Top Ten Tuesday (3): Books Into Movies


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they have a new topic for bloggers to make a Top Ten list out of. I’m a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 

This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Books You’d Like to See Made Into a Movie
Most of the books that I chose for my list are either already being made into a movie, or the rights have been optioned, but I’m totally excited about seeing them adapted into movie form.  
So I’ll start with the ones that aren’t being adapted into movies as far as I know (or at least haven’t been optioned yet).  These aren’t in any particular order.
Cinder is my favorite 2012 read so far (you can see my review here), and I totally could visualize so many of the scenes in this movie.  Yes, it’s a retelling of Cinderella and of course there have been Cinderella movies, but Cinder is so different and such a complex story that it really is more than a retelling.  And a lot of the scenes that I could visualize were not scenes from Cinderella at all. Apparently Marissa Meyer and her agent are currently shopping film rights, so I hope that it gets optioned soon!
I actually liked the sequel, The Year of the Flood, a bit more than Oryx and Crake, but I can’t wait to see what happens in the third and final book.  It’s a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story so it would be really interesting to see the world in this story, as well as a lot of the creatures (like the pigoons!).  
I just read this book recently (you can see my review here) and I think it totally could be made into a movie.  It reminds me of so many movies and TV shows that I love, and I could just see so many of the scenes in my head.  The film rights haven’t been optioned yet as far as I know.
I read this book in the 6th grade, and it was my first foray into post-apocalyptic stories.  In the novel, everyone aged 13 and up dies from a plague and all the surviving children are left to fend for themselves, and many form gangs.  It’s just a really cool plot and I’ve wanted to actually make it into a movie myself since I read it.  I participated in Script Frenzy a couple of years ago and I actually adapted this novel into a script.
The rest of these are either in the works or the movie rights have been optioned by a film production company.
I was so excited to see that Uglies is being made into a movie!  I heard that Lola, the company that did the special effects on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part 2 and several of the Twilight films, is signed on to do the special effects in Uglies!  Apparently this movie is in pre-production.
I really enjoyed The Maze Runner series and the first book was my favorite.  I think it would be crazy to see that maze come to life!  This adaptation is “in development” according to, and Catherine Hardwicke is slated to be the director.  I’m not really a fan of hers but hopefully this movie will be good.
Who doesn’t want to see this turned into a movie?  I know I totally do!  And woohoo, today is Insurgent release day!  I’m going to go get a copy soon!  This one is “in development” as well.
I loved this book when I read it last year and I can’t wait to read Timepiece!  And I think, with the right special effects team (hint, hint, Lola) this could be really good! This is another one considered “in development.”
I loved this biography (you can see my review here). Louie Zamperini is just a fascinating guy and he went through so much!  I mean, seriously, on a raft for 47 days with sharks under you all the time – movies are made just about that and that was only a fraction of Louie’s life story!  Another one “in development.”
There have already been movie adaptations made from Brave New World, but I haven’t seen them.  But on they show an adaptation “in development” that is supposed to be directed by Ridley Scott and is rumored to star Leonardo DiCaprio.  I’d totally love to see this adaptation!
So what movies do you really want to see made into a movie?  Let me know, or leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog!


  1. Michelle

    May 1, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Just from looking at Glimmer's cover, it looks like it would be a terrific movie!! And, the Uglies! I'm so excited to see Tally's world – in all it's hoverboardish, skintenna-ish, bouncing life vest-ish glory! Yay! Great post, and I'm a new follower as well!

    I would love it if you could check out my TTT!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      I know, I'm so excited for the Uglies movie! I really enjoyed the manga, too. Thanks for stopping by and for following! I'm off to check out your TTT! ;)

  2. Bittner

    May 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

    The only two books on this list that I have read are Cinder and Unbroken…and it is kind of funny that they were both recent book club picks! Personally, I can't wait for Odd Thomas! That movie is going to be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I still need to read that. I guess I should do it soon, before the movie comes out!

  3. Tanya Patrice

    May 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I've only read Divergent from this list – and 100% agree, I think it would make an action packed, drama filled movie.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      It totally would!! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    May 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think there is an entire secret society of people who loved Girl Who Owned a City and would love to see a movie made from this book.

    Here's my
    Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Made into Movies.
    I'd love to have you stop by!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Hmm, guess I'll have to join that secret society! ;) Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to check out your TTT!

