Over the years of reading different books and different genre, I have found it completely astonishing of who has made it to the movies from their books and who has not. There are times that I often wish that I could pop in one of those books and watch it on the television. With the abundance of my library, I would have many hours of viewing if this were possible.
Johanna Lindsey, that I am aware of, has not made it to the movies. Generally speaking, I am unsure if this is on her own choice or never been brought to the table for her as an opportunity. I have been reading Johanna Lindsey books since I was a teenager. The stories of how the women are stubborn, strong and independent fiery individuals attracted me immediately. I began to relate with them immensely.
Some that I have questioned this problem have made mention that the movies would rate in the rated R, or XXX. However, beyond the racy, steamy page turning sexual chase that Johanna Lindsey gives us, she also gives us great triumphant of love.
The general formula for Johanna Lindsey is the free spirited woman meets with an equally free spirited and stubborn man. The man usually tries to teach the woman the domination over women and how a woman should behave. The ladies of Johanna Lindsey usually do not willingly fit these men’s formula and the fight is on.
Johanna Lindsey is my choice for the next romance movie, especially based off the Malory series.
Margaret Weis is another author that I have not noticed has made it to the big screen. This is a woman that is deeply influential in the fantasy world, but never read a speck of fantasy novels herself. This is a woman that took part of the Dragon lance series, the dungeon and dragons world and many other influential’s in the fantasy world.
I have seen many fantasy movies that I had hoped would please me as much as reading a Margaret Weis book, but the ones that can even become close are the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yes, JRR Tolkien has long been waiting to receive recognition, but I feel that Margaret Weis does deserve some recognition as well.
Another is a favorite of mine that not many know of today Anya Seton. Green Darkness, it is a novel discussing the aspect of reincarnation and lovers as well. Anya Seton also pulled historical figures into many of her books. She is a well researched writer that would allow some of those historical figures to be known more fluently through her novels to younger readers.
Shattered Silk, by Barbra Michaels made my heart race as I wondered who the killer was in this fast paced book. Mary Higgins Clark cashed into the life of books to movies, but I have yet to see the valued Barbra Michaels hit the television screen. Her other pen names also include Barbra Mertz and Elizabeth Peters.
Her choice of genre books also include Gothic and supernatural thrillers, is the killer even human is another common heart racing question when reading these books.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley, and not to be confused with the movie Sunshine that is about a crew that is on a mission to the sun rather this book is about the secret lives of vampires.
Sunshine the book by Robin McKinley literally had me scared to take the trash outside on a full moon. As I was reading this book, I also went to Wal-Mart at night time shopping errand with my husband. He had decided that he was going to quit smoking and wanted to check out how much the nicotine patches cost. As I sat on a bench, I noticed how the pharmacy center was unusually busy for a night of the full moon. My imagination took over and of course, it scared me more. They were werewolves and they were there to get their medicine.
Though many people did not find this book as scary as I did, as I admit my imagination did get the best of me with this book.
An inspirational book would have to be The Prize Winner of Ohio, Defiance by Terry Ryan. I think we all need to be inspired and after reading about the woman with a family of twelve of winning a contest sending in jiggles and poems. It placed me in a time period in the 1960’s as this woman tells us her story.
Yes, I love vampire books and Laurell K. Hamilton also brings to mind. Her favorite movies are Dracula and The Lost Boys, truthfully I feel her movies would be far better than Dracula could ever attempt to compare. We’ve seen Blade as he banishes those vampires; why not see a sexy woman hunt those blood suckers down?
Not only does Laurell K. Hamilton spin a series about Anita Blake the vampire hunter but also, I have not seen any fantasy movies that give fairies a true meaning of realistic. Truly speaking, fairies in the movies are seen as tiny, cute and sparkling. Laurell K. Hamilton tells us about the world of fairy in depth with the main character Meredith.
Though, I would have to say that these books and many others as well would make wonderful movies, some would beg to differ. A book for the most part is better than the movie, the movie at times edits and changes the stories into something that is slightly different than what the book was before.
Some of these authors do not want their books changed, as I wouldn’t want a master piece changed either and there is also a problem with some of the copy rights. It depends in some cases what some of the publishers and other companies that have claims upon these book rights of whether they become a movie or remain forever a page turner. With that being said I believe I shall find me a quiet corner, curl up next to a lamp and crack open a good book.