Books that should be on the big screen

Love 'em or hate 'em, we just can't help but want to see our favourite books on the big screen.

Book-to-movie adaptations.

It's such a touchy subject for book lovers all around the world, and yet we can't help having an ingrained desire to see them come to life on the big screen.

We rant and rave against the injustices done to a book, but when beautifully done, we appreciate and praise the producers and directors for not only understanding the author's genius, but for creating  a masterfully done visual and emotional interpretation of the book. 

Bonus points when they get the casting choices right too!

It's these fabulous renditions of our favourite novels that keep the eternal optimists within alive and hoping that some books we haven't seen adapted to film yet, will eventually find its way to the big screen.

We asked a number of our readers and twitter followers about the books they'd most like to see adapted to film and here's what they had to say.

Twitter followers:

 Moni_Qe: The Passage by Justin Cronin. But it has to be a series rather than a movie in order to include all characters and events.

@hellioncat: OH! Abarat, with a HUGE budget and @RealCliveBarker in charge of all the things. Because it's nightmarish and strange and mythic.

@nicolevonvon: The Gift - Alison Croggon. Awesome magic fantasy, cross-country adventure with a woman lead role for a change

@Moni_Qe: And of course Sky is Everywhere (sans Selena), The Book Thief, The Fault in Our Stars and Gone Girl.

@herodfel: I like the idea of west of Eden.. Dinosaurs never become extinct and have a few hundred million years evolution on us.

Reader feedback

Malini
50 Shades of Grey (Duh! - because its super hot and I'm a hot blooded woman)

Christa
Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye -  set in India in late 1800's, it's a love story between  an Englishman and Indian Princess, which was forbidden in those days.  Set and design would be spectacular as well as the costumes. Excellent story

Lisa
The Discovery of Witches.  I loved the book and it will be a fun movie. And, despite having vampires, there is not a sparkle anywhere to be found!

Karima
The Night Circus because I'd love to see a director give the book the credit it deserves! Most interesting would be the film version of the actual circus setting - smells of magic already!

Tracey
Redeeming Love - There are so many levels to this book, that it'll appeal to everyone and give producers a challenge to interpret. It'll provide a platform to illustrate what love and forgiveness can do and in this day and age, it can only fuel the desire for people to find this in their lives.

Katie
Stephen Donaldson's 'Covenant' series - they are a fascinating allegory of the age-old story of 'good versus evil' wrapped in incredible fantasy. As good as Tolkein, and more believable.

Which book would you like to see adapted to film?

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