The Best Of: Books That Should Have Movie Adaptations

I always see posts talking about upcoming book adaptations, but never about books that people would like to see adapted. People are often wary of adaptations as they may be nothing like the book or just bad in general, however, I am yet to watch an adaptation I didn’t like. 

I did a post similar to this last year but talking about tv shows. A movie version is one I have wanted to do for a while, but it has honestly taken me this long to think of enough books to make up a post. 

Anyway onto the books I think should have movie adaptations. 

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim 

This was my most recent read and I loved it so much that I gave it five stars. Now if you’ve also read this you will definitely understand why I think it should have a movie as let’s be honest it would be absolutely stunning. 

Just imagine what the costume design would be like. I’m a huge fan of costume design and just thinking about how beautiful and magical the clothes would be gives me chills. Just reading the descriptions of them was incredible so getting to see them come to life would be amazing. Although thinking now this would be a tall task for a costume department.

Check out my review of Spin the Dawn here.

Goodreads synopsis: “Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.”

The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane by Jaimie Admans

It seems weird to talk about a Christmas book in April. However, if this was made into a movie I would watch the heck out of it. I can 100% see this as a Hallmark or Netflix original. The plot is extremely cute and everything about it was so Christmassy and magical. 

I wasn’t feeling Christmassy at all last year, which is quite understandable, but this book changed that for me. Unfortunately, that feeling didn’t last too long but at the time it was great. 

It’s nowhere near Christmas however if you want to read my review of The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane then you can do so here.

Goodreads synopsis: “It’s the most magical time of year, and anything can happen…

Nia Maddison has always believed that wishes come true on Nutcracker Lane. So, when she gets the opportunity to run her own Christmas gift shop on the most magical street in town, it feels like her wishes have been finally granted.

But working late one night, Nia discovers yet another boyfriend has cheated on her. As she trudges home – alone, again – she passes the (supposedly) magical nutcracker and half-joking thinks a wish can’t hurt. Cracking a nut in its mouth, she wishes to find Prince Charming.

The next day Nia gets to work to find another decoration shop has opened directly across the lane from her own, and she can’t resist having a nose around.

Whilst there, she accidentally backs into a human-sized Nutcracker, knocking it over and breaking it. Mortified, she flees from the store but when she gathers her resolve to go back and apologise, she stumbles across the gorgeous shop owner James, who looks exactly like Prince Charming…

Could her Christmas wish from the night before really be coming true?” 

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott 

I really liked the Five Feet Apart movie, even though it was quite heartbreaking. For this reason, I think All This Time would also make a great movie as it was honestly even more heartbreaking than Five Feet Apart. 

I was completely absorbed in this story and I genuinely think it would translate extremely well into a movie format. There are great twists and such interesting characters and due to the jumps in time, I think it would keep the watcher invested in the story. 

If you would like to read my review of All This Time you can do so here

Goodreads synopsis: “Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.”

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 

Honestly, there aren’t enough movies about sirens and as they are one of my favourite mythological creatures I want more. 

This is one of my favourite standalone books and I think it would make a great movie. It has incredible world-building and is so action-packed that it would be missed opportunity to never make a movie. 

I can’t really think of other reasons why I think this should be movie other than I just really want it to. That’s a good enough reason though right?

Goodreads synopsis: “Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?”

Let me know if there are any books you would love to see adapted as movies!

Like this post? Why not read this one too? Book Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim


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