We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, tells the story of the Sinclair family’s summer trips to their own private island. While everything seems perfect, at first, secrets are soon revealed and must be confronted by the novel’s narrator, Cadence Sinclair.
The novel was published in 2014, but gained popularity on TikTok for its twists and turns and for being a fast read. With movies like The Woman In The Window and Gone Girl having similar tones and themes, this book would undoubtedly thrive as a film.
Red, White & Royal Blue
Split image of Casey McQuiston and her book, Rey. White, and Royal Blue
Red, White & Royal Blue is the romantic comedy everyone needs right now. It focuses on the unlikely romance between the first son Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry of Wales. It is an “enemies to lovers” story that fans could not get enough of.
With the British royal family being at the center of the media after Prince Harry and Meghan’s departure, a movie adaptation of this book would fit in perfectly with today’s pop culture. It also has an LGBTQ+ couple at the center of the story, which would be a welcome addition to the romantic comedy film space in terms of representation.
People We Meet On Vacation
Split image of Emily Henry, and her book, People We Meet on Vacation
Romantic comedies about enemies-to-lovers are a staple on BookTok, but People We Meet On Vacation is different. It is a classic romantic comedy focused on two friends who grow into lovers over the course of 12 years. Its story is a welcome break from reality and fans cannot help but be giddy after reading it.
The story of the main characters falling in love, Poppy and Alex, is reminiscent of the classic movie When Harry Met Sally. It is a lighthearted but beautiful story that would lend itself perfectly to an amazing and popular movie.
Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe
Split image showing Benjamin Alire Sáenz and his book, Aristotle and Dante
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a beautiful and unique coming-of-age story. Ari and Dante are two teenagers navigating the struggles of their own lives, which bring them closer together in El Paso, Texas.
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This story is a positive representation of the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic communities and would be so welcome to see as a film. It is a touching story that is relatable and endearing and would surely become a coming-of-age classic if adapted.
It Ends With Us
Split image showing Colleen Hoover and her book, It Ends With Us
It Ends With Us is a layered story that delves into the struggles of being in an abusive relationship. It tells the heartbreaking story of Lily Bloom falling in love after pursuing her dreams but realizing that the man she loves is bad for her. Fans of the novel on TikTok are recording themselves finishing the last page and the uncontrollable sobbing that comes along with it.
Justin Baldoni and his production company optioned the novel back in 2019. He spoke to Variety about how a script was in the works and how since the novel is so widely loved, it needs an adaptation that lives up to the author Colleen Hoover’s writing. Fans can only hope to see this story on the big screen sooner rather than later.
From Blood And Ash
Split image showing Jennifer L- Armentrout, and her book, From Blood and Ash
From Blood and Ash is the first installment of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s fantasy romance series. Fans of the novel on TikTok fell so in love with the characters that they even pine over fan art of the main love interests. The novel’s length and planned six books in the series aren’t even intimidating to fans since the story is just that good.
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The novel’s world-building and combination of romance and fantasy rival that of Game Of Thrones. Fans feel it would make an amazing movie adaptation and the beginning of a new franchise that anyone would love to watch come to life.
The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue
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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a truly unique and compelling novel. Addie LaRue was granted immortality but cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. After being alive for over 300 years, her whole world changes when a young man remembers her name.
It is a beautiful story that has romance, but the main focus is Addie LaRue looking for meaning in her life. Fans are sharing that it would make an amazing film, to see Addie LaRue through the years being forgotten and then finally remembered. This story, as a film, would definitely leave viewers contemplating what is most important in their own lives.
These Violent Delights
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These Violent Delights is a reworking of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai. It was one of Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of 2020 and an instant New York Times Bestseller. The praise and accolades are warranted, as the novel takes a classic story and makes it a new, exciting, and gripping story.
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As a film, this book would be impeccable. The intense action throughout the story paired with the classic love story of forbidden love would make it a must-see film for all audiences and one fans are dying to see on the big screen.
The Song Of Achilles
Split image showing Madeline Miller, and her book, The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles has been one of the most consistent novels to trend on TikTok. It is a feature in countless book hauls and recommendations for good reason. It is a new take on Homer’s classic The Illiad that ramps up the action, romance, and LGBTQ+ representation.
While modern iterations of Homer’s work shy away from the implied gay relationships during that time, the author Madeline Miller makes it the forefront of the novel. It would make a stunning film with the backdrop of ancient Greece and one that would stand out amongst past Homer film adaptations, such as Troy.
The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
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Evelyn Hugo is a character that feels so real to readers that some may doubt she wasn’t an actual underrated and lesser-known actress from old Hollywood. As she recounts her life throughout the novel, readers feel connected with her and sympathize with her story. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was set to become a series on Freeform, but it never got out of the development stage.
This novel is filled with Hollywood glam, forbidden romance, and plenty of twists and turns. As a film, it would be a heartwrenching story to watch in theaters. Audiences watching Evelyn’s life as a classic Hollywood actress play out on screen would even add more impact to the story itself.