Nothing can be as amazing (or as terrifying) as walking into a theater and seeing your favorite book adapted to the big screen. Not only do you see stories that are so close to your heart brought to life, but it also gives you another way to share great stories with those around you. Here are 10 books we would love to see given the Hollywood treatment…and don’t miss the giveaway below where you could win the books in this very post.
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
A suspenseful story featuring an unsolved murder and nightmares that may actually be memories, seeing Under My Skin play out right in front of your eyes would be a nail-biter that would stick with you long after you left the movie theater. After her husband’s gruesome murder that results in a grieving Poppy disappearing for several days with no idea where she’s been, Poppy begins to remember what she did during her blackouts and the line between reality and her nightmares begins to blur.
Tear Me Apart by J.T Ellison
What if your whole life was a lie? In this phycological thriller, that’s just what Mindy Wright is up against when a terrible illness leads her to discover that her parents aren’t actually her parents and that she may have been switched at birth. If you were to see this story on the big screen, your popcorn would be sitting in your lap, completely forgotten. That’s how engrossing the book is.
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Just when Jessie thought her life was finally in order, her identity is stolen and suddenly her life comes crashing down around her. Full of mind games and the horrible consequences of insomnia, a film adaptation of this book would definitely leave the audience more than a little paranoid about how secure their own identities are…and whether or not there are areas of their own lives where their judgement has been blurred.
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux
A story that starts off with strained domestic relationships as relatives and neighbors learn to navigate around each other turns into something much darker when two bodies are uncovered. Not only does this book have a mystery, it has three very unlikely protagonists team up to unravel just what is going on in their little town. Who doesn’t love to watch how ordinary people handle unlikely circumstances, whether it be on the page or on the screen?
Guess Who by Chris McGeorge
Speaking of unlikely heroes, what happens when a TV detective who is more used to uncovering talkshow mysteries like who someone’s father really is or whether someone’s partner is cheating on them, is thrown into an actual, terrifying mystery? Morgan Sheppard isn’t used to solving an actual crime when he wakes up in a hotel room with five strangers and a corpse in the bathtub. He must use his deductive skills to get them all free, before it’s too late. The unravelling suspense of who everyone is, what they are doing in that hotel room and whether Morgan’s skills can really save the day are thrilling as they unfold, and with a great actor in the role, would be just as compelling on screen.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
Okay, we’re cheating a bit with this one. The Cormoran Strike novels have already been adapted into a great TV series, so it’s really only a matter of time before Robert Galbraith’s/J.K. Rowling’s latest journey into the mystery genre hits the screen as well. Still, we just can’t wait to see more from this series, both with this new book AND its upcoming adaptation.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
We just can’t say no to adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, and Pride is definitely an intriguing take on the story we know and love. Zuri Benitez has pride in her family, her Afro-Latino roots and her neighborhood, which is quickly becoming unrecognizable due to gentrification. She definitely wants nothing to do with the wealthy Darcy family that moves across the street. Soon however, she and the arrogant Darius are forced together as their family lives become more intertwined. Film retellings of Pride and Prejudice are nothing new, but Pride takes the story in new directions that we would love to see play out on the big screen.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
If you enjoy historical stories that truly transport you to their unique setting, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a must-read. A group of artists gather together in 1862 in hopes of finding inspiration, but their plans unravel as one woman is killed while another goes missing. 150 years later, an archivist uncovers a photograph of a Victorian woman and an artist’s sketchbook. Told through multiple points of view, this intriguing story makes for an unforgettable page turner…one that would keep your eyes glued to the screen as you followed your favorite characters throughout this journey.
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Maybe this wouldn’t work as a movie adaptation, but as a series? Definitely something we’d want to binge watch. Part memoir and part lifestyle guide, watching someone like Reese Witherspoon share her advice with an audience would definitely be a can’t-miss event!
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
When Jonah Hancock’s ship is exchanged for a mermaid, the entire town buzzes with gossip and catapults him into high society, where he is introduced to courtesan Angelica Neal. Their meeting changes their lives in ways they could never imagine, and soon they must work together to escape the mermaid’s rumored destructive powers. As a combination of historical tale with fantasy elements included, watching this story in the movie theater would be an unforgettable visual experience that you would definitely want to rewatch.
What do you think? Did we miss a book you feel absolutely HAS to hit the big screen, and soon? Let us know in the comments below which book you’d like to see adapted to a Hollywood movie and you could win all the books on our list!
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