Monday, September 20, 2010

What Books Do You Want to See in Film?

Tons of books get made into movies. After all, books are a terrific source of ideas for a story that will become the next popular film. Though the adaptations aren't always what we envisioned, there's something almost magical about seeing a beloved book brought to life on the big screen. Sometimes, it's the other way around, where we've discovered that a movie we enjoy happens to be based on a book. Either way, it can be a treat to experience a story both in book and film.

Two of the movies I'm most anticipating this fall are based on books. Of course, there's part one of the final Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows. Accio November 19! Then there's the third film based on the Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That's coming out December 10. I'm also looking forward to one day seeing the first Stephanie Plum book become a movie (It's starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie), and I've heard Stephenie Meyer's book The Host will be made into a movie.

What books do you want to see in film? I would be so thrilled to see one of my favorite trilogies from my teen years, The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Pierce, made into film. Having just read the hilarious Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson, I'd love to see that in film, too. Ok, so both are vampire stories. But they're each amazing in their own ways. Oh, and of course I'd one day love to see The MirrorMasters turned into a movie. Wouldn't we all love to see that happen for our books? Anyway, let me hear your suggestions!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Procrastination is a Beautiful Thing...

Current Mood: Playful
What I'm Reading: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

So, what's on your bookshelves these days?

Lately I've been doing a bit of reading/listening to audiobooks. My husband and I borrowed the audiobook of Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's one of my new favorite books, and I love the narrator, Enzo, who happens to be a dog. Enzo is a very philosophical dog nearing the end of his life. He wants to be a human in his next life, just like he's heard about on a TV show about the belief in Mongolia related to what happens to a dog's soul when he dies. Enzo tends to watch a lot of TV, especially anything and everything to do with car racing. His master, Denny, is a race car driver struggling with a tragically difficult family situation, and it's a touching and often heartbreaking story. But it's really, really sweet and the ending is perfect!

On the way back from visiting my family for my birthday last weekend, we'd finished that book, so we started listening to Sizzling Sixteen on our Kindle. So far, it's funny, as usual. What I'll be reading next is Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson. It was a birthday gift, and the story of the newly undead former model/prophesied Vampire Queen sounds like it'll satisfy my Buffy fix. I so miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

Anyway, while I should be working on The MirrorMasters tonight, I've been doing other stuff online. Like blogging. And reading other blogs. Nathan Bransford had an awesome link to an Ode to Querying by Tahera. Absolutely hilarious! I'm definitely going to print that out when it's finally time to query. Oh, and I owe a role play post, which I will do this weekend, in addition to finishing chapter 10.

I feel a bit guilty for not working on The MirrorMasters tonight, but it's just not happening until tomorrow. Do any of you feel like that if you don't work on your writing on a given day?

As always, I'd love to hear from all you writers and fantasy fanatics out there :)