Tuesday Top Ten-Books I’d Like to See as a TV Show/Movie

One thing that I have noticed in the past few years, stuff especially in the last year, pill is that so many of the books that I enjoy to read have either been made into the movie or TV show, advice especially in the young adult genre. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Hunger Games and Beautiful Creatures have already been made into movies. The Vampire Diaries is a very successful TV show. CIty of Bones, Divergent, Catching Fire, Ender’s Game and more are coming out in the coming months, and even more movies are being filmed and being written for the big screen.

Now, I was thinking, even though most movie and book adaptations aren’t perfect and they don’t turn out the way you wish they would, its still fun to see the characters and worlds you’ve come to love come to life on screen.

So I made a list of the top ten books I’d like to see as a TV show or movie. Some of these have been signed on, but we haven’t seen much more than that. So some are “Oh, I wish it would happen” and some are “please I hope this happens some day SOON!”

Here we go!

10. A Little Less than Famous

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Yeah, yeah I’m seriously talking about my own book right now and I know that this is super selfish and a little bit conceited but I do think it would make a really good…hmm, I think TV show rather movie but either way. I was going through the process of editing and adding and all that sort of things when I was like, this would make a great movie. I created this book as sort of a glimpse into a celebrity life and what a better way to adapt that then to show it on a big screen. McKinley Evans is just a regular girl, who starts dating superstar, Jake Kennedy, and gets wrapped up in that celebrity world. I started to self cast people for McKinley and Jake, like people fan cast. The biggest one that I really liked was Chase Crawford, of Gossip Girl fame, as Jake Kennedy…but with black hair. I just think a book that is wrapped up in the life of movies and TV shows would translate well into the actual real world of movies and TV shows.

9. Legend

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This movie is actually already been picked up for a movie, by CBS Films, but its a really slow process, or so I am learning now that I actually pay attention to things like this. Its been a long process to create a script, and now that the script is written, its time to find a director. But I hold out hope that it will eventually hit the big screen. Though I love both Hunger Games and Divergent, I really think that Legend is so much more both and can attract both a female and male audience. In the books, there is a back and forth point of view between June and Day, and both characters are so real. The thing that really brings you in is the fact that they are two completely different point of views but the same story. June and Day are literally living the same story but they come from two different worlds so they see it so different and to see those two stories coinciding on screen, to crash together towards the end would be absolutely amazing, and I hope very much that CBS Films will be able to make this happen.

8. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and Morgan Matson has created such a beautiful, memorable story. I think a lot of the YA adaptations (besides The Fault in Our Stars) has really been in that sort of fantasy/paranormal/dystopian genre, and while I am way into that, I do think there are a lot of contemporary novels that would do well in a movie translation as well. Amy and Roger embark on a road trip across country, Amy to Connecticut and Roger to Philadelphia, both to confront fears that they’ve been avoiding for so long. Its a real and raw novel, a novel that takes on what it is like to be a young adult, faced with the kind of things that both Amy and Roger have faced, and puts it in a fun, and addicting adventure, such as crossing the country and experiencing new things and meeting new people. I think it would be an absolutely wonderful movie to make, and to watch.

7. A Great and Terrible Beauty

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As far as I’m aware, this movie WAS signed on, but it fell apart and it never actually happened, which isn’t surprising because not every book that gets optioned to be a movie actually makes it to the big screen and that’s okay. However, I do really think this would make a great movie. Its a fun, and dark and the sort of issues that the girls tackle are incredible. I think Libba makes a ton of good points in this movie that would translate amazingly into a movie. The girls in this book struggle with the idea of power and how powerless they are in the Victorian age where everything is decided for them before they can even open their mouth. In a time like now, when things should be better and different, and they aren’t, I think it would really connect with a lot of girls. I would have been very excited to see a series that focuses more on the four main characters and their struggles, especially with finding out who they are and less on love stories, and I’m sad that this never came to be.

