Thursday Movie Picks: An Adaptation You Want to See

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Check out the entries of other participants through the link up in her site. This week's theme is an adaptation of anything that you want to see. All my picks are books that I want to see get adapted. Here are my picks for the week:

Station Eleven - Written by Emily St. John Mandel, this is mostly set in a post apocalyptic world when most of the population has been wiped out by a disease. It follows different characters who are connected through their past (kind of like a sixth degree connection) and how the decisions before the apocalypse affect their present. It's a fantastic read and involves a lot of situations, so this would make for an interesting dramatic movie.

A Long Way to A Small and Angry Planet - This science fiction tale written by Becky Chambers tells the story of a group of builders who are tasked to build a wormhole that would make transportation easier from one side of a galaxy to the other. The book has great world-building, and the personalities and cultures of the characters are detailed and well thought of. I would love to see this come alive onscreen, especially when things get exciting and dramatic. 

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged - This is a bit similar to Bridget Jones, and is written by Ayisha Malik. Sofia, a Muslim woman working as a writer was tasked to write about the Muslim dating scene. I don't think I've seen a mainstream romantic comedy that focuses on the Islamic culture, and seeing as I've enjoyed reading the book, I am definitely lining up for this movie. 


  1. These sound like excellent ideas for a film. I could go for Sofia Khan is Not Obliged. As long as they don't cast a Caucasian.

  2. I loved Station Eleven! That would be a really great film if they do it right. I haven't heard of the other two.

  3. These all sound interesting, I haven't read any of them though I have heard of Angry Planet. The last would be a bit of a different spin on the rom-com genre. I seen ones that have Muslim characters among the cast but not one that focuses specifically on them.

    I also went with book adaptations and a mix of genres.

    How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater (2005)-Comic novel by Marc Acito tells the tale of young sexually confused Jersey teen Edward Zanni and the lengths he goes to his senior year when his divorced father marries gold-digging shrew Dagmar and she blocks his way to attending Julliard. Helping Edward are his group of very resourceful and game friends, free spirit Paula D’Angelo, enterprising Natie Nudelman (affectionately called Cheesehead), Edward’s sometime girlfriend, perky blonde Kelly, exotic Persian transfer student Ziba and football jock Doug Grabowski who’s more at home with the theatre geeks than his sport cronies. Together, with the sometime reluctant help of Paula’s dotty Aunt Glo, they scheme to defeat the rapacious Dagmar and make Edward’s musical dream come true.

    The Queen’s Man (2000)-In the year 1193 young Justin de Quincy witnesses the murder of a tradesman on the road from Winchester to London. As he lies dying the man hands Justin a letter and begs him to find a way to get it to the queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Letter in hand he’s brought into Eleanor’s presence and her confidence leading to a world of intrigue and danger as Eleanor plots to save her favorite son, Richard the Lionhearted whilst her grasping younger son John schemes to seize the throne. Great historical detail and an engaging lead character makes a good adventure.

    A Cast of Killers (1986)-In 1982 author Sidney Kirkpatrick is commissioned to write a biography of King Vidor, director of classics The Big Parade and Stella Dallas among many others. Delving into Vidor’s papers he discovered a trove of research that the director and his good friend former silent star Colleen Moore had compiled on the unsolved 1922 murder of film director William Desmond Taylor. Putting the Vidor bio aside for the moment Kirkpatrick built on the existing research and plunged into the jazz mad world of the twenties where men with vague pasts such as Taylor’s could rise to the level of respected film director. Along the way he acquaints the reader with the many people, shaded by Vidor’s intimate knowledge of the film community of the time, involved in the case including the two stars, comic legend Mabel Normand and supposedly innocent Mary Miles Minter, whose careers were destroyed in the scandal and the massive cover-up and graft that protected the killer, whom Vidor deduced, for decades. A fascinating story begging to be filmed.

  4. Haven't read any of these, but Station Eleven has been on my radar since it came out! Sounds like it would make a good movie.

  5. Oooh, Station Eleven, that could be so good on screen!