For the past year, until recently, I have read books not for the love of reading, but for a production company. I have read a ton and suggested many for TV or FILM. Unfortunately, I am no longer in that job, but my love for literature has not changed.
I am not a reviewer. But I look at books through a different eye. Would the characters jump off the page? Are there plot holes? What would it be like if it translated to the screen? What is the potential audience? Well, I figured instead of reviewing from time to time, I want to tell people what books would make a great film or tv series. It doesn’t mean I like them or I hate them, it means I can see it on the screen. Trust, some of the books I will talk about my friends know that I don’t like, but I know it would be great. I am starting today with THE VINCENT BROTHERS series, by Abby Glines.
The books were originally self published but was picked up by Simon and Schuster. The series first book, The Vincent Boys is about…
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist.
And then we hit the sequel. The Vincent Brothers. You can kind of tell what it’s about by the title, but it’s a great followup. Here’s the synopsis…
Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.
Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.
Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.
What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy
The book is somewhat predictable (however that in no way takes away from the story), but here are the reasons why I think it would make an amazing film –
- Abbie Glines characters jump off the page. She is able to make you feel as though her characters are people that you know and trust. She taps into the understanding of what teenage girls want in a boyfriend, hell grown women too. She can write a mixture of strong and vulnerable characters that you can’t help but want to be friends with
- Her plot lines are relatable. Any person in any town can imagine them really happening. There is drama, but the drama is not so far fetched that it can’t happen. There is no magic here.
- Her setting is unique. She doesn’t have it set in some big city or some small fictional town. Rather it’s a southern town, with southern values. You can tell Glines writes what she knows.
- The Swoon Worthy moments. There are times where even when you know what the hell is going to happen, but you can’t help but be drawn in and cheer for the characters. Hell, there are times you cry for the characters.
- In a world filled with Fifty Shades, people are looking for the toned down versions of Fifty. A great example of that is Beautiful Disaster. Glines books are New Adult, and include sexual situations. Any studio looking to compete against Beautiful Disaster, well, they can find that in the Vincent Brothers Series. I do believe that both books could possibly be combined into one film. A great screenwriter can fill in the holes.
- The fans love her. Glines has a huge following, and is a fan favorite. One of the best known names in New Adult on the web. Readers remark about her plot lines being predictable, but love them all the same. Everyone wants to learn more about her characters.
- She makes the boys in the series, boys that every girl wants to love. There is the bad boy and the overly good boy. Lets face it, every girl gets caught in between both.
The reasons that I have issues with the books…
- The sex scenes are an instruction manual. The books seem to be marketed to teens, and hell, even I learned things. I feel like there needs to be some acknowledgement of SAFE SEX, or hell, don’t boys in Alabama carry condoms?
- There are quite a few holes in my opinion, but when taking it to the silver screen, a screenwriter can tie those up.
Overall, Glines books draw you in and make you want to not put it down. You have to make sure that what you know is going to happen is actually happening. Any studio looking for a New Adult book, needs to pick up Glines ‘VINCENT BROTHERS’ series.
Have you read the series? What do you think? Could ‘THE VINCENT BOYS’ and ‘THE VINCENT BROTHERS’ be a film?