story plus a lot of great characters. Good choices.

  38. Both of Willa Cather’s Novels “Alexander’s Bridge” and “Song of the Lark” probably couldn’t be commercially successful as movies. But they might be adapted to make excellent mini series on, say, Masterpiece Theater. I don’t believe there has been an adaptation of “Death Comes to the Archbishop,” either.

  39. Sandy:
    I happened to be the first to post responses. The BTT question might be late this morning as I’m in the west coast. Anyway, I would really like to see the books I listed to become movies.

  40. Christina:
    Honestly I think Hollywood is at risk of running out of brain juice. They have to rely wither on adaptation and re-makes of sci fi, superheroes and classics.

  41. lena:
    I would suggest to read Little Bee and Cutting for Stone first. 🙂

  42. Greg C:
    I was feeling the same about The Raw Shark texts, which sounds very intriguing.

  43. JLS Hall:
    They’re all relatively new releases. Linda Grant is an author that I will read more in the future. Both Cutting for Stone and Little Bee are very engrossing.

  44. Greg S:
    I’m game for Death Comes to Archbishop. 🙂

  45. I haven’t read these, but they sound interesting.

  46. I haven’t read any of those, but I do heard lots of raves on Cutting for Stone and White Tiger. I’m really looking forward to reading these two in the near future.

  47. I almost, almost bought “Little Bee” a couple of weeks ago but I put it back down for later. Same for “White Tiger” which, come to think of it, I really need to get. I’ve never heard of “Cutting for Stone” but all this talk is making me mighty curious! Great list!

  48. Yvonne:
    I highly recommend every title I mentioned. 🙂

  49. Melody:
    Cutting for Stone reads like an epic; The White Tiger is more light-hearted even though the story can get a bit severe.

  50. J.S. Peyton:
    The reviews on The White Tiger are split in the middle. I would like to hear your opinion of it. Little Bee and Cutting for Stone are both very well-written.

  51. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. Yes I know that it was made into a TV miniseries that can be watched on DVD but I think it would make a great modern movie. The characters are terrific. And San Francisco continues to be a terrific setting for any film.

  52. Kathryn:
    I haven’t watched all the episodes but I would be interested in a movie! Great idea! 🙂

  53. Eileen Chang: “Love in a Fallen City”, ” The Rouge of the North”

  54. Rick:
    Most of Eileen Chang’s works can be motion picture materials. I thought Ann Hui did a great job adopting “Eighteen Springs”, which is my favorite of all of Eileen Chang’s novels. “Love in a Fallen City” is now a theatrical. I still have to read “The Rouge of the North.”

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