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Jun 4

Books I’d like to see made into TV series and/or movies

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 in Literature

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about my favorite books and how I’d love to see them turned into (successful) tv series and/or movies. Actually, there are some that have already been televised or made into movies that I’d still like see more of.

Of the latter, I can mention Tolkien’s LOTR trilogy and Bilbo/the Hobbit. I’ve read somewhere that the Tolkien family would like to see some sort of TV series with movie-length episodes or something like that. That would be great. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the movies, but the LOTR trilogy is the sort of books that you can never get enough of.

Janet Evanovich’s books about the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum (hllarious ‘mysteries’) have already been made into a few different movies. I’ve seen the latest one (at least I think it’s the latest one). In some ways I loved it (for instance the actresses playing Stephanie and Lula were great, even though I’d never imagined that Katherine Heigl would make a good Stephanie Plum.) However, there were some things lacking – I wasn’t at all happy about either ‘Joe Morelli’ or ‘Ranger’. The actors playing them weren’t anything like I’d imagined those two hotties from the books. So more of Stephanie Plum would be great.

I’ve already mentioned how much I love Diana Wynne Jones’ books and though I have seen Howl’s Living Castle by Hayao Miyazaki and loved it, I think more can be done with that book (and possibly the sequels, I especially like House of Many Ways). Other favorites among Diana Wynne Jones’s books are Power of Three, A Tale of Time City, Archer’s Goon, Hexwood, Deep Secret, The Merlin Conspiracy, A Sudden Wild Magic and the whole Chrestomanci series. Also Wild Robert. In fact, I love most of DWJ:s books with a few exceptions (Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Year of the Griffin and some parts of Enchanted Glass and The Year of the Ghost). I’m also not crazy about Homeward Bounders (mainly the ending) and I have mixed feelings about The Dalemark Quartet. I really liked the last book in the series, but I wasn’t completely fond of the first three. Most, if not all of DWJ:s books would make great TV series and/or movies, I think.

Charles DeLint’s books are mostly wonderful and imaginative and I especially love Dreams Underfoot and The Blue Girl. Both would make great TV series and/or movies. I always think that DeLint’s greatest strength is the way he can create strong, likeable female characters. Unfortunately, I’d also like to say it’s his greatest weakness. There’s a certain naïveté about women that sometimes annoys me. In DeLint’s world all women are wonderful and love each other and we all know that’s not the case in the real world. Also, he seems to have a rather simplistic view of men – the good looking ones are always evil and the ugly ones always good – and again, I know that’s not always the case. In my experience, sadly enough, most people are mean, rude and unpleasant regardless of gender and looks. The few who aren’t can look any way between gorgeous and ugly.

Garth Nix’s series about Sabriel/The Abhorsen are absolutely amazing and I love all the books in the series that I have read so far. I hear there’s another book out that hasn’t been as well received so I’m not sure about that one, but all the others would make great movies or tv series. It has a strong female character and is set in a unique fascinating world of magic and wonder (as well as some horrors, unfortunately).

I love Gregory Frost’s books about Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet). In these two books Frost has created a beautiful, poetic and completely unique world. It’s mainly sea, with just a few islands scattered around the world, but somehow a huge bridge has appeared and on that people live. I’m not quite sure how it looks – spirals and spans are mentioned and I imagine it’s not just a straight bridge but several different stretches in spiral form? I can’t quite visualize it, but what’s really magical and wonderful about this huge bridge is that the various towns and cities on it all speak different languages and have different cultures but once you pass the border crossings (usually a tunnel or at least some kind of portal or barrier), you soon begin to understand.

In a way, Frances Hardinge’s books remind me of DWJ:s books, though it’s hard to say exactly how. They’re not that similar if you look at the details. What’s really interesting about these books is that they’re all so different from each other. There are two that are set in the same world, with the same main character, a fun girl called Mosca Mye, who travels around the world with her homicidal goose (!) and an old con man who isn’t her father but has reluctantly agreed to look after her (naturally because he thinks he stands to gain something by it). That would make a fun movie or TV series I think, but they’re not my favorite books by Hardinge, there are some that are even better.

