I don’t know about you, but I have a weird love/hate relationship with book-to-screen adaptations. On one hand there’s something exciting about the thought of a story you adore being adapted, and the characters coming to life in a more physical way than they do in the book…but the potential for it to completely miss the mark is pretty high.
Because let’s face it, however much the author may describe the characters and settings in their books, we all picture things a little differently in our heads, and our image of the book might not be what makes it onto the screen. Not to mention the fact that it’s almost inevitable that things will be cut!
However, I’m still always curious about book-to-screen adaptations, even if I suspect I won’t like them. I’m always just interested to see how they interpreted the source material, who they cast in the roles, and what changes they make.
So here are 5 books I’d be really curious to see make it onto the screen:
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
OK, I know I go on about this book all the time, but it’s one of my all time favourite books, and one I’d be super interested to see adapted onscreen!
I feel like it’s got everything you’d need in a fun fantasy romp of a film (or maybe a short TV series?): humour, action, a crazy setting and lovable characters. I can imagine it as a wackier, funnier and more rock-and-roll version of ‘Game of Thrones’ (but hopefully with a less disappointing ending!).
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Speaking of books that would make incredible ‘Game of Thrones’ style TV shows, Best Served Cold would be perfect!
I think revenge narratives always make for an action-packed watch, and seen as anti-heroes are so popular in TV right now, Monza would make an incredible TV character! Plus her little band of misfits have great chemistry, and I’d love to see how they would all be cast.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Some of my favourite TV shows are historical based (eg. ‘Vikings’), and I think Kiersten White’s And I Darken would make a great basis for a historical TV series!
The book tells the story of a female version of Vlad the Impaler, so I guess it isn’t strictly historical, but the backdrop of the Ottoman Empire would make a fascinating setting. Not to mention there would be plenty of exciting battle scenes, romance and drama!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
I read this book a while back and it seriously creeped me out, so I think it would make an amazing horror film!
It would definitely be more of a Gothic style horror than a gruesome slasher, but personally I think a creepy atmosphere, and a slow, creeping dread is far scarier than gore!
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Superhero films have always been popular, and since we’re currently going through a phase of much darker heroes (and even anti-hereos) being popular, I think Vicious would make for a really great film! I’d love to see who they’d cast as Eli and Victor, as they’d have to have some serious chemistry.
So would you be interested to see any of these books adapted for screen? Do you like or loathe book-to-screen adaptations? Which books would you love to see adapted?