"How Has This Not Been Made Yet?": 19 Books People Want To See Onscreen Adaptations Of ASAP (Plus Whether Or Not One Is In The Works)

    "I only want [The Night Circus] animated. No live-action could ever capture the beauty described in that book."

    A little while back, I asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community which books they most wanted to see get an onscreen adaptation. Here are 19 of their pitches, plus info on each book's potential adaptation.

    Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

    1. "Uglies, Pretties, and Specials by Scott Westerfeld! It was such a great and unique series. They're not necessarily the best books of all time, but I always thought they'd make such great movies."

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    2. "The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m a huge fan and would love to see it in real life, especially since the setting and visuals were so vivid. I need it!"

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    3. "The Poppy War books by R. F. Kuang could make for a really interesting series if done well! The books are so intricate that I think it would have to be a long series, and I would very much want any adaptation to stick closely to the storyline."

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    4. "The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! But I only want it animated. No live-action could ever capture the beauty described in that book."

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    5. "To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. It's excellent, steadily paced, and a very exciting space adventure. It's evocative of Firefly. There is a pig named Runcible on a spaceship. Need I say more?"

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    6. "Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle. It's a graphic novel that follows new girl Becca, who's invited to join the popular clique in high school. She learns they are really werewolves, who on the full moon, hunt down boys that take advantage of girls. But when they start getting sloppy with their kills, their friendship and pack begin to fall apart."

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    7. "The Wolf of Winter by Paula Volsky. It's an awesome fantasy novel and probably my favorite fiction. I really think the visuals of the spells, ghosts, and necromancy would be amazing in CGI! Not to mention the strong female main character."

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    8. "Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Ryan Gosling was signed on to produce and star a while ago, but I haven't heard anything recently."

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    9. "Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix is begging to be made into a series. It's been optioned by HBO and I really hope they go through with it."

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    10. "My favorite book ever is The Binding by Bridget Collins. I would absolutely love to see this adaptation. Timothée Chalamet would make the perfect Lucian Darnay!"

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    11. "Now more than ever: The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman, which is a series about the aftermath of a civil war regarding abortion."

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    12. "The American Royals series by Katharine McGee. It's an interesting alternate world imagining of what would happen if America had its own royal family."

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    13. "A novel called September by Rosamunde Pilcher. It was published in 1990 and is a perfect vehicle for Dame Judi Dench. I haven't cast a male costar. Sweet book. If you're not familiar with her work, you'll do yourself a favor if you can read some of it."

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    14. "I'm still sad that the Disney/Walden Chronicles of Narnia series stumbled so hard on Dawn Treader and didn't keep going. I've spent decades wanting a big-screen take on The Horse and His Boy (particularly with Alex Kingston voicing Hwin, though don't ask me why that bit of dream casting stuck so hard in my head)."

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    15. "I think technology has come far enough that we could finally see The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey as a live-action series. Those books are SO good."

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    16. "The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. It’s been a childhood favorite series of mine for the longest time."

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    17. "The Temeraire novels by Naomi Novik would be amazing. It’s a little bit Bridgerton, a little bit Game of Thrones, and a whole lot of Hornblower. Imagine Napoleonic battles fought by a squadron of dragon riders and their crew, all in period attire, with some Bridgerton-style drama thrown in. Also, if you’re not imagining Henry Cavill as Captain William Laurence, are you even a fantasy fan? This would be epic. How has this not been made yet?"

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    18. "As a TV series, the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown."

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    19. And finally: "I’d love to see The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall adapted into a mini-series. More queer representation, please!"

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    Which story do you hope to see in theaters or on TV in the near future? Tell us about them in the comments!