Thursday Movie Picks: Adaptations You Want to See


Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, is back to normal. Kinda. Today we have to pick books/comics/games we'd love to see made into movies and we can't pick those that already have an adaptation (which means I can't pick Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes).

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
It follows the Stalinist repression and follows Lina, a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl who is deported with her mother and brother to Siberian labour-camp. It's one of the best books I've ever read. A very powerful and poignant story that shows a part of history many don't know. 

The Soul Breaker (Der Seelenbrecher) - Sebastian Fitzek
On Christmas Eve, in a mental hospital, the medical team and the patients realize that a serial killer who kind of steal people's souls is in the building and they work together to stop him. It's a great psychological thriller filled with tension. 

The Shadow of the Wind (La sombra del viento) - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
On his 11th birthday, Daniel's father brings him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library in Barcelona where the forgotten books are. He picks a novel, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, and before he knows it, he finds himself in an adventure. This is another of the best books I've read. It has action, adventure, romance, twists, humour and much more. 

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  1. I've never read any of those but they all sound really interesting. I'll have to put them on my list.

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  2. These all sound terrific and like they'd make terrific films. Unfortunately I've read none of them but I'll have to add them to my Goodreads (already very long) want to read list particularly the last one.

    I also stuck with books for adaptation and tried to go with three from different genres.

    How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater (2005)-Comic novel by Marc Acito tells the tale of young sexually confused Jersey teen Edward Zanni and the lengths he goes to his senior year when his divorced father marries gold-digging shrew Dagmar and she blocks his way to attending Julliard. Helping Edward are his group of very resourceful and game friends, free spirit Paula D’Angelo, enterprising Natie Nudelman (affectionately called Cheesehead), Edward’s sometime girlfriend, perky blonde Kelly, exotic Persian transfer student Ziba and football jock Doug Grabowski who’s more at home with the theatre geeks than his sport cronies. Together, with the sometime reluctant help of Paula’s dotty Aunt Glo, they scheme to defeat the rapacious Dagmar and make Edward’s musical dream come true.

    The Queen’s Man (2000)-In the year 1193 young Justin de Quincy witnesses the murder of a tradesman on the road from Winchester to London. As he lies dying the man hands Justin a letter and begs him to find a way to get it to the queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Letter in hand he’s brought into Eleanor’s presence and her confidence leading to a world of intrigue and danger as Eleanor plots to save her favorite son, Richard the Lionhearted whilst her grasping younger son John schemes to seize the throne. Great historical detail and an engaging lead character makes a good adventure.

    A Cast of Killers (1986)-In 1982 author Sidney Kirkpatrick is commissioned to write a biography of King Vidor, director of classics The Big Parade and Stella Dallas among many others. Delving into Vidor’s papers he discovered a trove of research that the director and his good friend former silent star Colleen Moore had compiled on the unsolved 1922 murder of film director William Desmond Taylor. Putting the Vidor bio aside for the moment Kirkpatrick built on the existing research and plunged into the jazz mad world of the twenties where men with vague pasts such as Taylor’s could rise to the level of respected film director. Along the way he acquaints the reader with the many people, shaded by Vidor’s intimate knowledge of the film community of the time, involved in the case including the two stars, comic legend Mabel Normand and supposedly innocent Mary Miles Minter, whose careers were destroyed in the scandal and the massive cover-up and graft that protected the killer, whom Vidor deduced, for decades. A fascinating story begging to be filmed.

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    1. I also have a long list on Goodreads and now I'm going to add The Queen’s Man. It sounds very interesting.

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  3. Ah, "L'ombra del vento" è uno dei miei romanzi preferito! Credo che, se curato con la giusta attenzione, potrebbe diventare anche un ottimo film: il potenziale c'è! :D
    Un saluto,
    Fede.

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    1. Il problema potrebbe essere proprio quello. Spesso non sono in grado di sfruttare il potenziale di un libro e fanno un casino. Come con Storia di una ladra di libri.

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  4. OMG I LOVED Shadow of the Wind! That's a GREAT pick!

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  5. Ooh, this is the second time I see The Shadow of the Wind chosen and now I'm curious...

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    1. You should read it, I'm sure you'll love it.

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  6. Like we talked about, The Shadow of the Wind is amazing :) Your other picks sound terrific, too. I never read them but funny that one of my other books is set in an asylum, though, completely different tone 😂 Sound like Between Shades of Gray would be a movie I'd definitely watch

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    1. With the right people working on it, it'd be a great movie.

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  7. Between Shades of Gray is apparently in post production and coming out in 2018. Some stills of it are have already been released. The movie has a different title though - Ashes in the Snow.

    The Shadow of the Wind - This sounds interesting. I love books that has something to do with books.

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