6. Before I Fall

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This is another book that has definitely also been optioned for a movie, and back in March, when I met Lauren Oliver, she assured me that its still in the works and hopefully will be one that actually happens. Her Delirium series filmed a pilot for FOX and didn’t picked up for a fall season, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the Delirium series so I’m not surprised. Before I Fall, however, is a brilliant novel and I really think Lauren Oliver hits her mark here. I think it would make a great movie because you don’t often have a main character that you honestly hate from the beginning of the book, which is exactly the way I felt about Samantha. But after Samantha dies and she’s forced to relive the last day of her life seven times, you slowly sort of fall in love with her as a character and its such an addicting and fast moving, emotional story, and I think it would make an absolutely beautiful movie, if done right. I know that Lauren Oliver said its a work in progress and I so hope she means that.

5. The Lost Hero

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So far, we have seen The Lightning Thief on the big screen, and we’ll see The Sea of Monsters in about a week but I would really like to see The Heroes of Olympus come to life. I am excited for Monsters next week but the changes they made, especially when concerning the age difference between the actors and the characters in the novel. I think if you took Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and the rest, and then cast Piper, Jason, Hazel, Leo, etc. for The Lost Hero, you would create a perfect movie. The characters in these books are hitting their late teens and its more fitting to the story, and the actors would make SO much more sense than they do in the ones they are making now when they are supposed to be, like, eleven years old. I super love Percy Jackson and the Olympians but I really have this addicted to The Heroes of Olympus and I really do think they would make the best movies of the entire saga that Rick Riordan has created.

Literally was watching a Sea of Monsters trailer while writing this. So awesome.

4. The Demon King

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Okay, so I am totally biased when it comes to this. I honestly think Cinda Williams Chima has created an absolutely wonderful fantasy saga and I think there should be more pure fantasy novels being adapted into tv shows and movies, at least in the YA genre. We have Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones but we really don’t see that much in the YA. I can understand it, mostly because creating fantasy on film is really hard and really expensive. But I think doing a fantasy, a pure epic fantasy movie with a girl as the main character, one who becomes the ruler and has to rule a country in chaos at such a young age. Its a beautiful story, and it has magic and hot guys, and political strife, and racial clashes. Cinda creates such real stories, that you can mirror them to things you see in every day and Raisa, the main character, is someone you can really relate to, even if you’re not a teen girl thrust into an authority position you are not ready for. I think if you put this in the hands of the right director, in people willing to really make a beautiful fantasy film, and not go cheap on it, you could see this as an awesome movie.

3. Wicked

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Make no mistake here, I think this book is absolutely wonderful but its way too dark and gritty to be a movie. Its…its very dark, and I always kind of laugh when people see the musical first and then read the book, unaware of how very, very different they are. I read the book first so I was surprised, though pleasantly so, when I saw the music. I like both of them a lot, but just in different ways, and as different entities. What I would really like to see is the musical, either recorded the way they recorded Cats all those years ago, or doing a movie version of it, like with Hairspray and Rent, etc. I think its an amazing musical, and even my anti-musical boyfriend enjoyed it when we saw it together nearly six years ago. Its so funny, and the music is just so…emotional and amazing, and even the happy songs of that musical make me cry. I would love to see this as movie, simply so I could buy a Blu-Ray copy of it and watch it ALLLLLLLLL the time.

2. Clockwork Angel

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This is also currently being worked as a movie as well, probably with the success that City of Bones has already enjoyed and the movie doesn’t even come out for about a month. I just see all the awesomeness of City of Bones (again, I know, only through trailers so I don’t really know yet) and I think, oh my god, let’s do all of that, but in the Victorian age! Which would be beautiful, and then I start fan casting (Sarah Bolger for Tessa Gray!) and I just think it would be amazing. I would love to see book loving, shape shifting Tessa Gray battling automatons and the evil Mortmain alongside the mysterious and cruel but so hot Will Herondale and the beautiful, fragile Jem Carstairs. I would love to see Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane but in Victorian times. I really would love to see that. Its just more Shadowhunter kickass-ness but in a time where the girls were wearing corsets so its only THAT much better. Please make this happen. I’m just saying.

