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 (Yes, I know in a book the soundtrack is obsolete.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.
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