Books That Need to Be Movies


Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

There are so many books that I read that I think would make great movies- if they had the right producer, director, screenwriter, cast, etc, etc, etc! I am always nervous when books I love are adapted, but when they are done well I love them. There are also quite a few books that I read that I do not think would make great movies- maybe I will share a few of those in a post in the future!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


I have a feeling this book will be on a lot of lists this week! This book reads like a movie, which makes sense considering it is about a famous movie star.  I am trying to think of who would make a good Evelyn Hugo- she is such a dynamic character!

A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


A movie of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet has the potential to be a truly epic movie! It reminds me a little bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, so I think it can be done.  I worry that a movie won’t quite capture the humour and the character dynamics, but I would still love to see it on the big screen.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


The Storied Life would be such a charming movie.  I could see it appealing to a lot of people! It would also be a tearjerker! The setting of this book is what really makes me think it would be a great movie.  It takes place on an island and the main character owns the only bookstore.  I really want this to happen!

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore


A lot of my favourite movie adaptations actually come from non-fiction novels. I think Radium Girls would translate very well on screen.  It would be hard to watch at times, but it is a story that everyone should become aware of.  I can see it being brilliant with a great cast of female characters.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

This is the book on my list that seems the least likely to happen but I really think it would make for a great movie.  There have been a lot of YA movie adaptations lately, and if I could vote for the next one this would be it.  It is very diverse, set at a summer camp, and the characters are very real.  I think the message is important and a lot of people would feel seen if this book was adapted.


29 thoughts on “Books That Need to Be Movies

  1. I haven’t read Seven Husbands yet (I will at some point I’m sure!), but everything I heard about it sounds like it would a great movie.

  2. I’m totally kicking myself for not thinking of The Seven Husbands!!! I think that I would just end up crying like a baby through the whole thing…… basically what happened while reading the book lol. I REALLY hope that one is made into a movie some day!!

  3. I need to read Seven Husbands, because I’ve only heard good things about it and it’s about time, haha. Hopefully this year *fingers crossed*.

  4. Great choices! I recently watched A Star is Born and I kept thinking about how I’d like more movies about decadent Hollywood stars. Even though the movie was a bit of a lackluster for me – I had very different expectations for it – I still think it was interesting overall. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo could have a similar vibe, I believe! I haven’t read that one yet, but I always find interesting looking back on celebrities’ past, with the media pressure and other struggles. I think it would be a phenomenal movie!

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