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Initial post: 5 Jan 2010 20:13:46 GMT
R. Watson says:
Have you ever read a book and thought "I wish someone would make this into a film"? It seems there are a lot of people out there who would rather wait to watch the film than go to the trouble of reading the book, so what are your discoveries that you think should be shared? And would they be as good as the book?

Posted on 5 Jan 2010 20:20:52 GMT
Unreliable Memoirs, A Suitable Boy and The Child in Time would make wonderful films. I wish someone would do a really good TV adaptation of Waterland, too.

Posted on 5 Jan 2010 22:19:32 GMT
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gille liath says:
JB Priestley's 'Good Companions' would make a brilliant Ealing-type comedy. There was a film of it, about 70 years ago, so I think we're due a remake.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 08:20:45 GMT
Good discussion. I can think of a few- the main ones being 'The Future Homemakers of America' by Laurie Graham, and also 'The Dressmaker' by Elizabeth Birkelund, which I can envisage being full of glamorous costumes and being set between Paris and a quirky French village with an eclectic cast of characters. When I was a teenager I always longed for the film version of 'Tiger Eyes' by Judy Blume to be made- still do infact! :)

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 09:56:39 GMT
G. Mead says:
The Thirteenth by G L Twynham would make an amazing film or tv series.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 10:05:37 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Siege of Krishnapur - JG Farrell
Redundancy of Courage - Timothy Mo
The Quincunx - Charles Palliser
The American Boy - Andrew Taylor

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 10:42:58 GMT
If the reviews are anything to go by then Double Cross and First Contact by Patrick Woodrow are both incredibly filmic.Double CrossFirst Contact

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 12:01:38 GMT
am in the process of re-reading all Desmond Bagley books any one would make a good film

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 12:44:04 GMT
Book Scout says:
R.J.Ellory's "A Quiet Vendetta" - filmed in flashback with a "The Usual Suspects" feel to it. Though I also have to agree with Ryan Williams suggestion of "Waterland", one of my favourite novels of all time. Part of me would still mourn a film adaptation of my favourite book as they could never meet the original feelings gained by that first reading. I would probably complain that it had been ruined and would always be a disappointment!

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 13:06:33 GMT
D. BELL says:
Matthew Reilly - Contest

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 13:49:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2010 16:21:35 GMT
I have forgotten the name of the book and the author (not very helpful) but ages ago I read a true story about the wreck of a ship called the General Grant. It was an American sailing ship en route from Sydney to London (ca. 1870) and partly because of the captain's unfamiliarity with the Southern Ocean it was wrecked in bizarre circumstances. The survivors found themselves marooned on a desolate island in winter. Eventually, some of them managed to row 800 miles to New Zealand to fetch help. It was a great story of adventure and heroism.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 16:36:01 GMT
Bublos

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 19:20:15 GMT
Rufus says:
Without a doubt Red Cloth, Yellow Cloth by Ron Tufft. If ever a book screamed out to be a film this is the one. I noticed a lot of the Amazon reviews for this book say the same thing. kamo would be great on the silver screen, but I think only someone as good as Depp could portray him.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2010 19:44:11 GMT
I seem to recall seeing a movie version of Waterland a long time ago, think it featured William Forsyth and Wesley Snipes in a rare (and surprisingly good) dramatic role. However, Amazon has a DVD with this title starring Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke. Don't know if these two movies are one and the same, or whether they'll ring any bells for you, but maybe worth checking out.

Posted on 6 Jan 2010 20:02:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2010 20:02:59 GMT
They've already filmed Waterland - and not well. Jeremy Irons played Tom Crick, and Ethan Hawke played one of his students. (The classroom parts were set in America.)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2010 23:46:57 GMT
Well, at least you can't actually see bad grammar and appalling syntax on screen. Unless Uwe Boll directs!

Posted on 7 Jan 2010 11:02:38 GMT
Any of the Jodi Picoult books. How about an english translation of the Steig Larsson Millenium Trilogy already out on DVD in rest of Europe - would be awful if they let Hollywood make an american version. PS I Love You was awful, as was The Da Vinci Code. Hate it when Hollywood adapt & make changes to the book.

Posted on 9 Jan 2010 16:52:38 GMT
Of the books I've read recently I think 'Education, Edukation, Edukashun,' by James Rainsford would make a fabulous film. The book is much funnier than any episode of Waterloo Road and incidents related are more outrageous than any of the St Trinian movies. The reviews for the book can be found here:Education, Edukation, Edukashun

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 03:55:32 GMT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26U_74YHCTg&feature=channel

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 13:38:41 GMT
Maxillus says:
Danny Volume 1

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 20:35:16 GMT
How about
Night Soldiers - Alan Furst (or any of his books)
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The Amythysts - Frank Delany (one of the most disturbing books I've ever read)

Posted on 10 Jan 2010 22:54:59 GMT
Almost any Christopher Brookmyre book, especially the Zal Innes/Angel X trilogy. His pacing and combination of shock and black humor and action and quiet romance are all well-suited to a movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2010 00:18:33 GMT
LEP says:
Well I don't know about a film as the books are a series. However, I think that the Kathy Mallory books by C O'Connell would make a good TV series.

Posted on 11 Jan 2010 10:45:37 GMT
M. Dowden says:
At the moment I am reading my way through what is commonly known as 'The Beebo Brinker Chronicles', these are about lesbians in America in the late 50s early 60s. The novels are really good and absorbing, and would make great films, provided of course if they were done with sympathy to the actual books and not just made into sexploitation.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2010 14:42:55 GMT
C. Hurst says:
My husban dsays all Matthew Reilly novels would make great films.
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