Friday, June 25, 2010

Books to movies

There have been some very successful movie adaptations of children's and young adults' books recently - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and How To Train Your Dragon are just two that spring to mind.

There have also been some disappointing flops - Inkheart and The Tale of Despereaux - are both wonderfully crafted, rich stories, and both just failed to fire on the big screen.

Others books due to make the transition to film include Tomorrow When The War Began (check out the trailer here), Beezus & Ramona, Legends of the Guardians (based on the first three books of Kathyn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole series) and of course Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

 The Graveyard Book, Judy Moody, Breaking Dawn, Mr Popper's Penguins, and the one I am most looking forward to, Michael Morpurgo's The War Horse are all slated for production inside the next 12-18 months.

 Some books just seem 
perfect for the big screen. Charlie Fletcher's Stoneheart series is a stand out example for me; probably due in part to the fact that Fletcher is an accomplished screen writer already.

Others would be James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. And Robert Muchamore's Cherub series.

What are some titles that you have read that you would love to see at the movies?


  1. i heard recently that "dear dracula" was being adapted to screen sometime soon.
    unless they fall into the right hands film adaptions of my favourite books so often end up a disappointment. for all it's oscar worthyness 'no country for old men' was still a let down after the novel, although 'the road' was near pitch-perfect.

  2. Hi Sarah :-)
    I'd love to see movies of The Hunger Games and also Suzanne Collins' other series The Underland Chronicles. I was really disappointed with Despereaux. And not that impressed with City of Ember, either - both books that I loved, but the movies... not so much.