Book Shelf: Like, hello, why are these titles not films yet?
With Diablo Cody's filmic adaptation of the Sweet Valley High series due out in 2012, Sweet Valley Confidential hitting book stores in April this year (join the Facebook page!) and childhood homes revisited over the Christmas break, we thought it timely to reminisce on titles cherished in our girlhoods that should most definitely be adapted for the big screen, like, really soon...
THE GIRL MOST LIKELY by Rebecca Sparrow
Hello, movie execs? A rather large portion of the Australian (and I surmise, international) public is yearning to see 27-year-old Rachel Hill eat Miracle Whip from the jar in her pyjamas, attempt to master the musical trickery of Green sleeves and gobble Fruit Loops galore on the big screen. For the not-yet-acquainted, Rebecca Sparrow’s hilarious debut follows Rachel, who was dubbed ‘the girl most likely to succeed’ in high school and, ten years later is living in her childhood bedroom with a failed Vegas wedding under her belt and a whole lot of time to dissect what went wrong. The message? Life doesn’t always deal the cards you were expecting. Bugger. Lucy
A vivid novel that’s tough to forget, Came Back to Show You I Could Fly was published in 1991 to critical acclaim and trails a lonely, introverted kid, 11-year-old Seymour Kerley, who is stuck with a family friend, for the summer holidays. Bored in the house alone, Seymour scales the back gate to explore the neighbourhood and meets Angie, a charismatic 20-year-old who is, unbeknownst to Seymour, pregnant, a drug addict, in heavy debt and deeply troubled. The book explores friendship, innocence, fragility, compassion and forgiveness. We’re envisioning a dishevelled, platinum blonde Isabel Lucas as the sweet, scattered Angie. Lucy
CHAIN OF HEARTS by Maureen McCarthy
With plenty of juicy material for scriptwriters to sink their teeth into, it’s a wonder Maureen McCarthy’s pearler, Chain of Hearts, hasn’t cropped up on the silver screen already. The novel, a transformation tale peppered with teenage angst, follows 17-year-old Sophie Douglas (who, like a few of her contemporaries, hates school, hates her parents and hates her life) as she’s forced to live with her aunt Fran in the country. Aunt Fran turns out to be something of an enigma, and the story interweaves three generations of Douglas women which prompts Sophie to question who she really is. Lucy
P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER by Paula Danziger & Ann M Martin
AFTER JANUARY by Nick Earls
Already a success on the stage, Earls’ foray into the young adult genre is as real and relatable as mature life-mirrorring best-sellers Zig-Zag Street and Bachelor Kisses. After finally making it through high school, a floundering and pessimistic Alex hits the beach both because his mum made him, and in search of distraction from not-so-eagerly awaiting his acceptance or rejection letter for the ambiguous (his word, not mine)Queensland University Arts/Law course. The familiar transitionary tale follows Alex through what seems like the last summer of life as he knows it, as he grapples with the confronting crossroads that lie ahead of him after January, but not before a journey of self-discovery, dealing with Daddy issues, and dabbling in his first dose of requited love with elusive and mysterious beach babe, Fortuna. A little bit quirky, a little bit depressing, and a slightly dysfunctional family thrown in the mix – After January checks all the classic Aussie cinema prerequisites. Liz
FAT CHANCE by Margaret Clark
PINK BALLOONS by Beverly McGregor
Liz & Lucy @ Girl With a Satchel
It's our pleasure to publish the following post-script by Ronda Brewer:
"On reading the above outline written by ' A Girl With a Satchel' with regard to the book PINK BALLOONS, it says... 'when her family discovers that a routine blood transfusion the frail, premature baby underwent, caused her to TRANSMIT the virus years earlier'... This, unfortunately is incorrect.
As Skye's Aunty, it is my duty to correct this point, and set the record straight. Instead, Skye CONTRACTED the virus from a contaminated blood transfusion she RECEIVED years earlier, as a premature baby, and was only diagnosed with AIDS years later, at the age of five. In her few short, precious years, she did never transmit any virus to anybody - HIV/AIDS or otherwise.
Yes, the above outline was written with good intent- just not quite factual, and I'm sorry to say, poorly worded. So for would-be readers out there, unless they previously knew of Skye's story, reading the description of her book, is, in fact, quite misleading. So, as her Aunty Ronda, who knew her from the moment she came into this world, until the moment she left, I must speak the truth and continue to uphold her legacy.'
I sincerely hope you understand and are able to make amends.