Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
So, this week’s Top Ten makes the caveat that this list is set in a perfect world where movies don’t generally make a huge mess of things we love. With that in mind, here’s my top ten, for various reasons…in no particular order, and thrown together hastily, late at night, after a very long day…
1. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore: this one’s selfish and simple. I really just want to see Katsa kicking some butt. Action heroes who also go through real emotional journeys are kind of hard to find sometimes…plus, I really like her relationship with Po.
2. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley: there are not enough people fighting back against a conquering pseudo-Colonial Britain in my cinematic world. At least, not without the noble savage stereotype, which is STILL A STEREOTYPE, GUYS. Plus, I want to see the Northerners, whose inhumanities are all the more scary for being vaguely defined…
3. Liar, by Justine Larbalestier: if you’ve ever read this book you know this would be an INCREDIBLY HARD MOVIE TO MAKE. It’s fragmented, it’s disjointed, and literally everything you see comes through the eyes of the world’s most unreliable narrator. But that’s why it would be so cool! You’d constantly be having scenes repeated with subtle differences and can someone make this please so I can analyze it.
4. Gifts, by Ursula k. Le Guin: I think the big screen would be able to capture the loneliness, proud poverty, and desolation of the Uplands perfectly, if done right. (And we’re assuming all of these are, because otherwise NO.)
5. The Lost Sun, by Tessa Gratton: I’d love to see this just for the background: commercials featuring famous seethers and dragonslayers, Odin making speeches in Congress on the news, pop culture incorporating Norse symbolism…
6. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson: I felt like this book’s biggest flaw was a failure to completely bring the (complex and awesome) world into my head, even though it was described well. Quick fix: movie.
7. Sabriel, by Garth Nix: there are also not enough benign-but-necromantic badasses in my cinematic life.
8. Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller: yes, yes, somebody already did an Iliad movie. But that was about the history. This is a love letter to the mythology, with an entirely different Achilles. Plus, Achilles+Patroclus romance that is actually sweet and genuine.
9. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: this book was REALLY VISUAL all by itself. Now, the appeal is to other senses as well, which can’t be portrayed on screen—smell and touch play a big role—but I think if you played up sight and sound really well, this could be GORGEOUS.
10. The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater: we’re still assuming a perfect world, right? Because nobody has the means to make this movie right now. Portraying the capaill uisce is next to impossible: CGI isn’t solid enough, and real horses aren’t predatory enough. But if you COULD get it right, the gritty, salty monstrousness of the water horses and the rich culture and tradition surrounding the races would be seriously awesome.
That’s my list! What’s yours?