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I know that movies often disappoint those of us who have read the books. Regardless, I do enjoy seeing my favorite books made into movies. Some books that haven't been made into movies but I think should be are:

The Giver
The Looking Glass Wars (trilogy)
Ender's Game
Many Waters
The Christmas Spurs
My Sweet Audrina

A couple of these, like The Giver and Ender's Game, have had movies promised repeatedly, but they never materialized, much to my disappointment. What would you love to see in movie form?

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I think Waiter Rant would be a hilarious movie.
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Have you ever watched Kitchen Confidential? It's like Waiter Rant in TV format. HILARIOUS. I think the whole thing's available on Hulu.

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Song of Solomon. I have waited years to see that book made into a movie.
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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer would be a wonderful movie, or BBC miniseries. But way back in the day one of her other novels was made into a movie and the author hated it. She wrote it into her will, none of her books are to be made into movies, ever.

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The Once and Future King. But only if it were done SUPERBLY well. It'd have to be at least three movies, or maybe a really high-quality, high-budget miniseries. There have been enough ghastly King Arthur movies made already (Keira Knightley wearing bondage gear in the snow, anyone?).

There's one particular scene - where King Arthur is watching from the window as Lancelot rescues Guenevere from being burned at the stake, killing his friends in the process - that is just SO cinematic. It's painful and perfect - Arthur loves Guenevere and doesn't want her to die, and is hoping against hope that Lancelot, whom he also loves, will save her; but because of his commitment to justice he has to increase the guard, and even puts Lancelot's friends on the fighting line under the assumption Lancelot won't kill them. Lancelot, of course, wants to save Jenny because he loves her, and for reasons of chivalry, but is immensely guilty about having seduced the wife of his best friend, and believes in justice (in theory). Guenevere, understandably, doesn't want to die and loves Lancelot, but recognises that by rescuing her Lancelot is dooming her husband - whom she also loves - to starting a war that will split the kingdom and end in everyone's downfall. It's a horrible, tortuous situation, and TH White describes it so the pain just leaps off the page. With the right actors, it could be phenomenally heartbreaking.

That said, if I ever hear they're planning to make it into a movie I'll respond with scowling and suspicion. I can't think of a single director who I'd trust to do the job... although I wouldn't mind Fran Walsh having a hand in the script.

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The Hunger Games Trilogy.
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Pillars of the Earth - but I think I'd rather have a Showtime or HBO min-series than a 2 hour feature film

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Outlander, but I'm not sure if it could ever measure up the imagination of millions of fans.
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Eh-hem. Speaking of Outlander, it's just come out in graphic novel format. If you like that kind of thing.

I think it would make an excellent mini series.
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Pillars of the Earth - but I think I'd rather have a Showtime or HBO min-series than a 2 hour feature film
Your wish is their command:

http://www.starz.com/originals/ThePillarsOfTheEarth

Dh and I watched the first episode. It was good but it's not my thing.

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The Once and Future King. ... if I ever hear they're planning to make it into a movie I'll respond with scowling and suspicion. I can't think of a single director who I'd trust to do the job... although I wouldn't mind Fran Walsh having a hand in the script.
What are you talking about? It was made into a movie in 1963! The Sword in the Stone (One of my favorite movies.)

And again in 1967! Camelot


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The Hunger Games Trilogy.
I have heard rumors that this is being made into a movie...don't know if it's true...but I would agree...I'd also like to see Katniss played by an unknown actress and not the latest teen idol--ya know?
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The Witching Hour, but they would have to cast Michael perfectly.

Also, this is not exactly the question but I think a stunning "trilogy" could be made from the stories of the first three ruling queens of England - Lady Jane, Mary and Elizabeth. Lady Jane's story, which is obviously short, would include the background material of Henry VIII and his son Edward. The real histories are so action-packed, they would just have to write the screenplay and not add anything more.

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What are you talking about? It was made into a movie in 1963! The Sword in the Stone (One of my favorite movies.)

And again in 1967! Camelot
Uh, yeah. I actually quite enjoy Camelot, but I hardly think it does scope to the grandeur and tragedy of the original. There's just one moment where I go "ooh" - the bit at the end where Arthur sings

"Don't let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot..."

That's kind of cool. The rest of it, though... the witty banter between Guenevere and Lancelot? Kinda misses the point. I'd like to see it on stage, though.

