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What books should never be made into movies?

Asked by steelmarket (3598points) January 24th, 2009

Books so great, so detailed, so complicated, whatever, that you just know would get butchered on film

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dynamicduo's avatar

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. It’s such a deep work that cramming it into a 2 hour movie would completely decimate it, I think. One of his other works, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress could be an awesome film, and I know someone was in fact working on one, you can find the screenplay online.

judochop's avatar

Slaughter House Five and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.

seVen's avatar

The Gospel of Mark

Kiev749's avatar

Dungeon And Dragons.

Bri_L's avatar

The dictionary.

steelmarket's avatar

@dynamicduo – I had this exact conversation with a friend a few weeks ago ! Mistress would be an awesome movie; I really can’t imagine why it hasn’t been filmed, except perhaps Heinlein’s estate is blocking it. Maybe rightly so – look what they did to Starship Troopers!

aidje's avatar

Lord of the Rings

(actually, it could be done well, if the director actually cared about the source material)

judochop's avatar

@aidje uh, where do you live, or am I missing the sarcastic tone in your writing?

scamp's avatar

ha ha! I was wondering the same thing!!

steelmarket's avatar

Anything by Thomas Hardy. Unfortunately they did and the flicks are just too darn depressing.

mij's avatar

Recipe books! You would never know how the ending was going to turn out, and what if you stuffed up on the ingredients…
It might make a lot of dough though…
It’s ok I missed my morning medicine again!

Aethelwine's avatar

Most of Stephen King’s, only because the majority made have been butchered.

Exception being Carrie and The Shining

exitnirvana's avatar

The way I see it, if the movie follows the book, i.e. emphasizes the original plot even with time editing, nails the character descriptions with decent if not phenomenal actors, and produces a film that honors its literary predecessor, then by all means do it! BUT, don’t ruin it. Its frustrating seeing perfectly good novels destroyed by crappy acting, and horribly written screen-plays…

aidje's avatar

@judochop – Probably the latter. Unless living in Illinois means something to you.

steelmarket's avatar

Another LOTR comment: I really liked the BBC audiobook series. They captured the book better than the movie. Of course, they had 13 hours to work with.

kruger_d's avatar

The Tin Drum

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