In recent years we have seen many adaptations of books that have either sucked something horrible or have been really, really good. We’re going to assume that if these books were made into movies, they would be really, really good.
1. Parable Of The Sower / Parable Of The Talents by Octavia E. Butler
The two books by Octavia E. Butler that revolve around Earthseed, a fictional religion created in a post apocalyptic future, are Sci Fi gems that many people have not read. The concepts on religion that are expressed in the books would cause a lot of controversy, the main bad guy in the sequel is a crazy, right wing christian, who hunts down alternative religions and slaughters them. The book is not an action story, but does feature some pretty amazing scenes of violence that would satisfy any on looker. With the right direction and vision, it would be uncomparable in it’s brilliant beauty. Also, it will attract new people to the sci fi world. The primary character, in fact most characters, are African American. The African American Experience is a wide one but alternative African Americans are often ignored. This will bring them to light just a little bit.
2. Stand On Zanzibar by John Brunner
Stand On Zanzibar is an incredibly difficult novel to read and is written in very experimental was. Sometimes it seems almost like gibberish but really the novel is very sharp and specific. It is a warning of the future and human overpopulation and what will come with such a society.
3. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Unlike District 9, Stranger In A Strange Land takes a perspective of a human man being alien to Earth. The story revolves around an earth man being raised on Mars and coming home to Earth for the first time. The book addresses religion, politics, sexuality and many other subjects. It is incredibly insightful and would be a brilliant thing to watch unfold on screen.
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
This novel is haunting and ghastly. It is, in short, a post apocalyptic future where androids are being hunted. The novel essentially follows two stories, one follows the hunter of the androids and the other follows a human who becomes friends with them. A filim, that was loosely based on the book, has already been made. You’ve probably seen it. Blade Runner was a fantastic movie but a more true to the source material adaptation would be incredibly fun.
5. Neuromancer by William Gibson
The first Cyberpunk novel, is one that should have been made into a film ages ago. Though most of the ways they talk about computers and the internet are no longer applicable to our modern system, the book is a classic work of literature. This book is a must read and I’m glad to say as I write this that Neuromancer is currently expected to be released as a film in 2011