Brandon's Corner: Five Favorite Novels That Feasibly Could Form Future Fantastic Films

Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl! Ok, that has nothing to do with the article, but I don't care. Literature is absolutely beautiful. It is poetic, symbolic, lasting, paints beautiful narratives, and it - more often than not - sets the the groundwork for future films. The best of books can stay with you in your heart and soul for the rest of your life. I wish I had more concentration to delve deeper into books. The problem is that I don't typically have the concentration for it. I have deep respect for someone who can devour a five hundred page book over a week or weekend. I lack that type of commitment for my eyes and brain. That doesn't mean, however, that I haven't had my share of great books that I have had a chance to read of the course of my life. Some of those, obviously would make some great films; some, not so much. Then there are some that you can't help but think to yourself that would be fan-freakin'-tastic as movies. This list (a list that, believe it or not, took several weeks to decide upon) contains those five.

11208445. The Horse and His Boy

A young boy, on the verge of being sold into slavery, must make the ultimate choice to ride cross country to freedom with a mysterious talking horse, and come to grips with his own enigmatic past and destiny.

Let's get this out in the open immediately, this will never be made into a film (probably). The Narnia series, as far as films are concerned, are dead.  That is partially why it is lowest on my list. With that out of the way, I can't help but fantasize. The Horse and His Boy is literally my favorite book of all time. I have read it over a dozen or so times, and it is a treasure each time I dig deep into its narrative. Out of all of the Narnia books, this one probably lends itself best to today's visual format. A couple of the main characters would have to be CGI creations, and there is a couple fantastical moments that would be beautiful from a cinematic perspective. That is not why it be a good film though! It would be phenomenal move, because it is a phenomenal story. The best way I can describe it, is that it is a mini epic. It is condensed short enough for a film, yet it is grand enough and beautiful enough in scope and character development to be an absolutely great movie.

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9780891073901_p0_v2_s260x4204. This Present Darkness

A small town is in the midst of spiritual warfare, as warring factions of Angels and Demons influence the lives of everyone around them, turning their reality into a descent of twisted, malevolent darkness.

It takes a rare book, to finish it entirely in one night, particularly when it has 376 pages.  This was that book. It is simply a page turner. More so than that, it's structure and tone is awe-inspiring. Yes, a film adaptation could prove  supremely difficult, probably more so than anything else on the list.  For starters the angels and demons characters could come across as incredibly clichéd and over the top. That would have to be done with great care. Furthermore, the story would have to be streamlined to have less characters, and there would be major chunks of the book that simply would have to come out. If they could pull it off though, we could have one of the most beautiful and spiritually rewarding film's to come out in a long while. I am not holding my breath for it to come out though. Hollywood seems to revile anything that carries a cross in its heart.

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14165978913. Once A Runner

Quenten Cassidy is young, hot shot runner who begins to learn that there is a price for greatness - one he's not sure if he's willing to take.

It's not just because that I was once a runner that I have this on the list (though, that is a reason).  The book is a hidden gem. In terms of a visceral, innately beautiful struggle over a goal, I'm not sure if I have ever read better. There is a romance to it. Some of it would be missing in the cinematic format. The smallest of things that would cross over though, making in to the medium of film, would be utter perfection. In terms of physical emotional rawness in the characters, there is few that I have read that can beat it. Some of the difficulties would probably be translating it to the modern era (as it takes place in the late 70's) if you decide to take that route, which could be the best choice, to make it fresh and relatable for today's audience. You would also have the tremendous difficulty of finding a hell-of-an-actor for the main role Quenton Cassidy. Without that actor, the film would die. With it, we could have something very special on our hands.

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ThingsFallApart 2. Things Fall Apart

An African warrior's life begins to change, as he finds himself facing the apparent threat of the colonial government and church making there way into his long established reality and traditions.

I read this one in English class. Ughhh! Oh, wait, this was actually a fantastic book. Of course, that doesn't mean it would be a fantastic movie. That being said, the narratives seems as if, it could transition into a film worthwhile. The in depth look at the main character Okonkwo's journey is so authentic, multi-layered, dark and decisively real. Furthermore, it's extraction of philosophical thoughts on the English colonial era and the church in Africa, is more than discussion worthy. It just has that pure punch of brutal truth a lot of the times missing in its peers. Done right, this would be an awards contender. Done wrong - well, like anything - it could be a mess. Let's look on the hopeful side.

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1. City of Thieves  city-of-thieves8970978

During the Nazis's siege of Leningrad in Russia, two lowly, misfit convicts are sent off on a seemingly impossible mission of finding a dozen eggs for the general’s daughter wedding in one week, or they will be executed.

Out of everything on this list, this screams to be made into a film. Heck, the book was written by a Hollywood screenwriter, David Benioff, who wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed 25th hour which was based off his Novel which starred Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He later became the co-creator of the Game of Thrones TV Series with D.B. Weiss, which he still works on today. Yeah!!! This is not even talking about the book, which by the way is one of the best things I have ever read, period, exclamation mark! City of Thieves is one of those stories that is so bleak, tragic and sad, yet happy and joyful, hopeful; along with being histarical, twisted, beautiful and repulsive all at the same time. It quite simply put, is a masterpiece. Put on screen, it could cement itself as one of the greatest films of not only the year it is released, but even the decade. The story is that good. Ok, I might be exaggerating, but I can't help but share my excitement for this amazing book. Check it out if you can.

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