Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.” Confession: I’m not a huge fan of movie adaptations, in fact I kind of wince every time I hear that a book is going to be turned into a movie. What can I say? I’ve been burned before. So for this week’s topic, I’m actually going to list ten books I really don’t want to see be made into movies because they are too precious and too good and I would hate to see them be given lackluster adaptations.
1. Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier – The Sevenwaters series is one of my favorite fantasy series ever and there is something about Marillier’s writing that I believe is just too good for the big screen.
2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – This book is phenomenal, but it’s also really strange and I’m not sure a movie adaptation can capture just how lovely the magical realism is in this book.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – As much as I think how amazing the magical elements in an adaptation of this novel would be, I can also see how easily they could ruin it.
4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers -Ismae Rienne, I feel an uncanny connection with this character and I’m not even sure why, but I do know that I’d be really upset if her character was mishandled on film.
5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – If this list was in order of movie adaptation I’d be least excited to hear about, then this one would be number one. No one really understands just how attached I am to these characters because I’m constantly checking myself, lest I come across as absolutely crazy. I’d actually pay money for this book not to be made into a movie, that’s how sure I am that I’d be disappointed.
6. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – I should really just list all of Juliet Marillier’s books, but this one, being the first book of hers I picked up, means something to me more than the others and I’d hate to see an awful adaptation of it.
7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I’m pretty sure this book can’t be adapted. There are just so many elements that I think work best on paper and if they were ever translated onto the big screen, it could end up being a mess.
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – This beautiful, wonderful, amazing series should not be spoiled with an inaccurate depiction of its world or characters, and we all know Hollywood is known for its whitewashing. No, just no.
9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – This book is my newest obsession. I’m so in love with it, all the characters are so complex and well thought-out, and I’m not sure a movie adaptation would do them justice.
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This book has in fact been made into a movie, well a made-for-tv one. I could not finish it because the casting was awful and the effects were terrible and I just can’t even–And even though there’s been a little chatter about an another adaptation, I’m hoping it doesn’t happen.
Are there any novels you’d rather see not be made into a movie? How do you feel about movie adaptations in general? Share your thoughts in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.