8 film-to-book adaptations that I would love to “see”


I’ve read many posts about book-to-film adaptations but not a lot about film-to-book ones.

I do love it when bloggers write about a specific book that they would love to see on the big or small screen! And these posts, are honestly really great! For someone like me who loves film and television, these types of posts are actually one of my favorites to read. 

So, I decided to switch it around and do the opposite; talk about some of the movies that I would love to “see” as novels. Of course, I don’t think this will ever happen but still…

Okay now… let’s begin!

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If you haven’t watched any of these movies, I’ll leave a link to the trailer for each one of them.

P.S: In this list, you will also find TV series and not only movies

The 8 film-to-book adaptations that I would love to “see” are:

1. Inception


Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Synopsis: “A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.”.

A movie about a dream within a dream within a dream? The film-to-book adaptation that I would 100% read

I would love to read what goes on inside the mind of the protagonist (Dom Cobb, aka Leonardo DiCaprio). Especially knowing about the plot, it would be amazing to imagine and create a world that’s different from what is shown in the movie. 

film-to-book adaptation #2: How to get Away with murder

Trailer for Season 1

Genre: Legal drama, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis: “A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives”. 

Annalise Keating is one of my favorite tv characters ever. I would love for the adaptation to be written with different POVs (from Annalise and her students). 

3. Stuck in Love

Trailer (with an actor I’m 100% sure PJO fans will recognize)

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: “An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year”.

A movie about writers turned into a young adult novel about writers. Where do I sign the petition for this adaptation? 

Just by watching the trailer I want to pretend I have nothing to do and watch it! I can’t believe it’s no longer on Netflix 😭 It would definitely be a roller coaster of emotions like in the movie. 

4. The Edge of Seventeen


Genres: Coming-of-age story, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: “High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother”.

If you haven’t watched this movie you are missing out on the perfect coming of age story that finally shows the life of a teen who is not ‘perfect’ or stereotypical. 

The protagonist is so funny and relatable that reading her thoughts on a book would be great 😂

It’s honestly, the blend between comedy and drama.

5. Arrival


Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller 

Synopsis: “A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world”.

It would be such a good science fiction novel! And the plot twist would be as unexpected as it is in the movie. It would be a page turner and I feel like I would cry reading the ending…

6. Love, Rosie


Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy, Comedy 

Synopsis: “Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies”.

This movie is actually one of my favorite rom-coms. I would love to read a novel based on this movie with two perspectives: the one from Alex and the one from Rosie. It would also be a totally different experience reading a book like this instead of watching it. 

7. Bodyguard


Genres: Crime Fiction, apolitical Thriller, Drama

Synopsis: “A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service”.

Tbh, I would like to see a different ending 🙃 . Bodyguard is a Netflix mini-series that has 6 episodes in total and would be so interesting to read as a thriller too!

film-to-book adaptation #8: To the Bone


Genres: Drama 

Synopsis: “A young woman, dealing with anorexia, meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life”. 

This story is beautiful! I remember watching it with a friend and thinking that it would be boring. It was the total opposite! 

It talks about important issues but not in a boring way and you can empathize with many characters. 

I think than an adaptation for the novel could be written with a format like in the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, or like The Martian by Andy Weir. You know what I mean? A format where there are handwritten notes as if the protagonist were writing something on their journal or explaining something in a simpler way. 


This was SO much more difficult than what I initially expected! 

A lot of movies that I like are actually based on books….smh. 

Like, I wanted to include Brooklyn but turns out it was a book first and then a movie! Did you know about this?!

Also, I was expecting for this list to be so long but can’t think of any more titles. When I thought about fantasy movies that I liked, the ones that only came into my mind where the ones that were first books and THEN movies. 


Your Thoughts:

Can you think of other film-to-book adaptations that you would love to “see”? 

Have you watched all of these films? If so, which one is your favorite? 

Talking about film-to-book adaptations…, do you have a favorite one? 

  1. Jawahir

    Inception would be amazing. It would be a true challenge to top that movie off.

    Love, Rosie is actually based on a book! It’s based on Cecelia Ahren’s “Where the Rainbows End”. The book is cute but I personally liked the movie more (I know rare!).

    A book that I think has the vibes of To the Bone is “Girl in Pieces” by Kathleen Glasgow. It’s a heavy book with deep topics but it’s one of the most memorable books I’ve read.

    • val @behindthatstory

      Inception is AMAZING and it’s so original and creative!

      Omg I didn’t know Love,Rosie was based on a book 😂🤦‍♀️ Specially since it doesn’t have the same title as the movie hahaha but I’m glad to hear that the movie is better cause I really love it!

      I’ll check out “Girl in Pieces” Thanks for the recommendation 🤗

  2. Alice Myles

    Love Rosie is actually based on a book! It’s called Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern it’s told through letters between Rosie and Alex so it’s definitely worth checking out!

    • val @behindthatstory

      Hahaha yeah… that’s what I just found out 😂🤦‍♀️ I love the movie so I wasn’t expecting that it would be based on a book. I also wanted to add Brooklyn to the list but it’s also based on a book! 🙃

  3. Serena

    Love Rosie is actually based on a book (Where Rainbows End), which I have yet to read! I’d love to read a book adaptation of The Edge of Seventeen too, along with Wild Child and Lady Bird!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

    • val @behindthatstory

      yeah… I found out that it’s already an adaptation literally like five minutes ago 🙈

      The Edge of Seventeen as a book would be a 5-star-read for me and yess, I would also like to read the adaptation of Lady Bird!

      I haven’t watched Wild Child yet but I’ll check it out!

  4. Allessandra the (Not-So) Great

    OMG I LOVED THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. I was honestly surprised by how much I loved that movie since the premise sounded very unoriginal (it sounded like every other coming of age story there is). But then I watched it, and it was soo goood???? The movie does focus on the messiness of being a teenager, and though Nadine can be annoying, I can sympathize with her. It was such a good movie, and I wish it got more attention.

    • val @behindthatstory

      Ikr! It’s such a simple plot but idk what makes it so great hahaha. I wasn’t expecting to like it either tbh.
      Yess, Nadine can be annoying but she’s also relatable and funny and because of her, in some sense,the movie is what it is.
      It definitely deserves more attention!

  5. Jamishelves

    This is such an awesome idea for a post, I loved this so much. Arrival and Inception are two of my favourite movies ever, they would be SUCH an amazing book for sure

    • val @behindthatstory

      I’m glad you liked it! Arrival has one of the best movie endings ever and Inception just leaves you wanting to know more 🙈 These movies are SO GOOD so I would probably be the first person to buy these book adaptations

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  8. Marta @ the book mermaid

    For some reason, I keep seeing The Edge of Seventeen and think “I’ve watched this movie” when in fact I have not XD But somehow my brain classifies it as “watched”,,, doesn’t it want me to watch it? hahaha I never really paid much attention to it, but since you’ve mentioned it, I should probably give it a try! I loved your list!! 😀

  9. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    Haha, I didn’t know Love Rosie was based on a book either and I was surprised to see everyone commenting about that one. Arrival is actually based on a short story by Ted Chiang, called Story of Your Life, and that’s what I expected everyone to have noticed. My book club just read his short story collection 🙂


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