1. Trickster’s Choice

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This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time, tied up with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (which was a horrible movie adaptation, but meh, to each their own). To go along with the things I said about The Demon King, I think we need more fantasy in the YA books-to-movies. So many of the books that are being adapted are dystopian and while I seriously love dystopian, I’m ready for some super awesome fantasy adaptations. I am so excited for The Hobbit, but that book isn’t as accessible to teens as this book is, and Aly is a brilliant character. I also think that Tammy uses a lot of real world parallels in this novel, the idea of the dark skinned raka, living under the tyranny of the white skinned luarin, war, rebellion, growing up, losing your virginity, slavery, self-identity and so much more. Plus the dynamic character of Aly. I really think we could use some more strong female characters, but equally awesome and strong male characters and this novel has both, and it’d make a great, great movie.

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten, and don’t forget to check out last week’s, where I counted down my Top Ten Favorite Romantic Scenes!

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What are some of the books that you’ve read that you’d like to see become movies or TV shows? Share in the comments!

Sneak Peek of A Little Less Than Famous

Some of you know what A Little Less than Famous is. Some of you don’t.

So to be quick, mind I’ll tell you this: its my second full novel. My first one is called Another Chance for Summer, which is available as an ebook for Kindle and Nook. If you click above in the novels section, you will able to purchase it and love it. Several people have read it already and have enjoyed it so I’m sure you will too.

A Little Less than Famous is my second young adult novel. I had originally planned on the release date for Kindle and Nook for this Friday, the 7th. Unfortunately, I had to postpone it until January 10th. I was editing it, getting it ready for publication and I realized I was in over my head. I self-edited Another Chance for Summer and it was hard work, and I still notice things that I should’ve changed or grammar mistakes that drive me insane. This time around, I wanted it to be the best that I could possibly make it because I’m extremely proud and attached to this story and I want everyone to love it like I do.

So I got some help this time around. I asked for some assistance from a friend of mine and she’s been doing an AMAZING job helping me to edit it. We’re both in college though, with jobs, so we’re busy and it’s been slow going on the editing front and I had to postpone the release for the book.

However, I had a good amount of people that were looking forward to reading this book and I feel pretty bad. I know that when my favorite authors postpone the release of their new books, I feel pretty let down. So as a nice little thing for those who are looking forward to the book and something for those who have no idea about any of it, I’m sharing a part of my future book with all of you. I hope you like it.

A Little Less Than Famous: Brief Synopsis: 

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Sneak Peek of A Little Less than Famous:

We met up at a Starbucks. Jake showed up incredibly incognito, basketball shorts and a t-shirt, sunglasses on. He kept his head down while he ordered coffee. I watched from my seat by the window, as he dumped a ton of creamer into his coffee, two and a half packets of Splenda and then made his way over to me. I couldn’t help but notice a few heads turning as he walked by. It might have been because he had sunglasses on inside, but that probably wasn’t it. The guy was gorgeous. He had that super dark hair falling into his face, in that perfect styled way, perfect blue eyes (though you couldn’t see them now). He obviously worked out; he had to look fit to play a badass cop on television. But it was more than that. It was the way he carried himself, so sure and confident, making his way through the room like he owned it.

            He came and stood next to me for a moment, a small smile curling up on his lips. God, those stupid lips. “So is there room for me?”

            I looked at the fairly big loveseat that I was sitting on. I was taking up most of the room, though there was definitely room for two. I pointed to the armchair directly across from me. “Right there.”

            He shrugged, good naturedly, like he didn’t care either way.

            “So, why did you meet up with my anyway?” Jake said, glancing around the café. “You seemed pretty pissed the other night.”

            “I wasn’t pissed,” I said, rolling my eyes. “I was tired.”

            “Yeah, tired wasn’t exactly the emotion I was getting from you after that kiss.”

            I held my hand up. “Uh, no. No kiss. No talk of the kiss.”

            “Fine, fine,” Jake said, sounding bored. “Its easily forgettable.”

            I rolled my eyes, ignoring the stab. Especially since I knew, as much as he did, that it had been a great kiss. “How bout you? Why are you hanging out with me? Besides the obvious.”

            “Oh, the obvious? What could you mean by that?” Jake said, mockingly, a grin on his face.

            “You are ridiculous,” I answered, shaking my head.

His nonchalance, his acting as if he didn’t care where this was going was driving me insane. A few days ago, he’d acted like someone trying very hard to make an impression on me. Now, he seemed to be acting more like a person who wanted to get in my pants, who wanted to get in the pants of all the girls he met.

