Sunday, August 8, 2010

Movies That Should Be Books

It seems like everybody always talks about the books they'd want adapted into movies, but what about the other way around? I see plenty of movies that have me racing to Google to see if they're based on novels. I understand that there are tons of things that movies can do visually, but in my opinion, there are tons of things movies can't do with storytelling. So I'm going to name a few of my favorite movies that I feel would make amazing novels.

1. Orphan. (2009)
Orphan is about a family that adopts a nine-year-old girl named Esther to help cope with the recent death of their newborn baby. After Esther moves in, things start going horribly wrong and the family's life takes a huge plunge. While John, the father, seems happy of Esther's presence, his wife Kate is more indifferent about the girl.
Why this would make a great novel: I love how everything builds. It wouldn't be a horror story, it'd be a mystery. Esther is a giant puzzle for Kate to solve and I know readers would be on edge trying to figure out if this little girl is as evil as she seems. And if you've seen the movie, you'll know that the ending is sorta kinda .. OMGWHATJUSTHAPPENED? It's the most unexpected ending I've ever seen, and if I had been reading that in a book, I probably would've thrown it at the ceiling in shock. The totally-awesome-stunned kind of shocked, of course.

2. Mean Creek. (2004)
Mean Creek is an independent film about a group of friends who plot the ultimate prank: to take a kid who's bullying one of their younger brothers into the forest, dare him to take off his clothes and jump into the lake and leave him there to walk home naked by himself. After discovering that the bully, George, just wants some friends, the prank is set to be called off, but a nasty fight that breaks out on the boat results in George's drowning death.
Why this would make a great novel: It's so damn INTENSE. This movie is simply incredible because some of these characters are so young, but so emotional at the same time. The immaturity of their actions and the horribleness of what happened is so obvious on screen, but I can only imagine how it'd come to life with words. This has all of the elements of an incredible young adult novel!

3. How To Be. (2009)
How To Be is about a young man, Art, who's going through a quarter-life crisis. His girlfriend just dumped him, his music isn't going anywhere and he feels like his parents don't love him. His blows his inheritance money to hire the author of a self-help book and Canadian therapist to live with him and teach him how to be more normal.
Why this would make a great novel: Three words- characters, characters and characters. They are the most interesting and unique that I've ever seen and I'd love for more books to feature wonky characters like these. Art is brilliantly messed up, and it's incredibly entertaining. Reading a novel from his point of view, getting inside of his head, would be an experience, that's for sure. This book would be demented, but it'd also be awesome.

I have tons more, but I think I'll stop for now and do some more in a week or so! But now it's your turn! What movies do you think would make amazing novels? (And if you haven't already, Google it! A lot more movies are adapted from novels than you would think!)

*If you've seen these movies, please don't spoil endings or anything else for people who haven't yet. And if you don't like spoilers, do not read the plots on the Wikipedia pages. You've been warned!


  1. Never seen any of these movies but seem like they would be good books!

  2. I haven't seen any of these, but I want to see How to Be. Looks like it would make a great book :)

  3. I LOVED Orphan, and you're right, would have been a GREAT book..

  4. Huh, interesting concept. I haven't seen any of these, and I'm not sure if I'd want to, but I think that I would read the books ;)

  5. I haven't heard of Orphan but I'm going to rent it, looks good.

    I wouldn't mind reading The Hand that rocks the Cradle.

  6. Orphan was in good sick lol. The ending was crazy. Ohh Mean Creek sounds good! Will definitely Netflix it. :)

  7. that little girl in orphan was certainly percocious. id totes read that shiz.

  8. Lovely idea, can't wait to see next weeks! I'd love to see Mean Girls made into a book.

  9. I totally agree that some movies should've been books! In fact, I wrote a post about my top 5 here.