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15 Books That Deserve The Movie Makeover

15 Books That Deserve The Movie Makeover

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If you’re the type of reader that sees book scenes in your head like your own personal movie, then this is for you. Have you ever wished for your favorite book to get the movie adaptation treatment of classics like The Hunger Games or To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, or Love, Simon? Made a fantasy cast for your fave characters? Same! This is why we’ve compiled this list of 15 books we wish we could see on the big screen. There are so many more we could add, but this is a good start!

Idol Gossip By Alexandra Leigh Young

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While there are so many YA book-to-movie adaptations out there already, what we haven’t seen is one based around the K-pop industry! Enter Idol Gossip, the story of Alice Choy, who moved from San Francisco to Seoul and loves to karaoke with her sister, Olivia. When she’s scouted by Top10 Entertainment’s Star Academy, she’s thrown into the world of K-pop stardom. Seeing her journey from trainee to star performer would be amazing on screen and considering the subject, we’re sensing an absolute fire soundtrack (*eyeball emoji*).

You’ve Reached Sam By Dustin Thao

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While we love feel-good movies, we all need a good tearjerker once in a while! You’ve Reached Sam would bring all the feels to the big screen, as we follow 17-year-old Julie’s grief over her boyfriend Sam’s tragic death. In a once-in-a-lifetime turn of events, Julie is gifted with a special connection to Sam through phone calls, giving her an extra chance at saying goodbye. We’d be so down for bringing the tissues to this one!

Cemetery Boys By Aiden Thomas

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This book would be the perfect spooky season movie! It’s all about Yadriel, a Latinx boy dealing with a family who has problems accepting his gender, and also ghosts, lots of ghosts. In an effort to prove himself a true brujo, he sets out to summon the spirit of his murdered cousin but accidentally raises Julian Diaz, the school bad boy. The two end up helping each other, but the more time they spend together, the less Yadriel wants to let Julian go. This stunning novel was longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award, and we know it would be just as stunning onscreen!

We Are Not Free By Traci Chee

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Another National Book Award finalist, this unique historical novel follows 14 young Japanese American friends whose lives are turned upside down by the mass incarceration of Japanese American citizens during World War II in the U.S. The friends face racism, injustice, and hardships during this period, and the story is told through each of their points of view in unique ways, such as letters, verses, and vignettes. This unique setup would make such an interesting movie style-wise, and the importance of the story is one that definitely deserves the spotlight.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V.E. Schwab

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Addie LaRue has lived for 300 years, trying to make her mark on the world. In 1714, she made a deal with a mysterious man who allowed her to live forever but she was cursed to be forgotten by everyone she met. Until one day, a young man in a bookstore remembers her name. And honestly, that’s all we need to know about this story! This dazzling adventure would make a beautiful cinematic experience.

The Soulmate Equation By Christina Lauren

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Who doesn’t love a good rom-com? Christina Lauren, author duo, are the queens of adult romance novels, and we are confident their skills would translate excellently onto the screen. In this 2021 novel, single mom Jessica submits her DNA to a brand new dating service called GeneticAlly, which finds romantic matches based on DNA, and supposedly, soulmates. When she gets a 98-percent match with the company’s founder, Dr. River Peña, what follows is a whirlwind of hate-to-love romance and charm. Is this not the soulmate AU we’ve all dreamed of?! Seeing this story as a movie would bring us all the classic rom-com vibes.

Grown By Tiffany D. Jackson

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This straight-from-the-headlines mystery revolving around the dark corners of the music industry would make a gripping, important film. Enchanted, a young girl with dreams of becoming a famous singer is spotted at an audition by R&B legend Korey Fields, who begins mentoring her. Until she wakes up with blood on her hands, Korey’s dead body, and no memory of what happened. This story unflinchingly confronts the abuse and mistreatment of Black women in the music industry and the powerful people who enable the abusers. Also, like Idol Gossip, this would probably have an incredible, though potentially heartbreaking, soundtrack…

Truly Devious By Maureen Johnson

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A quirky, full-of-history boarding school, a decades-old mystery, riddles, and the return of a storied anonymous serial killer… We’ve already bought our imaginary movie ticket. Truly Devious takes place in atmospheric Vermont at a school for inventors and artists. We follow true crime aficionado Stevie Bell, who is determined to solve the cold case of the disappearance of the school founder’s wife and daughter. Strange things start happening at the school, and the infamous Truly Devious returns, and Stevie is caught in a web of mysteries past and present.

