Guess what time it is? It's time for Top Ten Tuesday! The Broke and The Bookish host a weekly blog with the theme and I love it.
This week's theme: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show (set in a perfect world...in which movies don't butcher the books we love.)
I'm so glad they added the stipulation in that this is set in a perfect world. Being a book lover, if I have read the book first, I usually hate the movie. Directors tend to ruin them! I hate that. Occasionally they will get it right, but that is rare.
So here we go:
1. The Dinner: While this was definitely not my favorite book ever, I found the topic and theme intriguing and think that the medium of film might actually do it justice. As far as the casting, I would suggest perhaps Tom Hiddleston as the main character. He needs to be someone with a dark side but you understand why he has a dark side and feel pity for him, almost cheering for his evil. We all know Mr. Hiddleston's got that down pat!
Boy21: I loved this book. It was all about a young man who is trying to find his way in the world and is suddenly given the responsibility of watching over someone else. That someone else is a troubled young basketball star who recently lost his parents and now believes himself to be an alien. This tale really goes into what some teenagers are forced to deal with and coping with tragedy. As far as casting, I have no idea.
3. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: We hear and read a lot about F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are countless movies about the man. But what about from Zelda's perspective? They were a young couple newly married thrown into fame and somewhat fortune. Scott had his issues with wanting to write the great American novel and alcoholism. Zelda struggled with loneliness and eventually schizophrenia. In a time when mental illness was treated with electricity, she tried to rise about it all, only to be dragged down. I think a good Zelda Fitzgerald would be Emma Stone.
4. Calico Joe: Baseball always makes me happy and this tale of the rising star who was humble and sweet is brilliant. I would go with a young Robert Redford for this one (we are in a perfect world, remember?)
5. The Screwtape Letters: Ok, so I am not exactly sure how this one would work, but I love it none the less. I was thinking maybe as a miniseries or TV show.
6. The Count of Monte Cristo: I know what you are thinking. "There are a ton of movies based on this book." And you are correct. HOWEVER, none of these movies actually follow the book! Again, this one may not be good for a movie. A mini-series would be better since there is so much to cover. But I don't want to see Edmund Dantes happy and smiling at the end! Did no one read the book?! And as the lead character, hmmmm, that's a tough one. You need someone who can pull off innocence, ruggedness, desperation, and evil. Maybe Jude Law? What do you think?
7. The Shadow of the Wind: I ADORE this book. I have a mad crush on Julian. Who could play him? Hmmm.... I haven't a clue!
8. I've Got Your Number: This one was my guilty pleasure. This would be a stereotypical chick flick.
9. Angels and Demons: Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon? NO!!!!!! Let's redo this with someone who is ACTUALLY like the character in the book. I am sorry Tom Hanks, but that's not you. I am looking for a Daniel Craig, or a Michael Fassbender.
Ok, that was all I could come up with! Agh!