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    Books you'd love to see made into a movie.

    Was searching for a thread about this and couldn't find one. So I'll hit you up with my two choices and favourite books.

    Replay ~ Ken Grimwood
    Replay is the account of 43-year-old radio journalist Jeff Winston, who dies of a heart attack in 1988 and awakens back in 1963 in his 18-year-old body as a student at Atlanta's Emory University. He then begins to relive his life with intact memories of the next 25 years, until, despite his best efforts at cardiac health, he dies of a heart attack, again, in 1988. He immediately returns to 1963, but several hours later than the last "replay". This happens repeatedly with different events in each cycle, each time beginning from increasingly later dates (first days, then weeks, then years, then ultimately decades). Jeff soon realizes that he cannot prevent his death in 1988, but he can change the events that occur before it, both for him, and for others.


    Let's Go Plat At The Adams' ~ Mendal W Johnson
    Mr. and Mrs. Adams are travelling abroad for ten days. While away, they have left Miss Barbara, a wholesome, athletic twenty-year-old, in charge of their house and children. The first several days go swimmingly. Barbara is a firm but loving babysitter to Cindy and Bobby Adams. She feels comfortable peacefully ruling over the rich, country farmhouse while their parents are away. Unfortunately, the children have other plans for the babysitter.

    With the help of neighborhood children Dianne, John, and Paul, the children take control of the Adams' household. Calling themselves the "Freedom Five," the children tie Brabara to her bed. They hold her hostage, binding her hands and legs. With a gag taped in her mouth, she can't even call for help. The children govern themselves with adult sensibility, cooking and cleaning for themselves. They interact with Barbara only to feed her bread and water. They lead her to the bathroom with a rope tied around her neck. Barbara tells herself that they will surely release her when they tire of the game.

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    How about: The Catcher in the Rye. (J.D. Salinger)
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    The Eight features two intertwined storylines set centuries apart. The first takes place in 1972 and follows American computer expert Catherine “Cat” Velis as she is sent to Algeria for a special assignment. The second is set in 1790 and revolves around Mireille, a novice nun at Montglane Abbey. The fates of both characters are intertwined as they try to unravel the mystery behind the Montglane Service, a chess set that holds the key to a game of unlimited power. A gift from the Moors to Emperor Charlemagne, these pieces have been hunted fervently throughout the years by those seeking ultimate control.
    In the throes of the French Revolution, Mireille and her cousin Valentine must help in dispersing the pieces of the chess set to keep them out of the wrong hands. However, when Valentine is brutally murdered in Reign of Terror, Mireille is thrown into the midst of men and women who would pursue power at any cost, including Napoleon, Robespierre, Talleyrand, Catherine the Great, and more. She comes to realize she must rely on her own intuition and tenacity to accomplish her goal.
    In 1972, Cat Velis faces a similar atmosphere of conspiracy, assassination and betrayal. When she is requested by an antique dealer to recover the chess pieces, she unwittingly enters into a mysterious game that will endanger her life. As she learns the story of the Montglane Service, she begins to realize that players of the Game may plan their moves, but their very existence makes them pawns as well.

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    The most FANTASTIC book I've EVER read in my life!

    The Gargoyle



    Plot

    The Gargoyle follows two different time lines, one in the form of a story [or ‘memory’], and one in real time. In real time, an unnamed atheist and former porn star with a troubled childhood is driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Hallucinating that a volley of arrows is being shot at him from a forest, he swerves off the road and into a ravine. There his car sets alight, and he begins to burn. Just as he thinks he will die, the car tips into a creek and he survives, though badly burned. While recovering, the Burned Man becomes addicted to morphine and believes there is now a snake in his spine. Hatching a suicide plan, he gets a visitor named Marianne Engel, who is a sculptress suspected of having Manic Depression or Schizophrenia. Humoring her at first as she believes she knew him several hundred years prior, they soon begin a friendship/ relationship, and he moves in with her. Throughout, Marianne reveals their ‘past’, and tells tales of love and hope, inspiring the Burned Man to live.
    Their ‘past’ story begins in fourteenth-century Germany, at a monastery named Engelthal. A baby is found at the gates, and taken in and raised as a nun. The young sister Marianne is soon found to possess incredible language skills, understanding languages she has never been taught. One day, a man is brought to the monastery. He is severely burned, except for a small rectangle over his heart where there is an arrow wound. The man is a member of a Condotta, a mercenary troop. The nuns believe the burned man is too injured to live. Marianne however looks after him, and he survives. Finding love with each other, the Burned Man and Marianne flee the monastery and begin a new life together, getting married and conceiving a baby.
    One day while out shopping, they see the troop that the Burned Man was once a part of. If he is found alive, he will be put to death for being a deserter. Seeing an old friend of his, Brandeis, still with the Condotta, Marianne lures him back to their apartment where the two soldiers reunite like brothers. Brandeis too is eager to escape, so they hatch a plan. After a few months, Brandeis has escaped, and comes to live with Marianne and the Burned Man. But trouble follows as they are hunted down by the Condotta. Heavily pregnant, Marianne and the two men try to escape. Eventually they are caught. Brandeis is executed and the Burned Man is tied up and burned alive once more. In order to spare him pain, Marianne shoots an arrow through his heart, exactly through the first wound. However, the Condotta see her, and chase her over a frozen river. Falling through, Marianne encounters three ‘presences’, who claim they are now her three masters. As penance for the sins she had committed, she was told she now has a chest full of ‘hearts’, that she must give away, which she does in the form of sculpting. She will have one heart left for her lover, who must ‘accept it, and then give it back’ to set her free.
    As their love story unfolds past and present, Marianne also spins romantic tales from across the centuries and around the world that defy pain and suffering and bring hope and succor to her deeply damaged friend. But as he starts to fight his demons and the morphine-addicted serpent embedded in his spine, Marianne begins the count down of her hearts...
    Reception

