Popcorn is always a must whenever I go to a movie theater. It’s definitely not the healthiest option available, but everyone has those days when they treat themselves to some good old-fashioned junk food. What makes popcorn even better (besides butter!) is a great movie to go along with it. Here are my Top Ten Popcorn-Worthy Books that I think would make awesome movies.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Magic, traveling to different worlds, and several London-based settings- the mere description of this book sounds like a trailer for an action-packed movie! The magical fight scenes would be amazing. Plus, I think it’s going to be a series so the movie people wouldn’t have to stretch one book out into a million movies (*cough* like The Hobbit *cough*).
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This book is so exciting, unique, and fast-paced that there’s no doubt in my mind that it would make an awesome movie. The characters are teenagers so it would appeal to that age group, but older generations would also like it because of all the iconic eighties references. It’s a win-win!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Would the makers of the Star Trek please make this book into a movie? Pretty please? It would be such a cool outer space adventure, with a little romance and supernatural elements added into the mix. The luxurious ship, the crash, and the strange planet would be really exciting so see on the big screen. And let’s not forget about Tarver!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
There are so many reasons why this would be an adorable “chick-flick” type movie. 1) It takes place in Paris, 2) the romance is really well written, and 3) ST. CLAIR IS AMAZING. This book has quite a following, so I really do think it would be popular as a movie. Besides, there are two other books as well so they could make those into movies, too.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’m really hoping that this book actually does become a movie because I think it’s important that there be more love stories like this in the world. Eleanor and Park embrace each other’s flaws and imperfect pasts, and that’s the sort of message we need to be spreading about love. Too often movies depict romance as being between two seemingly perfect people, but this book breaks that stereotype completely.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
There haven’t been many teen romance movies made about the LGBTQ+ community, but I think a movie adaptation of this book could change that. It’s hilarious, clever, and has musical numbers that are simply made for the big screen. Fans of John Green would also love it because he co-wrote the book.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Can somebody say “the perfect summer romance movie”? Not only is this book adorable, but it also has a really valuable message about overcoming fear and opening yourself up to others. It would be one of those feel-good movies that you watch when you’re feeling down, and I think it would be great to have more of those in the theaters. Besides, who doesn’t love a good road-trip story?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This movie would be super cool because the story is just so different. It has this ethereal vibe to it that would give the movie adaptation a creepy, suspenseful tone. Although you know from the very beginning that a murder eventually occurs, the way the story is laid out makes you really want to know who exactly did it and why. And there is such an unexpected twist at the ending- I never saw it coming!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This movie wouldn’t be suspenseful in the traditional way, I don’t think. It’s not a heart-racing sort of mystery- rather, the pace is so relaxed that you know that at some point something is bound to happen all at once. The special effects and set design for a movie adaptation has the potential to be phenomenal, because the circus is such a mysterious and intricate setting. The cover of the book itself even looks like it could be a movie poster!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Oh, this wonderfully bizarre little book! I think it would make a great movie, with its strange creatures and fantastical elements. It would definitely be creepy and suspenseful if they set the mood right, because the magical elements of the book were awesome to read about. I feel like it’s the kind of movie that would have really good music as well, probably something orchestral and eery. Someone, scoop this story up and make it a film!
What books would you like to see made into movies? What do you think about the books on my list? What are some of your favorite movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments section below!