The best books that have been turned into movies (or should be)

Daniel M. Ross Author Of Rosette
By Daniel M. Ross

Who am I?

My primary industry is filmmaking. For over ten years, I worked as a VFX Supervisor and Generalist on various Hollywood productions, some of them for major brands and networks, such as Sketchers USA, Rio Vista Universal, and the SyFy Channel. As someone with a passion for creative storytelling and a desire to relate richly visual images, I began to write original content—charged with the sights and sounds one may experience in a theater. 

I wrote...


By Daniel M. Ross,

Book cover of Rosette

What is my book about?

Tomorrow is yesterday.™ Babylon, 2171. As the fabric of time begins to unravel, the man responsible must wrestle his darkest demons in order to thread the world back together again. Unlock Infinit’s Cinematic Reading™ experience via the attached Screenplay Reading Guide.

#1 bestseller in time travel science fiction. "Completely smashed all my expectations... I am already re-reading it to take it all in." - William Conrad, author of Interviewing Immortality

The books I picked & why

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The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of The Hobbit

Why this book?

A vast epic to end all epics. Really a “staple” piece in the world of fantasy books. I remember reading this as a youngster and being daunted by the inventive prose, and elevated diction. The type of book that makes you feel like you’re getting smarter by every flip of the page.

The Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (illustrator),

Book cover of The Chronicles of Narnia

Why this book?

Allegorically rich and powerful in imagery, I would recommend C.S. Lewis’s work to any young adult delving into fantasy fiction for the first time. I used to keep the entire collection on my bedstand as a child. It’s a rarity, as the film adaptation only emboldens what’s so great about the book.

The Giver

By Lois Lowry,

Book cover of The Giver

Why this book?

This is an interesting one...there are images portrayed in The Giver that remain with me to this day. I don’t know if it was just a “right place right time sort of thing, but the author’s depiction of black and white vision – suddenly impacted by flashes of color – were so vividly written, that it inspired a major creative work of mine. I haven’t seen the film, though if I were to guess, the book outweighs it by far.

Showdown: A Paradise Novel

By Ted Dekker,

Book cover of Showdown: A Paradise Novel

Why this book?

Although this one is not a movie, Ted Dekker’s works have been adapted into feature films and have hit multiple bestseller lists, including The New York Times. I inhaled this book in a few days (they call him the “master of suspense”). An impactful read, though not for the faint of heart.


By Louis Sachar,

Book cover of Holes

Why this book?

It’s a near-perfect story. Was required reading in elementary school, and of course, became a major motion picture distributed by the Walt Disney company. It’s a truly timeless book that craftily exposits the not-so happenstance events in life that may seem awful at the time, but are actually a blessing in disguise. I may re-read this someday.

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