Top Ten Tuesday (11)

Hi guys, and sorry about the lack of posts in the past week. I moved to Edinburgh last Wednesday so I spent a lot of time packing, actually moving there, and subsequently unpacking and trying to settle in. I’ve been out and about exploring my new city, and of course trying to organise the more mundane aspects of life such as opening a bank account, and pretending to be a proper grown up by chatting to other postgraduate students (there may have been wine involved in that part). But now I’m back, and taking a bit of a breather before the academic year kicks off next week.

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So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books we’d love to see as a movie or tv show. Let me just start by saying that this was a difficult one for me, mainly because I’ve a very complicated relationship with movie adaptations. I tend to dislike most of them, because they very often ruin my favourite books for me, but occasionally one of these adaptations actually works really well, and when they do it’s glorious.

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The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
I believe there are already plans to turn this into a TV series for the BBC, which I’m actually quite excited about. I usually love TV adaptations a lot more than movie adaptations, because they’re much more in-depth, so here’s to hoping that they’ll do the book justice.

The Lollipop Shoes & Peaches For Monsieur Le Curé – Joanne Harris
Chocolat is one of my all-time favourite movies, and in my opinion one of the very few adaptations I’ve ever seen that actually works. Some details were changed, which can’t be helped I suppose, but the cinematography and casting were amazing. Perhaps it would be tempting fate by trying to recreate that movie magic, but I’d love to see the trilogy completed on the silver screen.

The Sultan’s Seal – Jenny White
Crime fiction set in the late 19th century in the Ottoman Empire, in Constantinople to be exact. How brilliant would that be for a TV series? It would be a costume drama like you’ve never seen it before, not set in a quaint picturesque English village, but in the glamorous, mystical, almost magical city of Constantinople. It would be – pardon my French – scenery porn of the highest order, and I would love to watch it.

The Summer Queen – Elizabeth Chadwick
This choice is most probably influenced by the fact that The White Queen has ended quite recently, and I’m still suffering from withdrawal symptoms. So I’d love a good, solid historical costume drama to fill that void, and I think it could work really well.

 

But what’s this, only 5 you say? But that’s only half a meme. I know I’m cheating just a bit this week, and I apologise, but personally I’m quite surprised to make it to 5 at all. As I may have already mentioned I’m not that fond of adaptations, so I’m quite proud of myself for thinking of any at all.

Which book would you love to see adapted for film or television?

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (11)

  1. I liked J.K. Rowling’s book, but I don’t think I’d watch it on the screen. Some characters I can only relate to when they’re inside my head–outside, they seem a bit dingy and small.

    Adaptations are only good when they’re good, right? Bad ones make you wish they’d never been made.

    1. That’s the thing, adaptations have to be really good in order for me to like them. I think The Casual Vacancy could work, but only if it were done really well and with the right kind of actors in it. I guess you can never really tell how something will turn out, but the most important thing, for me, is that they try to stick to the original story as much as possible. Things might not be exactly the same as you’d imagined them, but as long as they don’t deviate too much from the book that’s fine by me.

      But like most people I am very picky, and I get very protective over the books I love, especially if it’s one of my favourites.

      Thanks for commenting!

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