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books you'd like to see film treatments of
Topic by: shiftless
Posted: August 26, 2007 - 8:43 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 31, 2007 - 4:46 PM PDT

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author topic: books you'd like to see film treatments of
shiftless
post #1  on August 26, 2007 - 8:43 PM PDT  
What books do you love that you'd like to see made into a movie? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see "Geek Love" by Katheirne Dunn made into a movie. Directed by David Lynch, thank you!

Also the first Dragonlance trilogy of novels. They are purely derivative fantasy, but it's a sentimental thing with me. Animated would be cool.

I wouldn't mind seeing The Childrens' Hospital being made into a short film, I don't think it would make it as a full length.

what about you?

shiftless
post #2  on August 26, 2007 - 8:46 PM PDT  
OK, Tim Burton is doing an animated version of Geek Love? Not sure...

woozy
post #3  on August 26, 2007 - 10:09 PM PDT  
"Herbert Rowbarge" by Natalie Babbit.
"Wild Seed" (or any of the Patternist novels) by Octavia Butler.
"Titan" by John Varley (but I just want to see over the top camp and a movie that requires the entire cast to be gratuitously naked for the first 2/3s)


Catullus
post #4  on August 26, 2007 - 10:49 PM PDT  
I wouldn't want to see DL turned into a movie unless someone could pull off raistlin well which I HIGHLY doubt lol

<3 Raist

Anyway I think DL could be an anime and work well.
As far as what I would like is for Hyperion series by Dan Simmons to anime
And Recluse Saga by LE Modesitt Jr specifically the 2 books featuring Ceryl because those were the bad ass ones.
doozer
post #5  on August 26, 2007 - 10:51 PM PDT  
The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This is about...5 or 6 thick books though so I don't see that happening any time soon, and there is no way you could sum it all up in one 3 hour movie so hopefully nobody tries.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Sandman (comic) - Neil Gaiman

Fables (comic) - Bill Winningham/Vertigo

Neverwhere - Neil Gaimain

Get Me Out of Here - Rachel Reiland (I may have this wrong)

A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

I would love to see a beautifully surreal adaptation of The Divine Comedy. That would make me the happiest girl in the world.
Catullus
post #6  on August 26, 2007 - 10:54 PM PDT  
I know you can't do books justice in 3 hours of a movie thats why I prefer anime series where it takes place over many more hours ^_^

Ive only seen a few really good things on tv (firefly comes to mind) that is really amazing enough to really warrant watching. So anime really is my medium of choice in that regards. Ergo Proxy in a 3 hour movie? LOL RIGHT. It would have sucked.
Catullus
post #7  on August 26, 2007 - 10:56 PM PDT  
Which also brings me to the big problem of American TV vs Japanese anime.

In american tv all the stuff I really enjoyed watching gets cancelled while utter **** doesn't. So I dont bother with Tv anymore.
doozer
post #8  on August 26, 2007 - 10:59 PM PDT  
Firefly is my favoritest television show of all time.
Catullus
post #9  on August 26, 2007 - 11:01 PM PDT  
> On August 26, 2007 - 10:59 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Firefly is my favoritest television show of all time.
> ---------------------------------

Same
troublemaker
post #10  on August 27, 2007 - 12:45 AM PDT  
They already announced they'd be turning on of my favorite comic series into a film (Y: the last man by B.Vaughan)sooo.. i would say Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut.

doozer
post #11  on August 27, 2007 - 12:51 AM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 12:45 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> They already announced they'd be turning on of my favorite comic series into a film (Y: the last man by B.Vaughan)sooo.. i would say Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut.
>
>
> ---------------------------------



I have been waiting for Y the Last Man for the past 6 months! Will they release it already??
woozy
post #12  on August 27, 2007 - 1:21 AM PDT  
Well, a comic strip that would make a fun live action movie... or maybe this one...
Battie
post #13  on August 27, 2007 - 9:57 AM PDT  
> On August 26, 2007 - 10:51 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This is about...5 or 6 thick books though so I don't see that happening any time soon, and there is no way you could sum it all up in one 3 hour movie so hopefully nobody tries.
>

*falls in love with you* Heh. I love those books, glutton for punishment that I am. And actually, Gabaldon is in talks with different people, including the BBC, about making Outlander (at least) into a made-for-tv movie, a tv mini-series, or an on-screen flick. I'm hoping the BBC turns it into a mini-series.

Sara Donati's first two or three books as a mini-series...Have you read Sara Donati, doozer?

> American Gods - Neil Gaiman
>

I was actually going to read this after finishing Witchling but I haven't finished it yet. Got caught up finishing Catch 22 and started the Sookie Stackhouse novels. >_< Now I have Rachel Caine's last Weather Warden book! I'll NEVER catch up!

