I may be wrong, but I am under the impression that an increasing number of the films and TV series being released lately are adaptations of books. Although sometimes I wonder if that stems from a lack of new ideas, I think this adaptation frenzy can be a good thing, since more people may become interested in the books that were the source of inspiration and then start reading more.
There are some books, which haven’t been adapted yet, that I feel have the potential to be either great films or TV Series. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan is one of them. It tells the story of Serena Frome who is recruited by the MI5 after graduating from the University of Cambridge in the early 1970s. Her assignment is to select young writers with anti-communist views whom will be offered financial assistance. This spy story becomes more complex when love is added to the mix. Someone should hire Joe Wright to direct it, as he did a fantastic job with Atonement.
A book I also think could be turned into either a fantastic film or TV series is The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis in the original in Portuguese) by José Saramago. This is one of my favourite books by a Portuguese author. The main character in this novel is Ricardo Reis, one of the many heteronyms created by Fernando Pessoa. Saramago transforms Ricardo Reis into a real person who returns to Lisbon after the death of his friend Fernando Pessoa. He discovers a Portugal under the shadow of a dictatorship.
On a completely different vein, Tinder by Sally Gardner could be the source of inspiration for an animation film directed by Tim Burton. I imagine it looking a bit like Corpse Bride (2005), with the same dark tones but with more strokes of red, just like the illustrations by David Roberts. The book tells the story of Otto Hundebiss, a soldier who has had enough of war and falls in love with the brave Safire.
The Dumb House by John Burnside could be turned into a dark and twisted film with an artistic stroke. The story is narrated in the first person by Luke. He has developed an obsession not only with the tale of the Dumb House, which his mother used to tell him, but also with the question of life and death and the existence of a soul. That leads him to perform a series of disturbing experiments. So, this definitely wouldn’t be a light-hearted film.
Are there any books you would like to see adapted to screen? Tell me in the comments!