Red, White, & Royal Blue By Casey McQuiston

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Now this, friends, is not just a manifestation. In October 2021, it was announced that Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew López signed on to direct the film adaptation for Amazon Studios. Plus, it will be produced by Greg Berlanti, director of the 2018 book-to-movie adaptation Love, Simon. The hate-to-love forbidden romance of Alex, son of the U.S. president, and Henry, Prince of England, blew up in 2019, and seeing the spiciness, heart, and juicy drama on the big screen is going to be a dream come true. While it’s still in development, we’re keeping it on this list until we see it with our own eyes!

Clap When You Land By Elizabeth Acevedo

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This novel-in-verse set in both New York City and the Dominican Republic follows two sisters, Camino and Yahaira, who learn of their father’s death in a plane crash. What they don’t know, though, is that each other exist. Through this story, they face their father’s death and find each other as sisters. Not only would this beautiful novel be visually stunning as a movie, but the heart and emotion that shines through this sister duo would also make for a captivating film.

You Should See Me In A Crown By Leah Johnson

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This breakout star of 2020 would make such an adorable movie! Liz Lighty, our protagonist, has big dreams of getting out of her small Indiana hometown and becoming a doctor. When her financial aid falls through, she’s forced to rely on vying for the school’s prom queen and king scholarship. With the help of the new girl, Mack, the competition is bearable, even if Mack is also in the running for the queen. Not to mention, Liz is falling for Mack. We could totally see this being the next big Netflix movie á la To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!

These Violent Delights By Chloe Gong

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You simply had us at “Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai.” These Violent Delights is the kind of sweeping, imaginative fantasy we’re dying to see in movie form! Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov are associated with rival gangs engaged in a vicious blood feud. As mysterious deaths on both sides begin to accumulate, Juliette and Roma must work together to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. Imagine glittering flappers, Shanghai, enemies-to-lovers, and monsters on the big screen—exactly, we’re sold!

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Instructions For Dancing By Nicola Yoon

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Nicola Yoon has gifted us with the treasures that are Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, both of which have been transformed into movie magic. It’s only fitting that we get the same for Instructions For Dancing! Evie has the ability to see the fates of romances. As she navigates her newfound gift, she learns to ballroom dance with a boy named X, her complete opposite. As they fall for each other, Evie questions her visions of heartbreak and wonders if experiencing an epic love story is worth the risk. This rom-com is more than meets the eye, and we’d love to see it play out on another level!

Legendborn By Tracy Deonn

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Tracy Deonn‘s mesmerizing world of magic and mystery would make an amazing movie! Bree Matthews attends an early college program at UNC-Chapel Hill after her mother’s death, but on the first night, she witnesses a demonic magical attack that unearths a secret society of “Legendborn” who hunt them. What follows is the unraveling of the circumstances surrounding Bree’s mom’s death, Bree’s own magical abilities, and an impending magical war. This story would shine onscreen with its heart-stopping action and fascinating magic system.

Ace Of Spades By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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At Niveus Private Academy, the students are seemingly perfect and rich. Then, an anonymous texter calling themself “Aces” releases private photos of musician Devon and a scandalous secret involving head girl Chiamaka. This twisty thriller delves into handling institutionalized racism and gives us all the dark academia vibes we could want!

Now, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that some of our faves will be given the book-to-movie makeover soon! As always, please be aware and informed about content and trigger warnings before picking up any of these books, and most of all, happy reading (and hopefully watching)!

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