Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

What I'm Reading: The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

What I'm Working on: Slayer -- a completely new scene

The DH and I finally have an evening with no commitments and no kids and no work tomorrow morning. We got really excited. As those of you with kids and full time jobs know, such nights don’t happen very often.

We both wanted to see a movie, so we pull up our favorite online movie site, excitedly talking about the movies we’ve been wanting to see.

NONE of them are showing anymore – not even at the dollar theater. We’re in between in more ways than one. The movies we want to see have either come and gone, but not gone all the way to video yet, or they’ve yet to come out – for example, The Express comes out tomorrow. Not today.

Big sigh.

We resigned ourselves to Animal Planet for awhile and then watched a depressing special on Global Warming. (Actually, Sarah, I’d like to talk about the causes…..)

Since the Global Warming thing made me feel almost at good as the stock market losses today, I decided to blog about the books I’d most like to see made into movies so there’d be something to go and see when I had time.

Here goes…..

1) Brothers by Da Chen. I just finished this and it has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. It has intrigue, revenge, love (lost and hoped for), and a great deal of interesting history. I can’t even begin to name potential actors since almost every character is Chinese, but if this ever gets made into a movie, I’ll be there opening day.

2) I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. I think this one has been optioned already, and it will likely be made and marketed for the Disney-esq teen, but I don’t care. I’ll still go see it.

3) The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. I loved the World War II intrigue and the extraordinary tale of the lengths we’ll go to when we love someone. This book would make a great movie.

4) The Charm School by Nelson DeMille. Classic cold war drama. Think Hunt for Red October, but better.

5) Autstenland by Shannon Hale. For sheer, romantic, fun comedy. (But I’d never get the DH out the door for this one.)

6) The Anita Blake novels by Laurel K. Hamilton. Let me be clear here. I’m talking the early ones – like the first 5. After that, it would be Skinamax – I mean Cinemax – all the way. I personally like the early ones best – you know, the ones with plot.

7) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. I just love the book so much, I’d like to see it portrayed.

8) Any Susan Elizabeth Phillips book would make great romantic comedy – maybe Natural Born Charmer.

9) The Trudeau Vector by Juris Jurjevics. Very good and sciencey science fiction.

10) A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Oh, that would be another opening night adventure (sans DH).

11) Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game. OSC, of course.

12) Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden.

13) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Dara Edmondson said...

Glad you had some time with DH!
I just finished Megan Hart's Broken - would make a great (R-rated) movie.