On top of that, while writing about movies is (mostly) easy now, for me putting my thoughts on books into words is still a pain! I think I don’t feel confident writing about them because I never studied (even self-taught) literature, so I know next to nothing about story structure, character arcs, narrative devices, style, etc. Anyway, I always try my best here – so scroll down for the three books I so wish were made into movies!
#03 La Sombra del Viento, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Book one in the El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados series, La Sombra del Viento is a mystery novel set in mid-20th century Barcelona, about a man’s quest to keep a book from being forgotten, and ultimately, to save his own life.
It’s one for the book lovers, quite obviously, but being filled with mystery, suspense, romance and secrets, I think it would make such a great movie. Like all books in this list, coincidentally or not, it’s incredibly atmospheric. But alas, the author has made it clear he won’t be selling the rights, so it’s unlikely the book will ever be seen on screen – let’s just hope it won’t be forgotten.
#02 The Ballroom, by Anna Hope
Once again, an enigmatic premise that delivers beauty and terror, this time against the backdrop of the moors of Yorkshire, in 1911. The Ballroom is set in an asylum where men were kept apart from women but for one night of the week, when dances were held in the great ballroom. It’s the love story of Ella and John, who meet on such a night – and so, it’s a romance novel. The setting is gloomy, which together with the challenges that come with it and the character’s states (madness, you would presume), make this story so unique.
And it’s a nail bitter too, as the lovers try to be together against all rules and odds. Oh, and expect lots of tears. No news of an adaptation here, but then no news of the author refusing one either.
#01 The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
Like with The Shadow of the Wind, it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve read this one, for the first and only time. But again, it left me with such a strong feeling that to this day I cherish it. Not only that, but looking back, I think it steered me towards many of the things I love today. I must’ve been 15 or 16 when I got a copy of The Secret History, simply because it had an intriguing title (ahh, easy times). So reading about Greek mythology, the dark allure of beauty and the violence of men, even classical sculpture, got me positively obsessed with all these things as a teenager, and now well into adulthood.
In The Secret History, a small group of students is caught in the web of their own exclusive little college club, seeking truth in all these themes and seeing just how far they’d go to find it. Reading it, is feels like you get access to this elite club that lives by its own rules. It’s hypnotizing, and dark, and beautiful, and it would make one hell of a movie in the right hands. Sadly, again, it seems like Tartt is not inclined to allow it – though in this case, it might be for the best.
What books would you like to see adapted to screen?