My favorite epic fantasies mostly dominated this top ten list of books I'd love to see turned into movies. I want to see the worlds, the fantastic creatures, what actors would be cast for the unforgettable characters.
But also interesting to me was that a few of my favorite books I DIDN'T want to see made into movies. I just couldn't see how that unique character of these books, their style and literary quirks, could be possibly be captured in any medium except with words on the page. So I made a separate list for these.
But first, the count-down of books I'd love to see made into movies:
10. The Iron Fey, by Julie Kagawa. I'd want all four books, so this might be better suited as a T.V. series. I'd be pretty rabid about the casting for the winter prince, Ash.
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. I'd love to see how computer graphics artists would imagine the chimaera, and the fiery wings of the seraphim. And I want this girl, from the German cover, to play Karou.
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. Even though I haven't read the last book in this series yet, I'm sure I'd want it included, so this might be better suited for a T.V. series too. I would totally want Ben Barnes to play Hector.
7. Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher. This one has some neat science fiction elements, and steampunk elements. The twisty plot would make an intense movie.
6. The Horse and His Boy, The Silver Chair, and the Magician's Nephew. I loved the three recent Narnia movies, and I wish they'd continue making them!
5. The Archived, by Victoria Schwab. The Library of living memories and its spooky Narrows would translate really well to the big screen, and the characters are so vibrant!
4. His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik. I can't believe this one hasn't made it to the movies yet. Or a T.V. series, since there's so many books in this series. I can't help but picture Russel Crowe in the movie Master and Commander as Captain Laurence.
3. Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix. I'd like to see three distinct movies for this series, like it was done for Lord of the Rings. The only problem with movies for these books is that with all the Dead these would be very, very scary movies. But oh the settings! And all the cool things like Sendings and the Wall (much more interesting than the Wall in Game of Thrones) and the river and its gates and the bells and Mogget with his collar... oh I want, want, want...
2. Voice in the Wind, by Francine Rivers. Gladiator is one of my favorite movies, and I can't get enough of Ancient Rome on the big screen. This is the best book about Ancient Rome I'd ever read, and on screen it'd be so intense it might set the screen on fire.
1. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley. I'd love a movie version, but I would just cry if they got the casting wrong for Corlath. And they'd have to make the movie soon because Anthony Hopkins would be so perfect as Colonel Dedham and Patrick Stewart would be so perfect as Mathin. And whoever the girl in this photo is, she is my Harry Crewe.
Bonus: The Lord of the Rings. Yes, I want MORE movies! I loved parts of the recent movies (Gandalf! Merry! Pippin! Gollum!), but parts made me gnash my teeth with frustration (the list is too long). I'd love to see another movie series version with a whole new cast of characters and a new vision of the settings... just because there's so much scope for imagination. It would be so, so, so cool too if the movies could capture a little more of Tolkien's theme of traces of Numenor still appearing in Middle Earth, and a little less melodrama in some other areas.
Books I wouldn't want to see made into movies:
The Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin. This is one of my most favorite fantasy series, but the writing has such a haunting, poignant quality to it, I just can't see how a movie could capture that part, and it's too important to ignore.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This book has such a intellectual flair and a delicious wry tone. A movie *might* be able to pull it off, but I'm not sure if I'd want to risk it.
C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. Part of me would love, love, love to see the settings of Mars and Venus as imagined by C.S. Lewis brought to the big screen. It would be a rush. But there is so much subtlety in these books that I'm afraid might get lost.
The Mitford series by Jan Karon. I could see this working as T.V. series, but then again I could see the series missing so much of the charm of the writing itself.