            “How many girls have you slept with?” I blurted out before I could think of what I was saying. I immediately took a sip of coffee, trying to cover up my ridiculous word vomit.  

            Jake paused before taking a swig from his own drink and looked over at me. I wish I could see his eyes; it was so hard to read what he was thinking or feeling. “Do you really want me to answer that question?”

            “I don’t know,” I said, coyly, raising my eyebrows at him. “Do I?”

            “And what about you, McKinley?” He took his sunglasses off and I suddenly wished he hadn’t. There was something about those stupid blue eyes. “What’s your number?”

            I laughed, looking away from him. “Oh, we are so not going there.”

            “All right,” Jake said, laughing a little himself. “I bet you have a little notebook with allll the list of guys in there.”

            “I don’t have a list,” I said, avoiding the plural assumption. The fact was, he wasn’t far from the truth.

            “I’m sure,” Jake smirked. “I’m sure you could get any guy in the room.”

            “Maybe,” I answered, gripping my cup tighter in my hands. I was good at playing games; I was the master at playing games. I had become an expert on the give and the take. I knew how to enter a room, and I knew how to exit the room, either with someone or without someone. I knew what to say, what to wear, what to do and who to do. I knew how to be in control and I thrived when I was in control. I wasn’t used to someone using a game back at me. “And what about you, Jake? You’re so famous, I bet all the girls just line up for a shot to be on your bed.”

            “You’re not wrong,” he said, his eyes meeting mine, a playful smirk on his face.

            “And you are damn cocky,” I shot back.

            “It comes with the business,” he shrugged, leaning back in the chair, his long legs stretched out in front of him. I looked away, avoiding looking at his stomach or arms or anything. I noticed the barista behind the counter eyeing Jake. Now that he had taken his sunglasses off, he was way more obvious. Los Angeles was known for being a little more celebrity friendly, but this was Brea, and this was Orange County. People were a little more star struck.

            “Prove it,” I said, turning back to Jake. I nodded my head in the direction of the groupie, who was looking way too excited behind the counter. “You have a nice, probably barely legal girl over there who looks eager.”

            Jake didn’t even look in her direction. “I don’t have to go over there.”

            “Oh?”

            “She’ll come to me,” Jake said, and I felt a stab of annoyance at his cockiness. I wondered for a moment if I saw myself a little bit in it. I had noticed the guy in the corner with the laptop as soon as I walked in, mostly because I knew he had noticed me. I shook away those thoughts. I wasn’t Jake. If I wanted something from that guy, I would go up to him. I wouldn’t do what Jake was doing now, waiting for that girl.

            “Hi, you’re Jake Kennedy, right?”

            I don’t know why I was surprised for even a moment that the girl had come over. I felt a larger stab of annoyance.

            Jake turned to her and smiled. “Maybe. And you are?”

            “Mackenzie,” the girl said, tossing her hair just so. Of course.

            Jake threw a glance my way, and this time, I could read all of the amusement. Mackenzie glanced my way, her excited look switching to disgust very quickly. “Ah. Mackenzie, this is my friend, McKinley.”

            I smiled thinly, looking over at Laptop Boy, who was looking more hopeful over the top of his computer. I felt a sudden desire to cross the room to join him. This was ridiculous. Why had I even texted him that stupid ‘yes’? Why had I even told him to prove it? Prove what?

            I turned back to Jake and Mackenzie. She had taken a seat on the armrest of Jake’s chair and her hand was resting on Jake’s very impressive bicep. Jake was grinning up at her, his fingers playing with the ends of her ponytail. He reached up and laid a palm on her thigh.

            That was enough for me. I stood up, smiling at both of them and started making my way over to Laptop Boy. Halfway there, I looked over my shoulder and saw Jake’s eyes following me, that stupid little smirk on his face. I turned back around, angry, focusing on my prey. I could get that kind of attention just as fast and just as easily.

            I was in big trouble. 

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I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek of A Little Less than Famous. Please let me know what you think and definitely check the entire novel when it releases in January. I will definitely be posting again when it releases to remind you, and to share the direct links to the novel. Can’t wait for you all to read it!