Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Hello friends. I don’t want to call it a reading slump- but life has been so busy I’m definitely on a little bit of a reading hiatus (I’m sorry!). Trust me- I’d rather be reading.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Page To Screen freebie, and I’m going to do it in reverse, because most of you could probably guess which books I want turned into movies.
Prison Break: I loved this show when it aired. I’m a sucker for characters who are geniuses, and Michael definitely fits that bill. I’m not entirely sure it would work well in a novel, but I’d give it a shot.
The Departed: I love anything that comes out of, or is set in, Boston. Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg are two of those things, and anytime they get to act with their full, glorious, Boston accents, I’m pretty happy. Also- this movie will fuck with you. Dirty cops, good cops, gangsters… nothing is what it seems. If someone could turn this into a thriller style book and nail it, I’d read the shit out of it.
Field of Dreams: This is like the ultimate American movie, baseball, corn farming, and Iowa. It spawned some of my favorite movie lines: “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa!” and has enough emotion and mystery that I think it could make a wonderful book.
Pitch Black: Laugh all you want, but I love this movie. In case you haven’t seen it, Vin Diesel plays a convicted serial killer. When the interstellar bounty hunters who arrested him crash land on a planet full of blood thirsty monsters, he becomes their only hope for survival. If someone could please turn this into a Crichton style horror/sci-fi thriller, I’m going to read it. I don’t think it even has to be that good.
Justified: This is probably one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and I’ve never actually watched the last season (I couldn’t watch knowing it would be over, it was just so unfair). Raylan Gibbons is a US Marshall, returned to his hometown to put the smackdown on a bunch of old timey crime families. Boyd is perhaps one of the greatest shades of gray characters ever written- and I’d read a novel just about him (but including Raylan would also be A-OK).
The Last of Us: If you aren’t a gamer, then I’m sad for you, because I think The Last of Us has one of the greatest gaming narratives ever written. It’s tragic, emotional and thrilling. For 10-13 hours you play as Joel or Ellie. When you get to the end, you’re punched dead in the face with the realization that Joel is not a good guy, and also, he is terribly human. I thought about that ending for days afterwards, and all these years later, with TLOU2 on the way, I’m still not sure how I feel about it… Which is why I think it would make a great book.
Red Dead Redemption: I love Arthur Morgan, but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a book about John Marston either. I’ve added Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West to my TBR this year, but I’m reasonably sure it won’t be the same.
300: Before you get all righteous on me and tell me that this is based on a graphic novel- hold your horses, I know that. I also know that the visuals were carried out exceptionally well, so it’s hard to imagine this being translated into a strictly novel format and working, but I don’t care, I want it anyway. Someone could make it good. I have faith.
Vikings: I feel like I haven’t mentioned this show in a couple months.. so here it goes again. I want a Vikings novel told from Lagertha’s POV. I want a woman warrior who claws her way out of the trenches and shows up every man that ever tried to take advantage of her. It’s okay if it has romance- but I’d really rather it didn’t have a HEA or get all mushy. I do not want Sky in the Deep (which IMO, tried too hard and came up way short). Lagertha’s story is not a happy one- and that’s what made it so compelling.
Gladiator: Guess who else didn’t have a happy ending? Poor Maximus. Someone write a book on this guy. Side note- can anyone recommend something similar?
That’s it! I think. If you have any good books to recommend that reminded you of some of these movies/shows/games, I’d love to hear them! What’s in your T10T post for the week?