Well Witched (also known as Verdigris Deep, for some reason) is set in our world, but features a sinister wishing well.

Gullstruck Island (also known as The Lost Conspiracy) on the contrary, is set in a different, but fascinating and unique world. Imagine a colonial power that is like a mix of English and Tibetan (!) that has colonized a culture of islands like those in the Pacific in our world. I didn’t think I’d particularly like this setting, but it turned out I was wrong, because I really loved this book. Partly, I suppose because of the main character, Hathin, who again, is strong and likeable.

Finally, Cuckoo Song, is a creepy and mysterious book about a girl with many secrets, even from herself. Just like Well Witched, it’s seemingly set in our world (in this case in the years after the First World War). It’s dark, scary and sad, but fortunately has a sort of happy ending at last.

I’ve already reviewed the Feyland series (at least the first two books, that I’ve already read) so if you’ve read those reviews you already know why I love that series so much. They too would make a great TV series or movie, I think.

All this was mainly fantasy, but I do have many favorite mystery series and science fiction series too. I’ll start with what I think could be described as science fantasy.Kelly McCulloughs Web Mage series. It’s a mix of Greek mythology, magic and computer programming, set in what is basically our present day world, but the main character Ravirn travels between dimensions by a mix of magic and programming.

The books about Henghis Hapthorn by Matthew Hughes (Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth and Hespira). These too, can be described as a science fantasy series, set in the far future, in Old Earth’s ‘penultimate’ age when magic is beginning to replace science as the dominant force in the universe. I liked the last book best, but all were interesting, though the plot felt a little ‘pale’ to me in the first two books. However, the setting more than makes up for that and there are also some really fascinating details that also make the books worth reading. It would be difficult to make them into movies, I think, but if it were possible, I’d say it would be worth it. I for one, would be fascinated to see a successful movie or TV series made from them.

Next comes a traditionally published science fiction book that I really love. It’s funny, fascinating and rather romantic too. I’m referring to To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis. It could be described as a time travel comedy adventure. I’d love to see this as either a movie or a TV series, with great actors of course.

The following are ebooks, freebies, but I love them just as much as the last book. All of them, would make great TV series and movies.

Fatal Boarding and Deep Crossing by E.R Mason. I have already reviewed these two books, but I’ll just say that I found them very interesting to read and I’m sure they’d make excellent movies.

The Backworlds by M. Pax. This too, is a book I recently reviewed, and like I said in that, I really liked the book. It would be fun to see it made into a TV series or movie – though I’m not sure the special effects might be quite up to portraying Craze and his friends.


Barbara Nadel’s mysteries set in Turkey. I have reviewed these books before but I’ll just say that I love them. They are sometimes a little too upsetting emotionally, but they’re also very well written and fascinating. Before I read them I didn’t know that much about Turkey and certainly not about police work.

Eliot Pattison’s mysteries set in Tibet. I have reviewed these too, but I’ll repeat that I really like them. They’re well written and well researched (as far as I can tell and I have taken an interest in Tibet every since I was a child). The only problem is that the situation in China-occupied Tibet is so heartbreakingly tragic it upsets me to read them. I’m sure that for political reasons, these books will never be made into either a tv-series or a movie, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing to see it done.

Jean-François Parot’s French historic mysteries. These books have actually been made into a French tv-series and I’d love to get my hands on them (but preferably with at least English subtitles, if not Swedish). They’ve also been translated into English and since my sister has bought the first two books, translated, I have been able to take a look at the quality. As usual, the English version is excellent. I’d love to see this series one way or another.

Kidnapping in Kaua’i by Ava Easter. This was a fun read, but also fascinating with its references to Hawaiian folkore and myth. The book is very well written, has a likeable main character and I was able to read it for free on Wattpad. It would be great as a YA tv series and I’d love to see it.

