5 Books I'd Love To See As Films

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Have you ever read a book that is so vivid that it makes you want to see it on a screen? After all, part of the adventure of reading a book is to visualise the characters and the setting! As someone who loves getting lost in a story, but also studied Television & Film Production at university, it's clear that I have a love for both books and films and I often subconsciously combine the two!

I've put together a little list of books that I would love to see as a film - all for different reasons!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval is probably one of the most whimsical, magical stories I've read in a long time. It focuses on Caraval - an annual, invitation-only secluded game on a secluded island, giving players the chance to win the ultimate prize - one wish, and Scarlett, who has dreamed of attending the island for as long as she can remember, and then finally her dreams come true, but it's not as she imagined it would be.

This is the kind of book you just want to devour because you simply cannot get enough. Each new chapter brings a new character, a new obstacle for Scarlett to overcome, or a new setting that is just as dark and magical as the last and I think that it would make for a truely magical film - think Hunger Games meets Harry Potter!

House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This is a fairytale retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and oh my, it was a truely amazing, vivid - and sometimes even creepy - book that had me hooked all the way through. It follows the story of Annaleigh, who is one of 12 sisters - 4 of which have died under mysterious circumstances. Annaleigh isn't convinced that the deaths were accidents, and she's determined to figure out who - or what - her sisters are dancing with and stopping anymore of them becoming the next victim.

This book had so much going on - glittering balls, dancing until dawn, silk gowns, magical doorways, evil curses and so, so much more. I can imagine this being a really dark, gothic, suspenseful film that has you hooked from the word go. When I imagine this as a film, I think of it with Shutter Island vibes; dark, mysterious and eerie with plot twists that will make you let out an audible gasp!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Scythe is one of those books that is just such a fun, entertaining book with so much going on. It's essentially a story of Earth set in the future, in which humanity have conquered mortality, but in order to keep the population under control, Scythes are ordered to 'glean' people. But there are good Scythes and bad Scythes and it's just so, so good.
The world building is incredible and there are plot twists that you never see coming. Each Scythe has their own coloured robe and I think seeing it all come together as a gritty, action-packed film would be amazing!

Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This is one of the very few books that have literally made me cry. It tells the story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew who is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. One day in July 1942, Lale comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

I absolutely love books that are centred around WWII and I don't think any human being of our generation could ever comprehend what people in Auschwitz went through. This was a truely beautiful read, and one that I don't ever think will not need to be told. It was a beautiful story and one that I think would capture the hearts of many people on a big screen - it's one thing to read about what these people went through, but to visually see the horrific conditions and the torture these people had to endure on a daily basis would be something else.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
I figured I would end this post on a more lighthearted choice! This book follows Leon and Tiffy and their less-than-normal living arrangements; Tiffy needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

This is such a funny, lighthearted book that I would 100% watch over and over as a film. The characters are interesting and their personalities really shine through - if this book were ever to be made into a film, it would only work if the actresses and actors were right for the role, but if they nailed that, then this would be one of those easy, funny films that you would have on in the background whilst having a few friends over.

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