1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time on my blog would know how much I loved this book. Even though it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it truly has a story and flair of its own and I think it would make an amazing movie. It has interesting characters along with disability rep, an in-depth curse which would present so much potential for CGI effects, and a compelling storyline with lots of high stakes and twists. Even if they changed the ending to make it into a single movie, I’d be so ready to hand my money over to see this.
2. Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
I always think mystery books make some of the best movies. This would’ve fit in perfectly during that time when Gillian Flynn was rising to popularity with Gone Girl and Sharp Objects and Paula Hawkins with The Girl on the Train. Unnatural Deeds appears to be a good-girl-gone-bad type of story with high school outcast Victoria falling into an unhealthy relationship with the new resident of the school, Zachary Zimmerman or “Z” for short. But things aren’t what they appear to be as Victoria continues to narrate what happened between her and Z to her boyfriend throughout the story, leading up to how the body in the woods appeared. And whose body exactly it is.
3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Another retelling with its own spin, The Wrath and the Dawn mimics the story of A Thousand and One Nights/The Arabian Nights. The book follows a young girl called Shahrzad who volunteers to marry the murderous Caliph of her country. Every evening the Caliph marries a new girl. And every dawn the girl loses her life. After he murders Shahrzad’s best friend, she’s determined to repay the favor: by killing him. The intricacies of the character development in this book is one of my favorite things and seeing the romance grow from its tangled beginning is truly compelling. If the movie could capture an accurate representation of the culture as well as the storyline, I think it’d make a great movie.
4. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Admittedly, this is the only book I’ve read from the series so far and also the only book I’ve read from either of the authors but I think it would make an interesting movie. A science fiction young adult book, it follows the story of Kady who finds herself on a warship after having to evacuate her planet after an attack. But the warship is having an outbreak of a virus that is mutating quickly and taking people down with it. When the Artificial Intelligence system starts acting up, things get even more uncertain for Kady and everyone else’s fate aboard the warship. It’s told in epistolary style through letters, interviews, medical reports, and more, but I still think it could be twisted into a really intriguing movie.
5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I love the types of movies that center around technology and show things like webpages and text messages on the screen, think Nerve or even The Fault in Our Stars. Attachments would fit right in with its being centered around Y2K and the climb of the Internet in its prominence in our lives. The story follows a recent (re)graduate named Lincoln who takes an internet security officer position with a company. Under the impression he’d be building firewalls and other security measures, Lincoln actually spends most of his time reading e-mails sent through the company’s system and flagging anything that isn’t business-related. However, he routinely lets two best friends who work at the company slip through the cracks who rarely use the e-mail system for business and instead spend most of their time discussing their personal lives. When he starts to fall for one of them, the story gets even more interesting as it pushes Lincoln to make some positive changes in his life and also has a really sweet twist that made my heart feel all sorts of warm fuzzies when reading it the first time. I’d love to see what they could do in mixing the e-mails with the storyline on screen!