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Top Ten Tuesday: Make a movie, please!

toptentuesdayIt’s been awhile since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, but this week’s was a topic I couldn’t pass up. Top ten books I Would Love to see as a Movie/TV Show!

20650911. The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling.

This has been the very top of my dream movies list since I first read Luck in the Shadows at 16. I’ve dream-cast it. I’ve made soundtracks. I would do bad things to achieve a Nightrunner movie.

2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

There are certain scenes in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay that are so intensely visual that I can already see them in my head. I’m not sure a film could actually do them justice. But it could try.

3. The Passage/The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The scope of this soon to be trilogy of the vampire apocalypse is immense, but the human stories at the heart of it are compelling, and could make for the rare film that’s both action packed and well acted.

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 2213661

Cheating  a bit, because I believe this is actually already in either development or production, but The Graveyard Book is one of my favorite Gaiman novels, and I can’t wait to see it come to life on screen.

5. The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

If we can get True Blood, I see absolutely no reason why we can’t have a cable show about a shape-shifting coyote mechanic raised by werewolves. I mean, come on.

6. The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce

Every YA fantasy series published these days comes with an automatic screenplay, but I’d love to see some YA fantasy classics on the big screen, and since Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic was my first fantasy series it’s close to my heart.

7. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

How great would it to be the glamours Kowal creates on the big screen? 

665598. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Flynn’s Gone Girl and Dark Places are already both in production, one of which I’m ecstatic about, and one that makes me more hesitant, but I think her first novel would be a great film as well. The skin issue would cause plenty of challenges, but I think it would make for a stunning image.

9. Cleopatra by Stacey Schiff

Nonfiction can be surprisingly well adapted to the big screen (Team of Rivals into Lincoln, anyone?), and I think the time is ripe for a new silver screen version of the infamous queen based on better historical understanding than on Shakespeare and Liz Taylor (not that I don’t love Bill and Liz- I do!). Schiff’s biography is evocative and intensely detailed, and I think it would adapt well. While I was reading it, for whatever reason I kept picturing Cleopatra as looking somewhat like Oona Chaplain. Make of that what you will, big wig movie producers!

10. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

The story of two daughters of a bigamist father–one who knows she has a sister, the other who does not. It makes for dynamite drama, and I’d love to see it adapted to screen.

What are some of your dream adaptations?

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Love is merely a madness

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Doesn’t it suck?

I’m one of those cynics who believes Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to sell chocolates and diamonds. I learned about sex and love like any other preteen American girl in the 90s (I’m assuming): by sneaking glimpses through my Mom’s romance novels when I was home alone. But in general, romance in literature and real life leaves me cold. True love doesn’t really exist, surely. It’s all hormones and marketing campaigns.

But sometimes, there are those couples that just grab you and won’t let go. And then you look back and realize you were a sappy romantic at heart all along.

Daine and Numair from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series were my first ever OTP. They were the first couple I ever actively rooted for. It’s mildly creepy now looking back and realizing she was a teenager and he was in his thirties and her teacher, but when I was eleven it made all the sense in the world that they were made for each other.

Seregil and Alec from Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series will forever hold the number one spot in my heart for waking me to the fact that I love bi- and gay- protagonists. Over the course of the series they’ve moved from attraction and will-they-won’t-they angst into a real, adult relationship with all of it’s challenges, but you can be sure they’ll always be there for each other, a great thing to see in a sometimes shallow genre.

I didn’t read Pride & Prejudice until I was twenty, but when I did I finally realized what the rest of the world already seemed to know, that Lizzie and Darcy were the perfect case of opposites attract. I’ve loved revisiting them ever since, in  any form, adaptions and parodies included. Lizzie was bound to fall, just like the rest of us. I mean, who can resist Colin Firth in that bathtub?

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire basically leaves me with the feeling that all in life is death, destruction, and despair, yet despite myself I’ve come to be in love with the idea of love between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth. They may never make it together (given Martin’s track record, they’ll probably die horrible, traumatic deaths anyway), but I can’t stop myself from hoping those two crazy opposite-deconstructions-of-hero-tropes will make it work.

Who are your favorite romantic couples in literary history? Any romance trends you’d like to see disappear? I personally could live the rest of my life without reading about another female protagonist haplessly stuck between two competing alpha males in a manufactured love triangle ever again and be perfectly happy. To me, what makes a romance work is authenticity, tension, and just the tiniest bit of wish fulfillment. What do you look for?

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