For Top Ten Tuesday this week, The Broke & the Bookish have given us the theme Books You Would Like to See as Movies or TV shows. It might be easier
to do Ten Books I Don’t Care if They’re Movies, The Book Was Better! Here are ten goodies, alphabetical by author.
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian Warning: This books is NOT about a fun time at the beach. It is historical fiction about the Armenian Genocide during WWI, told from 2 points of view: of a modern woman researching her Armenian ancestry and one of those ancestors.
Any of the historical cozy mystery series I read would make a good TV series, but most would cost a lot to film because of costumes, sets, and locations. Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen is pretty funny and takes place in 1920s England.
Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is really interesting historical fiction focused around a family that has a booth at the famous New Jersey amusement park during the Depression.
The Prodigal Sister by Laura Elliot is part road-trip, part family secrets reconciled. Beautiful scenery and some funny moments, too.
Life Skills by Katie Fforde I’ve mentioned before that I thoroughly enjoy her sassy, funny British chick-lit, and any of her books would make a great movie, but my favorite is Life Skills because of the travel on the English canal boat.
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson is the story of Liza, Mosey, and Jenny three generations of a disfunctional family. Mostly it is a family character tale, but there’s also a little mystery.
Greenglass House by Kate Milton would be a good movie with all the quirky characters and little mysteries.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton would make a great epic mini-series.
Freaky Green Eyes is the name 15 year old Franky calls her inner self in this YA thriller by Joyce Carol Oates, chronicling the tense relation ship of Franky’s parents and the disappearance of her mother.
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright is a women’s road-trip book that has nine tourists walking 60 miles from London to Canterbury Cathedral. As they walk they get to know each other and gain insights into their own inner selves.
I would go see any of these as a movie. I’m sure they’ve all been optioned at some point, but let’s get it on film!
What books would you love to see as a movie or TV series?