Books that Should Be Movies are kind of a hobby of mine. I am, as y'all doubtlessly know by now, a big reader, and every time I read a new book, I try to envision whether or not it would make a good film. A lot of times, books can be spoiled by movies, but not always. There are plenty of books that have become movies that I absolutely love. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and the upcoming Hobbit films) and the Harry Potter series are among the big blockbusters, but there are many lesser known novels that have made great flicks – like Fried Green Tomatoes and The First Wives' Club -- and there are lots of books that should be movies, too. Whenever I read a book I really like, I always stop to think about whether it would make a great film or not. Here are some of those books that should be movies, in my humble opinion!
1. Under the Dome by Stephen King
Price: $11.60 at amazon.com
There are, in my humble opinion (again), a lot of Stephen King books that should be movies, and they may be, before too long. Of all of them, however, I think Under the Dome would make the best movie. I fell in love with this book; it immediately became one of my top three favorites. I think that the plot is extremely relevant today; done currently, this could teach viewing audience a lot about what pollution can inevitably do, even if you don't live under a dome.
2. Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson
Price: $11.20 at amazon.com
I know I've mentioned this book before, but that's because I love it to death. It's so funny! As a movie, this would be like a cross between Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, and Desperate Housewives. It's so gossipy and upper class British! I think it would be one of those movies I'd see in the theatre, then rent on pay-per-view, then buy as soon as it came out on DVD.
3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Price: $11.55 at amazon.com
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors, and she has a lot of books that should be movies. Some of them might not translate well to film, but her iconic classic, The Poisonwood Bible, definitely would. I think it would make an incredibly interesting film, and since none of the characters age too much during the time line, casting wouldn't be a problem. If you've read it, who do you think should play the main characters?
4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Price: $10.19 at amazon.com
I think that, if this were made into a movie, there'd be something kind of Dogma-esque about it. Good and evil always makes for a good movie, and these two – especially Gaiman – know how to do those subjects. This would be the perfect mix of dark and comedic.
5. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Price: $9.46 at amazon.com
My father-in-law to-be got this book for me, and I loved it immediately. I'm sure that has something to do with the fact that it takes place where I live now – especially Salem, MA! There are several plots, all of them interesting; a good director and some great cinematography could do wonders with the flashback scenes, and it would be an interesting take on the Witch Trials.
6. The Fourth Hand by John Irving
Price: $10.21 at amazon.com
Again, John Irving has written many books that should be movies. In fact, many of them are movies – although Simon Birch doesn't count and never will. I don't think an adaptation of my favorite book, A Prayer for Owen Meany, is possible, but The Fourth Hand would make a great book. Done right, its scenes would be both touching … and gruesome! And Packers fans would be very pleased with it!
7. Dark at the Roots by Sarah Thyre
Price: $11.96 at amazon.com
This is actually a memoir, but it's one of the funniest things I've ever read. Sarah Thyre, who starred in Strangers with Candy, among other things, and is married to Andy Richter, is a comedic genius. If they could make a movie out of Running with Scissors, they could do wonders with Sarah's childhood!
These are definitely books that should be movies, I think. In the right hands, I think they would be absolutely phenomenal. It would take some serious work to make something like Under the Dome come out right, without being completely ruled by special effects. That's the tricky thing about thinking about books that should be movies -- they would only work if they were put together by a great screenwriter, tackled by a great director, and filled with a superb cast. Are there any books, old or new, that you think would make great flicks? I bet you guys know a lot of books that should be movies, so let me know what they are!