The Broke and the Bookish is extra awesome, because they are allowing participants in their weekly meme to choose from the backlog of top tens and make up a missed list.
I actually missed last week, so I am going to do my list of "10 Books I'd Like to See Made Into Movies."
10. Graham Swift, Waterland: I can imagine how beautiful and dark this would be as a movie. It is epic in scope, but the sense of place is so important in the book, that I think it would be visually stunning.
9. David Nicholls, One Day: I am aware that this movie is coming out this summer. I am excited to see it since I think this book is totally cinematic. However, I kind of wish that the movie version was British rather than American.
8. Zadie Smith, White Teeth: I think this would make a fantastic, funny movie. There is a Channel 4 miniseries that I never heard much about, but I would like to see it on the big screen.
7. Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: This has potential to be really awesome, or really bad. I had fantasies in college of writing an amazing script based on these graphic novels, and I still think it could be pretty awesome.
6. Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama: I have been hearing rumors forever that there will be an adaptation of this novel (likely starring some of the people in the other novels, since they all overlap). I really like adaptations of Ellis, and this one would be awesomely hip and grotesque.
5. Michael Chabon, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: This book is very popular, and I'm kind of surprised that it hasn't been made into a movie already. It hasn't, right?
4. Jay-Z, Decoded: This is kind of a strange answer, because the book doesn't necessarily lend itself to filming. However, I think that Jay-Z would be a great subject for a biopic.
3. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita: Yes, I am aware that this already exists. However, I'm ready for an update. Kubrick is brilliant, but so is this novel. I also took a screenwriting class in college, and one of my classmates was writing an adaptation of Pale Fire. It was super interesting.
2. J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey: I would love to see Salinger on the big screen, and this isn't as iconic as Catcher in the Rye, and thus would be less likely to piss off casual readers (if anyone could ever get the rights).
1. Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You: I really mean this as number one this week. As I was reading it, I could see it as a movie. The tone and the scope are perfect for an adaptation.