Have you ever finished reading an absolutely amazing book or series and wished with all your heart that it would be chosen to become the next big summer blockbuster? Have you considered writing a letter to the powers that be imploring them to please, please, PLEASE make your dreams come true and turn that favorite book of yours into a visual splendor for generations of fans to love and admire for years to come? For those of you who live your life hoping for books to be turned into movies you aren’t alone, here’s a list of our top 10 fantasies that absolutely should be made into movies.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: When it comes to writing a modern epic fantasy series few do it better than Brandon Sanderson. Suppressive rulers, fun and interesting characters, epic battles, and a magic system like none you’ve ever seen. Mistborn is just begging to be made into a blockbuster hit.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull: Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven, a refuge for mystical creatures. When the rules are broken, powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother must face the challenge of their lives to save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world.
The later Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Ok, so a few of these books had the privilege of making the leap to the big screen but for whatever reason the rest of the series has been cinematographically neglected. I would especially love to see The Magician’s Nephew in theaters. Also the Silver Chair and the Last Battle…
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: Gen is pulled from prison to steal an ancient treasure for his king. Accompanied by the King’s Magus, Gen sets out on a dark and dangerous journey filled with sword fights, chases, and escapes.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman: In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: Back in the mid 80’s Disney did mashup a few of the books in this series into the animated feature The Black Cauldron and it is a fairly dark movie by Disney standards. This series really is phenomenal however and it deserves a second chance. The characters are endearing and Taran’s journey is a fantastic coming of age story. Not to mention a pig that can tell the future, a creepy villain in a horned mask, and one incredibly rad princess.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker: The fantasy elements in this book really play second fiddle to the relationship between Chava, a golem straight out of Jewish folklore, and Ahmad, a captive jinni from Arabic mythology. Add a turn of the last century New York City background and you have the makings of a beautiful movie about loss, friendship, and unlikely love.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: The Antichrist has been misplaced and chaos is ensuing with coming Apocalypse but the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley aren’t too keen on the idea of the world coming to an end along with their rather cosy lifestyles. This book would makes an uproariously hilarious movie.
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King: Half of Mr. King’s books have been made into movies as it is, let’s add to the repertoire with this rather dark fantasy series. With a plot that roams through a landscape of parallel dimensions and time travel this is guaranteed to be a cinema experience that will blow people’s minds.
Sabriel by Garth Nix: I have been ranting to people for years that Sabriel needs to be a movie. A young woman who fights the Dead with a set of magical bells, a sarcastic talking cat with ambiguous allegiances, an unusual mashup of WWI and medieval world settings. This book is just begging to be a movie. And if it isn’t begging, then I am! Can it please be a movie now? PLEASE?