Back in the day (2016), I wrote a post about whether books should be adapted or not. It turned up in my views the other day, giving me pause for thought because I had already decided I wanted to do this tag.
Reading through it, I realised it was more of a rant than anything else. I had picked examples of when adaptions had been done poorly and ruined a favourite book. Well, I say ruined, I just pretended the film/show didn’t happen.
But when I saw this tag on DreamlandBookBlog, I started thinking about it again. It stuck with me. But despite my earlier misgivings, I have to admit there are a few books/series that I think would look incredible on the big screen.
Synopsis: They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
Synopsis: I’ve never crossed their little fenced-in garden, of course. I stand on the sidewalk in front of the fern-and-ivy-filled planter that hangs from the fence—placed there as a sort of screen, I’m sure—and have a direct line of view into the kitchen at night. I’m grateful they’ve never thought to install blinds. That’s how confident they are. No one would dare stand in front of our house and watch us, they think. And they’re probably right: except for me.
When his parents are murdered
and his sister taken by raiders, Corin an Fol’s world crashes in on him. Wild
and willful, he joins the elite Wolf Regiment but swiftly falls foul of its
swordmaster, the brutal Taskala.
The regiment becomes embroiled in a vicious civil war between the sultan of Permio and rebel tribesmen. Corin, caught in the treacherous power play between rival factions and corrupt leaders, struggles to survive. Torn between his quest for vengeance and growing hatred for the sadistic Taskala, Corin has to intervene when the woman he loves becomes the latest target of Taskala’s wrath.
Synopsis: In the summer of 9 CE, Publius Varus, the Roman
governor of Germania, and Lucius Tullus, a centurion garrisoned on the Rhine,
march east with three legions. As they prepare to return to their winter
quarters, they are lured off the road and ambushed by German warriors.
The Germans are led by Arminius, a chieftain
who is a trusted ally of Rome—and a man who has been secretly planning to
betray the empire since childhood. Trapping Varus’ legionaries between a
hillside and a marsh, and thereby preventing them from forming up or using
their artillery, Arminius and his warriors wreak a terrible slaughter.
The Roman defeat is overwhelming, but it is not
until the third day of the massacre that the scale of Arminius’ victory becomes
clear. Three legions, upwards of 14,000 men, have been annihilated, and
three treasured Eagle standards have been lost. Just a few hundred legionaries,
including Tullus, manage to escape.
Nor is the survivors’ ordeal over. Pursued to
the last Roman fort east of the Rhine, they are besieged by thousands of
bloodthirsty tribesmen. Only the gods can save them now.
Plot: They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman.
The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege
from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the
emperor’s armies are in retreat.
Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a
full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her
friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.
Even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn the tide of war.
The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves,
but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be
torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons
will try to unmake her.
A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.
So, apparently, in last
month’s wrap up, I said my writing buzz was back. Ha! That didn’t last: I’ve
been in a massive slump all month.
But I’m trying to get myself out of it. I’m trying a new method of pushing myself. Everyone tells me that I need to relax. But, when I was doing my Masters, I could also write non-stop, keep up to date with the blog, work part-time and still have time to get high marks in my assignments. I’m the type of person who thrives on pressure.