Movies I wish had been books

Last week I talked about my top 2012 book to film adaptations. Today, I’m doing the reverse, talking about the movies I wish had been books.

Of all the many movies I’ve enjoyed and might have wanted in book form, there are very different movies that jump up and down screaming to be books in my mind.


The epitome of tech-noir depicting the reverse nightmare world of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In Equilibiurm the masses have their emotions controlled and live functional lives for the betterment of their austere society. While I loved the movie and have watched at least a dozen times, I would have liked to know more about the history of the clerics and how the world came to be so acetic. I think this kind of backstory and detail could have been better delivered in novel format. I also desperately wants to know what happens next considering the movie ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger. I think the world and characters of this movie might have made an excellent science fiction novel series.

Teenage Dirtbag

I’m not normally a fan of contemporary stories set in high school. I watched this movie purely by accident because I stumbled across the trailer somewhere and the characters intrigued me. I’m a total sucker for broken bad boys and the star of this movie is one exceptionally damaged young man named Thayer. I enjoyed the movie but it was done on a small budget with relatively unknown actors and while it still touched me and I loved the characters, I think it would have done better as a novel especially since the story is based on fact. I think Thayer deserves his own YA novel series! Really, a gorgeous badass guy hiding vulnerabilities who falls for the cheerleader whom he connects with in creative writing class? That would be a best seller!


Which movies do you wish were books?

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