Top 10: Books that SHOULD be Made Into Movie

Books For Kids That Should be Movies

ModCloth has a great list of books, from a quality picture book to a Pulitzer Prize winner, that are not movies but should be.  I am also amazed that The Catcher in the Rye isn’t a movie starring some young, hunky-but-sensitive, guy.  But please don’t make it into a musical!  For the full post, please click here to go to ModCloth’s blog.  It’s a fun post!

ps I added my own comments with an *.

10. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy At once dramatic and comedic, and sprinkled with flashbacks enough to make it an intriguing film, this books wanders through the story of man who gave up his wealth for life as a fisherman on the Tennessee River.

9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger It’s hard to believe that this much revered novel, the tale of teenager Holden Caulfield’s angst and confusion, hasn’t yet been adapted for film.

* I can picture Rob Pattison as Holden Caulfield … what do you think?  Any other nominees for the lead role?  This is a great book for High School!  It fact, it should be mandatory reading for all rebels without a clue!

8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers Although this novel was once slated to become a film, the project has since been dropped. So, we’re still waiting to see a visual recreation of this memoir, a document of Eggers’ attempts to start a magazine, raise a younger sibling, and come to terms with life after his parents’ death.

7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris —Even though Sedaris declined follow through with making this book into a film, we still think a motion picture of this witty book, which speaks of Sedaris’ Raleigh-based childhood and years in Normandy, France, would have us laughing up a hurricane.

6. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig —This childhood delight, our favorite touching tale about an anthropomorphic donkey who finds a wish-granting stone, is a great candidate for claymation or Pixar.

*  Shrek is also by William Steig and the picture book is nothing like the movie but rather more of a shell of the movie.

5. Midnight’s Children:  A Novel by Salman Rushdie — A telepathic narrator, other magically gifted kids, an newly independent India struggling to solidify its identity, delicious mango pickles – this book as all the fixing for cooking up one heck of a film.

4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card — There’s been much anticipation surrounding a potential eponymous film for this novel, but it’s yet to happen. Nonetheless, this futuristic fragment of fiction, where hyper-talented young kids are trained to fight virtual aliens in an elaborate game, would surely be a hit if only it were finessed into a film.

3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon Reportedly a film ‘in development,’ we’ve yet to see an adaptation of this book mapped onto movie reels. There’s no doubt in our minds, however, that this can’t-put-it-down novel, which follows immigrant Joe Kavalier and his cousin Sam Clay through the jungle of comic book stardom, and even includes a scene with Salvador Dalí in a scuba suit, would be just as gripping on the screen as it is on the page.

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez — Imagine how great it would be to see this fantastical tale—dazzled with characters drawn up into the sky, dreams of mirror cities, and six generations’ worth of wonder—made into a movie?

* That would be quite an undertaking but maybe the same director as Like Water for Chocolate could handle it?  That magical realism might be hard to capture.  But it’s also so long, might have to be a made-for-tv mini-series!

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry — With a Wizard of Oz-like transition from black and white to color, spanned out over the story of a young boy facing the decision of whether or not to leave his ‘utopian’ society, this story would be incredible if done well as a film.

* Just please don’t cast Tom Cruise in it!  It needs acting heavy weights!

To examine any book closely at Amazon, simply click on the image of the book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Great list – haven’t read all of the books here, but the ones I have, like Me Talk Pretty One Day and A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius are amazing.

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