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Page To Premiere Wish List: ‘The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin

July 3, 2014
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At the moment, here at Page to Premiere, we’re treating you all with a special feature called our ‘wishlist’ in which we are all choosing a book each that we would love to see made into a movie. For today’s part of our wishlist I have decided to choose ‘The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer’ by Michelle Hodkin for my book and we’re going to explore how I would like to see this book as a film.

I think it would make an excellent movie because it features so many qualities of which I think make a great film, such as: romance, humor, action and even horror (some parts really creeped me out okay). This book is also part of a trilogy; the second book being ‘The evolution of Mara Dyer’ and the final book ‘The retribution of Mara Dyer’ (of which will be released November 6th 2014). I personally think the trilogy would work very well as a film trilogy because the suspense between the books will help make the films extremely popular and we know just how popular YA film trilogies (The Hunger Games and Divergent) are these days. I also think it would make such a great film because it is SO different to any film/book out there because it’s not just your typical teen high school movie.

Plot: “Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people’s deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she’s going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn’t enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can’t seem to leave her alone…but as her life unravels around her, Mara can’t help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…”

Dream cast:

Soundtrack: Another factor of which I think completes a movie is it’s soundtrack. When I read the book I often read it whilst listening to Lana Del Rey and I honestly could not have found an artist whose songs fit this book better. Lana’s new album ‘Ultraviolence’ fits the book so perfectly! The pacing, speed and (in some cases) even the lyrics fit perfectly with the story. So if you ever do find yourself reading/re-reading this book then give listening to Lana at the same time a try but I do know some people find it hard to read and listen to music at the same time.

I seriously think it would be brilliant to see this book (and trilogy) made into a film(s) and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that someone will see the potential that the book has and make the all important move for a film to happen!

What do you think? Any other suggestions?? Please let us know in the comments!


Liam is a 17 year old British boy who developed an unhealthy obsession with books and films! He is currently stuck in the pit called School but when he leaves his dream would be to write a book and get it published. He spends most of his time reading, watching films/tv shows and simply being a fanboy. You can follow him on Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.


  • Yana van den Bergh

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas would make an INCREDIBLE movie. And so would Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

  • Bins

    You whitewashed the cast though. She’s half Indian, half white. Her mother is Indian. She does say that she and her brother take after her father, being more faired skinned, but Daniel takes more after their mother. I would love to see a film adaptation, but your cast needs improvement.

  • Stormii

    YES! The Mara Dyer series would be a breath of fresh air into the YA movies. I can see interest in this if “If I Stay” does well. While different, those books have the same tone.

  • Jeanette

    While reading “Unbecoming”, I actually thought that it would make a great season of television. Every several chapters felt like they could be an episode. And that ending just SCREAMS season finale cliffhanger. And by including aspects such as other characters’ perspectives, I could see the story being expanded enough to fit a show, maybe even past 3 seasons. It just feels very season-by-season myth arc to me.

  • Indi

    Evan Peters as Jude

  • Rebecca

    I agree! I think it would make a great TV show. I could see The CW picking it up. This book was so good and like they said, it wouldn’t be your typical high school movie, it’s a good love-story-thriller with an undertone of the paranormal. I LOVED the book.

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