Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s prompt is Ten Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows. Here’s what I came up with (in no particular order):

1) The Vampirates series – Justin Somper

I’m picturing this as a movie that eventually leads into a television series (kinda like what happened with Buffy the Vampire Slayer). From what I remember, the world is really well described, and it would be a perfect follow-up to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (are they ever going to stop making those movies??).

2) Every Breath – Ellie Marney

It’s the gritty YA book version of Sherlock, so it could just as easily be the gritty, YA movie version of Sherlock. The only problem is, I think a lot of Ellie Marney fans have their own perfect mental image of Mycroft, and I’m not sure any real life version would be able to compare.

3) The Artemis Fowl series – Eoin Colfer

There have been rumours of a movie adaptation since the first book came out (14 years ago!!). So far, that has not happened. I still remain hopeful that one day I’ll see Artemis, Holly, Butler, et al., on the big screen. And with all the special CGI effects they’re capable of these days, the underground world of the fair-folk would be glorious.

4) The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Frankly, I’m surprised there isn’t already a movie. I think it might be in development, but no one’s been cast. I haven’t listened to the audio book version yet, but Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock) does the voice of The Man Jack, and now I can’t picture anyone else in the role.

5) The Marlowe School series – Daniel & Dina Nayeri

While I didn’t love the last book of the trilogy, and, frankly, all of the characters in the first book were terrible people, this could make a fascinating Supernatural-esque TV show. Sure, it would have to move away from the source material after a certain point, but don’t they always?

6) Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin

After I read this, Vikki Van Sickle (who is an author and a very cool person in general) mentioned that she thought the setting would make a great amusement park. I completely agree, and I think it was atmospheric enough that it would make a creepy-cool movie (maybe combine it with the sequel?).

7) Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer – Jonathan L. Howard

Deals with the devil, charismatic vampires, a road show/circus – this book was so good, I’d love to see it as a movie! Plus, if it did well, there are currently three sequels to adapt!

8) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

I don’t know how much of the novel would be lost in a movie adaptation, but it’s so beautifully described, set designers and special effects people would have a field day! I’m thinking Tim Burton as a director, but that’s just me.

9) Children of the Red King – Jenny Nimmo

Obviously this would be a children’s series, but how much fun would it be to follow Charlie on his adventures? I’m picturing an animated show, sort of similar to the weird Jacob Two-Two cartoon they made a few years ago.

10) Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley

I want a movie just so I could see the costumes. Again, gorgeous descriptions would make it relatively easy to adapt, and it would be a refreshing change from all the John Green adaptations that are happening (not that I have anything against John Green, but still. Give the rest of the YA world a chance!).

That was hard work! Let me know in the comments any books you immediately thought of for this topic.

Another Faust – Daniel and Dina Nayeri

I almost wrote a Music Monday blog until I remembered today is actually Friday!! Yay!!

Last week, I finished re-reading Another Faust:

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A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary “gifts.” But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the side effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary re-imagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.”

I read it when it first come out a few years ago, but I recently bought the third (and possibly final?) book in the series and decided to re-read the first two (I’m about 1/4 of the way through Another Pan).

I’ve always been a fan of “fractured fairy tales”, and I remember being intrigued by this one because by the time it came out, I had read two versions of the Faust legend in school: Goethe’s Faust and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus (so of course, as soon as I read that their school was called Marlowe, I was all, “I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, GUYS, AND I APPROVE”).

It’s an interesting read and not a typical YA novel…and that’s a good thing.

The five children are each given gifts by their governess Madame Vileroy who is literally the devil: Victoria reads minds, Valentin “erases scenes” aka time-travels, Christian steals other people’s powers/strengths, Belle uses a mask of beauty to seduce, and Bice (Belle’s twin sister) “hides” by stopping time (freezing everyone else while she goes on living). The point is that all the children were desperate enough to sell their souls in exchange for what they wanted most – all of them, except Bice, the only innocent, who is not aware of Madame Vileroy’s real identity (neither is Christian because as a child, he began to re-think his decision, and so he and Bice were brainwashed into accepting their new lives without question).

It’s a little complicated to summarize the plot without giving too much away. The different story lines and narratives weave together to form a fascinating look at the children’s motives and goals. It’s descriptive without being tedious, though there were some points where I wanted a little more explanation.

I admit that the characters are hard to relate to. I guess Bice – as the innocent one – is supposed to be the most sympathetic. And there are parts where you feel bad for her when you realize that she has no real memories of her life before Vileroy, but is content to have her sister around, despite Belle selfishly hiding the truth, even when Bice starts to ask questions. But then, at the same time, Bice uses the gift Vileroy gave her and doesn’t seem to think twice about it – until she realizes that her siblings have become more intense and focused than they were before (particularly Victoria who was abhorrent). Plus Bice’s gift confused me the most, and that was a part that I thought needed more development (or at least, further clarification).

I personally enjoyed Another Faust, but it’s definitely not a light-hearted beach read. It requires some thinking and – if you’re anything like me – a lot of close-reading/analysis so that you can find all the literary/historical allusions. It was a bit slow-going at first, but it was all set-up so halfway through the book, it picked up speed which resulted in a mad dash to the finish line.

Speaking of the ending, it was insane – it happened really fast and, while the authors did a great job of painting the scene, I remember reading it the first time a few years ago and not fully understanding what happened. Even this time around, it took me a while to figure out what they were trying to tell me.

I’m hoping to finish both Another Pan and Another Jekyll/Another Hyde (can you guess what stories those two books re-imagine?) in time for next week’s Fiction Friday, but we’ll see.