Books That Should Have Movie Adaptations

Following last week’s post about my favorite book to movie/TV adaptations, I want to talk today about some books that I desperately want to see getting adapted someday! Of course, I know that adaptations never quite have the same magic as the books they’re based on, but I think these books could make some amazing movies if done correctly. So here they are, my top books that I want to see adapted into movies!


Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Image result for six of crows and crooked kingdomThis duology has to be at the top of my list, because can’t you just see these books as gritty, dark adventure fantasy movies? I think the atmosphere of this world would translate beautifully into film, and with the right casting, we could be well on our way to a near-perfect adaptation. I would love to see the interactions of all the characters play out on screen, as well as all the heart-pounding action scenes and all of Kaz’s elaborate schemes. Plus, it would give this series all the more recognition, which it definitely deserves.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Image result for dread nationOne of my most recent reads had to join this list because I could picture it all so clearly while I was reading, so of course I want to see it all on screen. One thing that I love just as much as well-done adaptations is period films, and if you give me a movie with 1880s women of color killing zombies and fighting the patriarchy, I might as well give up on anything reaching that pinnacle ever again. And after the beautiful ridiculousness of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I know period zombie movies can be done well, so I’m holding out hope for this one.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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What do you mean there’s already an adaptation of Ella Enchanted?? I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Although the 2004 movie with Anne Hathaway does have a nostalgia factor for a lot of people my age, I can’t help but bitterly regret that a more faithful adaptation wasn’t made of this beloved book from my childhood. I’m hoping that someday everyone will come to appreciate that, though the existing movie is cute, the book is miles better and has so much potential to make an actually wonderful movie. Maybe Anne Hathaway can come back as Lucinda or something.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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I’ve heard rumors of this being adapted, but so far there’s been nothing really concrete. And if I ever did get to see this on screen, I might just explode. So continuing the theme of books set in a historical time period, I feel like this book would turn into a hilarious and highly entertaining movie, with fantastic costumes and a really cool glimpse into Europe during the 1700s. Monty, Percy, and Felicity’s escapades across Europe would no doubt create the kind of movie that, if done well, I would watch over and over again.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Yet another historical story, you ask?? Yes, though this one would have a drastically different tone from the last one. We all know that everyone loves watching World War II stories, and considering how well this book has been received, as well as how beloved similar stories like Titanic are, I think this would be a recipe for success all around. Plus, it would bring attention to a true historical event that isn’t particularly well known. The fascinating characters and stark, heartbreaking story that this book tells would certainly create a visually and emotionally stunning movie.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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What I’m getting from writing this list is that I just really want all the historical books I’ve read to turn into movies. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a period film. And this steampunk, biopunk, alt history World War I book would truly lead to a memorable period film. Not only would it be amazing to see the Darwinist beasts and Clanker machines that the book describes, but I would love to witness all of Deryn’s resourcefulness and Alek’s stupidity on screen. As a movie, this would stand out from other WWI stories, as it stands out from other books, while also appealing to anyone who enjoys that time period!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Listen, this only sort of counts as a historical book because only some of it takes place in 1800s London! The rest takes place in magical alternate universes! *pats myself on the back*

But really, I think this whole series, with its intense action scenes, complex magic, and lively characters, would make some incredible movies. It would be amazing just to see the different parallel Londons and how each fits with its color! The writing in this series is so visual that I could picture everything that was happening while reading, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to have that translated onto the screen!

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Thank goodness, a book that takes place in present day. Yes, this movie would be absolutely heartbreaking in every way possible, and it would no doubt make me cry and lament everything in my life just as much as the book did, but, like, it would be great. I would love to see how the filmmakers manage to make a story that takes place in the course of a single day work, because I think the book does it so well. They’d also need to cast some talented actors, since so much of this book is character-focused. At least the title would warn people enough that they would know to bring tissues into the theatre.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Ending on yet another historical book (what else did you expect at this point). Everyone loves the glittery aesthetic of New York in the 1920s – look no further than Fantastic Beasts and The Great Gatsby – and I think that would be a huge draw for this story if it were adapted. Plus, it would portray some parts of that world, such as Harlem and Chinatown and political extremism, that isn’t usually portrayed in ’20s movies. The time period, in addition to the spooky paranormal murder mystery plot and great cast of characters, makes this the perfect book to turn into a movie.


Do you agree with the books I want to see as movies? What books do you want to be adapted?

x Margaret

9 thoughts on “Books That Should Have Movie Adaptations

  1. I only read Shades of Magic out of this list but couldn’t agree more! I also love Bardugo’s writing and believe any book of hers would be more than epic in movie form ❤
    I thought Salt to the Sea already had a movie! Turns out it's only in the making, though, but that's pretty cool too 🙂

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