When pages become pretty

Is that your wand or are you just...no wait...

When it comes to the transfer of books over to movies, there tends to be a mixed reaction with anyone. The Harry Potter series got kids to read books again, which was a major achievement. It also got religiously…thorough folk to accuse J.K. Rowling of creating an army of Devil worshippers (because we all know anyone who uses Alomahora also listens to Slipknot).

Lord of the Rings was an amazing creation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s incredibly descriptive masterpiece. But avid fans of the book say that now whenever they read the series, they imagine Elijah Wood as Frodo. Not a bad move for Elijah keeping a seared presence within people’s minds.

The Da Vinci Code got readers curious to travel to places in the book, although not to fully understand the culture differences and the beauty of it all, but more like the people going to Station 9 and 3/4 at Kings Cross in London to run into a brick wall.

Twilight did exactly what it was supposed to do, just now we can’t just read a book by its cover, we have to read the movie poster.

I find that for the most part, the right books aren’t being chosen. Think about it, then visuals become the essential, what better than stories that have such vivid imagery?

Top 5 Books that Should Be Movies

Wasn't much of a social kid, Wally.

1. Where’s Wally? (Waldo for you American folk)
When you think about it, there would be nothing better than making a movie about one character, the pursuit of that character, any noticing that the people searching for the one person turns out to be stalking them in the crowd! At different moments, each detective would catch a glimpse and the chase would be on, only to question the mentality of their chase. At the end, the detectives only to get to see him once (like Wilson in Home Improvement!), and he hands them a wallet, says: “Hi, you dropped this,” then strolls off back into the crowd. And scene.

2. The Hungry Caterpillar
If you’re looking for a book that captures the imagination of a caterpillar everything it sees, and want to incorporate the interactivity of the story, you should remember one thing: Pop-up book = 3D movie. Parents won’t need to read the story, just throw the glasses on your kid and wish them a good night as the DVD plays.

3. Ender’s Game
This isn’t much of a joke really, I just find the Ender’s Game series to be of interest, and thought it’d be interesting to see. I do have a few manuscripts of possible scripts if you know a guy who knows a guy.

4. ‘If’ I Did It (OJ Simpson case)
When O.J. Simpson wrote that book basically saying he couldn’t have possibly killed anyone because a killer never makes a single mistake or leaves a piece of evidence, couldn’t this be an interesting take on those films that show what the person’s thinking, and what’s happening? You could even use O.J. himself in the picture, because chances are he won’t pick up in the subtle parody of the self. He was funny in The Naked Gun series…who knows? Maybe some slapstick comedy to get people to it…

5. Big Book of Boobs
Some call it smut, others call it art. But everyone has them. Get over it, and start ‘reading’ the adaptation.

So go forth and spread the word of five possible films that will break the barriers of filmmaking history. And when you walk on that podium for winning the Oscar, thank Doogs. There will be two people who will take an immense feeling of appreciation: Neil Patrick Harris, and me.

So there you have it, another little couple of titles to think about.


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