Okay, so, for the third day of the Novel Films blogfest, I present you with a list of some of my favorite books, all science fiction and fantasy as it just so happens, that I think could make really great films – if adapted well, and the production budget was high enough. 😉
A spell for chameleon, by Piers Anthony.
Ah, the Xanth series before it got swallowed in puns.
I think that this could become a great movie if the original fantasy charm of the story gets captured. It might be hard trying to capture the land of Xanth in a live action movie or a blend of live action and CGI, but it could really do well as any variety of animation film.
The storyline is fairly simple in its core – a young man, Bink, living under a sentence of exile, goes out into the wild lands looking for the answer that might let him keep his home – and though he meets some incredible characters, he doesn’t find that answer, that unique magic, and is sent from the Kingdom of Xanth into cruel Mundania. Once there, he’s immediately captured by the exiled Evil Magician Trent determined to make his way back and take over the Kingdom. When they blunder back into the wilds of Mundania, accompanied by a woman who literally changes with the days of the month, Bink and Trent must settle on the field of honor, to determine the future of the land that they both love, in their own ways.
A Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones
Again, this is a great book, full of magic, and I could really see it being made into a great movie. Chrestomanci Castle is just crying out to be immortalized on film, along with Christopher Chant and his dressing gowns, Cat, Janet, Gwendolyn, and all the remarkable characters of this film. And talk about twists and turns, not knowing who to trust? The only thing I can see going wrong is that the final battle of magic between the Chrestomanci household and the gathering of wicked witches and necromancers could never be as amazing on screen as it is on the page.
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