THE FIVE: Book-Based Movies Starring . . . Me
The top five book-based movies I'd want to star in:
5. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Yes, I know there already is a movie and Dakota Blue Richards was actually a really good Lyra. But the movie ending was totally different from the book ending, and that was a big problem for me! I think they should remake the movie with the correct (i.e. book) ending, and this time I get to play Lyra. Although, it might be interesting to play Mrs. Coulter too. . .
4. Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
Because I have always wanted to be a princess in an enchanted castle. And a movie version of this book would totally bring it to life!
3. East by Edith Pattou
East is like a combination of The Golden Compass and Beauty, so in this movie I would get to be a princess in an enchanted castle AND ride cross country on the back of a talking polar bear.
2. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Theodosia is my new favorite female character. She is kind of like an old-fashioned Hermione Granger if she were stuck with Muggles her whole life, and her best friend was Indiana Jones instead of Harry Potter. Theo’s parents are archaeologists and bring back cursed amulets and stuff from Egypt, but only Theo can tell they are cursed. Of course, they don’t listen to her so she has to deal with the black magic all by herself. She ends up having some pretty awesome adventures. . . . which I would have no problem translating on the big screen!
1. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson
This movie would be so cool to star in, kind of like a combination of Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan. I would get to fly, swim with mermaids, talk to dolphins, be chased by pirates, and captured by cannibals (ok maybe that part wouldn’t be so cool). And if I could make a suggestion to the Casting Director . . . Johnny Depp would be great as the pirate Black Stache!
If you could see your name in lights, what book adaptation would YOU want to star in?
— Sonja, Scholastic.com Editor