> Sandman (comic) - Neil Gaiman
>
> Fables (comic) - Bill Winningham/Vertigo
>
> Neverwhere - Neil Gaimain
>

Made into a British mini-series. I bet GC has it. ;)

> Get Me Out of Here - Rachel Reiland (I may have this wrong)
>
> A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
>
> I would love to see a beautifully surreal adaptation of The Divine Comedy. That would make me the happiest girl in the world.
> ---------------------------------

They just did an adaptation of it with ah...paper-puppets. Had Dermot Mulroney as one voice, I think. *wanders over to IMDB* Well, they did Dante's Inferno.


I'd like to see Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series as a tv series. Same for the Anita Blake series, I guess.

Kit Whitfield's Benighted, which is more literary than you'd think.

Tanya Huff's Summoner series. :) Or at least the first book.

Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy. *drool*


I'd also like to see Bastard!!! and Berserk finished in anime. >:|
Battie
post #14  on August 27, 2007 - 9:58 AM PDT  
I'd add The Mist by Stephen King, but they're already doing that. :)
doozer
post #15  on August 27, 2007 - 10:22 AM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 9:57 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On August 26, 2007 - 10:51 PM PDT doozer wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> >
> >
>
> *falls in love with you* Heh. I love those books, glutton for punishment that I am. And actually, Gabaldon is in talks with different people, including the BBC, about making Outlander (at least) into a made-for-tv movie, a tv mini-series, or an on-screen flick. I'm hoping the BBC turns it into a mini-series.
>

OH MY GOD SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS READ THEM!! You're my new best friend. I love them so much, usually if I have nothing else to read, I just start the series again and there I am...riveted to the end like the first time. They're wonderful. I would be elated if the BBC took it. I was concerned that if it became a mainstream deal, portrayals would be all wrong.


> Sara Donati's first two or three books as a mini-series...Have you read Sara Donati, doozer?
>


I have not, but I'll look into it. I love new stuff to read. What kind of books are they?



> > American Gods - Neil Gaiman
> >
>
> I was actually going to read this after finishing Witchling but I haven't finished it yet. Got caught up finishing Catch 22 and started the Sookie Stackhouse novels. >_< Now I have Rachel Caine's last Weather Warden book! I'll NEVER catch up!
>


I love Neil Gaiman so much, I definitely recommend this book to everyone I know. It's quite dark, so if you're not into that sort of thing you might not like it..but it's very good.





> > Sandman (comic) - Neil Gaiman
> >
> > Fables (comic) - Bill Winningham/Vertigo
> >
> > Neverwhere - Neil Gaimain
> >
>
> Made into a British mini-series. I bet GC has it. ;)
>


You know I recall WATCHING the Neverwhere mini-series..but I don't remember anything about it...how strange.


> They just did an adaptation of it with ah...paper-puppets. Had Dermot Mulroney as one voice, I think. *wanders over to IMDB* Well, they did Dante's Inferno.
>


Thank you for this information! While I would love to see the whole Divine Comedy, I don't mind having Dante's Inferno to hold me over.

>
> I'd like to see Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series as a tv series. Same for the Anita Blake series, I guess.
>


I know her! No joke, I'm from St. Louis, where she is from. We ran in some of the same circles for awhile. *gossip* She married the president of her fan club /*gossip*. I love her books, but I haven't read any Anita Blake since Narcissus in Chains. I think they would make great movies. If you like her, another great St. Louis author is Sharon Shinn..I know her through the same people as Laurell. She wrote the Archangel series, which I highly recommend, and she's about 3 books into the Twelve Houses series. I'm reading the third one now, and I love it. She has a great imagination.
underdog
post #16  on August 27, 2007 - 11:45 AM PDT  
I thought they were already doing a Laurel Hamilton series on Showtime or something? Or maybe I hallucinated that...

Meanwhile, there's always this Neverwhere, Doozer, though not exactly a big budget version. Worth a watch though, for Gaiman fans.

---

Some of my favorite books are better left as just books, because the writing, the inner psychology and all that really make them, not the plots. But, hey, since they did Hitchhiker's Guide, maybe a Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency movie would be fun. Philip Roth's The Plot Against America would be tough but could be disturbing and good.
Battie
post #17  on August 27, 2007 - 3:48 PM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 11:45 AM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I thought they were already doing a Laurel Hamilton series on Showtime or something? Or maybe I hallucinated that...
>

Nah, just rumors. There was one that involved Guilty Pleasures being turned into a movie. I'm somewhat surprised it hasn't happened yet, given the popularity of the series. (Merry Gentry, however, will never see screen. Too much sex. *sigh*)

> Meanwhile, there's always this Neverwhere, Doozer, though not exactly a big budget version. Worth a watch though, for Gaiman fans.
>
> ---
>
> Some of my favorite books are better left as just books, because the writing, the inner psychology and all that really make them, not the plots. But, hey, since they did Hitchhiker's Guide, maybe a Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency movie would be fun. Philip Roth's The Plot Against America would be tough but could be disturbing and good.
> ---------------------------------

Well, you're right, of course. But I'd still like to see some of my favorite books in print.

