Ten Books That Must Be Made Into Movies

In my humble opinion (I’ll let the irony of that statement sink in), the following wonderful books deserve to be made into wonderful, big budget movies.

1. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold – The top of my list, not the least reason being that Mike and I have tried to cast this movie several times over the course of decades together. Two books after this, you get into the Miles books. And casting him would be a nightmare! An enjoyable nightmare, but. . .well, I think there would have to be CG involved. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61903.Shards_of_Honour

2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – You didn’t think the list would be complete without a Gaiman and/or Pratchett, did you? Good News, there is a movie in development! This is a cute look at the possible casting choices for the main roles. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/05/the-two-southern-nancys-casting-crowley-and-aziraphale-for-good-omens

3. Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson – Possibly a toss up with Snow Crash, but hey, this is a huge book with so much fun packed into each page, I know it will take six or seven films to do it justice. http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/05/23/reviews/990523.23garnert.html

4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Well, someone is paying attention! This book is so full of what makes gamers tick, in a future world where the game is the world. And the movie is in development. Just hope they hurry it up a bit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/

5. The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh – My favorite Regency Romance author, any of her books would make the transition to the big screen. But this one has so much going for it. The hero is married to someone else when he meets the heroine. The heroine is destitute and selling her body for the first time when the hero hires her. And then it gets interesting. http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Pearl-Mary-Balogh/dp/0440242975

6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – Well, if a movie could be made out of Eveything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To Ask, surely someone could turn this awesome book into a movie. I’m thinking Terry Gilliam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Brief_History_of_Time

7. Lamb by Christopher Moore – Okay, the complete title is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Mr. Moore is known as an absurdist author. When you read his works, however, you soon learn that there is a punch to the story. One of the best is this book. Yes, this is not for those who have no room in their souls for teasing where their beliefs are concerned. And that may be why no movie has yet been made. But it would be awesome! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28881.Lamb

8. A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley – I won a copy of this book in a Persona Contest, and devoured it. Ms. Riley gives us a strong, wonderful woman in Margaret of Ashbury, and I am thrilled to discover that this is Book 1 in a trilogy! I am going to need to reread it, but the story stayed with me over a couple decades now, and has a great ending. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/353758.A_Vision_of_Light

9. For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale – Because we were both in the Society for Creative Anachronism, I convinced my husband to read this one. He didn’t exactly fall in love with it, but he didn’t throw it across the room. I love all of Laura Kinsale’s books, and would be hard pressed to choose between this one and Flowers From the Storm. Except that title wouldn’t draw in the crowds, would it? http://www.laurakinsale.com/books/detail/for-my-ladys-heart/

10. The Look of Love, Book 1 in the Sullivans Series by Bella Andre – This is the only book on my list which I haven’t read, yet. It’s on my list to read or listen to, because Ms. Andre made a huge positive impression on me at my local chapter RWA meeting a couple weeks ago. The fan base for this book is huge, and I would think they have already cast the major roles to their satisfaction. I can hardly wait to jump into this series, with the knowledge that it won’t end any time soon. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11757975-the-look-of-love

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