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July 10, 2013

If Only... (1)

Hey guys! After a bunch of collaboration, Ishita and I have decided to dedicate Wednesdays to discussion about books that I believe should be movies or vice-versa. So without further ado...

If only Struck by Jennifer Bosworth were a movie. 

Haven't heard of or read Struck yet? Here's a taste... 

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

 I don't know about you, but it seems to me that Hollywood is currently thriving on apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic films right now. Just take a look at After Earth starring Will Smith or Brad Pitt's World War Z. A page-to-screen adaptation of Struck would fit right in.

One of the things I love most about Struck is that it's gender-neutral. As a movie, I think it would have a lot of potential to bring in a diverse audience. Sure, the protagonist is female, but believe me, there is plenty of action and destruction to go around. Mia Price is a lightning addict after all. 

While true that Struck would require a ton of special effects, from Mia's scars to the complete devastation of downtown Los Angeles, technology these days is astounding. If filmmakers can produce visual worlds like Thor's Asgard and Man of Steel's Krypton, I don't think this would prove to be particularly difficult.

Still on the fence? I suppose I should mention that a fabulous book trailer for Struck already exists. The first time I saw it, I honestly thought I was watching a legitimate movie trailer. Make sure you check out that awesome piece of work HERE

What do you think?

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