Books That Would Make Great Movies…If They Are Done PERFECTLY!

Pretty much every book these days is being turned into a film or a television show. I don’t really know how I feel about it, considering that a lot of the time the movie/tv version ends up being underwhelming. Outlander is an exception of course, what they have done with that show has been wonderful…they truly brought the book series to life.

Today I have a list of books that I would LOVE to see turned into movies however ONLY if they are going to be done PERFECTLY. I don’t want another Vampire Academy or Maximum Ride on our hands. I want something that fits the book and doesn’t go off on it’s own tangents (True Blood….ugh!!). In other words, if they can’t be done PROPERLY then don’t do them at all!!!!

P.s – A few of these probably are already in the works to become movies

Red Rising – Pierce Brown

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This movie would be AWESOME if done properly. It not done properly I fear it could look like Seth Rogen and James Franco’s home video of Pineapple Express in This Is The End. If this was to become a movie, NOTHING can be left out, otherwise it just wouldn’t work. Every intricate little twist and turn needs to be portrayed otherwise it won’t make sense…or it will just be stupid.



Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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When I was reading this book the whole way through it I was thinking of what it would be like as a movie. I think that this book would make a freaking awesome action/sci-fi movie and could be a MASSIVE hit.





A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E.Schwab

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I want to see my love Delilah in the flesh. I don’t know who would play her, just not Scarlett Johanson (though it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if they chose her, they choose her for everything even if she isn’t suitable). I think these could be absolutely EPIC if done well.




Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

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Can you imagine how seriously awesome this book would be as a movie?!? It fits across a lot of genres so I think it would be really popular. My only hope would be is that they don’t just white-wash the shit out of it…I have seen fanart with Inej and Jesper as white…just NO.




Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

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This is another book that sits very close to my heart and if it wasn’t done properly I would need to unleash my stabbiness…ok that sounds very psychotic. Just know, that I would write a VERY strongly worded letter to the writers, producers, cameramen…THEY WILL COME TO KNOW MY WRATH!!!




Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

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So, this one could go very “Twilight” if one wasn’t careful. Kind of like what happened with Fallen (I haven’t seen the movie but I have seen the trailers and you can tell they are aiming at the Twilight fanbase…if there still is one??). The DOSAB movieย would need to be artistic and poetic, because that is exactly what the book is like andย Laini Taylor is a word Goddess.



An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

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I would definitely love to see this one as a movie. Once again – NO WHITEWASHING!!! I am looking at YOU Hollywood!!!! I think this series would seriously be super awesome and action packed, and once again it would definitely appeal to a lot of people as it crosses a few genres as well.




Sabriel – Garth Nix

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Why hasn’t this one been done already? To be honest it is probably a good thing, because I fear that they just wouldn’t get it right. This would be such a goth movie, nobody tell Tim Burton!!!





The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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This is another one I am surprised hasn’t been turned into a movie yet, seeing as it was really popular. Again, I am glad it hasn’t been turned into a move because it would need to be done by someone who has read the book and truly envisions the Night Circus the way it is portrayed in the book.




Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

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It would be amazing to see this book portrayed in film and it would be a massive tear-jerker!! I also think that this would be an important movie, as the book delved into discrimination and perception of women.






I hope you liked my list of potential movies/television shows! Do you agree with my list? Or do you wholly believe that books SHOULD NOT be turned it to movies/tv shows at all? Let me know in the comments section below!!

Steff xx






  1. An Illuminae movie would be so epic!

    How beautiful would a Night Circus movie be? I would love to see that!

    Fun post! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • littlebookynook · August 2

      I think Night Circus would be so beautiful if done right. Illuminae would be freaking awesome!!! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Caila · August 1

    Illuminae would make an amazing action packed movie, I would have to see in theaters. I would also like to see Six of Crows on the big screen.

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    • littlebookynook · August 2

      Illuminae really would be an awesome movie to see in theatres, because there would be a bit of the scare factor as well which would make it heart-pumping!! Six of Crows would be soooooo awesome!!!