I guess that is one great think about King's books: a lot of his novels and stories transfer very well to film.
Battie
post #18  on August 27, 2007 - 4:12 PM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 10:22 AM PDT doozer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> OH MY GOD SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS READ THEM!! You're my new best friend. I love them so much, usually if I have nothing else to read, I just start the series again and there I am...riveted to the end like the first time. They're wonderful. I would be elated if the BBC took it. I was concerned that if it became a mainstream deal, portrayals would be all wrong.
>

The local librarian turned me onto them when I was about 15-16. I need to reread them sometime. I suppose if the BBC does a mini-series of Outlander, I'll reread 'em. :)

>
> I have not, but I'll look into it. I love new stuff to read. What kind of books are they?
>

Can't believe you haven't heard of Sara Donati! Claire and Jaimie had cameos in Donati's first book! Basically, the first book is very similar in style, set in pre-revolution America, somewhat similar kind of tone. The main characters are Nathaniel Bonner (yes, the author took more than a little inspiration from Last of the Mohicans) and Elizabeth. It goes from there. Up until Queen of Swords, the books were largely light-hearted (well, when you compare them to the hell that Claire and Jaimie went though during the course of every book).

Good stories. :)


And if you like literary-ish fiction in general, Benighted is a an alternate-universe "urban fantasy." It's not the "ooh, a werewolf, let's have babies!" kind of story (as someone once put it).


Another book I love is The Passion of Mary Magdalen by Elizabeth Cunningham (I think that's the author's name, I'd have to go look). But it'd get me burned alive if I told anyone here how much I enjoyed it. XD

I guess the commonality in the books above are the central characters: strong women who survive things that could give anyone sane nightmares.

>
> I love Neil Gaiman so much, I definitely recommend this book to everyone I know. It's quite dark, so if you're not into that sort of thing you might not like it..but it's very good.
>

I dig dark. Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy is some of the darkest books you can read. ._.

>
> You know I recall WATCHING the Neverwhere mini-series..but I don't remember anything about it...how strange.
>

That doesn't surprise me. I only really remember two scenes of it.

Mirrormask was much better done, though I don't know how well it fit with the book. I suppose now that Stardust has been made into a movie, it's only a matter of time before more of his books are made into them.

>
> Thank you for this information! While I would love to see the whole Divine Comedy, I don't mind having Dante's Inferno to hold me over.
>

I'd like to know where to find it. It doesn't seem to be on DVD. >_>

>
> I know her! No joke, I'm from St. Louis, where she is from. We ran in some of the same circles for awhile. *gossip* She married the president of her fan club /*gossip*. I love her books, but I haven't read any Anita Blake since Narcissus in Chains. I think they would make great movies. If you like her, another great St. Louis author is Sharon Shinn..I know her through the same people as Laurell. She wrote the Archangel series, which I highly recommend, and she's about 3 books into the Twelve Houses series. I'm reading the third one now, and I love it. She has a great imagination.
> ---------------------------------

NiC was pretty bad, in terms of deviance. The Harlequin was pretty bad in terms of the amount of sex, though it started off well. The last Merry Gentry book was also horrible in terms of sex. (60-80% of the book was MG getting it on with a secondary character for the first time.) I don't know why I keep expecting her to find a good balance between story and sex. And the thing is, I started reading the MG books first, so I was unfamiliar with her previous no-sex rule. I STARTED with lots of sex in her books, but jeeeez.

Still, the first few MG books were good, and I demand they be made into film if only to see a lot of well-built, long-haired men running around naked. *drool*


I read one of Shinn's books, don't think it made a huge impression on me though.


My favorite authors: Kit Whitfield, Elizabeth Cunningham, Maria V. Snyder, Anne Bishop, Faith Hunter. I have a lot of secondary faves, but those are the "top tier," so to speak. :) I guess my tastes are still pretty shallow, even if the writers involved are pretty talented. I'll probably never list any "classic" outside of Catch 22 as a favorite.

Which reminds me, Faith Hunter's BloodRing would be pretty interesting in film, too. But it'd get picketed pretty fast, rotfl.
Battie
post #19  on August 27, 2007 - 4:13 PM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 3:48 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
But I'd still like to see some of my favorite books in print.
> ---------------------------------

...Film. They're already in print. *twitch*
Nenufar
post #20  on August 27, 2007 - 4:31 PM PDT  
> On August 27, 2007 - 11:45 AM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I thought they were already doing a Laurel Hamilton series on Showtime or something? Or maybe I hallucinated that...
>

No, not Laurell K. Hamilton. They are turning Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series into a show on HBO. The deal is with the guy who created Six Feet Under. Very cool 'cause I love Charlaine's books -- her character is the anti-Anita Blake for those of you who read Laurell K. Hamilton. I still read both series from Laurell but I prefer Sookie to Anita..

http://www.charlaineharris.com/trueblood_press.html
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