The Broke and the Bookish" and today's topic is:
Ten Books I'd Like to See Made into Movies
Let's do a countdown, shall we? So much more exciting that way.
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Fast cars, cute dog. And guess what, my wish will soon be coming true!
9. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
Okay, so maybe on the big screen it will seem more like a take-off of Weeds, but I enjoyed this book and think it would make a bittersweet family drama. I would cast Paul Giamatti as the lead and Robert Duvall as his father.
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I loved the BBC mini-series of life on Guernsey during the occupation (which guest stars a very young Anthony Stewart Head who plays Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and so think this would make for an equally engaging movie.
7. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
This Newbery-award winner was great. Lucky is a spunky young girl (who would be played by whatever Dakota Fanning look-alike they have at the moment) who lives with her guardian Brigitte (played by Audrey Tautou, of course). Things go to pieces when Lucky worries that Brigitte is tired of being her guardian and so she runs away. Of course there will be a happy ending where all will be reunited and in the process Lucky will be able to make peace with her mother's death. In my dream world, though, the movie will keep the great dialogue and quirky characters sprinkled throughout.
6. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt.
I know, I know, another children's book. But, more people should know about the Malaga Island story. An entire island's population of mixed-race people was uprooted and moved to the mainland because of greed and racism. Their tale deserves to be delivered to a wider audience.
5. North to the Orient by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Exploration, new surroundings, interesting people, danger, this story has it all. And it's all true--Anne was married to Charles Lindbergh and accompanied him on many of his flights. I would totally cast Cate Blanchett (based on her Katharine Hepburn performance in The Aviator).
4. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
I love the Land family, especially the cowboy-poetry spouting little girl, Swede. They are on cross-country search for older brother Davy who is on the run after he escapes from jail right before a probable conviction in the murder of two punks who were threatening his home. A road trip in an airstream trailer, good and evil, miracles. This book is awesome. Definitely need Jeff Bridges in there somewhere and perhaps Billy Zane as the villain, Jape?
3. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Now there's a vampire movie I would pay to go see. No sparkles. No fawning. Rae is smart, resourceful and tough. And Constantine. . .<sigh>. I guess it would be too derivative to have James Marsters play him, but that's who I had in my head.
2. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Because, who saw any of that coming? The setting alone would be great movie fodder: cold, barren and snowy Midwestern small town. Spooky looking people. Ooh, what's this? It's in the works? No way! (Thank you Google.)
and finally, the number one slot goes to. . .
<drum roll, please>
1. The Curse of Chalion/Paladin of Souls
by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Okay, I know these are two books, but we'll pull a Lord of the Rings type deal and have a companion piece. These books are awesome! They're fantasy novels that pull in all sorts of fascinating ingredients. Compelling main characters (Lupe dy Cazaril, in The Curse of Chalion, is such a brave and tortured soul. And Ista in Paladin of Souls is the person I aspire to be!). There is murder, revenge, metaphysics, great characters, quests, you name it. I only wish I could read them again for the first time. A movie will just have to do.