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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mini-challenge: Books to Movie crossover

At Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic, this hour's challenge is:

Now, what I want you to do for the mini-challenge is to search your memory for books and book series that might also work as a TV series. Which are they, and do you already have some actors in mind for them? (If so, you might even post links to a photo of the actor!)

Now think about the movies or TV series you've watched. Which of them would you read as a book as well? What are they about and what genre would they be?

And finally, think about the books that have already been made into a movie or a TV series. And what about those movies and TV series that were made into a book?

The first question is an easy one. The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman begs to be made into a TV series. Maybe not some of the middle novels, which are more short-story collections than anything, but "Preludes and Nocturnes" and "Doll's House" would make a TV miniseries. I can't imagine who would make a good Dream. Anyone have a good idea?

As far as which TV series would be good as books, if there are not Battlestar Galatica novels already, I think it is a series that would be ripe for spin-off novels. Especially if they were written in the Battlestar Galactica universe, but about characters that the novelist creates. Or else some of the minor characters. It would be interesting to explore how the ordinary people in the fleet live on a day to day basis.


Oh said...

Oooooh, I like this one and though I should give it more thought, I'll jump in now...

Overall, movies to books don't work for me. Not enough depth or structure and as I'm reading the book, I'm only thinking about the movie. Can I think of an example right now? Um, no. I'm just saying.

Book or series to become a movie? Well, I mention one that probably others don't know. But somehow, probably because there's an awesome little mystery bookstore in the Central West End of St. Louis where I happened one day (really, it was like magic - I didn't even know it was there 'til last year!) anyway, while there, I happened to pick up a mystery by Victoria Thompson, who rights turn-of-the-century (20th) about a midwife in NYC and an Irish detective. I now own and have read 7 of hers, in a row. I enjoy them greatly. It would make a WONDERFUL TV series. Who to play Ms Brandt (the midwife)? Hmmmm...maybe Selma Blair. She has the right mix of "uptown shishi" with the dark hair and flexibility to play a society girl who married a liberal-minded doctor. The cop Frank Malloy? Well we could give it some zip and use Colin whats-his-name (not Firth; I mean the troublesome actor,) or Sean Penn, if he would consider it - actually, he'd be quite good. But he wouldn't do TV. Still, you get the idea...

Oh said...

whoa, I wrote "Victoria Thompson rights..." egads, I meant "writes!". Anyway, check hers out for pure entertainment - she has the "Gaslight Series" and each book takes place in a neighborhood of NYC. I am now on her 7th - Murder in Little Italy.