Susan Russo Anderson’s books set in 1860’s Sicily about midwife and private investigator Serafina Florio. I have reviewed the books in this series that I have read so far and I’m looking forward to reading more. They would make a wonderful tv series. If they’re made into one, I’d love to see them shown on some channel I can get.

I’m sure I have many more favorites, that I didn’t think of right now and maybe I’ll do another post with these other books, if and when I think of them, but this will do for now.

Sep 12

Female role models in tv, movies and books

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Books, Children's books, Classics, Fandom, Fantasy, Historic, Humour, Literature, Movies, Mystery/Cop, TV series

I recently read an article about positive female role models in movies. In general, there is a lack of good female role models so I think the short list in the article is a good starting point in changing that. I began to wonder which female characters I would deem positive and came up with this list (some of which were in the original article):

Ellen Ripley/Sigourney Weaver, the Alien movies (especially the first and second)

I read that Ripley was originally meant to be a male character, which figures. What man would write a female character like Ripley? Or anyone? Which is too bad, because I think that any woman who was physically capable would have done exactly the same things Ripley did. All she did was save her own life and those her adopted kid/s and try to pay a corrupt corporation back for killing her crewmates and setting them all up to bring back a lethal weapon in the form of an ‘exo lifeform’.

Erin Brockovich/Julia Roberts in the movie by the same name

Erin Brockovich is an unedcuated rather simple woman who stumbles across corruption and finds that she wants to do something about and then does exactly that. Simple enough, but at least when I watched the movie, I was impressed with her development from someone who just wanted to make a living to someone with a conscience. Normally, I don’t like Julia Roberts, so I was surprised to find that I liked this movie and the main character.

Olive Hoover/Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Olive is anything but a cliche. You might say that her grandfather is not really the kind of person who should have been helping her create her act for the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, and you’d think someone would have thought of that before the actual pageant, but I guess then there wouldn’t have been much of a movie. In any case, Olive is an amazing kid and several other characters in the movie are quite unusual and interesting too.

Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey

Catherine is adventurous, imaginative and though I understand she’s supposed to be a parody of the typical heroine of a ‘gothic’ novel, I really like her. She’s fun and human and flawed, but in general, just nice and you find yourself rooting for her throughout the novel.

Anne Elliot, Persuasion

Anne is also quite different from the other Jane Austen heroines, which is probably why she and Catherine are my two favorite characters from Jane Austen’s books. Poor Anne has been rather too obedient to her family and that has left her in the unenviable situation of being unmarried at the old age of 26. She spends her life trying to help her family and keeping them from bankruptcy. Then when she gets a second chance at life, she’s strong enough to go against her snobbish family and do what she wants for a change.

Beatrice Eliott/Stella Gonet, The House of Eliott

In the first episode of the House of Elliot, Beatrice and her sister Evangeline are basically slaves to their selfish father, but when he dies – which he does during the first five minutes or so of the first episode – Beatrice is the one who quickly finds a way for the sisters to support themselves, doing something they’re both good at and enjoy doing. Beatrice is fun, tough and the sort of person you really root for, except when she’s mean to Jack.

Trudy Joplin/Olivia Brown, Miami Vice

Trudy is the most fun member of the Miami Vice team. Crockett and Tubbs may be sizzling hot, but Trudy is fun, tough and cool. I love her outfits (when she’s not playing prostitute in sting operations).

The rest of my list:

Constance Peterson, Spellbound
Alicia Huberman, Notorious
Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray
Jane Eyre, in the movie by the same name.
Alice, Alice in Wonderland
Miss Froy, Alice Henderson, The Lady Vanishes
Eowyn, LOTR
Stephanie Plum, Lula, Grandma Mazur/mormor Mazur, One for the Money
Veronica Mars, Cindy “Mac” McKenzie, Veronica Mars
From Downton Abbey:
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Lady Sybil Crawley
Lucy Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe + Prince Caspian + Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Morgan, Cutthroat Island
Janet, Charmed Lives, Diana Wynne Jones
Tea with Mussolini: Most of the female characters.

