After much deliberation I have narrowed this post down to my top 15. I know that some of these books have been optioned for movies, but if they aren’t yet a movie then they qualify for this list.
So without further ado, lets jump in:
Anna’s Story by Bronwyn Donaghy: A tragic true story of a teenage girl who died after taking Ecstasy at a rave. This book is as relevant today as it was the day it was published. This story needs to been seen and should be made into a movie and shown to all teenagers.
After Bali by Jason McCartney: The true story of the Bali bombings and one mans survival and recovery after receiving life threatening burns. This book has stayed with me for years. There arent a lot of films that cover the 2002 Bali bombings and its impact on people’s lives and I think this would be the perfect book to make into a movie to show not only this horrific event but the aftermath and the inspirational survivors.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I could see this book as a movie whilst I was reading it. The creepy carnival feel, the amazing characters, the sisterly dynamic and the amazing plot would make for the perfect movie.
The Land Of Stories Series by Chris Colfer: Please someone turn The Land Of Stories series in a film series. These books take the much-loved fairy tales we all know and pick up after ‘happily ever after’. These books are so well crafted and interesting they would make for an amazing series of films.
The Turners Series by Mick Elliott: The Turners series would make the perfect children’s movies. Live action or animation. The great characters, awesome ‘turns’, fantastic heroes and villains would make for a truly awesome films. I would be first in line for tickets if these books ever became movies.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I love a good origin story and Heartless is one of the best I’ve ever read. This book has movie written all over it. The wacky wonderland we all no and love, yet new and unusual. With new characters to love or hate and a fantastic plot that screams for the big screen treatment.
The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Well anyone who has read these books and doesn’t think they should be movies is mad. These books could very well make the best Sci Fi films of a generation. The amazing characters, the fantastic storylines and the whole structure of the book makes the Illuminae files the perfect candidate for a film series.
White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter: I know a lot of people have mixed feeling about these books but I loved them and I think they would be really great films. The story was fresh and new, the characters were really well-developed and the nods to Alice in Wonderland would make for a really interesting film series.
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke: This book needs to be a movie now. Following the life or a Black girl growing up in Western Sydney in the late 80′ early 90’s and the racism she faced. This book brough me to tears and is not only completely relevent but completely necessary. If this book was a movie it would change lives.
A Letter From Italy by Pamela Hart: Inspired by Australia’s first female war reporter, this amazing book read like a movie. The amazing background, subject matter and truly relatable characters would make a truly breathtaking movie. With War as the back drop, this beautiful story would captivate audiences.
The Song Of Us by J.D. Barrett: This beautiful story would make a truly heartwarming movie. It would probably fall into the ‘chick flick’ category but that wouldn’t bother me. I can just imagine the laughter and tears that would flow whist watching this movie. And the soundtrack would be to die for.
The Secret Recipe For Second Chances by J.D. Barrett: Another book that would make the perfect ‘chick flick’. This amazing book would make for a funny yet completely heartwarming moving. J.D. Barrett did an amazing job with this book and I for one would love to see it on the big screen. The mouth-watering recipes alone deserves a movie.
The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon; This book would make a beautiful movie. Given the political subject matter it explores this movie would not only be amazing but truly current. This book was so well written and beautifully described it wouldn’t be a hard book to adapt. I would be front and centre opening night.
The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash: Amazing characters, a fantastic plot, and both Paris and a sweeping Australian Farm. Hello… Location shots anyone. This heartwarming book would make for a visually breathtaking book. From the street of Paris to the paddocks of Australia this book would appeal to so many people and the amazing story would leave viewers wanting more.
Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion: Esther Campion’s fantastic writing style is tailor-made for the big screen treatment. This book would make for an incredibly tender story, taking place in Greece, Ireland and South Australia, the settings would be breathtaking and the story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Leaving Ocean Road the movie would have you leaving the cinema completely content.
Well that’s it for me, let me know if you would see any of these movies, or what books you would like to see adapted. Until next time…