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Last year, we had some pretty fantastic book-to-movie adaptations by Asians, starring Asian characters. Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I Loved Before stole our hearts with its swoony romance and adorable main character, Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor. And Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians left us wanting more with its Singaporean setting, diverse cast of Asian characters, and themes of diaspora.

Asia is the largest continent in the world, and as such is filled with cultural diversity! In the last few years, we’ve had some amazing books by authors who can trace their lineage to various parts of Asia. Here are a few of these books that I think will make amazing adaptations.

1. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON

In a lot of ways, When Dimple Met Rishi feels like the natural follow-up to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Both brilliant romcoms featuring Asian American characters! Dimple follows Indian American Dimple, who loves coding and wants to attend a code camp, along with Rishi, a traditionalist Indian American who is caught between his family’s wishes and his own love for art. Unbeknownst to Dimple, her parents have secretly set her up with Rishi at this code camp, so when the two of them meet, a lot of shenanigans ensue! Filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, and two compelling protagonists, Dimple would translate into the big screen perfectly for teen (and adult) audiences. Read More.
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2. THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY BY HANNA ALKAF

Set during the Kuala Lumpur riots in 1916, The Weight Of Our Sky is a complex and thoughtful novel about racial tensions, conflict, and just general humanity. It follows teen Melati, who is plagued by a djinn that threatens to hurt her mother if she doesn’t adhere to its ritual of counting and tapping. But when racial tensions lead to a violent conflict in her home city, Mel is separated from her mother. With danger in the streets and all lines of communication down, Melati must find a way to reunite with her mother. A tense and compelling book, The Weight Of Our Sky could definitely make for a brilliant film. Read More.
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3. SOFIA KHAN IS NOT OBLIGED BY AYISHA MALIK

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged is a hilarious and heartwarming romance featuring Pakistani British Sofia. After breaking off her engagement, Sofia swears off marriage and men. But when her boss asks her to write a book about Muslim dating, Sofia has to start collecting some stories—both from experience, and from family and friends. Filled with absolute hilarity and such a diverse and brilliant cast of characters, Sofia Khan has been compared to Bridget Jones. So of course it would make a fantastic movie! Read More.
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