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In November, the last entry in The Hunger Games series will debut and leave us all with a Katniss-shaped hole in our lives. Unless, of course, Hollywood can somehow find a way to keep milking that particular cash cow. Never underestimate Hollywood and its hunger for easy money.

I would probably go see additional films in that universe. Yes, I know.

It made me wonder what other books would I love to see made into films. There's a chance that we'll see The Scorpio Races hit the big screen one day. Same for Lumberjanes and Nimona, as the universe properly recognizes that everything Noelle Stevenson touches should be given its due. There was also the recent announcement for Uprooted.

For all of these picture me screaming with a megaphone, "DON'T SUCK. REMEMBER TO NOT SUCK." But beyond these, there are others I would love to see adapted, too, even if, as has been pointed out to me, I shouldn't hold my breath.

(Brutal, friends. Brutal.)

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Karen Memory is a steampunk adventure story featuring a team of sex workers who live and work in Madame Damnable's Hôtel Mon Cherie, their U.S. Marshall ally and his Comanche sidekick, and how they come together to take on evil creeps who need to be schooled in proper consent and held accountable for their shady political and world domination machinations. It's a great time, features an adorable queer romance, and would be an excellent story to put to film. There are chases and dramatic rescues and a super cute love story. The costuming alone for a film version would be so awesome it would deserve multiple Oscars.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Okay, okay. I know; Kamala Khan is very new to the Marvel universe. She's only just finished the first leg of her transformation into a superhero and has some more growing up to do. But there are several years waiting to be filled with more of Kamala's comic adventures in order for the future to contain an awesome Ms. Marvel film to tie into the Inhumans and that thread later on in future phases. The phases after Phase Three are wide open. Note: I know nothing about the Inhumans and am only making assumptions. But there's plenty of time to keep developing Kamala's fanbase and introducing her to new readers while figuring out a way to bring her into the fold. I wouldn't say no to a Captain Marvel cameo, either. Listen, Marvel, I have ideas about Kamala in the MCU. CALL ME.

God's War by Kameron Hurley

If gritty, apocalyptic science fiction is something the world wants, well, God's War has it in spades. On a war-torn planet, Nyx is trying to keep her team together, find some jobs, and survive. There's boxing, aliens, betrayal, and murder. And there's bugs. Lots and lots of bugs; just picturing what a film might do with the way this world uses bugs to survive is fascinating and also, pretty gross, so at least the grim crapsack world fans would be like pigs in mud. God's War was more visceral for me than any other science fiction book I've ever read, but has great characters, and would 100% need to be rated R to work at all. I'll keep a candle burning for my hope of one day getting to see Nyx and Rhys interact on screen.

vN by Madeline Ashby

Robots are a popular avenue for film. If I could choose one robot novel to be adapted, vN is the one I would stick under some studio's nose. The downside is that it's extremely weird and the plot is a bit difficult to follow if you're new to science fiction and robots. But on the plus side there's robot cannibalism right off the bat (this isn't a spoiler; it's the book's opening), and what follows is a complicated coming of age of story and a contemplation of growing up, family, and love that's been done so often in other forms that it would be make up for the weirdness of the story otherwise. Plus, I'm ready for more stories that tackle relationships between women, especially multi-generational.

Feed by Mira Grant

Reading Feed was like being side-swiped by the zombie story I never knew I wanted. I love zombie stories a lot when they are deeply about character. This is one reason that I loved World War Z by Max Brooks, and was heartbroken when the film version was not the insightful critique that could have been. But Feed is so entertaining with just enough action and politics that I think it could work. Given the way later books develop it might not be possible to franchise it without big character relationship changes, but just imagining how great it would be to watch George on her bike or her being snarky at people! Alternately, a brave company could take this on as a television series and it would be excellent. Think of the cliffhangers.

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Stairs is a fantasy political thriller that would be perfect as a miniseries that firmly ends just like the book does as a one off for the company that doesn't want a relationship and isn't ready for long term, multiple-season commitment. It's a perfectly self-contained story that with the right leads and a solid writing team that treats the source material respectfully could be amazing (the ladies are competent! I know that's hard for you, Hollywood, but I believe you can be better!). The main draw here would be getting to see Shara and Mulaghesh interact and watching all the weird magic develop as Shara attempts to solve Bulikov's mysteries. And also, who doesn't want to see Sigrud's action scenes?

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Without a doubt the book about magic and human nature I most want to see translated to film is Zoo City. As a bonus, getting to see the world that Beukes built would be fantastic, the wildly differing places in Johannesburg that Zinzi travels through. And if they got the casting and the animals right, this would be the most brilliant story about a woman just trying to survive in a world where she's marked out as Other in more than one way. Seriously, why hasn't this been made yet? What are they waiting for?

(I know this answer. Now I'm sad.)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Stay with me a minute: The Goblin Emperor, adapted like it was Downton Abbey.


Date: 2015-07-15 11:48 am (UTC)
bookgazing: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookgazing
So many of these would be on my list too!!! Urgh I want to make a companion list with YA after that dudebro list you sent me!

Date: 2015-07-15 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow, The Goblin Emperor idea is such a good idea! You're a genius! That would be the funnest miniseries ever. (I admit that I mostly want things to be miniserieses rather than movies -- more space to experiment and do fun stuff and not lose awesome plot points or characters!)

Date: 2015-07-15 11:22 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (Feed Russian cover)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I like that every book in your list is one I've read or plan to read. ^_^

I'm cautiously glad that Newsflesh has been optioned (if nothing else, it gives Seanan money to feed her kitties), but somewhat dismayed that it's specifically optioned for film (unless something has changed), because it clearly wants to be a three-season HBO series or something. It would be entirely possible to do a brilliant screen adaptation, but I think the odds of that are much lower with movies than they would be with TV. And it so deserves to be handled brilliantly.

Date: 2015-07-16 01:54 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Feed logo (from Mira Grant's site))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I even already own three of the ones I haven't read yet! (Or four. I can't remember if I have an ebook of Zoo City from a Humble Bundle or something, but I think maybe?)

If Newsflesh were done badly, it could be so unspeakably awful. ;_; But oh, imagine what a phenomenal role Georgia would be for somebody if it were a good script. *starry eyes* (I mean, all of the roles would be great, and Shaun likewise requires one hell of a lot of subtlety from an actor. But Georgia. Imagine.)

Date: 2015-07-16 01:13 am (UTC)
owlmoose: stack of books (book - pile)
From: [personal profile] owlmoose
The Goblin Emperor as Downton Abbey: genius.

I totally agree on City of Stairs and Karen Memory, too.

Also, what news did I miss about Uprooted,my favorite book of the year?

Date: 2015-07-19 03:38 am (UTC)
scintilla10: a happy Katara canonballing into the water (AtLA - Katara wheee!)
From: [personal profile] scintilla10
Oh my god, yes, The Goblin Emperor, I'm with you 1000%.


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