Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Movies!


Like most readers (I imagine), I am ambivalent about books to movies. I think once you’ve been burned a couple of times, it’s hard to trust Hollywood to do my favorite words justice. That said, I am cautiously optimistic about these books to movies…

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick – I listened to this book earlier this year and it was amazing. The movie trailer looks promising. Having Chris Helmsworth in the cast doesn’t hurt either. Wet shirt contest!

The Martian by Andy Weir – Loved this book so surprisingly much. And I really like Matt Damon’s acting. It’s getting good reviews, so yeah, eventually, I’ll see this one. And I’m dying to know if they changed the ending or not.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – Robert Redford and Nick Nolte walking the Appalachian Trail? I wouldn’t normally care, but I loved A Walk in the Woods and I can see these two pulling it off.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Tim Burton bring to life one of my favorite YA novels? YES PLEASE.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – Benedict. Cumberbatch. Nuff said.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – I loved this book so very hard. I just hope they do it justice.

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline – Spielberg!!!! Seriously y’all. Spielberg.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Liam Neeson is in it. I can only imagine he’s the tree. Holy guacamole.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon  by David Grann – This book was such a nail-biter. If done right, it will make a great movie.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Ron Howard is now the rumored director. I can stand this, but only if Andrew Scott plays Our Man Jack. After the full cast audio, he’s the only person I can picture playing that part.

Are there any books to movies you are excited about? Have you seen any of these? You know, the ones that have been made so far?




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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Movies!

  1. A Monster Calls? Wow! I hope it’s good. I hope it’s good. I hope it’s good! (Such an amazing book… fingers crossed that it is an amazing movie, too!)

  2. A friend of mine lent me The Martian when it first came out but I haven’t read it yet. Carl and I went to see the movie yesterday and, after seeing it, I’ve decided to return the book unread. Yep, I’m the one oddball who didn’t love the movie.

    I sure hope they get Ready Player One right!!

  3. The only movie on your list I have seen is The Martian and my husband and I enjoyed it. He also read and liked the book and it is on my TBR stacks.

  4. Your first sentence is interesting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE book to movies! but whatever. I have such a long list of movies yet viewed of books much loved its crazy and I will seek out a book that I know a movie is made of. (is that a sentence? I feel that aint right.) I guess I’m forgiving – I like to explore the ‘interpretations’ and don’t care if the movie is ‘faithful’. That said, I am excited to learn of some of these and just might have to read Scorpio Races sooner than later (I still have yet to read ANYTHING of hers but I adore her) and Lost City of Z? I have had ZERO interest in this tho it might? be? on my tbr??
    I’d meet you to see The Martian if you wanna. And Walk in the Woods was OK “plus”. Which means it wasn’t great but it didnt’ suck. 🙂

  5. Whoa!!! I had NO IDEA that some of these were being made into movies!! I am particularly excited about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculier Children, Ready Player One, and A Monster Calls! 🙂

  6. I’m well excited about The Scorpio Races. I didn’t love that book the way I love the Raven Cycle books, so if the movie gets some details wrong, I won’t be so fussed about it. And I think there’s a lot of aspects of the books that will look very, very cool when translated to film. So yes! I’m psyched!

  7. Wow. I was clueless about some of these. Benedict Cumberbatch in another movie? Yes, please!

    I agree with your assessment of The Graveyard Book. Andrew Scott FTW! That one worries me. Will they try to make it too obvious or will they keep the subtleties that make it such a powerful story?

    My son is worried about Ready Player One. I think he feels comfortable Spielberg is at the helm, but still. There is a lot to mess up in that one as well.

    Honestly, I can’t see A Monster Calls as a movie. At all.

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