Despite the downfall of brick and mortal bookstores, reading is big business just ask Amazon and Hollywood. That's why they love to pick their next potential blockbusters from bestsellers. And 2015 has plenty of them.
In their latest quest for material to adapt for the big screen, they have chosen a mixed bunch of titles including everything from science fiction to horrorish novels.
Here are just a few...
Though originally published in England as "The Spook's Apprentice," the film will actually be released under the title "Seventh Son" and will chronicle the magical adventures of Tom Ward (played by Ben Barnes), apprentice to the Spook (Jeff Bridges). This adaptation will hit theaters on February 6th.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
In Riggs' story, a boy sets out to find out whether his grandfather was murdered by a make-believe monster, only to find Miss Peregrine and her home for "peculiar" children with unnatural powers. This eccentric bestseller seems to have been ready-made for Tim Burton, who is set to direct the screen adaptation for release on July 31.
Patricia Highsmith's lesbian thriller novel, is being adapted to film with Cate Blanchett leading a cast of Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler. It's expected to come out in 2015.
There are tons more. But as far as I can tell, there aren't any typical HEA (happily ever after) romance novels out there. You know the kind that we buy by the dozen and store on our kindle.
I'm not saying there aren't any romance novels being adapted-- Nicholas Sparks has about a quintillion of them in the pipeline but technically he doesn't count right? He tends to have a lot of tragedy in his books and not many so called HEA's.
Of course one could argue that the YA books out there may count but they are being marketed away from their romance bent.
My question is, can't your average Romantic Suspense- i.e. navy seal thriller or your SFR- i.e. space captain or planetary romance be marketed the same way?
Aren't there tons of bestsellers out there for us grown folks that are HEA's that contain cool plots that can easily relate to others?
I say yes. Hollywood if you need any recommendations, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to give you a list. I'll even add one of my books for free.
See you guys at the movies! I'll definitely be in the Marvel lines.... Age of Ultron here I come!