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Books That Need to Be Made Into A Movie Now... NOW!

I've been reading Margaret Mahy's twisty, bendy post-apocalyptic masterpiece Maddigan's Fantasia this summer. I have vague memories of starting to watch the BBC series based on the book at Miss Arien's homestead. I say "starting" because the next thing I knew, it was 5:30 in the morning and the DVD menu was blinking mockingly at me as my sluggish brain tried to process the awesomeness that I had just experienced.

The series and book are so fascinating, so unexpected and never quite go where you expect them to go. Just when you think Mahy is going to zig, she zags and then blows up a house. 

To prove that I didn't sleep-deprivedly hallucinate this series, here is the trailer for the BBC series Maddigan's Quest

Smug in the fact that it was just as weird as I remember, I began to think of what other books would make fantastic BBC miniseries.

Here's our Top 3:

1. The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S Lee

Victorian England! Pretty dresses! Fierce orphan girls with mad skills! Secret lady society!
Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows only to face a very different noose. As a penniless orphans, her future seems bleak until she is introduced to the shadowy Agency which uses their seeming disadvantages to solve crimes that stump Scotland Yard.

Basically: She is a spy. She solves crimes. 

Get to it, BBC Writers.

2. Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Fans of the series have already created some wicked trailers (I love the casting in this one). It's like Enid Blyton's Malory Towers  meets Gormenghast meets Picnic at Hanging Rock.

3. Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler series

Rachel McAdams is a very good actress. She was brilliant in the Canadian comedy Slings and Arrows (Watch it! Watch it now! It will erase all the terrible memories of studying Shakespeare in high school) and while I was ostensibly reading something terribly important but in fact watching The Notebook out of the corner of my eye, she was very good in that too. 

However, I feel that she was rather miscast in Sherlock Holmes. Not because she couldn't pull off all that fuchsia (all the more power to her) but because compared to Robert Downey Jr. she seemed rather... young. Instead of envisioning them as romantic partners, it felt like Sherlock Holmes was her dad. I was having Little Women flashbacks. 

Anyhow, Carole Nelson Douglas's Irene Adler series would make a wicked BBC series and McAdams better dust off her English accent.

Any books you think would make a fantastic BBC miniseries?