Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted for Film
LitReactor posted their picks yesterday, so of course I read through the list and furiously added a few more books to my To Read shelf on GoodReads. I’m a fan of Graceling by Kristin Cashore and I’d love to see it on the big screen. The aesthetic of Graceling and Fire both would be worth seeing, if someone could find a way to do it justice without making it cartoonish, and frankly seeing Cashore’s characters come to life would be a joy. While neither plot is particularly new or genre defining, the way Cashore develops her characters and moves them through the plot makes the book a pleasure to read.
Of course, looking at that list got me thinking about which books I’d like to see put to film, so I put together a list of my own. They aren’t all YA and some of my picks are old school, I’ll admit, throwbacks to favorites of middle school or high school years. I have no regrets.
In no particularly order:
- Ship Breakers by Paolo Bacigalupi – Solid world building meets dystopian steampunk. What more could you ask for?
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – Because everyone loves techy alt-history and bio-engineered flying whales.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix – Just to see Sabriel and her bells striding through Death would be some serious wish fulfillment for my high school self, which could only be upped by the sudden appearance of a portal to Middle Earth in my apartment.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Again with the solid world building, with pitch perfect pacing and a full cast of interesting characters.
- Inda by Sherwood Smith – See above. See also: pirates.
- Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – Talking. Ships. Strong female protagonists. Pirates. That is all.
- Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – You want some dystopian YA lit? I got that shit right here.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – It’s Neil Gaiman and the things that lurk under London, does this really need an explanation?
- Perelandra by C.S. Lewis – Purely to see this world fully rendered, honestly. The descriptions along are stunning; just imagine seeing a planet covered by water, with floating islands and brilliant, vivid colors on the big screen.
- Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Here’s my high school self again; I loved Daine and her ability to speak with animals. This quartet completely absorbed me, though admittedly I haven’t gone back for a re-read to see if it holds up to the test of time.
So there you go – ten of my favorite books I’d love to see played out on the big screen. What’s your list look like?