Road Trip Wednesday #175: Kickstart

rtwRoad Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. We,the bloggers who love YA Highway, post our response and then link it in the comments of the YA Highway site. Pretty fun!

This weeks topic: The Veronica Mars Kickstarter success makes us wonder, what YA book would you raise $2 million to see a movie version of?

This is kind of a hard topic. It feels a bit like picking favorites. A couple of my favorites are already optioned and in the works, in varying degrees. Now, in Hollywood, things move at a weird pace. Until a project is filming, which usually means funding has been secured, the project can exist in a state of indefinite limbo. Even after production has wrapped, financing distribution can prevent the film from being seen by mass audiences.

Hollywood is a mess, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about choosing favorites. No…it’s about a book I can see as a movie and would get behind.

Which is why I’m choosing Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan.

Here’s the Goodreads:

unspokenKami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

I could see Tim Burton really making this book come to life with moody brilliance, but he’s expensive. I don’t know if a $2 million kickstarter goal would be enough. Our goal would have to be a bit more lofty, and we’d have to do it in conjunction with an online campaign aimed to hook Tim. He can secure his own funding, I imagine. I doubt he’s read the book. Maybe that should be out tack. Harass Tim Burton. As a rule, I think harassment of any celebrity is bad form, but if it’s for a good cause…

Happy Wednesday!

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7 thoughts on “Road Trip Wednesday #175: Kickstart

  1. Ooh, I haven’t read Unspoken, but the synopsis sounds just my thing. If you’re matching it with Tim Burton then I definitely have to read!

    Good points too about how these films get made. It would be amazing if every book that got optioned made it to the big screen, but sadly it’s not the case!

  2. Yes! I would love to see UNSPOKEN made into a movie. The atmosphere reminded me just a bit of THE SECRET GARDEN, quaint and British and mysterious. It would be so neat to see how they would show the mental dynamic between Kami and Jared. Awesome choice!

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