  5. bookwanderer

    May 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Oryx and Crake was a great choice! The special effects would be amazing. And I liked The Year of the Flood better, too! (It might be because I read that one first?) Anyway, great list! It looks like a lot of your choices are becoming movies already, which is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      I can't wait for that third book in the MaddAddam trilogy! I really want to know what happens!!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. fakesteph

    May 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I would definitely LOVE to see Cinder on the big screen. It's been a long time since I read it, so I may be wrong, but I thought they announced at last years Comic Con that Lola was going to use Uglies to launch themselves into the world of production, not just special effects. So they actually hold the rights and are making the film, not just signed on for special effects. I think it is potentially a REALLY cool project. Dude, HOVERBOARDS!!! There has to be a lot of hoverboarding.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Yep, Cinder would be awesome as a film!

      That's awesome about Lola being the production company for Uglies! I hope they do a good job with it – but I'm pretty sure they will, considering they're an awesome special effects team! So ready to see the hoverboards!

  7. Briana

    May 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Uglies IS going to be a movie? Awesome! Last time I checked they had just been optioned, and I haven't been keeping track of the updates. That is so exciting!

    I wasn't a fan of Brave New World at all. But I would probably watch the movie anyway out of some feeling of compulsion "because it's a classic."

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Yeah, as far as I know a screenplay has either been written or is being written, and that special effects team has signed on – and I'm told that they'll actually be the production company as well, not just the FX team! I'm so excited for it!

  8. Fara

    May 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Totally agree on Cinder and Divergent. Awesome list! :D

    Drop by my Top 10?

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Yeah, those would be great as movies, wouldn't they? Thanks so much for stopping by – I'm off to check out your TTT!

  9. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    May 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Great list, Andrea! Hourglass would make a cool film, an once more I promise to read Cinder! ;)

  10. booknympho

    May 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Cool list! I had Oryx and Crake on mine too and haven’t read Year of the Flood yet but I agree, it would be interesting to see the world. And I had no idea a Brave New World book might be in the works! How exciting is that!?! I really hope they make it because I just read the book recently and was looking for a movie version to watch and only saw an older one and couldn’t find a copy to watch.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Yeah, Oryx and Crake would be really great as a movie! And I really hope they make a Brave New World movie, too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    May 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I am a little surprised that I've only read 1 of the books on your list (Divergent – which is a complete given for a movie). However Glimmer, The Maze Runner and Hourglass are all on my TBR list. Glimmer I plan to read next week (fingers crossed) and hopefully Hourglass before BEA but I know The Maze Runner is going to get pushed back. Again.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 2, 2012 at 3:15 am

      They're all really good. I'm about to reread Hourglass since I got Timepiece through NetGalley. Hope you can read them all soon!

  12. Cayce

    May 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Great list! I'd love to see Uglies and Divergent, too.
    And I think Tempest (by Julie Cross) would make a great movie as well.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 2, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Ahh, I haven't read Tempest yet, but it's in my TBR pile, just sitting there, waiting to be read! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Anne

    May 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Cinder is probably my favorite 2012 read so far too! It didn't make my list, but only because I would be soooo nervous to see it – without the right special effects people and the right casting it could come off as really cheesy, and I couldn't stand that. I would *love* to see Uglies and Divergent though! Maybe once the hype from Hunger Games has died down so people aren't comparing them quite so much though.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 2, 2012 at 3:23 am

      That's true, it could come off cheesy. But luckily these days movie makers seem to tend to try to appease those who were loyal fans of the books, so hopefully they'd do a good job with it!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Lee @ Rally The Readers

    May 2, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I'd be interested to see Cinder as a movie, too. It's such an inventive take on the fairytale.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 2, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Yeah, I thought it was so much more than a retelling. I'd love to see it on the big screen! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  15. Juju at Tales of

    May 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Shut the front door did you say Uglies is being made into a film? WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I love that book.

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 4, 2012 at 4:04 am

      I know! I'm so excited! I hope it comes out soon but I don't think they even have a cast yet…

  16. Bengal Reads

    May 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

    I would LOVE to see Divergent and Cinder made into movies :D I think they would both be pretty awesome!!!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      They'd be great, wouldn't they? Gritty but really gorgeous, I think!

  17. LHughes

    May 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I'd love to see Cinder as a movie! Sooooo fun! It was such a visual book despite the futuristic setting being completely from her head, and I'd love to see her images come to life.

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      May 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      It really was completely visual, wasn't it? The marketplace and the junkyard scenes really just came to life for me, and they reminded me of the show Firefly (which I know the author is a fan of). It would totally make an awesome movie, so I'm excited that they're in the process of trying to sell the movie rights!

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