Welcome back, fellow readers! Today I was catching up on YouTube videos and I was inspired by a video about movie sequels/remakes to create a post about books I want to see adapted to movies or TV series. I will admit to being a total couch potato at times and binging Netflix like a pro some days. I love to read, but honestly, I still struggle with choosing to read a book over watching TV sometimes. In any case, I have read many books in the past year that I would love to see adapted.
1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
I’m not sure how well this book would go over as an adaptation, but I think it deserves a movie for sure. Scythe is the first book in a dystopian YA series where people can no longer die. Instead, they must be gleaned by a scythe. So obviously, this would get a strong PG-13 rating if they don’t show the gleanings (some scythes choose really gruesome methods for gleaning!), but the idea was so fresh and unique, which is something missing from the movie industry lately.
2. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This was one of the first books I read in 2018 when I decided to start reading again. Honestly, the entire book reads like a blockbuster film to me, so someone needs to pick up this project! Dark Matter is a sci-fi novel, but it is very easy to follow. The main character, Jason, is abducted and wakes up in a strange lab. Jason soon discovers that the life he thought was his no longer belongs to him. His wife is not his wife, his son was never born, and he is not a professor at a university. Instead, he finds he is responsible for a remarkable discovery, and he struggles to discover if the life he thought he had was even real. And if it was, how does he get back to it?
3. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
I want a movie for this book purely because of the atmosphere and setting. I love stories set in creepy old mansions. Hal receives a notice that she has inherited a large estate from a deceased relative. But the problem is, the letter is sent to Hal by mistake. She decides to check in to things anyway and soon learns there is something strange going on in this situation. Family secrets and creepy family members dominate this mysterious story.
4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
While I have only rated both books in this series four stars, I feel it would make a great TV show and possibly be as big as Pretty Little Liars. Stevie is accepted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy, which was founded years ago by millionaire Albert Ellingham. After Ellingham opened the school, his wife and daughter disappeared. Years later, the mystery has never been solved, but Stevie is determined to use her time at Ellingham to collect clue and finally solve the mystery.
5. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
I love a story set at summer camp, and I think this book would make a fantastic mini series! Years ago, three girls went missing at a summer camp and were never found. The camp is being reopened and the missing girls’ bunk mate has been invited back to the camp as a counselor and art teacher. Riley Sager brilliantly mixes in flashback chapters to the present story and it really enhances the story.
6. The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
I think the movie rights to this book were picked up, but there have been no updates as far as a script or casting yet. So I’m holding on to the hope that this book will eventually be adapted. The Anomaly takes place in a cave in the Grand Canyon that a web series star has set out to explore with his team. It is creepy, atmospheric, and will have you squirming in your seat, especially if you are scared of the dark or small spaces. I just hope the movie would not be a found footage flick since the plot revolves around making videos for a web series.
7. No Exit by Taylor Adams
There have been mixed reviews for No Exit. I recognize some of the flaws, but overall, I thought the story was thrilling and had me furiously flipping pages! A young woman travelling home to see her mom for the holidays is stranded with four strangers at a rest stop. While trying to find a cell signal, she makes a terrifying discovery in the back of a van in the parking lot. The book takes place over the course of 12 hours or so and reads like a thriller movie.
Do you agree with some of my picks? What book would you like to see adapted to screen? Let me know in the comments!