Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a writing-or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This week’s question is:
The Veronica Mars Kickstarter success makes us wonder, what YA book would you raise $2 million to see a movie version of?
This is such a tough question, because there are so many YA books I’d love to see on the big screen. I think television and movies have had a huge impact on writing in terms of style and pacing, so more and more books seem suited to make that jump from the pages to the theatre. That being said, I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to just one. I cheated and chose three:
1. Grave Mercy: This is one of my all-time favourite YA novels, so it probably tops my list of hoped for movie adaptations. I love a good historical film, and medieval Brittany would be a perfect setting. Castles! Its political intrigue would be exciting to see played out on the screen, as would scenes with Ismae the assassin in action. And I fully admit that I’d enjoy the chance to ogle movie Duval (who is an adult, I might add). Not even gonna try to skirt around that one. I imagine this movie with a gorgeous, sweeping soundtrack that might include touches of traditional Breton music. (I actually own a CD of traditional Breton music by the Chieftains, so I know what it sounds like.)
2. Under the Never Sky: I would love to watch a good CG depiction of an Aether storm on the screen. Plus the contrast of the primitive and technologically advanced societies in this book would be interesting to see. And can you imagine the speculation on who would play Perry? That could get a little crazy, folks. Of course, I’d want them to transform the entire trilogy into movies, because Through the Ever Night was an even better book than the first one.
3. Blood Red Road: This story has cage fights, an epic journey, bizarre characters, and one tough heroine. I think the gritty world Moira Young created would make a great movie setting. I know many readers were split on this, but I loved the flow of the language in Blood Red Road and would really enjoy hearing the dialogue acted out. They’d have to cast one heck of an actress in the role of Saba, someone who could give Jennifer Lawrence a run for her money.
Honourable mention goes to Cinder and Shadow and Bone. Honestly, there are probably a tonne of others I could have added to this list. Any time I see another YA book is scheduled to be turned into a movie, it makes me excited. Assuming the movies are made well, it’s great exposure for all YA stories.
What YA book would you most like to see on the big screen?