You can never have enough good book adaptations. And while many have emerged over the years, few have struck a chord with viewers. However, after the advent of BookTok, the popularity of books has gained significant momentum. Out of The hate game to Red, White and Royal Blue, all of these books hit BookTok’s top charts before being acknowledged by the producers. And with People we meet on vacation With it being adjusted soon, it might be nice to look at BookTok and wonder what’s so special about these chartbusters.
While adaptations go beyond films, such as normal people (miniseries), heart stopper(Netflix Original) and The summer I got pretty (Hulu Original), movies give those 300 pages less than three hours to wrap up a story, which makes them intriguing and worth the wait.
“The Games of Inheritance” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery Grambs has a firm plan for her future: survive high school, get a scholarship, and get the hell out. But when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne leaves her his entire inheritance, Avery’s plans are thrown off balance. In order to receive the inheritance, she must move into Hawthorne House – a huge mansion – with his four grandchildren, who should inherit the estate. Can Avery play the game long enough to survive when the brothers are ready to take her down and the mansion is filled with puzzles and riddles from Tobias?
A case of an unexpected inheritance and a love triangle that will curl your toes, The Inheritance Games through Jennifer Lynn Barnes would make a sensational film series.
“Things We Never Got Over” by Lucy Score
Naomi Wyatt wasn’t just running away from her marriage. She was on her way to rescue her twin sister. Too bad her sister took her car and money and left them with a niece she had no idea existed. Now she’s stranded in Knockemout, Virginia, with no money and nowhere to go. Until Bad Boy Knox Morgan decides to take pity on her. But their short-term companionship could grow longer as difficulties turn into real dangers.
Things we never got over is a roller coaster ride of emotions in the form of love, family, friendships and finding oneself, balancing out a healthy film plot.
“Icebreaker” by Hannah Grace
Anastasia Allen has been a competitive figure skater since she was five and all she ever wanted was a chance for Team USA. So she did everything she could, including winning a full scholarship and a schedule to make the most motivated people cry. But when a misunderstanding leads to her team sharing an ice rink with some hockey players and her partner getting injured, her knight in shining armor arrives in the form of Nathan Hawkins, captain of the Maple Hills Titans. But it’s okay because Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players… right?
A sports romance that will make you kneel icebreaker shows a pairing of figure skater and ice hockey player that would have been fresh on the screen.
Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter
All Liz Buxbaum hates is her neighbor Wes Bennett. Instead of playing along in her fantasies like every boy next door, Wes stars in Liz’s worst nightmares. They’ve never been friends. But when Liz’s longtime crush Michael returns to town during her senior year, she enlists the help of Wes to get Michael to pay attention to her. But the more time they spend together, the more Liz’s belief in whose crush she is begins to waver.
With witty banter and individualistic characters, Better than the movies lives up to its name. And if implemented correctly, the film would live up to its name!
“Memories of Him” by Colleen Hoover
After five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan has returned to the town where it all began. She didn’t meet her daughter until she was born, and now, four years later, Diem is her only chance for redemption. But the bridges Kenna burned all those years ago are back to haunt her, and the man she falls in love with is the same man who denied her her second chance.
A heartbreaking yet hopeful story of a troubled single mother haunted by the ghosts of her past. memories of him is Colleen Hoover‘s highest rated book on Goodreads. The book’s plot is an untapped category, and as relevant as it is for everyone to read at least once in their lifetime, it’s also a film that fans would enjoy.
“Every Summer After” by Carley Fortune
Persephone Fraser firmly believes that bridges that are burned cannot be rebuilt. And she’s been right for over a decade, spending her summers with friends she doesn’t get vulnerable with, rather than the man Percy thought she would spend her life with. But when she receives a call from home about the death of Sam’s mother, the same Sam Florek she never thought would live without her, she can no longer avoid returning home. Back in Barry’s Bay, they soon find their bond is as undeniable as ever. But can she undo the biggest mistake of her life this weekend?
Told over six years and a weekend ten years later, Every summer after that would make a poignant yet hopeful film about love, friendships and regrets.
The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive Torres was born unlucky. On the other hand, her twin sister boasts about all the happiness there is. So when everyone gets food poisoning at Ami’s wedding and Olive is offered a fully-funded honeymoon to Maui, she feels the gods of luck shining on her, but the fleeting thought sears when she learns she’ll have to share the trip with her nemesis, Ethan Thomas, brother of the groom. And it only seems fitting when Olive’s boss catches her with Ethan and assumes they’re married. Can they get out of this mess unscathed?
A fake dating rom com that will have you roaring with laughter, The UnHoneymooners has the perfect plot for a screenplay that viewers will swoon over. BCDF Pictures bought the rights in 2021, but no further development details were revealed.
“Marriage for One” by Ella Maise
The day Rose met Jack was the day he proposed to her. You’d think a guy who looked like a Greek god, albeit a bit cold and unavailable, would propose to the love of his life, but he asked Rose to marry her instead. She should have walked away. But instead, she got embroiled in a deal that benefited them both. She would get her dream coffee shop, and he would get an attendant for events. But with each passing day, it becomes harder for Rose to resist him and for Jack to hide the secret that could destroy her. After all, they were Rose and Jack. They were doomed to fail with those names from the start.
marriage for one is set in New York, and the book’s plot is intoxicating. A marriage of convenience with a swooning hero and a glowing heroine, this film is a must on anyone’s wish list.
The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas
Rosie Graham has a multitude of problems. First, she quit her well-paying job to work on her romance novel, and the ceiling of the apartment crumbled. Luckily, she can solve the housing problem by using her best friend’s spare key to stay in her house while she’s away. What Rosie doesn’t know, however, is that Lina has already rented out her apartment to her brother Lucas Martin and Rosie’s online crush. He has allowed her to live with him and takes her to experimental dates for her novel. The only problem: Lucas’ stay in New York is limited and the end date is near.
A swooning romance that follows the ruler of the slow burn –The Spanish love illusion, The American roommate experiment through Elena Armas would make a movie that would knock your socks off.
“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry
Nora Stephens’ life revolves around books. She’s a cutthroat literary agent who gets her clients the best deals. She’s not a hero, but her beloved little sister Libby makes her feel different. When Libby proposes a sister’s retirement in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, there’s no way Nora can say no. She’s not hoping to find love, but there’s no harm in a romantic fling. But instead of meeting handsome lumberjacks and hot bartenders, Nora keeps meeting Charlie Lastra, a brooding editor and the man she hates.
A romance between enemies and lovers with a badass heroine and a brooding hero, book lover is the perfect candidate for the next movie that would take Hollywood by storm.
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