Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'd Like A Movie Version Please

After yesterday's post about the new young adult titles that will eventually be adapted to the big screen I got to thinking about other YA faves of mine that I'd like to see in the same position. I think everyone has thought about this at one point or another and you guys know that I love my countdowns with a passion, so I'm going to use the rest of this week to showcase of few of my favorite young adult titles each day that I'd like to see turned into a movie and maybe even who I would like cast in those movies.

Which titles are you shelves would you like to see hit the big screen? Any actors or actresses in mind that you could see featured in those films? Shoot me an email or leave me a comment and let me know what you've got up your sleeve. It's always fun to speculate and cross your fingers that one day maybe these favorites of ours will be premiering at the movies just like we'd always wanted!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #1: Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear…

Who doesn't love Maria V. Snyder's writing, right? Right! I really wouldn't mind if any and all of her books were optioned to become movies, but this was the first of hers I read and I still hold it up at the top of my list of favorite books. It's got a wonderful and exciting new world for readers to experience, characters like Yelena and Valek that you won't be able to resist, and action packed plot twists that are jammed with cliffhangers and surprises that will leave you on the edge of your seats every single time. Can some file company please get on the ball and pick these babies up? You've got the Study series, the Glass series, Insider series and now the Healer series to choose from. While I haven't read the Insider series, the others are all amazing and I have no doubt that it falls into that bracket as well. Snyder was born to write and hopefully to also have her work translated to the movies!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #2: Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

How much fun would this book be as a movie? There would bit a little bit of everything thrown into this film don't you think? Witches, vampires, werewolves and witches, oh my! Don't forget the demons either...all in all there would be so much that could be done and dreamed up for this series in the movies that I think it would draw fans of all ages. Just like Harry Potter movies had fans salivating over all the different aspects that Rowling included in her books, much of the same can be said for Hawkins. She didn't just stop at one kind of creature from the paranormal worlds. She decided to go for the gold and just about all of them!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #3: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

I don't know any readers who have come across this book who wouldn't want to see Wayland North up on the big screen. There was just something about he and Sydelle that left readers only wanting more. I fell in love with him right there along Sydelle and was so happy with the way Bracken wrapped things up in this standalone. Now there are equal numbers of people who enjoy a standalone novel better than an installment in a series, just as there are a good amount of readers who crave a series or trilogy of books as opposed to only the one title. I get both sides, but I happen to usually fall into the series category. I wish Bracken had decided to expand this story into a series, but even though she didn't I consider this one of my favorites despite that fact. With all the magic and intrigue throughout these pages, I think this one would draw quite the audience as well.

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #4: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

No matter if you're a fan of the paranormal genre or not, no matter if you prefer to read young adult titles or something different, I have yet to meet a reader or non-reader alike that has given this book and series a try and not come out the other end racing to the stores to get the next installment in the series. It's addicting, and dare I say it...I might even prefer this series to the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers. I adore the Twilight novels, but Mead's world and characters grabbed a hold of me and refused to let go afterwards. I could not get enough and even now I couldn't be more excited to have the Bloodlines series out on the shelves, for no other reason than at least we didn't have to say goodbye to all of her characters when her final installment in the Vampire Academy series came to a close. Bring this one to the movies, and I'll be the first in line to buy a ticket! In fact, now that I've been talking about these books for the past couple of days, I think I might just go and re-read them again...I've got it bad!

I'd Like A Movie Version Pick #5: The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

The only bad part about doing a list like this is the fact that now that I've thought about how these titles would be so great if they were adapted to film, I'm a little sad that it's not a reality. I'm still going to cross my fingers and hope that one day maybe they will be made into movies, but for now it's still fun to just think about it. Kagawa's Iron Fey series, has just about everything one could want in a fantasy novel. It's fun and witty, filled with characters both unique and endearing, and the land of the Fey is magical and awe inspiring. Not to mention a little scary. I think fun would be had by all if this were turned into a movie, don't you?

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