Saturday, November 22, 2008

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday - Dream Movie

My friend Amy is the host for Faith 'n Fiction Saturday. If you're interested, check it out here.

Today's question is:
We've been blessed to finally start seeing some of our favorite Christian books come to life on film. So far, these have been largely low budget films, but they generally get the heart of the books across. But my question for you is...if you had an unlimited budget, what Christian fiction book would you like to see made into a film? Who would you cast in the main roles? Would you have a preference on director? Any songs you'd like to see on the soundtrack?

My Answer:
This is a tough question for me. My mind is swirling with the many titles of books I've enjoyed. To "fit" into a movie, characters should be well developed, and the plot must have some unexpected twists and turns. I'll give three recent reads: Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin, The Face by Angela Hunt and The Rook by Stephen James.

Until We Reach Home is a story of three sisters from Sweden who flee their home country to come to America. When they arrive, they do not find the easy life they dreamed about, but a life of hard work and deprivation. Austin is well known for her strong characters and involved story lines.

The Face by Angela Hunt is a story involving a birth defect wherein a baby is born without certain facial features (the nose, the mouth, the ears). Surgeries provide make-shift features, and the child is reared in a CIA facility, where she grows up to provide valuable expert help in the computer lab. In essence, she's a slave. It's a John Grisham-type of novel and would make a gripping film. Hunt is well known for her unexpected tales.

The Rook by Stephen James is a FBI thriller, with a web of intrigue and a killing device that would cause the film to be a R-rated. That means I wouldn't go see it, as I steer clear of those! However, the public would love it. I loved this Stephen King-type book.

Sorry, but I can't name actors, directors, or music as my brain is dead at this time of the morning and my knowledge in these areas is limited.


Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Wow - Until we Reach Home sounds really interesting - I'll have to add that one to my wish list. My grandmother came over with her family from Norway, and I know it wasn't easy!

:) Wendi

Anonymous said...

Great book picks. They all sound very interesting.

Sunny said...

I agree about Until We Reach Home. That'd be a great movie!

I havent read the other two but they sound very intriguing!

Pam said...

I haven't read The Face, but I agree that the other two would be wonderful movies.
The Rook would make a great thriller.

Bluestocking said...

Hmm, I haven't heard of these either.

Books to Movie

Amy said...

I have The Face and Until We Reach Home in my TBR, but I haven't read them yet....I'll try to put them in my luggage for next week! :) I love Angela Hunt. She's actually had a tv movie made from the Note and it wasn't bad. I distinctly remember crying. ;)

M. C. Pearson said...

Angela Hunt is such a great writer. Yes, I'm sure any of her books would be awesome on the big screen!

Nise' said...

Have heard great things about these books. The Face is on its way to me! Can't wait.

Kim said...

Until We Reach Home...Yes!! I agree! But man, so much happens to those ladies on their trip! It would be a tough movie at points!


Ausjenny said...

I haven't read those books either but they do sound like they would be good movies.

Jewelz said...

I agree about Angelina Jolie (from your comment on my blog). However, she was the first actress that came to mind that looked a little like the picture that they have for Kate on the book cover :)

Thanks for commenting :)

Donna Moore said...

The Rook would be a great thriller and I am sure my husband would like to see it but I have to agree with you about steering clear of it. I don't really enjoy those types of movies.