May 14: Page to Screen Freebie
(Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)
The topic I’m going with this week is: Five books I’d Love to See Adapted for Screen.
Which book do you want to see adapted?
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
This was marketed as being similar to Stranger Things, and I definitely got that vibe while I was reading it. Considering the success of Stranger Things, Riverdale and the Sabrina reboot, wouldn’t this make perfectly creepy addition?
On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…
Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.
When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?
Stain by A.G. Howard
This is a lush, dark fairy tale and I could really imagine it adapted with a very Gothic aesthetic like Crimson Peak. Or, like I said in my review, how about as a Time Burton style animation, like The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Corpse Bride?
Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.
Escape to Pirate Island by Niamh Murphy
When I was reading this I had such vivid memories of all the old swashbuckling adventure pirate movies. Think Captain Blood in the ’30s or Cutthroat Island in the ’90s. Maybe it’s time for another revival?
The year is 1720 and two young women are about to find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have imagined possible.
Cat Meadows is a smuggler who’s built her reputation on the backs of unsuspecting souls.
Lily Exquemelin has been left nothing by her father but his troubles and his treasure map.
Forced to make a desperate escape, they each find themselves on a Trans-Atlantic adventure that will pit them against pirates, mutineers, lost treasure, and each other!
Can they learn to trust one another and escape the clutches of their would-be captors or will their past’s finally catch up to them?
Pantomime by Laura Lam
The Micah Grey trilogy is a diverse fantasy with spirits, magic shows, strange-looking non-humans and circus shows. The whole thing would be an incredible spectacle! I’m imagining all sorts of make-up effects and costumes like we saw in The Hunger Games Capitol. Could this follow in the footsteps of The Greatest Showman?
In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more . . .
Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.
The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This book about killer mermaids has enough sience and documentary-feel to make it scarily realistic. I think it’d make a great action-adventure/horror movie. Aside from the science-gone-wrong aspect, it’s also got all the claustrophobia and panic of the sinking-ship or lost-at-sea tropes, like Poseidon or Ghost Ship.
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.