Fun Friday: Books We’d Love to See on Film
I debated back and forth on whether to do this topic or another “You Might Be a Writer If…” post—but after the, ahem, lively discussion on yesterday’s post, I just couldn’t get the juices flowing to come up with more than a couple. (But maybe next week . . .)
Instead, I decided to stick with the topic I’d thought of last week. Favorite books I’d love to see put on the big screen (okay, the TV screen would be okay, too). And then, of course, I’ll want you to share yours.
White Jade by Willo Davis Roberts.
Though this book, published by Doubleday in 1975, was intended for adult readers, it really is more of a YA book (and a very tame one by today’s secular fiction standards), with a heroine who’s barely twenty years old and the story written in her first-person point of view. It’s written in the Gothic style and incorporates many of the wonderful elements of traditional Gothics, but in a New World, Victorian-era setting. The teaser line on the front cover reads: “She came to a place of mist and menace where even kisses tasted of terror.” The back-cover blurb doesn’t do the story justice, so I’ve written a new one:
- Someone is trying to kill her for a fortune she didn’t know she possessed.
In 1885, following the death of her missionary parents, twenty-year-old Cecelia Jade Cummings has risked her life, and that of her crippled younger brother, to get from China to their only remaining relative—the grandfather she’s never met. But when she arrives in Eureka, California, she learns her grandfather is dying in a house filled with distant relatives who not only resent Cecelia’s presence but who may want her dead, too.
Cecelia doesn’t know whom she can trust: Cousin Lawrie, who wants nothing more than to be left to his music and art; Cousin Edward whose overtures and insinuations make her dread his company; or Cousin Shea, whose presence holds her spellbound with a mixture of fascination and fear. But when her grandfather takes a turn for the worst, Cecelia is forced to make a decision that seals her fate—and could spell her doom, especially when he reveals with his last breath he’s written a new will. Now, someone is trying to kill her . . . and all evidence points to the man she’s starting to love.
Can’t you just see this on Hallmark or Lifetime? I discovered this book when I was about sixteen years old because two of my favorite romance novels (YA, from the Sunfire series) were written by WDR: Victoria and Caroline. So I looked her up at the public library in Las Cruces and they had White Jade. And to this day, it remains one of my favorite books.
The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson
Actually, I could see this as a TV series featuring all of these characters and their “heroic” jobs—Kate, the police hostage negotiator; Marcus, the U.S. Marshal, Lisa, the forensic pathologist; Jack, the firefighter; Rachel, the trauma psychologist; Stephen, the paramedic; and Jennifer, the pediatric doctor. And then there are all of their romantic partners including an FBI agent and an assistant to a state senator—who decides she might want to pursue a political career; along with the different murders and crimes they come together as a family to solve.
Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker
Y’all know that I don’t read much chick lit. But the few chick-lits I’ve read by LJW usually start out with me thinking, Get out of my head, already! by the end of the first page. No more so than with this stand-alone romantic comedy.
- A feast of romance and laughter featuring a delightful and courageous heroine that you can relate to no matter what your size.
Convinced that her larger size relegates her to wallflower status, Freddie Heinz hides behind the wedding cakes she creates as a professional baker. But life is about to change for Miss Invisible.
First of all, Freddie’s found a new friend who encourages her to come out of her shell. Then Hal, the cute veternarian, starts showing interest in the woman behind the delightful cakes. And when Freddie decides to break every rule in the “big girl’s” book and find out who she really is, life gets even more exciting—and hilarious.
Cinderella, look out! Miss Invisible is becoming the belle of the ball—and having a ball in the process. Because when you finally find God’s call for your life, any size is the right size—and love can see what the rest of the world passes by.
Read my review of MI here.
Now it’s your turn. Go take a tour of your bookshelves and come back with some books you’d love to see made into movies.