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What book do you really want to see made into a movie?

Asked by mangeons (12125 points ) January 30th, 2009

I think there would be a number of books that would be good movies, as long as they don’t butcher the book in a cheesy cartoon or bad movie like they did in The Tale of Despereaux. One that I think would be good is The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, it is my FAVORITE book of all time, I have read it 7 times, and it has a very interesting plotline that would be great for a movie. I highly reccomend you read this as well.

1) What book do you think should be made into a movie?

2) What book do you reccomend others to read?

Sorry for the extensive question. D:

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fireside's avatar

The Dictionary

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ok, The Alienist by Caleb Carr

cage's avatar

1984.
A good modern one though.
Like V for Vendetta. That was pretty close and I really enjoyed that.

bonus would be with citizen erased by muse as the soundtrack

If that’s not acceptable because it’s already been done once, then The Hobbit. Done by weta.

lunabean's avatar

i would like to see a million little pieces made into a movie. despite its reputation, it’s still a good read.

scamp's avatar

Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living

It’s my favorite book, and I think it would make a great comedy. It would be kind of like the white people’s version of Madea.

jfrederick's avatar

outlander by diana gabaldon. it is one of those books that is very long and detailed, so in order to make a good movie, it’d have to be long. but it’s a whole series that i LOVE.

shockvalue's avatar

Call of Cthulhu By H.P. Lovecraft. and I mean the actual story, not that BS 2005 attempt by Andrew Leman

meemorize's avatar

One of my all time favourites is the book “der schwarm” (the swarm) by author ‘frank schaetzing’.
I think it has even been talked about in making it into a movie, I hope someday it will be one.

mangeons's avatar

Oh yeah… And I know they’re kid books so DON’T LAUGH.

But I really like The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter and think they would be great movies… I’m on the 6th book in the 2nd series, the 12th book, and there are at least 4 more. STOP LAUGHING, I KNOW YOU ARE BEHIND THAT COMPUTER SCREEN.

bluemukaki's avatar

Summerland by Michael Chabon. In fact if I even get anywhere near a hollywood executive I’m going to pitch it to them.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I wouldn’t mind seeing Michael Crichton’s book “Prey” made into a movie. It is about Nanotechnology that went out of control and became a danger to mankind. With today’s special effects techniques in movie making, it could be impressive if they did it right.

mangeons's avatar

@bluemukaki You mean the one with the weird creature and the baseball player or whatever? Or am I thinking of a totally different book and making a fool out of myself?

AstroChuck's avatar

Roget’s Thesaurus.
I found the book spellbinding!

…and absorbing, engrossing, intriguing, enthralling, riveting,...

peedub's avatar

Confederacy of Dunces, probably like everyone else.

fireside's avatar

@AstroChuck – but not boring or irksome?

I’d also like to see The Rose of the Prophet by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis
or The Darksword Trilogy by the same.

Those really stood out to me when I was younger.

jonsblond's avatar

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

mangeons's avatar

Astrochuck, will you ever stop being funny? I’m gonna ask a question about that when my question ban is lifted. :D

SuperMouse's avatar

@bluemukaki, Summerland would make a great movie! @mangeons, that’s the book, it also has a Big Foot, a car named Skid and a nasty fairy named Coyoute.

Another Chabon book that would be a great movie is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I would also like to see The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow made into a movie. I have seen Ron Eldard in the title role ever since I read the book.

mangeons's avatar

@SuperMouse I used to own that book, I recently sold it at a yard sale. I could never get past the first 30 pages, it was SO boring! And I love to read, I read at lunch, in between assignments in class, while the teacher is talking in class shh, don’t tell my mom and when I go to bed. Whenever I’m up late at night (every night) I’m reading. Some books, like Harry Potter, I find incredibly boring, but other books which people find boring, like The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig, I find genuinely intriguing. And other books, like the Hobbit no link needed I find very interesting, but for some reason hate to read (I had to read it for 7th grade Honors L.A.)

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Mr. Murder by dean koontz .. though it’s possible it already has been made.. i have no idea

janbb's avatar

I concur with Outlander being potentially a great movie.

Also, the wonderful time travel novel Time and Again by Jack Finney. I had heard Robert Redford bought the rights years ago but nothing’s happened on it.

Another one I think would be great is The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan. It has a double story with the mother’s story set in pre- World War II China.

Hey – how about To Kill a Mockingbird? Oh yeah…..

jonsblond's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater You are the third Koontz fan I’ve come across tonight. We were talking about his work on another thread. I’m not sure about Mr. Murder, but many of his movies have been made for cable.

mangeons's avatar

Ooh! Ooh! I like Dean Koontz! That makes me your FOURTH. :D

Bluefreedom's avatar

I saw all the Dean Koontz talk and just thought of a GREAT Koontz book that I would love to see turned into a movie – Strangers

desiree333's avatar

I think a good movie moght be “the 5 people you meet in heaven” not sure how it would turn out though. I havent read the whole book yet but I love it so far.

jonsblond's avatar

@Bluefreedom Intensity was one of my favorites. It was made for cable but I would love to see it on the big screen.

augustlan's avatar

I would like to see a good movie made from just about any Stephen King book. With the exception of the original The Shining all the movies are dreadful!

jonsblond's avatar

@augustlan I must agree with you. I might add Carrie to the list of good ones though.

