Stay-At-Home orders, pandemic response, hand-washing, and social distancing. These are interesting times. Life has changed. It has been interesting but challenging. The science life will soon call me back full time, so I’m trying to make the most out of this period of my life and simplify my world moving forward.
With so much sudden creative free time for a creator who normally struggles to find creative free time, I must admit I’ve struggled. Not quite a Jack Torrance-level struggle, although I did catch myself writing, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” twenty or so times in my journal the other morning.
Here has been my main writing problem. With so many new and old writing ideas streaming through my head, I have often felt like Lucy and Ethel on the chocolate candy wrapping line.
That’s no joke. A lot of me wanting to write but with a healthy helping of spinning the wheels.
On a positive note, I started drawing again last year and this work-from-home period has given me time to take some online art instruction. I’m enjoying the process and have combined the writing life with art into attempting a couple of graphic storytelling projects (one is a STEM informative fiction!).
It’s all going to work out in the end. I’m 100% sure of that.
Another thing I thought I’d do was stream a bunch of TV shows and movies. You know, catch up on all these shows people are talking about. I haven’t. Maybe it’s not a bad thing. I can still nod my head and act like I know what the person raving about a Netflix series is talking about, right?
That said, I’ve put a considerable amount of thought the past few weeks into a question that was posted a few months ago during a Twitter chat.
If you had complete control over the production aspects, what MG/YA book or book series would you sign to be made into a movie or streaming series?
A couple of book series I’d make into TV series or movies are technically considered YA but I’ve always believed they have great appeal to upper middle grade readers as well.
First, Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series. I’m currently almost through rereading the entire series again.
Second, Johnathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series. I might reread this series next!
In my humble opinion, these are two great books series that both pop visually in the reader’s mind and would translate well to the big or small screen. I invite and implore you, dear readers, to share your dream book-to-movie projects in the comments below or link to this post on social media with your suggestions.
Who knows? Maybe a producer will see your ideas and put the wheels in motion.
Take care, MUF friends!
Learn something new.
BONUS: Here’s a couple of MG books to movie pieces by Mindy Alyse Weiss and Andrea Pyros post on the MUF blog:
Movies Inspired by Middle Grade Novels by Mindy Alyse Weiss from 4/17/2015
10 middle grade books made into movies by Andrea Pyros 12/14/2016