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

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

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Hobbit

Daniel M. Ross Why did I love 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.

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Why should I read it?

40 authors picked The Hobbit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Special collector's film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid…

Book cover of The Chronicles of Narnia

Daniel M. Ross Why did I love 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.

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

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked The Chronicles of Narnia as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Experience all seven tales of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, in one impressive paperback volume!

Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years.

This edition presents the seven books—The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The…

Book cover of The Giver

Daniel M. Ross Why did I love 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.

By Lois Lowry,

Why should I read it?

19 authors picked The Giver as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 10, 11, 12, and 13.

What is this book about?

THE GIVER is soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

Now available for the first time in the UK, THE GIVER QUARTET is the complete four-novel collection.

THE GIVER: It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders.

Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is…

Book cover of Showdown

Daniel M. Ross Why did I love 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 Ted Dekker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Showdown as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Welcome to Paradise.

Epic battles of good and evil are happening all around us.

Today that battle comes to town with the sound of lone footsteps clacking down the blacktop on a hot, lazy summer afternoon. The black-cloaked man arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise and manages to become the talk of the town within the hour. Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream, he is irresistible.

Seems like bliss . . . but is it?
Or is hell about to break loose in Paradise?

Book cover of Holes

Daniel M. Ross Why did I love 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.

By Louis Sachar,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked Holes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 12, 13, 14, and 15.

What is this book about?

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SELECTED AS ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake) he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, reporting anything they find. Why? The evil warden claims that it's character building, but this is a lie. It's up…

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Deep Roots

By Sung J. Woo,

Book cover of Deep Roots

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Who am I?

Author Novelist Tennis fan Cinephile Gamer

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What is my book about?

After solving her first case, private eye Siobhan O’Brien is hired by Phillip Ahn, an octogenarian billionaire with his own personal island in the Pacific Northwest. Ahn, a genius in artificial intelligence, swears that Duke, his youngest child and only son, is an impostor. Is Ahn crazy, or is Duke really someone else? As Siobhan attempts to arrive at the truth, her biggest challenge will be dealing with Ahn’s family, who all live under the same gilded roof: his current wife, his two ex-wives, and their awful, privileged children.

What is the real reason that Siobhan was brought to this isolated estate? If she can keep her head – literally and figuratively – she’ll learn that family secrets have some very deep roots.

Deep Roots

By Sung J. Woo,

What is this book about?

After solving her first case, Siobhan O’Brien faces her biggest challenge yet – Thanksgiving!  With her lawyer boyfriend Craig in tow, Siobhan travels to Minneapolis to endure small talk with the extended O’Brien clan and chow down on some seriously delicious turkey and dressing.  Everything’s swell until her sister-in-law Gwen tells her about her brother Sven's frequent late-night meetings with his co-workers.  Since Siobhan’s next case is just a ferry ride from their house in Washington state, she asks for Siobhan’s help.
Big sister is happy to oblige, though she’s got her hands full.  Hired by Phillip Ahn, a Korean…

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