I'm not a fan of The Sword in the Stone. Mostly because I read the TOAFK version of The Sword in the Stone first - he originally wrote TSITS as a standalone kids' book, and then when he expanded it into four books (later five) he revised TSITS and made it darker, more adult and foreboding. So he cut all the Madame Morrible stuff, and when I saw it in the film I assumed it was a silly Disney addition, and ended up having a long argument with my father-in-law about it, until he fetched his copy and I was reduced to stammering "Well, that's not in MY version". So, yeah.

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I have heard rumors that this is being made into a movie...don't know if it's true...but I would agree...I'd also like to see Katniss played by an unknown actress and not the latest teen idol--ya know?
I have seen this too on the internet.

My list is:

The Red Tent
Uglies Pretties, and Specials series by Scott Westerfeld
The Giver
sequels to The City of Ember
I think the Anita Blake series would be a good TV show on cable.

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Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey - thought provoking and haunting (not scary) would make a great movie.

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I have seen this too on the internet.

My list is:

The Red Tent
Uglies Pretties, and Specials series by Scott Westerfeld
The Giver
sequels to The City of Ember
I think the Anita Blake series would be a good TV show on cable.
Until the AB series reaches NiC...then it wouldn't be so good, IMO!

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Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey - thought provoking and haunting (not scary) would make a great movie.
You're in luck with Stephanie Plum. They're filming it!
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You're in luck with Stephanie Plum. They're filming it!
YEAH!

Do you know the actors cast for Stephanie, Joe and Ranger?

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i just finished theThe Passage by Justin Cronin and The Lace Reader: A Novel by Brunonia Barry. they would both make good movies.

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I'm not a fan of The Sword in the Stone. Mostly because I read the TOAFK version of The Sword in the Stone first - he originally wrote TSITS as a standalone kids' book, and then when he expanded it into four books (later five) he revised TSITS and made it darker, more adult and foreboding. So he cut all the Madame Morrible stuff, and when I saw it in the film I assumed it was a silly Disney addition, and ended up having a long argument with my father-in-law about it, until he fetched his copy and I was reduced to stammering "Well, that's not in MY version". So, yeah.
Seriously? So did I get this right? TH White wrote a book, the Sword in the Stone? I assumed the movie was based upon the Once and Future King.

Edited to add, ohhhhh, I see what you mean. Basically he wrote four Arthur/Merlin stories and they were eventually published together, making one volume.

But the Sword in the Stone is still printed separately, and that version is different from the version in the Once and Future King.

Very cool. I may have to hunt one down.

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Until the AB series reaches NiC...then it wouldn't be so good, IMO!



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Ok what's NiC mean?

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Seriously? So did I get this right? TH White wrote a book, the Sword in the Stone? I assumed the movie was based upon the Once and Future King.

Edited to add, ohhhhh, I see what you mean. Basically he wrote four Arthur/Merlin stories and they were eventually published together, making one volume.

But the Sword in the Stone is still printed separately, and that version is different from the version in the Once and Future King.

Very cool. I may have to hunt one down.
The Once And Future King is a big epic tome made of four volumes - more interconnected than sequels, more like the three books of LOTR. The first is The Sword in the Stone, which he originally wrote as a more childish standalone. Then he revised it, made it longer and darker, and added three more books - um. The Queen of Air and Darkness (largely about Morgause), The Ill-Made Knight (largely about Lancelot) and The Candle in the Wind (about Mordred, Lancelot's affair with Guenevere and the subsequent war - the "everything goes to custard" tragic ending, really). I think. Some of them have alternate titles. They were all published as The Once and Future King, and then years and years later - possibly after his death? - a shorter fifth book was added, The Book of Merlyn. It's kind of a recap that takes place before the end of the fourth book, and I don't like it very much - the ending to the fourth book was absolutely perfect, and TBOM just covers old ground. Most volumes of TOAFK don't include it, and it can be pretty hard to get hold of.

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YEAH!

Do you know the actors cast for Stephanie, Joe and Ranger?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598828/



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Ok what's NiC mean?
Narcissus in Chains. The book in the series that's the turning point from plot to porn.
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Weeee!

Ranger - brilliant!
Stephanie - ok, I can sort of see her
Joe - huh? not so much I don't know of that actor so maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

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