Which book are you keen to see turned into a movie and who would you cast? Swati Sharma posed that question to a group of authors.
A Walk To Remember, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, The Devil Wears The Prada, Confession Of A Shopaholic, Something Borrowed, Sex and The City and I Don’t Know How She Does It – I enjoyed reading each of these novels and absolutely loved their screen adaptations. I asked what books our fabulous chick lit writers would want to see turned into movies and which actors they would see as the main leads.
Nicola Doherty (The Out of Office Girl): I would love to see The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith made into a film. It’s a gorgeous story about a couple who meet on a transatlantic flight. Andrew Garfield would be perfect as Oliver and for Hadley maybe a new, unknown actress.
Sue Watson (Fat Girls And Fairy Cakes): I would love to see the hilarious and heartbreaking Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes to be made into a film. The book is very cleverly structured with a wonderful conclusion (tissues would be required with the popcorn!) and along with the tears there are so many great characters and hysterical one-liners. Anna, the heroine is funny and sad and I just love her to bits, but my favourite character is Mammy Walsh, Anna’s mum who is bonkers and laugh-out-loud funny and would have to be played by Pauline McLynn.
Jackie Pilossoph (Free Gift with Purchase): I would like to see Jonathan Tropper’s How To Talk To A Widower made into a movie. I’m absolutely in love with the main character, Doug Parker, who at 29 finds himself to be a widow, his life pretty much at its low point. I think Ryan Reynolds would be perfect as Doug, and since I’m in love with him too, it’s a perfect fit. Then there is Doug’s neighbour, who’s interested in consoling Doug with sex. Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock… the choices are endless.
Clodagh Murphy (Frisky Business): A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess is one of my favourite chick lit books of recent times and I’d love to see it made into a movie, not least because I’d love to see the Hong Kong setting which is the background to part of the book. This book really made me want to go to Hong Kong. I think Jim Sturgess would make a good Robert, and I’d cast Emily Blunt as Abigail.
Debbie Viggiano (Stockings And Cellulite): I just loved Jill Mansell’s book To The Moon And Back and would be more than happy to see it as a movie. I think Joely Richardson should play the lead role of Ellie Kendell.
Allie Spencer (Summer Nights): One of my all-time favourite chick lit books is Cat by the amazing Freya North. Set against the exciting backdrop of the Tour de France, it’s the story of a broken heart being mended and two people falling very deeply in love. I would cast the amazing Carey Mulligan as Cat and the deeply gorgeous Paul Rudd as Dr Ben York – although maybe a few years younger and with an English accent.
Shirley Benton (Can We Start Again?): I would absolutely love to see Marian Keyes’ book Rachel’s Holiday made into a movie. In fact, I am flabbergasted that it hasn’t already gone to the big screen. According to various sources on the internet, it was optioned many years ago and Catherine Zeta-Jones was tipped to play the part of Rachel at that time. Fingers crossed that it will make it to the big screen some day. Though, I would like Zooey Deschanel to play Rachel. I could see Andrew Garfield as Luke.
Sue Moorcroft (Dream a Little Dream): I love Linda Howard’s Cry No More. It’s about Milla Edge, whose baby is snatched, and James Diaz, described as ‘a man with his own agenda’. In my ‘straight-to-movie’ imagination, Diaz is young unsmiling Charlie Sheen with longish hair and stubble. Milla’s played by Blake Lively – I’m sure she wouldn’t mind darkening her eyes and lashes for the role, and going curly!
Talli Rolland (Construct A Couple): I’m a massive fan of romantic comedies set in London, so I’d love to see Ali McNamara’s From Notting Hill With Love . . . Actually made into a film. I live in Notting Hill and ‘Love Actually’ is one of my all-time favourites, so Ali’s fun-filled novel is the ideal choice. The main characters could be played by Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. I’d buy a ticket in a heartbeat!
Shari Low (Friday Night With The Girls): I’d go with Tasmina Perry’s novel Perfect Strangers. The character of Sophie would be Karen Gillan or Emma Roberts, Ruth would be Kate Winslet and Josh would be Gabriel Macht (with a Scottish accent). This undoubtedly added to my enjoyment of an already fantastic read!
Ilana Fox (All That Glitters): One of my favourite books is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The book is about some classics students who accidentally kill a man and then have to kill one of their friends to stop him from telling everyone what they’ve done. It’s an incredibly layered novel and extremely accomplished. Lots has already been spoken about turning this into a movie and Flavorwire nailed the casting of it earlier this year.
Swati Sharma is a coffee table book writer and freelancer form India. She is also working on her first chick lit novel.