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Ten Books That NEED Movie Adaptations

Each season calls for an abundance of new books, some beginnings to new series people will love, and many stand-alones that will make you laugh, cry or both. This is the time to catch up on books that have been released throughout the year. Summer is also popular for the release of major movie blockbusters. Books adaptations have generated massive revenue for the film industry.


But I think there are some books that deserve a movie adaptation to revive and relive the story in a different media outlet, and bring these stories to a wider mass audience. These ten books deserve to be made into a film.


10. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


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This book was released a year ago in September and has touched the hearts of many readers because of its subject matter, which relates to how we all live our everyday lives. This book centers around young Latinx teens who receive a call informing them that today will be the last die of their lives. The story unfolds and becomes an unforgettable adventure of love and self discovery. They Both Die at the End might be a bit complicated to adapt to the screen due to the addition of buildings with major attractions that are needed build the story, however Silvera’s characters are definitely worthy to be made into a film.  


9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger


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This American classic is an unforgettable tale about a teen boy named Holden who refuses to grow up. Becoming an adult is something that we cannot run from, but we can surely deny the responsibilities. Salinger comments on sex, death and loss of innocence by using strong symbolism. For over sixty years, the books has remained on the radar of many major production companies but it has failed to make it to big screen because Salinger refused to part with the rights. In a letter Salinger he made three main points as to why the novel couldn’t be made into a film. For starters he mentions how it would be impossible to recreate the items in the book to his liking such as Holden’s views of the world. Salinger other main points surround the proper actors for the roles and how the no director could evoke the right performances. Though he has given the rights to his wife and daughter, there has been no talk as to what the future holds for the text. But I’m pretty sure we can all agree one of the greatest novels ever written deserves a spot in this list.


8. Looking for Alaska by John Green


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I think a lot of people can agree that John Green has a way with words. With two successful book to movies adaptations, The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and (2015) under his belt, I was thinking it was long overdue for John Green to get another green light for his work to go in the big screen. So I was really happy to learn that Looking for Alaska has been picked up for a TV series! Looking for Alaska is Green’s first and award winning novel and gives an interesting take on life at boarding school. The main character Miles is a lot like Green as he admitted in an interview. “I myself was once a guy from Florida who was obsessed with the dying words of famous people and then left home to attend a boarding school in Alabama.” Looking for Alaska can help fans get a better perspective of Green in his earlier writing days. Using the setting of the novel will not be difficult since it is set in Alabama. Audiences can build a better connection to Greene’s work and revive his novel.


7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez


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This book is an ultimate classic in the Latinx community. The author tells a multigenerational story centered around the Buendia family that incorporates Colombian history with the addition of the use of magical realism. The story is all drama as love, war and family secrets brew. Marquez book will be a hit and will surely gain worldwide success.


6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt


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This amazing novel centers around a young man named Richard who enters colleges and befriends a group of Classics majors who have a knack for causing trouble. An accidental death ensues, and these young people begin to show their true colors as they risk everything to protect themselves. It is a crazy story and would make a brilliant movie, as the mystery would keep audiences on their toes.


5. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


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This heart-wrenching story touches on heavy topics such as suicide and depression. The protagonist Leigh is convinced that her mother’s spirit lives within a bird as she copes with her loss. This novel has received incredible reviews for its truthful depiction of grief and the start of building new relationships. A film version would work perfectly and would provide realistic representation of the Asian American community.


4. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride


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This book doesn’t necessarily doesn’t have to be put in theaters but a Netflix documentary based of the book will help shed some light on the racial climate in the United States. The Color of Water is a memoir about a mixed-race man who struggled with his identity growing up n New York City in the 1950s. This book sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years straight. McBride switches between his own viewpoint and that of his mother, allowing audiences to see the struggles both of them faced. Seeing James McBride revisit his memories with his mother growing up on screen would be cherished.


3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


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Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is split between the point of view of two characters, Mariam and Laila. Both characters have lived two different lives until they are forced to meet in the middle. The book discussed many issues in Afghanistan societal rules by concentrating on the roles of women in the home and the hardships they may endure.The film can be well done depending on the direction and how well the script is written.


2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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This coming of age tale is a queer love story between the main characters Aristotle and Dante as they built their relationship by relating to one another. Struggling with their identities as Mexican Americans, trying to pursue their dreams without the support of family becomes difficult to bear with as their feelings for one another grow. This book mainly takes place in rural areas, so it would be easy to film the story and keep the heart of the story alive by strategic casting.


1.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


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This remarkable book won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for its fascinating story of love of self, family and significant other. Life for Oscar has never been very simple, his simply seeks the love of a woman but the problem is he’s very nerdy and morbidly obese, which makes things harder for him. The story providesbrief details of Dominican history and the story of a first generation Dominican family willing to risk it all for love.



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