Book to Film Adaptations: Five Books that Should Be Made into Movies

Have you ever seen a movie and known that it was based on a book, but did not really know or care what the book was about? If that sounds at all like you, then you may be in for a treat. The film industry is full of instances where books become films. Two of the biggest success stories have been Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. However, there are plenty more book-to-movie adaptations out there, on which many monumental movies were based. Betway casino looked at some of the very successful book-to-film series.

Given that there are over four thousand movies based on books, it makes sense that some authors do not make it onto the silver screen. In addition, that is even more true if they’re not American or their work falls under the category of “genre fiction”, which is seen as having less mainstream appeal. I love books, and, bless them, I love movies too – but this list is not about films made from books, but rather ones that should be.

Here are my picks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is an amazing piece of literature that I believe would make a great movie. The story is told from the perspective of Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old boy with a high-functioning form of autism. One night he discovers the dead body of his neighbor’s dog and decides to become a detective and investigate what happened to it. As Christopher seeks out clues and gathers evidence, the unsuspecting reader gets to learn more about this unique character along with those around him.

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (2003)

This is the best book of all time — pretty bold words, right? But I’m willing to stand by them. The author manages to condense the rise of America into a single character while simultaneously detailing the birth of serial killing. There are many reasons why this book should be turned into a movie: a fascinating story; an engaging, eerie style that keeps you on the edge of your seat; descriptive writing that paints beautiful pictures and creates unforgettable characters; Erik Larson is such a skilled writer that the imagery and words alone are enough to move you.

Where she went by Gayle Foreman

Where She Went is a book that has been released in 2010. The book is the sequel of the previous book “If I Stay”. Both of these books are beautiful and are necessary read for me. The first book follows when Mia (the main character) is stuck between two realms of life or death. It tells how she decides to fight for her life and re-connects her family to a normal life after the accident that killed so many people. The second one is about how she and Adam reconnect their ties as lovers. Where She Went by Gayle Foreman is the sequel to If I Stay and it should definitely be made into a movie. The first one was amazing and I would love to see these two books come together!


The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is one that I think would do well as a series of movies (hint, hint, Lionsgate!). There are so many different plot twists and turns in this book and each book has an amazing amount of action. I picture each scene and just hope that Mrs. Maas herself has some sort of deal with movie studios to make these books into movies.


Gone Series by Michael Grant

Every time I wonder what book should be made into a movie next, I think of The Gone series by Michael Grant. This relatively new book series is currently comprised of three books: Gone, Hunger, and Lies. It has just the right amount of plot to make it into a three hour film and yet intricate enough for some development in the medium of cinema.


Adapting a book to film is a risky feat, especially if the book has rabid fans with high expectations. The success rate for book adaptations are not too great either. Sure, there are the Harry Potter films, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hunger Games saga. But there are plenty of flops as well (see: Eragon). While some folks may “hate” a movie adaptation simply because they feel it ruined their favorite book or vice versa, there are usually other reasons why certain movie-to-book adaptations do not pan out.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other books in mind that should be made into films.


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