Some people lament the fact that Hollywood seems to have lost its originality, what with all of the sequels, prequels, reboots, movies based on cartoons, comics, toys, books, etc. I for one, however, don’t mind when a book is turned into a movie because for me, one of two things happens: I am interested in reading the book (if I haven’t already) and/or I’m interested in seeing the movie.
Now, not every book can be made into a movie nor should they *cough* “Fifty Shades of Grey” *cough*. But there are some books that should be made into movies. Therefore, I’m going to be starting a series of posts about books that I think should be made into movies. The first few are ones that I have read recently (within the last 6 months) but I’ll post some not-so-recent ones too.
*disclaimer: when I say “books that should be made into movies” this means that I have not yet heard of these books being optioned for movie making and/or heard anything about them being made into a movie. If you have, however, please let me know!
So, for the first post in the series, the book is “The Golem & the Jinni” by Helene Wecker.
And here is the synopsis, available from Goodreads:
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.
The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.
I read this book for a book club and while it was pretty large for a book club book (almost 500 pages) it was ah-mazing. It combines magic and historical fiction and a strong female character (even if she is made of clay). The imagery of 1899 New York is just something I would love to see on screen because I love period pieces. It would be interesting to see how a director would incorporate the magic into the historical aspect without it being hokey or out of place.
As for who would play Chava and Ahmad, this is who I’m thinking:
Chava: Emily Blunt
Ahmad: Kamar de los Reyes
What do you think? Should “The Golem & the Jinni” be made into a movie? Who would you pick to play Chava and Ahmad?