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5 Books That Should Be Made Into Movies

Michelle Man |
March 30, 2014 | 7:14 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

John Green's books (stayswirly/tumblr)
John Green's books (stayswirly/tumblr)

There has been an obvious trend in Hollywood of making movie adaptations based on books, examples include "The Hunger Games", "The Hobbit," "Divergent" and "The Fault In Our Stars." These films have been great box office successes so it is no wonder that producers and directors have been snatching the rights of best sellers and list toppers as soon as they have a hint of potential. Some of these books include Laine Moriarty's "The Husband's Secret" and John Green's "Paper Towns". However, there are still thousands of books that readers believe should be made into movies, and here are 5 of the ones we picked out. 

1. "Looking For Alaska" - John Green  

Yes, another John Green book. There is a reason why two of his books have already secured the big screen, and this one will have its movie moment as well. "Looking For Alaska" tells the story of Miles "Pudge" Halter, a boring and uneventful guy who meets the exact opposite of him- Alaska Young. His world is never the same again. This is a New York Times best seller and a finalist for the L.A. Times book prize so the story is definitely promising. Whether this will be made into a movie or not, there will always be John Green fans anticipating its arrival on the big screen. 

"Fangirl" (w4lruz/tumblr)
"Fangirl" (w4lruz/tumblr)

2. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell

With the rise of "fandom" and "fan fiction", this novel depicts a new generation of teenagers that are emotionally invested in books, TV shows and movies. What happens when they become more than teenagers sitting by their laptops going on Tumblr and Pinterest every day? "Fangirl" is a coming-of-age tale about a fangirl that faces the challenges of growing up and leaving the fandom behind. The book has a high rating on Goodreads.com and to think about it, whether you're a Sherlockian (Sherlock Holmes fan) or a Whovian (Doctor Who fan), as long as you're in a fandom, there is a big chance that you would watch a movie about being in a fandom. And when was the last time we had a coming-of-age movie that wasn't about people living in a dystopian society, but are normal teenagers. 

Zombified Lizzy Bennet (zombiphilia/tumblr)
Zombified Lizzy Bennet (zombiphilia/tumblr)

3. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Why is it still not a thing? Although Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the book, there have been delays again and again. Three of the directors hired to direct the film left the project. The book was a New York Times best seller and added a fresh twist to the classic Austen novel by adding the Americans' favorite monster- zombies. Although the book was disliked by many fans of the original "Pride and Prejudice," there is a lot of freedom with film adaptations that could avoid boycott from literary fans. 

4. "The BFG " - Roald Dahl

There was an animated film in 1989 of this Roald Dahl classic but there haven't been any film adaptations other than that. "The BFG" is a story about a friendly vegetarian giant that befriends a little girl while they find ways to fight against his cannibalistic brothers. With the current technological advancement, it is much easier to take on the challenge of adapting this into a film than it was in 1989. I can see sophisticated CGI bringing to life the Big Friendly Giant and the dreams he makes. 

"The Storyteller" (prettybooks/tumblr)
"The Storyteller" (prettybooks/tumblr)

5. "The Storyteller" - Jodi Picoult

When it comes to movies related to the Holocaust, audiences usually remember "Schindler's List", "The Pianist" or "The Reader." However, these are films that happen during the Holocaust, what about afterwards? "The Storyteller" is about how family members of later generation cope with Holocaust and whether their views have changed when they did not encounter it first hand. This was highly praised on Amazon and Goodreads.com and it would be a fresh take on the Holocaust that more audiences can relate to nowadays, similarly to "Sarah's Key" in 2011. 

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