AstroChuck's avatar

I thought that Christine was pretty faithful to the book.

augustlan's avatar

@jonsblond Ok, you got me there. Carrie can stay :)

@AstroChuck Faithful, but bad. To be fair, I wasn’t crazy about that book in the first place.

jonsblond's avatar

@augustlan Christine was a guy’s flick though. in a way Let’s allow Chuck this one. :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

American Gods or Good Omens. I know Terry Gilliam had the rights to Good Omens, but damn, will someone just make the movie already? Starring Johnny Depp?

I know the Hogfather was a TV film in the UK and there’s been some cartoons for Pterry’s books, but I would love for one of the Discworld novels to be on the big screen. I imagine something featuring Sam Vimes and Carrot Ironfoundersson would be the most accessible. Or even one of the later books that feature newer characters.

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth would be a good mini-series, I think, if not a feature film.

AstroChuck's avatar

@jonsblond- Thanks, but I do happen to agree with Auggie Doggie on this. Christine wasn’t his best work. I’m not really that much of a Stephen King fan to begin with. I think his stuff is pretty much formula writing. Still, his is an easy read, and fun at times.
I did like The Shining, both the book and the movie (mostly because of the cast. The film was much different than the book).

jonsblond's avatar

@AstroChuck I never did read Christine, though the movie was a staple of my teenage years. At the time I did enjoy the movie. Maybe the movie is better than the book? Augustlan?

augustlan's avatar

Nope. The book is always better…at least as far as King books go!

janbb's avatar

@ Augustian – I’m not a a big Stephan King fan but what about Shawshank Redemption and Dolores Claiborne? I thought they were both really good films.

SuperMouse's avatar

@augustlan, I really liked the movies of The Dead Zone and Misery.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I love crime mysteries, westerns and farce. I haven’t read a western in years. As for mysteries anything by Patricia Cornwell involving Kay Scarpetta or any of the Stone books by David Baldacci. As for farce, can’t beat Carl Hiaasen’s Nature Girl.

AstroChuck's avatar

Oh, wow! I forgot Misery.
Love than flick.

mangeons's avatar

@augustlan Remember, Dennis saw the Shining, and she says it’s really good. I want to see it.

augustlan's avatar

I totally forgot about Shawshank Redemption! Excellent movie. Misery was good as a stand-alone movie, but the book was much better – and far more gruesome!

Bluefreedom's avatar

I saw that no one mentioned this one yet either – ‘The Green Mile’. I was really impressed with that one too.

Shawshank Redemption is a truly great movie, in my opinion.

jonsblond's avatar

“He didn’t get out of the COCKADOODIE car!”

augustlan's avatar

Oh crap. The Green Mile! I’m just going to have to retract my previous statement and go with some of the King movies are dreadful :)

jonsblond's avatar

@augustlan Those dreadful ones are so dreadful, I guess they made us forget about the ones that are good. :)

augustlan's avatar

Selective memory. Or Alzheimer’s!

desiree333's avatar

@augustian yeah I love the movie Misery.

MacBean's avatar

As a general rule, movies made from Stephen King’s short stories tend to be good, or at least okay and movies made from his novels tend to be “meh” at best. Though there are, of course, exceptions.

AstroChuck's avatar

The White Mountains

IBERnineD's avatar

“Stupid and Contagious” I recommend that to any and everyone!!!! Genius!

MacBean's avatar

I’d like to be able to watch the Abarat books. It’d have to be made into a miniseries, though. You couldn’t fit all of that into a theater-acceptable length of time.

Milladyret's avatar

Did noone awnser The Wheel of Time?
An epic task, but it could be great if done properly!

TheKNYHT's avatar

I started reading a book that was given to me some years back, by an English novelist I’d never heard of before, a chap by the name of David Gemmell. The name of this book (his first, among a couple dozen) was LEGEND. It had NOTHING to do with the horrible Tom Cruise film!
This is an awesome epic of heroic fantasy! The lead character is named DRUSS, an old warrior in retirement, called upon to travel to Dros Delnoch and give the young soldiers some morale as they face dreadful odds against the hordes of the Nadir Empire, soon to lay seige against the fortress Druss is to enter. Druss strides through the gates of the Seven Walls of Dros Delnoch with Snaga the Slayer, his butterfly shaped battle axe!
It’s ‘The Alamo meets Braveheart’... but with a decided dose of fantasy (but no elves, dwarves or orcs here). Its inspiring in its heroism, the characters are so life like, down right palpable; the plot is superbly crafted, and scenes are written with an acute writer’s eye!
This would make an incredible film: VERY filmable and could be scripted, practically right off the pages of the novel.
Mel Gibson would be a great director, given his record for epic war films and his own view of heroes.
Since Druss is such a charismatic character, it’s very hard to peg an actor who could do him well. Gemmell himself said Sean Connery, but he’s too slender, and too old now.
Any one out there who’s read the book, who would you like to see play the part of Druss the Legend?

TheKNYHT's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater
@mangeons
@Bluefreedom
I also am a Koontz Kraizoid! I would love to see film renditions to his Frankenstein trilogy.. ahem, that is, if he EVER gets to write the THIRD novel!! GRRRR!!! ... scuse me. I even have in mind who could play the two young detectives:
Jessica Alba and James Marsden.
Who would you get to play the part of the Dr. Frankenstein? My pick would be Jude Law. And the Monster? hmmm, that has me stumped. What would you say? It would have to be someone physically intimidating in size.

TexasDude's avatar

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Apparently, it’s in the making, but being passed around by a lot of producers, meaning it will either get sh#t-canned or it will suck. Hopefully not.

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