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troubleinharlem's avatar

What books would you like to see in the cinemas?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7976points) September 28th, 2010

I have a filmmaker friend who is looking for some ideas, and I only came up with a few. I figure that other people would have other ideas, and anything helps, right?

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

The Dark Tower series

drdoombot's avatar

Not to be rude, but none.

I discovered several years ago that the films are rarely as good, let alone better than, the original source work.

That said, I thoroughly encourage adaptations as opposed to the many translations we’ve been seeing lately (Watchmen, I’m looking at you!).

troubleinharlem's avatar

@drdoombot : Okay, I get you. I think that books are generally better than the movies, but if they’re done well enough then why shouldn’t they be made? A good story never did badly, but I guess its subjective also.

TexasDude's avatar

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Myst: The Book of Atrus based on the mythos behind the Myst games
Looking for Alaska

Discobitch's avatar

@drdoombot

I agree. Besides, if one first sees the film and then reads the book, one has already a mental picture of the universe of the book coming from the film, and it’s hard to impossible to override it.

jemas42's avatar

Hi, I’m troubleinharlem’s friend in question.
@drdoombot : That’s a good point, one which I’ve touted on a couple of occasions myself.
@Neizvestnaya : Dark Tower isn’t particularly doable, at least not in any logical adaptation. Quite apart from pacing problems, it doesn’t explain who all the characters are or why we should give a damn for a good portion of the first book. And it’d be HELLA expensive.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Lamb by Chrstopher Moore

Rarebear's avatar

I’d like a remake of Logan’s Run.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@hawaii_jake – Love that book!

talljasperman's avatar

Forgotten Realms, the dark elf trilogy, the cleric quintet… or anything from R.A. Salvatore

skfinkel's avatar

I thought All the Pretty Houses, by Cormac McCarthy—I don’t think they have done that yet, but perhaps they have (as I write this, I am wondering). As I read the book, I thought it would make a terrific film.

Blueroses's avatar

The books of Richard Haliburton would make an amazing series of movies or television. I only wish I had the discipline to write the scripts myself, but I hope somebody does.

janbb's avatar

Time and Again by Jack Finney would make an incredible movie. It’s a time travel novel set in New York City.

Gamrz360's avatar

@janbb Thats a great book, it would make a perfect movie.

janbb's avatar

@Gamrz360 Wouldn’t it though? I had read that Robert Redford had bought the option years ago, but nothing has happened.

Gamrz360's avatar

Yeah thats because people are more focused on teen chick flicks other then the good movies.

truecomedian's avatar

Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
I Have No Mouth and Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
All would be cool to see on the big screen

Kardamom's avatar

I have several women authors that I love.
Ann B. Ross (The Miss Julia series)
Gail Fraser (The Lumby series)
Nancy Thayer (The Hot Flash Club series)
Rosamunde Pilcher (Winter Soltice)
Fannie Flagg (Standing in the Rainbow)

The reason I chose these particular books was because when I was reading them, I had super-vivid visuals on the settings and the cast of characters, and the stories were all funny and sad with a little mystery thrown in. And with each of them, I couldn’t put them down.

Blueroses's avatar

@Kardamom I agree with several of your choices and would add Sue Grafton. Why don’t we have a Kinsey Milhone series on tv?

mattbrowne's avatar

A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett.

lonelydragon's avatar

The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd.

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