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Top 5 Fantasy Books That Should Be Made into Movies

Although this trend has been going on for awhile, it seems like a large number of fantasy and YA/fantasy books have recently been made into movies.

Some upcoming book-to-movie conversions:

  • The Hobbit
  • Artemis Fowl
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • Vampire Academy
  • Wings
  • Hush, Hush

I just read a New York Times article that said Peter Jackson is making Naomi Novak’s Tremeire series (His Majesty’s Dragon) into several movies. This got me thinking about what other fantasy books that I would want to see made into movies.

Top 5 fantasy books I want to see made into movies are:

1 Divergent by Veronica Roth (I think this may already be in the works)-  I know you guys must be getting annoyed with my fangirl love of this book, but it’s seriously THAT good! This movie just screams to be on the big screen- there’s action and adventure on every page!

2Graceling by Kristen Cashore- I would love to see this book made into a movie to showcase another strong heroine! Katsa is gorgeous and totally kicks butt. It’s also a great coming of age story too.

3 Heir of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier- The Celtic Ireland scenery of this book would be just breathtaking. More so than other Marillier books, this novel also has a good deal of action. I think the romantic elements would particularly interest female viewers for sure!! 🙂

4 Eragon by Christopher Paolini- A couple of you may be thinking- wait, wasn’t this already made into a movie? Yes it was! But, it was so obscenely awful, that I demand a re-do. This book deserves more justice than the bad CG version made in 2006. If you want a laugh, check it out. I recommend renting and not buying.

5The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- Whoa- this first movie would have to be broken into about 3 separate movies, but this book should have been made into a movie like, yesterday! It has so many fantastic elements going on that more than just the scifi/fantasy crowd would enjoy!

What books do you think should be made into movies??

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  • it is my DREAM that Graceling will be a movie one day! LOVE Katsa!

  • Don’t feel bad Lisa, I am also totally geeking out over Divergent! Just obsessed. 🙂

  • I fully agree with you that Eragon should be remade. That movie was horrible. Did not give the book justice at all.

  • Great pics! So true about Eragon. Terrible. And Divergent & Graceling? Yes, please!
    Happy Reading!
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  • Oh my goodness gracious! Awesome post! I TOTALLY didn’t know they were doing vampire academy! They better choice a REALLY hot tall russian for me to drool over! My little brother will be really excited about the artemis foul series.

    I have yet to read The Name of the Wind but couldn’t agree more with Heir of Sevenwaters being made into a movie. And yes, I have read Heart Blood and loved it! I wonder which character she will follow in the next in the series, probably the little girl…who knows but I love her!

  • Oh I think Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy would be awwwwesome as a movie. I just don’t know how they would relate all the metal usages. But would still be a great movie full of action. 🙂

    Great list though. And Eragon needs to be redone so they can put the rest of the books into movie as well. 🙂

  • “Brown Girl in the Ring.” Nalo Hopkinson. If you don’t know it, it is a fantasy/sci fi convergence that takes place in a Toronto that has been walled off and left to rot after riots. The place is regrowing its own unique culture with a mix of Haitian elements such as the positively and negatively used yoruba religion and a wide spread addiction to powder made from toad goo. It would make for an original and visually stunning movie.

    On the whole, however, I believe movies are best made from short stories. You have to really gut a book to put it in movie format, whereas movies can deeply explore short stories. Short books sometimes work really well too.

    People, Eragon, really? I didn’t see the movie because I couldn’t get past the first page of the book. Do I need to rethink this?

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