    Janet Maslin of The New York Times reviewed the book, saying "So for all those who enter here, there is no need to abandon hope. Lessons are learned, love is found, spirits are restored, and faith is revealed, all in the overheated cauldron of Mr. Davidson’s imagination.
    Peter Straub described it as: '...purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast... What a great, grand treat.’
    'Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.’— Publishers Weekly
    ‘I dare you to read this without flinching. It's as engrossing as it is gruesome, the kind of horror you watch with one eye closed…nothing is certain in this swirling novel of tales and legends…Nothing he—or you—can assume about this spectacularly imaginative journey will help navigate its twists and turns. Before it's all over, like Dante before him, our narrator must visit Hades, and like every chapter of The Gargoyle, that's a hell of a story, too.’— Washington Post
    ‘…astoundingly good debut…It’s a book that defies easy categorisation, which is a very good thing for the reader because it’s a book that compels with originality and surprise. … Is Marianne crazy or not? It is Davidson’s skill that this matters not—whether you suspend your disbelief or not, he still manages to grab you and take you on a magnificently researched, exotic journey across centuries and space and timeless emotions in a sprawling book that is different, new and exciting.’— Sunday Telegraph
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    [quote=Sam;1058924]The most FANTASTIC book I've EVER read in my life!

    The Gargoyle



    Plot

    The Gargoyle follows two different time lines, one in the form of a story [or ‘memory’], and one in real time. In real time, an unnamed atheist and former porn star with a troubled childhood is driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Hallucinating that a volley of arrows is being shot at him from a forest, he swerves off the road and into a ravine. There his car sets alight, and he begins to burn. Just as he thinks he will die, the car tips into a creek and he survives, though badly burned. While recovering, the Burned Man becomes addicted to morphine and believes there is now a snake in his spine. Hatching a suicide plan, he gets a visitor named Marianne Engel, who is a sculptress suspected of having Manic Depression or Schizophrenia. Humoring her at first as she believes she knew him several hundred years prior, they soon begin a friendship/ relationship, and he moves in with her. Throughout, Marianne reveals their ‘past’, and tells tales of love and hope, inspiring the Burned Man to live.
    Their ‘past’ story begins in fourteenth-century Germany, at a monastery named Engelthal. A baby is found at the gates, and taken in and raised as a nun. The young sister Marianne is soon found to possess incredible language skills, understanding languages she has never been taught. One day, a man is brought to the monastery. He is severely burned, except for a small rectangle over his heart where there is an arrow wound. The man is a member of a Condotta, a mercenary troop. The nuns believe the burned man is too injured to live. Marianne however looks after him, and he survives. Finding love with each other, the Burned Man and Marianne flee the monastery and begin a new life together, getting married and conceiving a baby.
    One day while out shopping, they see the troop that the Burned Man was once a part of. If he is found alive, he will be put to death for being a deserter. Seeing an old friend of his, Brandeis, still with the Condotta, Marianne lures him back to their apartment where the two soldiers reunite like brothers. Brandeis too is eager to escape, so they hatch a plan. After a few months, Brandeis has escaped, and comes to live with Marianne and the Burned Man. But trouble follows as they are hunted down by the Condotta. Heavily pregnant, Marianne and the two men try to escape. Eventually they are caught. Brandeis is executed and the Burned Man is tied up and burned alive once more. In order to spare him pain, Marianne shoots an arrow through his heart, exactly through the first wound. However, the Condotta see her, and chase her over a frozen river. Falling through, Marianne encounters three ‘presences’, who claim they are now her three masters. As penance for the sins she had committed, she was told she now has a chest full of ‘hearts’, that she must give away, which she does in the form of sculpting. She will have one heart left for her lover, who must ‘accept it, and then give it back’ to set her free.
    As their love story unfolds past and present, Marianne also spins romantic tales from across the centuries and around the world that defy pain and suffering and bring hope and succor to her deeply damaged friend. But as he starts to fight his demons and the morphine-addicted serpent embedded in his spine, Marianne begins the count down of her hearts...


