Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Movie Tie Ins

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What movie do you wish had been a book first? (And if it WERE a book, who should have written it?)

I thought this was going to be a hard question. When I first saw it I was like "Really guys? You mean I have to like a movie enough to want to read the book tie-in?" Because I've done that before and it ruined the movie for me. I was in eighth grade and read the book adaptation of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. My friend Jen loved it. I thought there was too much exposition*.

So if we're going to do a book adaptation of a movie, it would have to be kick ass: tight writing, fabulous dialogue that was both witty and dead-on for the character, and worth while jaunts into the "internal life" of said character. Without any more bullshit, my top picks.

Number three on the list is Better Off Dead. It's quirky and has some great lines that my circle quotes. A lot. This would be a pretty fun and fast read if it was written in the same style that Louise Rennison used for the Georgia Nicolson series.

There might be some argument over how sight gags wouldn't translate into the written word, but it can work and still evoke the same emotion we get from watching the DVD.

If you haven't seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Go. Now.

Even as I type The Breakfast Club, I cringe a little. This is such a classic film that if it's not executed properly, the book would just completely and utterly fall on it's face. John Hughes was a genius with all his movies, but of course this is probably the best of the bunch. Probably because it spoke what multiple social groups think/feel, but I'm not going to jump into a treatise on The Breakfast Club.

The best, of course, deserves the best. The only person who would be able to carry the enormity of this story would be John Green.

My final and number one pick for book adaptation though goes to Dazed and Confused. I love, love, love this movie but can't explain why**. It's fun, funny, and the soundtrack is awesome. (Yes, I know in a book the soundtrack is obsolete. Just wait for it.)

This book would be technically historical comedy if I had to put a label on it and because of that, I'm not sure who the best person would be to write it. My gut says it would have to be an ensemble of writers, but still, no clue who.

The book would come packaged with a download link for it's own soundtrack though so you can rock out to the 70s and read at the same time. (See? I had a plan.)

Hubby even participated this week. When I asked what movie he'd want in book form, he blurted out "Se7en" even before I finished the question. He'd want Thomas Harris*** to write it because "he'd write an awesome version of it."

So tell me, what movie would you want to see in book form? Also, don't forget to stop by YA Highway to see what the other roadtrippers are saying!

* Eighth grade Alicia didn't know what exposition was however, so all she thought was "Why the hell is there so many big paragraphs?" (Yes, even at 13, I was a dialogue fan.)
** Just like I can't explain why I love The Breakfast Club, coincidentally. I just do.
*** The author of Silence of the Lambs. Don't worry, I had to ask too.
___________ hit of the day: Watch You Bleed by Crystal Pistol


  1. Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.

  2. I think The Breakfast Club is a great could lend itself well to a first person, multiple POV narrative.

  3. Oooh, I like these choices! John Green doing Breakfast Club would be incredible. And I love hubbys idea for Se7en!

  4. Better off Dead... Three dollars I want my three dollars... that's how much the ebook should cost.

    Awesome choice.

  5. What I love about these high school girls: I keep getting older ...they stay the same age.

    I watched D&C about 3000 times in college. Awesome picks. Three fabulous movies.

  6. Only if it's the Thomas Harris who wrote The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon and not the Thomas Harris who wrote Hannibal, because that book was crap. :D

    I'd like to read The Money Pit written by Larry Doyle ("I Love You, Beth Cooper"). It would be even more hilarious.

  7. I love the Breakfast Club. I'd love to read multiple POV for it.

    Dazed and Confused would be hilarious, too.

  8. Yeah so I've been reading your comments on the blogshere and you know what, you haven't seen ANY MOVIES AT ALL.


    What the hell.

    You've seen The Room twice but you didn't see inception? really?
    I don't know if we can be friends anymore.


  9. You definitely picked some classics. :)

  10. I think the Harry Potter movies would make good novels! Maybe if someone wrote them out, there wouldn't be so many obvious plot holes and unanswered questions!

    Oh wait...

    Maybe I am only saying this because it is my favorite movie, but Labyrinth would make a cool novel. Now, I know there's already an ancient novelization that exists from when the movie came out... but a really well written, legitimate fantasy novel of the tale, or even just the world of Labyrinth, would be cool. I guess the manga version is sort of like that (about when Toby grows up and returns to the Goblin City), but still...


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