After watching Heartstopper and The Summer I Turned Pretty this year, it’s safe to say that we can now trust the filmmakers as well as show makers not to destroy our favorite books. Be it romance or YA, there are countless books that could be turned into a great film or even a TV series if only everybody shifted their sole attention from fantasy to these genres.
Having read over two hundred romance books, we could suggest a few books that we think should be getting adapted. Books like Marriage for One, Shatter Me series, and Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie, are a few books that we would love to see on screen so that when we are feeling low or just happy, we could watch them again and again, to feel what these books make us feel.
However, to contradict our own statement, we believe that these books are so good that they should never be adapted because some books can’t be adapted. Most of these TV and movie adaptations miss the essence of a good story and turn it into some washed-down version of a story that breaks our hearts.
And as much as we’d like these people from the film industry to stay away from our favorite books, it’s highly unlikely they would. That’s also why we are a little scared about these five books which will be getting their chance to be on screens soon. Albeit terrified, we are thrilled too to see what becomes of our favorite stories.
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It Happened One Summer By Tessa Bailey
The famous and one of the most beloved books for its grumpy-sunshine trope, this rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” and a fisherman is all set to be adapted into a film. The film will be produced by BCDF Pictures and Frolic Media, adapted by Christina Mengert with Joseph Muszynski as the scriptwriter. It Happened One Summer follows Piper Bellinger, a fashionable and influential woman with a reputation as a wild child. When a party lands Piper in jail, her stepfather decides to teach her and her younger sister a lesson.
The girls are cut off by him and sent to Westport to run their late father’s dive bar. It hasn’t even been an hour, and the local brooding fisherman Brendan has already made an assumption that these girls won’t be able to survive in his town. Determined to prove her father and the grumpy local wrong, Piper works hard and makes everyone believe that she’s more than just a pretty face. Personally, we would love to see the back and forth between these characters, and to see Westport come to life on screens would be a dream come true for innumerable readers.
The Spanish Love Deception By Elena Armas
Elena Armas’ debut novel, yet one of the best romance books with the best book boyfriend, ever. Catalina needs a date to attend her sister’s wedding urgently. She might have told her family a lie about having an American boyfriend, which might have accidentally spiraled out of control. She is sharing this news with her friend when Aaron Blackford, who happens to be nearby, listens to her ramble about her problem and volunteers to be her fake boyfriend.
That would have been the perfect solution if she hadn’t hated his guts, but since she was desperate, he’ll have to work. BCDF Pictures has acquired the rights to the book, The Spanish Love Deception, which means readers get to see Aaron and Catalina in a film soon.
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder By Holly Jackson
BBC Three is going to adapt this bestselling teen crime thriller book into a six-part series. The filming of the series will begin in 2023 for broadcasting on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. AGGGTM follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi. Five years ago, a schoolgirl was murdered, and when the murderer was found, the case was closed. But, Pip believes that the murderer isn’t the real culprit and he has been framed for the crime he didn’t commit to hide the truth.
As Pip digs deeper, she learns that someone is trying hard to hide the truth, and they will go to extreme lengths to make sure it stays hidden. Poppy Cogan will pen the adaptation of this book alongside Zia Ahmed, Ajoke Ibironke, and Ruby Thomas. The series will be produced by Florence Walker, with BBC Studios handling the international distribution.
The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren
Written by authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, The Unhoneymooners follows Olive and Ethan. When Olive’s twin sister gets food poisoning along with all the guests at her wedding, Olive and Ethan are forced to go on the all-expenses-paid honeymoon trip to Hawaii, which her sister was supposed to go. Ethan is Olive’s sworn enemy, but for the sake of a free vacation, they try to keep their mutual hatred for each other aside.
However, when Olive runs into her boss and lies to him, she and Ethan are forced to pretend to be loving newlyweds. The book is getting adapted into a feature movie by BCDF Pictures, with Joseph Muszynski writing the script. The script was completed, and it’s actively in adaptation now.
The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue By V.E. Schwab
The book The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue follows a girl who makes a deal with the devil in a moment of desperation, but she doesn’t know that these Gods and Devil love loopholes. She makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
That holds true until, 300 years, Addie stumbles upon a bookstore where a guy remembers her name. In October 2020, Studio eOne picked up the film rights, which will be directed by Augustine Frizzell. Frizzell, along with her husband David Lowery, is writing the film’s script.
Looks like the next few years are going to be great for the readers. There hasn’t been any announcement about release dates, but we are hoping we might get these movies soon.
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