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I was so sad I missed this topic a couple of weeks ago, and couldn't resist taking it up this week. Because of my over-ambitiousness--and the fact that I made crappy little movie posters to go with each entry on this week's list--I was only able to do a seven, when in reality there are dozens of books I'd like to see adapted one day. Here are just a sampling.
1. The Lunar Chonicles by Marissa Meyer
How amazing would movie versions of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress be? The plots are exciting but not too complicated, the settings are lush and unusual, and I want it, please.
2. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kennealy
I would LOVE a Catching Jordan TV show. How cool would it to see more of the day to day reality of being the girl quarterback on an all-boy team, navigating the politics of sports, locker rooms, and boys. Plus, bonus Sam Henry!
3. The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce writes some of the best fantasy there is, and Alanna started it all. I was considering doing the Lioness' Daughter as a series or miniseries instead, but Alanna is the first, after all, and it would be seriously awesome as a Game of Thrones-style show. Plus, George and Jon. Yessss.
4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Another book I think would make a great HBO miniseries. And by great, I mean it would WRECK ME. And then after that they can do a Rose Under Fire miniseries and I can cry myself to death.
5. Poison by Bridget Zinn
This book is so cute and fluffy and look! The cover already looks like a movie poster! This could be an adorable children's holiday movie in theaters or on, say, ABC Family or Disney Channel.
6. The Mediator by Meg Cabot
I love nearly every single Meg Cabot novel there is, but her Mediator series just might be my fave. It would make an INCREDIBLE TV series, every episode revolving around a new ghost Suze has to handle. And every episode, she and Jesse the hot ghost would become closer and closer, and there would be SO MUCH sexual tension because hello, CW. So everybody would be gorgeous.
7. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Okay, I did not make that poster, obviously. It's a still from Howl's Moving Castle, but how amazing would it be to see the talented people behind Studio Ghibli tackle the alternative history awesomeness of Leviathan, which is chock-full of flying machines and monsters? Very amazing, is the correct answer.
ETA: A Harry Potter miniseries
I cannot BELIEVE I left this one off! I've been hoping for ages that they'd so a really comprehensive miniseries (or regular series, really--seven seasons for seven books!) adaptation of Harry Potter. The movies are great, and all, but for brevity's sake, there's a lot they need to leave out and characters and situations they need to change. I'm sure there are a lot of Potterheads like me who'd be very happy to watch every single word of the books transmitted directly onto the screen in real time. I would so watch a hundred plus hours of Harry Potter. I mean, really.