As you can see this is a mix of characters from movies, tv series and books. They’re in no particular order, chronological or otherwise. I just put them in as I thought of them. Some are from the early 19th century, others from this year or last year and the rest from anything in between. Considering how long a period of time this is (nearly two hundred years) you could say that it’s a pitifully short list, but of course I’ve probably overlooked several great characters that I might have come up with if I’d taken more time to consider. Also, it’s just characters from the English-speaking world. Anyway, for what it’s worth, this is my list. Do you have one too?

Oct 29

Reflections on music and movies

Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010 in Fandom, Other

I’m a big fan of 80’s music. From what I can tell, without being an expert at music, the songs made in those days really were good, no matter how you define ‘good’. In any case, I’m not the only one who thinks so. I rather like 90’s music too, but not quite as much. The same goes for 7ö’s music and older music as far back as to the 1950’s.

Lately, I’ve begun to realize that at least in my opinion, the 90’s was a time of great tv series and movies. That didn’t dawn on me until relatively recently, when I was considering the lack of good tv series these days. Up until 2004 or so, there were still a few good series coming along and movies too, but from then on they’ve become more and more scarce. Fortunately, there are still exceptions but I’m dreading a future when no good tv or film will be made. But to use an expression from the Oz books: no need to borrow trouble. Here we say ‘don’t grieve over a day you haven’t seen’. Who knows? The current penchant for ‘reality’ tv and game shows might vanish.

Mar 31

Top Ten Male Characters

Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Fandom, Other

1. Spock (Star Trek: Zachary Quinto – ok, a movie, but anyway…)
2. Peter Petrelli (Heroes: Milo Ventimiglia)
3. Mohinder Suresh (Heroes: Sendhil Ramamurthy)
4. Mitchell (Being Human: Aidan Turner)
5. Robert of Huntingdon (Robin of Sherwood: Jason Connery)
6. Guy of Gisburne (Robin of Sherwood: Robert Addie)
7. Archie Kennedy  (Hornblower: Jamie Bamber)
8. Robin of Loxley (Robin of Sherwood: Michael Praed)
9. Boromir (Lord of the Rings: Sean Bean)
10. Jack Harkness (Torchwood: John Barrowman)

Honorable Mentions: Alex Krycek (X files: Nicholas Lei), Aragorn (Lord of the Rings: Viggo Mortensen), Michael Guerin (Roswell: Brendan Fehr), Dr Wilson (House: Robert Sean Leonard), Cal McCaffrey (State of Play: John Simm) Dan Foster (State of Play: James McAvoy), Mulder (X files: David Duchovny), Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt: Spy Game – ok, not a tv series, but I’ve seen it on tv, so…), Adam Carter (Spooks: Rupert Penry-Jones), Danny Taylor (Without a Trace: Enrique Murciano), Scotty Valens (Cold Case: Danny Pino), Casey (Veronica Mars: Jonathan Bennett), Quinn and Colin Mallory (Sliders: Jerry and Charlie O’Connell)

Aug 28

Porn for feminists? -again.

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 in Other

I just read another article about ‘feminist’ porn. What all these people are missing is that after all these years, the female is still an object. As far as they’re concerned it’s like the past thirty years or more never happened. For them porn still equals naked women. I don’t mean lesbians. I think it’s perfectly cool that lesbians make lesbian porn for lesbians. What I’m referring to are the so called straight feminists who claim that their movies with naked women are good porn.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. For me, it means naked guys. That kind of gay porn means hot guys having fun together, not ugly old men having sex with and degrading women. The naked (young) male body is attractive. Females are just soft and saggy. How can that be sexy?

Well, to each their own, but I really think that if you want to call yourself a feminist, why not leave the female body alone? Hands off our bodies.


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