- Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
Vengeance, love, sympathetic villains, secret assassins, epic battles, a country whose very name has been wiped from history… Kay’s story would make for a very dramatic, interesting, and highly cinematic miniseries, I think.
- Orleans, Sherri L. Smith
I would love to see Smith’s post-apocalyptic New Orleans on a big screen, and I would especially love seeing Fen de la Guerre as a protagonist.
- The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss
Given their popularity, I will be shocked – shocked – if they don’t end up onscreen in the next few years.
- Nightrunner Series, Lynn Flewelling
The Nightrunner series would provide plenty of excellent fodder for a fantastical television series, or several movies. What makes me want to see it particularly more than other fantasy adventure books, though, is the fact it has a same-sex romance at its heart – something that isn’t represented enough in the fantasy/sci-fi that makes it to the screen.
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy, Ann Leckie
I haven’t got a clue how they would go about doing it – a multi-bodied protagonist! Alternating timelines! And oh but I do worry deeply about how the agender society would be handled – it is so rarely done well in film and TV. But all the same, I really want to see Breq the glorious spaceship-cyborg protagonist being an absolute badass, I really do.
- Sabriel, Garth Nix
The sound design would be so exciting – a book with a necromancer protagonist who uses bells to lay the dead to rest is just incredibly exciting to the sound geek in me. Plus, it’s has both young adult and adult appeal, a badass female protagonist, and zombies – it would be perfect for today’s TV or film markets!
- Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
I’ve been waiting for my Artemis Fowl movies for YEARS. Years I tell you. It would be hilarious and action packed and really I just want to see a movie about an indignant technophiliac centaur, a badass gun-toting fairy girl and a snarky Irish preteen crimelord.
- The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
It’s probably all the Hannibal I’ve been watching lately, but I can’t stop thinking that Bryan Fuller would do a fantastic TV series based on this book. Though that said, I’d be worried with most other people at the helm – it would be way too easy to have it turn into a crime procedural with some time travel thrown in, and I fear it would lose some of its feminist message in the hands of a less capable and thoughtful showrunner.
- Neuromancer, William Gibson
I had this on the brain after listing it in Heists for Tough Traveling. A heist story, plenty of gadgets, and a team of misfits, what’s not to love? (Mostly I really want to see Molly Millions character design, with her retractable razor claws and mirrored eyes.)
- Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
This tops my list without a doubt, and for one reason only: the fight scenes. Can you imagine how awesome the fight scenes would be in a Mistborn movie??? SO AWESOME, that’s how awesome they would be.