After another amazing list by the ladies over at Citizen Dame, I thought I would blatantly copy their idea and do my own. It was a great idea, after all. Much like the Dames, I love both film and literature, so it is only natural that I should want to see their interaction through adaptations. So for this Top 5, I will discuss the book adaptations I would like to see happen.
A Natural History of Dragons
by Marie Brennan
This fictional autobiography introduces us to Lady Isabella Trent. Growing up in a patriarchal society as a woman is hard enough, but for an autodidact like Isabella there is an especially difficult task to overcome, striving for the right to learn. Given the climate of today’s culture, the message here is especially salient. Plus, giving young girls a strong female protagonist whose strength is drawn from her mental faculties is inspiring. I believe if this were given the Hollywood treatment, a host of young girls would be inspired to enter the sciences, rather than be discouraged from them.
by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Okay, so this one has already be adapted. But if we are being honest, the greatest graphic novel of all time deserves a cinematic adaptation equal to the its source material. Zach Snyder’s film was okay, but fell far short of the ambitious novel. I would like to see this story adapted for the screen by Kathryn Bigelow. She has expressed an interest in doing a comic adaptation and she certainly has the chops for taking gritty tales and bring them to the screen.
The Blind Assassin
By Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a hot commodity right now, and deservedly so. I fell for her prose when I was an undergrad and have been ravenously consuming it ever since. Fresh off of the heels of her the hit adaptations of The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, an adaptation of perhaps her greatest novel is ripe for the picking. Of course, anyone that’s read the novel would recognize that the narrative is not conducive to a film. If it were easy everyone would do it. I am sure there is a young director out there looking to make their mark on the world. What better way to do that then to push the envelope of what kind of story can be told on screen?
By Carole and John Barrowman
While most people know John Barrowman from his television appearances, he and his sister, wrote a series of YA novels. When I first heard of them, they were described to me as the “Harry Potter of Scotland”. Me, loving Scotland, decided to check them out, and I was not disappointed. I even had a unique opportunity to chat with Carole Barrowman, gleaning some knowledge into her process. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the story is the addition of a deaf character as part of the main cast of characters. Seeing on the page the difficulties that a disabled person goes through in a fantasy realm was not only refreshing but also a sober and poignant take on the genre. At the moment, Hollywood is drunk on franchises. Perhaps there is room for a Hollow Earth franchise. I would definitely want them to cast an actual deaf child, though. That would add some earnestness to the project.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde
Any English major worth their salt has at least heard of Oscar Wilde. His prose is so sharp it gives the mind a paper cut when reading it. The Picture of Dorian Gray is perhaps his most well known work. Dorian Gray’s story is particularly relevant during a time when Kim Kardashian is considered a cultural luminary . I’d like to see the fabulous Logan Lerman in the titular role. He has the acting chops needed to take the story’s dramatic turns and make them flesh out on screen.