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      • Caila · August 2

        I do so hope that it becomes a reality someday.

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  3. Darnell · August 1

    All of those would be perfect, especially Illuminae. I hope Hollywood wouldn’t mess it up.

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    • littlebookynook · August 2

      Illuminae would be so great!! Hollywood have a pretty bad track record with making books into movies…they are either really good or really bad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      • Darnell · August 2

        I think a TV show would be better, mainly because everything could be fleshed out and developed, something that a 2 hour can’t do.

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      • littlebookynook · August 2

        That’s so true hey. I think that’s (one of the reasons) why Vampire Academy did terribly. So much happened in the book but then the movie was just…rushed (but overall terrible haha).


  4. Lara · August 1

    I feel like they would mess up Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes, the Night Circus would make a wonderful movie. I plan on reading most of the books on the lists, but I haven’t gotten round to doing so.

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    • littlebookynook · August 2

      Sadly I feel like they would too. Like I said, Hollywood has a really bad history of white-washing everything and I feel that they would do that with both Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes. Night Circus would be beautiful if done right. I hope you like all of these books when you get around to reading them ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Lara · August 3

        Yes and I just feel they make too many changes to the stories and characters, I’m already getting annoyed thinking about it.

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  5. Michelle · August 2

    There’s so many books on this list that I haven’t read yet *cringes and hides*
    But I would love to see The Night Circus made into a movie; it’s definitely one of my all time favourite books and I think if done well it could be super magical ๐Ÿ˜

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    • littlebookynook · August 2

      Oh the Night Circus would just be wonderful wouldn’t it!! It is just such a magical book that the movie would need to be AS magical.

      Haha that’s ok love, all in your own time!! I find that I prefer to read books once the hype is gone and that way I can have more of an independent opinion rather than base it sort of what others are saying….if you know what I mean? So there are heaps of popular books I haven’t read yet. But I hope you like all of these when you get around to it, I actually highly recommend Burial Rites. It’s super sad but Hannah Kent (who is an Aussie author) is absolutely brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Michelle · August 2

        Totally agree! The hype creates such high expectations sometimes and then you just feel let down if a book doesn’t live up to your expectations ๐Ÿ˜ž

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  6. Azia · August 5

    I haven’t read some of these, but for the ones I HAVE read (Illuminae, Six of Crows, Ember in the Ashes, The Night Circus, DOSAB, and ADSOM) I wholeheartedly agree that they’d made FANTASTIC movies. If done right, of course. Absolutely no white washing, especially for Six of Crows and An Ember in the Ashes. I’d have to punch someone if I saw a white actress being cast for Inej or a white actor for Jesper. Literally punch. And I’d love more sci-fi movies! Illuminae would be a stunning production, I think ๐Ÿ˜€ Great list!

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    • littlebookynook · August 14

      Ohhh I’d sooo love for more sci-fi movies like Illuminae!! I have no faith in Hollywood with all of the whitewashing they have done and still do. Thank you for reading and sorry it’s taken me ages to reply!

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      • Azia · August 16

        Oh it’s all right! Takes me ages to respond to comments myself haha. But yeah, I agree, Hollywood has done horribly in casting POCs for many movies. Hopefully, they start to do a little better soon :/

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  7. A Darker Shade of Magic, Illuminae and Six of Crows would be SO GOOD if they were done right. I’d be terrified that they’d fuck it up though, haha. The production rights for ADSoM and Illuminae have actually been purchased so it’ll be interesting to see if anything ever comes of it and if it does they better be true to the books haha.

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    • littlebookynook · August 14

      Oooh it will be interesting to see what they do with the production rights!! I have to say it does make me nervous!!


  8. Zoe · August 27

    YES to Illuminae and Six of Crows as movies. That would be absolutely amazing and I would be so glad if that would happen. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! โค

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  9. rayaubarca · September 27

    Good post. I would like to see more like this.

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