Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Should Be Made into a Movie and Why

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I have several answers to this week’s prompt! It’s always nice when that happens. To the best of my knowledge, none of these books have or are currently scheduled to be made into films. If any of you have heard differently, I’d sure like to know.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Why: Racism is one of those topics that is always relevant and timely. I’d love to see how this book’s descriptions of what it feels like to be a black man living in a society that discriminates against him would be updated for life in 2019.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Why: Neil Gaiman is a talented writer who has had other books of his made into amazing films and series. I think The Graveyard Book would be a wonderful thing for children to see at Halloween because of how unusual it would be for ghosts to raise a baby in a graveyard. The comedic possibilities there are endless!

Unwind (Unwind, #1)  by Neal Shusterman

Why: Between the forced childbirth and the forced organ/issue donation (among many other human rights violations), this is the scariest dystopian novel I’ve ever read. It would make a terrifying movie that I’d be both excited and a little nervous to see.

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)  by C.S. Lewis 

Why: The first few Chronicles of Narnia have been made into films often. Every time Hollywood decides to retell the first few books, I cross my fingers that audiences will be interested enough to keep the series going until the end. The Last Battle is filled with action-packed battles and other scenes about the end of Narnia that I think would look amazing on the big screen.

I’d especially love to see the scenes in this book when everything on Narnia withers away or blinks out of existence, including the plants, animals, and stars. It was a very interesting thing to read about for reasons I can’t discuss here without giving away spoilers. Maybe someday we will get to see the film version of this, though!

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)  by Susan Beth Pfeffer 

Why: This is going to give away my age, but I was young enough to be worried about the world as we knew it shutting down for a long time – and maybe even forever – when the Y2K bug was hyped up in the late 1990s.

My mom and I had a few reassuring chats back then about how she and dad would take us to go live on my grandparents’ farm if all of the computers in the world shut down and we had to go back to a low or no-technology existence. Farming is a lot of work, but we always would have had food to eat and a safe place to live in that scenario.

The cool thing about the Last Survivors series was how much detail it went into about how people would band together to survive after a natural disaster that severely affected the balance of life on Earth. Their problems were different than the ones I worried about back in the day, but I loved seeing a fairly realistic and peaceful “end of the world” type of novel.

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17 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books That Should Be Made into a Movie and Why

  1. Great choices all. re: The Graveyard Book. Disney optioned it and, as of last December, were still at least thinking about it. My post is here:

  2. Go you! You’ve come up with a lot. I feel like a slacker lol! Good list, too.

    • Heh, thank you.

      Sometimes I have a lot to say on these topics! There are some prompts coming up that I don’t think I’ll have as much to write about, though.

  3. Hey! The Y2K bug really *was* serious – it was just that we caught it in time to correct it before it blew things up. (And I suspect it was also closely tied to the tech industry crash in the early 2000s – the industry having assumed that its growth would continue at the same rate that it had when everybody was updating and replacing old systems to get ready for Y2K.)

    Absolutely agree with you about the Chronicles Of Narnia – it would be nice to see the later books finally turned into films.

    This is a really great list overall, in fact.

    • Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing that piece of history. Since there weren’t any hitches, I just kind of assumed that the media blew things out of proportion. Did you pull a lot of long shifts before y2k?

      And thanks.

      • My brother did; I was just coming into the industry at that point, and still working tech support. And my dad was working as a contractor for the FDIC right then too, come to think of it.

  4. The Graveyard Book is one of the few Neil Gaiman books I haven’t read yet, but he’s always a good choice!

  5. I would love to see The Graveyard Book made into a movie! It was so neat listening to the audio version of that book.

    I have Invisible Man out of the library, and am a bit nervous to read it. It seems like it’s probably going to be as relevant today as it was when it was written. (Hopefully the situation is at least a little better today, but I’m nervous.)

  6. Echo Ishii

    I love the Graveyard Book. That would be a good one.
    They never get past the first books in chronicles of Narnia, which is a shame because I enjoyed the later books better.
    I think Invisible Man would be great with just the right actor.

  7. I have very mixed feelings about The Last Battle. It’s probably my least favorite. I loved Puzzle the donkey, and seeing Jill and Scrubb again, but… well, for one thing, I’ve never quite forgiven Lewis for what he did to Susan.

    I haven’t read The Graveyard Book, but from what I know of it, it might make a very good movie!

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