    I did like it. He's Canadian, from Winnipeg. There was a big stir over the book because he got a million dollar advance. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a film although they'd probably ruin it anyway. Be better as a mini series, the genre that is coming back into vogue.

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    "A Boys Life" by Robert McCammon.

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    I thought they were going to make a movie about " A confederacy of Dunces".

    Did I miss it?

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    Jim Kjelgaar'd Snow Dog

    Not a book per se but since it's now a comic book series, Darkwing Duck.

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    Imajica by Clive Barker.


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    None! It almost never translates well!
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    Belinda by Anne Rice (or that other 'R' name she went under)

    I could not put that book down!!!

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    Maggie-Now by Betty Smith.

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    I'd like to see Kate Wilhelm's sci-fi novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang as a film. The books a favorite of mine, and I know exactly how they should do the film and, as of right now, who should star.

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    I'd like to see one of Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" series get the "Avatar" treatment. To be honest, I don't think Avatar was that great of a film- but fun to watch the f/x.

    A film with talking dragons in 3D would be really fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmell View Post
    "A Boys Life" by Robert McCammon.
    Anything by Mccammon but this is a great one love to see this or Stinger

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    The Witching Hour also by Anne Rice...It's the bomb!

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    Any of the Outlander books by Diane Galbaldon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TIMB1967 View Post
    The Witching Hour also by Anne Rice...It's the bomb!

    I loved that book!!!!!!!!!


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    Ok, I'll probably be thought a complete loser for this but...............

    I would love to see one of the Stephanie Plum books made into a movie with Betty White as her grandma.

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    The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows Series - by Kim Harrison, love these books, so much better that the Stephanie Meyers Twilight crap.
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    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, though I hear that's already in the works.

    Actually, I think they did a really good job with Sleepers. And Stranger With My Face, wasn't too bad. Once you get around the fact that the actress is nothing like the character, you pretty much accept all the other changes. Then again, she was pretty good.

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    Well, my dream came true last year when "Shutter Island" came to film. And they did a really good job of not straying from the book.

    I would also love to see "Mandy" by Julie Edwards (Andrews). It would be a children's book, but would be an awesome movie!

    BTW, Sam - I'm getting "Gargoyle" as my next read! Thanks for the tip!
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    Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
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    How about what should not be made into a movie?

    And thats any of the avalanche of vamp books that have taken over.
    Too many writers on that bandwagon and most of them are terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endsleigh03 View Post
    How about what should not be made into a movie?

    And thats any of the avalanche of vamp books that have taken over.
    Too many writers on that bandwagon and most of them are terrible.
    Amen to that! I hate it when some genre becomes incredibly popular and so everyone jumps on and the whole thing just degenerates into a mass of crap.

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    I'm holding ut on two in the works for years and willing to wait to see them done right:

    1) Sandman by Gaiman who wrote Coraline and Stardust.

    2) Preacher by Garth Ennis Kevin Smith has the rights and would do a good job with this

    Okay comic books but there are other fans of the genre here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarsier View Post
    Anything by Mccammon but this is a great one love to see this or Stinger
    I agree - - I love Robert McCammon. Anything by him would be great, but I especially love A Boy's Life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shipmatekate View Post
    Ok, I'll probably be thought a complete loser for this but...............

    I would love to see one of the Stephanie Plum books made into a movie with Betty White as her grandma.
    I heard somewhere that they were planning a Stephanie Plum movie(love that series!), with Katherine Heigl(Grey's Anatomy) as Stephanie.

    Oops, checked IMDB. One for the Money is filming now, with KH as Stephanie, Daniel Sunjata as Ranger, Jason O'Mara as Morelli, and Sherri Shepherd as Lula:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598828/fullcredits#cast

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    Another good one but over worked concept "Phantom by Susan Keyes. Yet another telling of Phantom of the Opera but having less to do with the story than the character himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarsier View Post
    Another good one but over worked concept "Phantom by Susan Keyes. Yet another telling of Phantom of the Opera but having less to do with the story than the character himself.
    Are you kidding me? I love, love, love that book and the story, both, the original and the stuff Keyes did with it. Can't believe I forgot that one because even while I was reading it, I kept thinking, who would play Christine, who would play . . .

