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One of the trends in Hollywood right now is to remake classic "geeky" films instead of tackling the plethora of beloved books that are just ripe for adapting.

What makes a book "geeky" doesn't necessarily mean strictly science fiction; it's a label that includes books whose characters and plot would appeal to those of the geek persuasion.

We've picked 10 books -- in no particular order -- that we think would make great films and create new legions of movie-geek fans.


One of the trends in Hollywood right now is to remake classic "geeky" films instead of tackling the plethora of beloved books that are just ripe for adapting.

What makes a book "geeky" doesn't necessarily mean strictly science fiction; it's a label that includes books whose characters and plot would appeal to those of the geek persuasion.

We've picked 10 books -- in no particular order -- that we think would make great films and create new legions of movie-geek fans.


'A Wrinkle in Time'

A Wrinkle In Time'A Wrinkle in Time,' Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic about the Murray children and their friend Calvin O'Keefe traveling through space and time, was made into a Disney TV movie in 2003, but we'd still love to see the epic tale played out on the big screen.

Parts of 'A Wrinkle In Time' would definitely be hard to film -- i.e., Uriel, the planet made of light and love -- and the book is so beloved that a movie could never please every fan.

However, L'Engle is so descriptive, and the worlds the characters travel to are so strange, that a movie adaptation, if done right, would be incredibly unique and visually stunning.

The right cinematographer could paint L'Engle's world in a way films rarely challenge their makers and could test the limits of CGI technology.


'Ender's Game'

Ender's GameThe training scenes alone would make 'Ender's Game' worth seeing on the big screen. Think the end of 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' with Luke Skywalker in the X-Wing fighter but times a thousand -- oh, and with children steering.

Orson Scott Card's novel is about a young boy who becomes the savior of the planet after children are taken from their families and forced to live at a training facility in space.

It's like 'Lord of the Flies' but with spaceships. And most of the best acting would need to be done by child actors, which is always a risk in the film world, especially since the movie would have to be marketed to adults.

It's questionable if an actor as young as the main character of Ender is supposed to be could take on such a deep role, but a film version of this classic science fiction tale would take audiences on one exciting journey.


'The Gods Themselves'

Isaac AsimovIssac Asimov's 1972 novel is split into three parts, so this work would probably end up being a film trilogy. The script would be a massive undertaking for anyone but the final product for each movie could be individually -- and collectively -- incredible.

Though the films could be written off as just another "alien" movie series, the complexities of the stories could create an engaging universe on screen (like other epics, such as 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy or 'Star Wars').

One of Asimov's novels, 'I, Robot,' was already made into a movie starring Will Smith in 2004, and one of his short stories was turned into 'Bicentennial Man' (1999), starring Robin Williams, so there's precedent to adapting his works.

A 'The Gods Themselves' movie could make for a timely social commentary on political power and the environment. Plus, there are alien sex scenes begging to be filmed. (Uh, ew. Kidding.)


'Good Omens'

Good OmensIf commentary through comedy is more your speed, Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett's hilarious tale of the war between Heaven and Hell to find a young English boy who is supposed to be the Anti-Christ would make a hilarious film. (Think Kevin Smith's 'Dogma' but better.)

The style of the novel has been compared to that of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' author Douglas Adams, whose series was most recently made into a lackluster film in 2005. 'Good Omens' would also be tricky to adapt for the big screen.

However, if the screenwriters, director and actors managed to stay true to Gaiman and Prachett's 'Monty Python' feel, these characters -- especially demon Crowley and his frenemy angel Aziraphale -- really deserve to come alive.

Don't you want to see a demon in a black Bentley blasting Queen songs?


The Once and Future King'The Once and Future King'

If you're going to talk geek books, you'd be remiss to count out those fans of Camelot and the King Arthur legend. T.H. White's novel 'The Once and Future King,' about the raising and education of Arthur and the romance between his queen and his best knight, is long overdue for a movie version.

This novel has it all in terms of an epic movie plot: It's a beloved story everyone is familiar with and includes action, adventure, emotion and a tragic love story.

Even though the book is split into parts, the film doesn't necessarily have to be and it could focus mainly on Arthur's lighthearted journey from a young man (ie: Disney's 'The Sword in the Stone') to becoming a king and then turn dark once he takes the throne.

At the very least, it'd be a great chance to retell a familiar legend.


'Microserfs'

MicroserfsDouglas Coupland's 1995 novel, presented in diary entries written on a Mac Powerbook by a narrator named Daniel, basically predicted the phenomenon we know today as blogging.

Daniel and the other characters in the novel live in a "geek house" under the tutelage of Microsoft boss Bill Gates and the story follows them as they move from being Microsoft programmers to working on their own independent project. There's also heart in the form of Daniel's grief over his brother's death.

The book's use of emoticons and Internet speak would be a bit hard to translate to the big screen but the topic and plot could resonate now -- in a world of Tumblr and Twitter -- with a movie-going audience.

After all, Hollywood is about to release a Facebook movie called 'The Social Network.'


'Stranger in a Strange Land'

Stranger in a Strange LandThe Robert A. Heinlein classic may seem similar to the Keanu Reeves film 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008), with a visitor from outer space wreaking havoc on Earth, but the plot of 'Stranger in a Strange Land' would make a much better film.

Valentine Michael Smith's story of being a human raised by Martians who returns to his home planet is full of scenes that, if filmed, could be amazing to see.

The relationships between all the characters -- Smith and Gillian the nurse, for example -- would also give some lucky actors plum roles to work with.

The political plot is also extremely relevant right now and would make for a very timely statement on foreign relations -- and even the environment.



'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'

Kavalier and ClayFor the comic book crowd, Michael Chabon's 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' tells the tale of two Jewish teenage cousins creating their own comic adventures in America during World War II.

The novel has become a staple for those who love comic books and has two of the most complex, well-written "nerdy" characters ever created.

Clay's sexual confusion and Kavalier's struggle to save his family from Nazi-occupied Prague provide amazing emotional plot lines over a background of creative drive. If marketed correctly, this movie could literally appeal to everyone.

A film version of the book has been in talks for almost a decade, with Natalie Portman rumored to co-star, but Chabon himself said he doubts a movie will happen anytime soon. Major bummer.


'Geek Love'

Geek LoveA novel called 'Geek Love' seems like an obvious choice for this list but Katherine Dunn's 1989 book is not what you'd think and its characters are what would make it an amazing universe for a film.

'Geek Love' follows a couple that run a struggling traveling carnival and decide to artificially breed their own circus freaks as children.

The family includes a boy with flippers for hands and feet, Siamese twins, a hunchback albino dwarf and a baby with telekinetic powers. Imagine seeing all that craziness on the big screen.

Though movies generally star attractive people, it'd be super interesting to see a film pull off protagonists who not only are not conventionally pretty, but full-on deformed.


'The Dark Tower'

The Dark TowerThis Stephen King's series touches many a genre dear to the geek's heart: science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Truthfully, I've never read King's 'Dark Tower' novels but I've been told by fans that they'd make excellent films.

In the vein of Tolkien's The 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'The Dark Tower' could be a sweeping series of films if made by the right director.

Apparently, the series would be difficult to film, which is why it's never been tackled for the big screen. Also, King's novels have notoriously been hit or miss when adapted into films -- see 'The Shining' but also 'Cujo.'

However, 'The Dark Tower' has many dedicated fans who would probably like to see a movie version -- but only if done right.

Which books do you think would make fantastic geeky movies? Tell us in the comments.