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Book, The Movie: Booking Through Thursday

May 5, 2011

Looks like I’m not the only one with books and movies on my mind.  Can’t believe I missed last week’s Booking Through Thursday.

If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

When this kind of question comes up, the first thing I think of is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. But, realistically, that would be more of a miniseries. Whenever I read it, I imagine it done in the sepia-toned style of O Brother Where Art Thou with a similar soundtrack feel. I think T-Bone Burnett put the score together, all nice and bluegrass-oriented. To fit the way American Gods feels dark and creepy, you add a few electric guitars, Mark Knopfler and Ry Cooder.

It might have to be a miniseries, though. But what a gorgeous miniseries it would be!

And here’s this week’s question:

And–the reverse of last week’s question. Name one book that you hope never, ever, ever gets made into a movie (no matter how good that movie might be).

While I think certain book adaptations of movies should be wished out of existence, I know that’s a moot point. I’m hoping that the rumors about Ender’s Game are just rumors. As my friend Charles said- “they’d take all of the darkness out of Ender’s character, that sense that he could explode into violence at any moment.” Or muck it up some other way.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2011 8:07 am

    Some of the current movies based on books are just beyond horrible. Completely agree.

  2. May 5, 2011 8:17 am

    Haven’t heard of Ender’s Game but I agree with how movies really take that feeling away. Some things can only be conveyed through writing.

  3. May 5, 2011 10:36 am

    Ender’s Game has been mentioned a couple of times today and I have never read it. I’m thinking I should change that soon.

  4. May 7, 2011 9:49 am

    I’ve had Ender’s Game on my TBR list for awhile. I should move it up on my list!

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