    You're the only person I "met" that even knows the book exists and some of my friends read a lot. That really made my night here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrnorrischangestrains View Post
    Are you kidding me? I love, love, love that book and the story, both, the original and the stuff Keyes did with it. Can't believe I forgot that one because even while I was reading it, I kept thinking, who would play Christine, who would play . . .

    You're the only person I "met" that even knows the book exists and some of my friends read a lot. That really made my night here.
    Johnny Depp is the only actor around capable of playing Eric but Christine is a challenge. I made my nephew read this book too he was still young maybe 18 and just learning to really enjoy books it's among his favoriyes.

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    Yeah, I can see the Johnny Depp thing. Personally, I'd go with Jonathan Rhys Meyers for Eric. He has that kind of psychotic edge to him, on film at least. I do like Dakota Fanning. Or Julianna Rose Mauriello.

    Well done about your nephew. I know so many people who don't read. My friends are about half and half but always in the extreme, either one book in a lifetime or reading voraciously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarsier View Post
    Another good one but over worked concept "Phantom by Susan Keyes. Yet another telling of Phantom of the Opera but having less to do with the story than the character himself.
    I was just thinking that when I was reading the book, that I think it'd make a great movie if done right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    The most FANTASTIC book I've EVER read in my life!

    The Gargoyle



    Plot

    The Gargoyle follows two different time lines, one in the form of a story [or ‘memory’], and one in real time. In real time, an unnamed atheist and former porn star with a troubled childhood is driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Hallucinating that a volley of arrows is being shot at him from a forest, he swerves off the road and into a ravine. There his car sets alight, and he begins to burn. Just as he thinks he will die, the car tips into a creek and he survives, though badly burned. While recovering, the Burned Man becomes addicted to morphine and believes there is now a snake in his spine. Hatching a suicide plan, he gets a visitor named Marianne Engel, who is a sculptress suspected of having Manic Depression or Schizophrenia. Humoring her at first as she believes she knew him several hundred years prior, they soon begin a friendship/ relationship, and he moves in with her. Throughout, Marianne reveals their ‘past’, and tells tales of love and hope, inspiring the Burned Man to live.
    Their ‘past’ story begins in fourteenth-century Germany, at a monastery named Engelthal. A baby is found at the gates, and taken in and raised as a nun. The young sister Marianne is soon found to possess incredible language skills, understanding languages she has never been taught. One day, a man is brought to the monastery. He is severely burned, except for a small rectangle over his heart where there is an arrow wound. The man is a member of a Condotta, a mercenary troop. The nuns believe the burned man is too injured to live. Marianne however looks after him, and he survives. Finding love with each other, the Burned Man and Marianne flee the monastery and begin a new life together, getting married and conceiving a baby.
    One day while out shopping, they see the troop that the Burned Man was once a part of. If he is found alive, he will be put to death for being a deserter. Seeing an old friend of his, Brandeis, still with the Condotta, Marianne lures him back to their apartment where the two soldiers reunite like brothers. Brandeis too is eager to escape, so they hatch a plan. After a few months, Brandeis has escaped, and comes to live with Marianne and the Burned Man. But trouble follows as they are hunted down by the Condotta. Heavily pregnant, Marianne and the two men try to escape. Eventually they are caught. Brandeis is executed and the Burned Man is tied up and burned alive once more. In order to spare him pain, Marianne shoots an arrow through his heart, exactly through the first wound. However, the Condotta see her, and chase her over a frozen river. Falling through, Marianne encounters three ‘presences’, who claim they are now her three masters. As penance for the sins she had committed, she was told she now has a chest full of ‘hearts’, that she must give away, which she does in the form of sculpting. She will have one heart left for her lover, who must ‘accept it, and then give it back’ to set her free.
    As their love story unfolds past and present, Marianne also spins romantic tales from across the centuries and around the world that defy pain and suffering and bring hope and succor to her deeply damaged friend. But as he starts to fight his demons and the morphine-addicted serpent embedded in his spine, Marianne begins the count down of her hearts...


    I did like it. He's Canadian, from Winnipeg. There was a big stir over the book because he got a million dollar advance. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a film although they'd probably ruin it anyway. Be better as a mini series, the genre that is coming back into vogue.
    I believe this is already a movie, unless there are two with the same name.

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    Mona Lisa Overdrive, Neoromancer, Count Zero. (The Sprawl Trliogy)
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    Just realized I posted books in reverse order of release. oops
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