Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Would Make Good Montage Scenes

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 Books That Would Make a Good Montage Scene.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a strong enough memory to completely accurately fulfill the prompt this week which is to pick book scenes that would make a good montage for a movie/television show. So instead I’ve picked 5 books that have general material in them that I think could be made into a good montage scene rather than a strict scene to montage vibe. Please keep in mind that some of these will have spoilers since they’re later books in the series!

1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

I think the beginning scenes that describe what Jude’s life has been like since returning to the human world would make a good montage scene. I would love to see flashes of the jobs she’s taken to earn money and to keep her skills sharp while she fumes about what Cardan did at the ending of The Wicked King. The montage could end with Jude’s fight with Grima Mog and jump into the present storyline.

2. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

One of my favorite things about this book is the way it’s centered around music. The book provides such a unique experience because the characters write songs which you can actually listen to in real life as a musician recorded them for the author. It’s so much fun to be able to pause while reading when each song is written to listen to the song brought to life with your own ears. I think the songwriting would make a great montage if this book was ever brought to the screen. It could highlight the way the characters’ relationship develops as they write songs and I think it would help the pacing as I doubt they’d be able to slowly follow the songwriting progression that is in the book.

3. Gold Spun by Brandie June

This book doesn’t drop until June 9, 2021 but this is hardly a spoiler as the book is based off the fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin. I think the scene where Nor, the main character, and Pel, her fay acquaintance, work to spin her straw into gold would make a great montage scene. The magic that is involved in order to complete this complicated feat could be shown in the montage as well as the way that Nor and Pel’s relationship changes through that long night. I really enjoyed this book so I would love to see it brought to the screen one day.

4. Twilight by Meg Cabot

This book is the 6th and final book in Meg Cabot’s young adult series called The Mediator. There is a new 7th book that has since been released but it is an adult novel. This book was actually published quite close to the time that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight was released so it’s kind of funny that they have the same title. Regardless, there is an extended friendship that deepens into a romance throughout the 6 books with a really harrowing scene in the final book with a character’s life hanging in the balance during it. I think the hospital scene where the character’s fate is uncertain has a lot of montage potential because they’d be able to show the past scenes where the characters friendship becomes something more and all of the adventures they experienced.

5. A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

I would love to see a montage scene of Harper and Grey from this book. I think the scene where Harper goes to Syhl Shallow to seek help from Grey and is then detained at the border would be a perfect pit stop for the montage. It could show the pair’s first meeting and how their relationship and connection deepened in the first book, such as them playing cards and Harper learning to throw knives. It could then jump to the tragic scene that all of us hate from A Heart So Fierce and Broken when Grey decides to leave the castle and we know that Harper has part of her that wants to go with him if he’d only ask. There was so much angst potential in these books that wasn’t explored and I think a montage would be able to capture that bittersweet feeling of what could have been.


What would be your top picks for a montage scene? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments and happy reading!

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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Would Make Good Montage Scenes

  1. I loved your answers for this! Montage is a favorite film element of mine, so much so that any screenplay I attempted would probably be horribly riddled with them, but I just think they’re the perfect tool to show us the extra time that passes in the pages of a book but can’t work on screen. You were so specific that I can actually picture each of these, even though I haven’t read the books. Props!

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    1. Aw thank you! I had a lot of fun writing this post and describing what was in my head the best I could. 😊 I’m partial to montage scenes too. They can evoke so much emotion with just the glimpses they give us. It’s like an art form!

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