Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Road Trip Wednesday: Let's Go to the Movies!

The Veronica Mars Kickstarter success makes us wonder,
what YA book would you raise $2 million to see a movie version of?

From YA Highway:
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly 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 is my first time taking part in Road Trip Wednesday. I have wanted to participate for a while, but was waiting for this blog to get going. It’s going, so here we are.

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What YA book would I want to raise $2 million to see as a movie?

(Luckily, my favorite book - Divergent - is already being made into a movie. I might die of excitement.)

My first gut reaction to this question is – Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Or Fire or Bitterblue.

I liked Bitterblue the best so I would love to see it as a movie, but it would need the set up of Graceling and Fire to reach it’s full potential.

But seriously? This world turned into a movie would be phenomenal. I would love to see all those different-eye-colored Gracelings on screen. I need to see Po and Katsa together, Fire and Brigan, Bitterblue and Saf. The fights, the survival, the Leck-infestested country – it would be a beautiful thing to see.


Those movies all need WAY more than $2 million to be made well. So, I’m just going to hope that some film makers see the potential of these books soon and get that film rolling. Because I. Need. It.

So, a YA novel that I loved, but think could be made well on a smaller budget?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – and, of course, Pandemonium and Requiem.

I adored this series as well. With dystopian fiction being my favorite genre, I was almost mad at Lauren for coming up with this idea before me! Then, I realized that as a just-starting-with-no-formal-experience writer, the story was much better told by Lauren than I would ever have been able to do. So, I’m very glad she got to it first.

But a society that has outlawed LOVE? That has attempted to fix all the problems we silly love-struck humans encounter? I’d love to see that come alive on screen.

I’d even more love to see Lena illegally fall in love with Alex. YES PLEASE!!!!

I love that the Veronica Mars start-up is happening. I never watched the show. But I love the idea that the consumers of stories – whether books or tv shows – might begin to have more say in what is made into movies. We’re the ones watching movies – why not get our opinions on what would make great movies?!
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What books, YA or other, would YOU like to see made into a movie?


  1. Welcome to RTW! This is my second so I'm new right along with you. :)

    I'd love to see 'Delirium' as a movie too. Did you know it's being made into a TV show? And 'Graceling' would be great on the big screen - I'm surprised it hasn't already happened!

    1. A TV show?! No, I hadn't heard. Details, please!!!

    2. Thank you, thank you!! That information made my day! So excited for this to happen. :)

  2. Hi Rachel! Welcome to RTW. I haven't read Delirium yet but I think I might have to because of all the hype about it. The premise sounds like it would make a great movie. Thanks for sharing.

    1. If you like dystopias, I think you'll like Delirium.

      Some people avoid books with a lot of hype, I say that if there's a lot of hype, there's a dang good reason for it! Most of the time at least, I can think of a few examples that contradict my theory, but not many! :)

  3. I really need to read some Lauren Oliver. I have BEFORE I FALL on my TBR, and if I like that, I might pick up DELIRIUM.

    Welcome to the Road Trip! :D

    1. Lauren Oliver is a great writer. However, Before I Fall and Delirium are very, very different. If I hadn't known it was the same author, I would never have guessed.

      I read them the other way around: Delirium first, Before I Fall second (well, third actually, because I read Pandemonium second). I really enjoyed them both, but definitely Delirium more. It was just a fascinating concept to think about.

      Thanks! I'm excited to be a part of the Road Trip!

    2. Thanks for that, Rachel. Perhaps I need to read the first chapter of each to see which I'd prefer to read first. :)

  4. Great picks, great books. Happy someone new has joined the YA Road Trip; glad to have you aboard. If you go on Lauren Oliver's Tumblr page, she updates the process of the making/ casting of the DELIRIUM television series regularly. I also heard rumor's of GRACELING being made into a movie, so may get your wish. Happy traveling. :)

    1. Delirium TV show and possible Graceling movie? I'm on cloud 9!

      And thanks for the welcome to RTW - I'm happy to be aboard!

  5. Both GRACELING and DELIRIUM are great picks. I'd be thrilled to see both on the big screen. Welcome to RTW, by the way!

  6. Lol, my gut instinct was "DIVERGENT!" but fortunately that is a thing that's actually happening. Unfortunately, I had to decide on a different answer.

    Welcome to RTW! :)