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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I’d like to see as movies/tv shows

It’s Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and Bookish: be sure to check out the master list of blog posts on books that would make great movies/tv shows!  Here are my picks:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.)

  1. 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.

 

Tough Traveling: The Ace

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. This week is THE ACE:

Some people are just ridiculously good at everything.  Be it magic, swordplay, or all of the above.  THE ACE has no equal.

name of the windKvothe, The Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss)
I used Kvothe last week too, but I have to use him again because he is just the most Ace-like character I’ve read in recent memory. Whether he is being the world’s best musician, training to be a warrior with a prestigious mercenary group, or becoming the most powerful arcanist ever, Kvothe is just always the best at everything he tries. We even have whole chapters about how good he is in bed.  It’s… well, it’s all a bit much at times, quite honestly.

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
I feel like I’m choosing a Harry Potter character every week…. but how can I not mention my favourite know-it-all Hermione Granger? She is the best at everything. Harry would have been lost without her. No doubt about it: without Hermione, Voldemort would still be in power.  She is the real hero.

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Breq, Ancillary Sword (Ann Leckie)
I’ve chosen Ancillary Sword specifically because Breq was more flawed in Ancillary Justice (if nothing else, at least, she wasn’t the greatest at plan formation and execution).  But she has a steep learning curve, and Fleet Captain Breq in Ancillary Sword? She is smarter than you. She is stronger than you. She has faster reflexes and is better shot. She speaks all the languages. She takes time out from fighting injustice and classism to do ethnomusicological fieldwork.  Basically, to quote Seivarden: “Fleet Captain is pretty fucking badass.”

Lem, Zombies, Run!
Lem is brave, noble, thoughtful, and self-sacrificing.  He is the best runner that your rival settlement New Canton has in the zombie apocalypse – but he’s willing to lay his life down for you in the field anyway, because he’s just that sort of guy. He overcame his humble beginnings as an orphan to become a self-made millionaire, and his post-apocalyptic hobbies include saving children.  He also is a Nobel Prize winning chemist, a personal friend of Kofi Annan… and has an Olympic medal in luge.

Ace Rimmer, Red Dwarf

Sort of a two-for-one here, because Sam Yao jealously calls Lem ‘Ace Rimmer’ in Zombies, Run!  I had no idea who Ace Rimmer was, not having seen the British comedy series Red Dwarf. So when I got home from my run I looked him up on youtube, found this video, and started laughing.  For your viewing pleasure: The Ace, Ace Rimmer…. What a guy.

Tough Traveling: Awesome Displays of Magic

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. This week is AWESOME DISPLAYS OF MAGIC:

Sometimes magic can be subtle. Who wants that? Big explosions or acts of creation, death and destruction or acts of awe inspiring wonder. If your world has magic then why not show it off?

The Prophecy Con,  Patrick Weekes
Hell hath absolutely no fury like a pissed off former death priestess….. and to avoid spoiling my favourite part of this book for everyone, I will say no more than that.

The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
Kvothe going kind of ballistic on the bandit camp definitely qualifies. He uses one of the bandits dead bodies like a creepy voodoo doll to use sympathy, stabbing a bunch of them at once with swords they can’t even see… and then he calls a lightning storm down on them to finish things up. Kvothe is kind of creepy, right?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
Credit where credit is due: this is one of those very rare moments where the movie made a scene so much more epic than I ever imagined it in the book. In a few passing sentences before the Battle of Hogwarts, Pf. McGonagall brings the school’s statues to life: “And all along the corridor the statues and stuffs of armour jumped down from their plinths… ‘” With the help of the movie, this half paragraph or so turn into one of the most epically awesome displays of magic ever.

“Chosen,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
ALL THE SPOILERS: For me, this is the most awesome display of magic on this list. In Buffy‘s final episode, Willow uses her power to give all the would-be slayers in the world the slayer’s strength. “From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up.” … Awwww, I’m getting all teary just thinking about it! I really can’t overstate how profoundly wonderful this was to watch as a teenage girl (Plus, you get a bonus magical explosion from Spike’s amulet thing in the mix too).