Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Should Not Be Made Into Movies

(I know, I know…it’s Thursday. Deal with it.)

It seems like just about every book is being made into a movie these days, especially from the current darling genre, Young Adult. In a perfect world, the screen will light up with your actual vision and be exactly what you imagined. In the real world, good screenwriters have to do the best they can, but still have to cut out scenes and characters to bring the material down to a manageable size. Even the most thoughtful of writers can’t perfectly recreate the world that readers imagine, but some have done a really, really good job.

And, I have heard that the opposite can be true as well: The Lord of the Rings books being a good example. Having only read The Hobbit, I had no interest in struggling through LOTR (my apologies to those who love them). Many have told me, however, that the movies were far better than the books. 

So, that got me thinking. What books should not be turned into movies? Were there any tomes that I just couldn’t imagine coming to my nearest cineplex? Are there some that just wouldn’t translate well? Film making these days is so varied, and people find the most interesting ways to tell stories, so could I even think of one book that should never be in the Dreamworks catalog of productions?

This is a hard one, so I am going to just go with one thing: SOME ANGEL STORIES. Is that too broad??

Angels were pretty big for a while, and, according to IMDb, both Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and  Fallen by Lauren Kate are both listed as “in development.” Personally, I think Hush, Hush has a much more interesting story line than Fallen. I couldn’t finish the last book. I know it sounds oxymoronic, but I don’t like my angel stories to be too “religious.”

I am changing up this Top Ten a little…the rest of you should add numbers 2-10 in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books that Should Not Be Made Into Movies”

  1. Oooo, great topic!! I also am not into TLOTR books. I read The Hobbit, thought it was okay, and struggled to finish The Fellowship of the Ring. I have no desire to read any more.

    But for books that I don’t think should be made into a movie – That’s hard.

    I don’t think Eleanor and Park would make a great movie, but I could totally be wrong. But if it were made into a movie, I don’t think it would be easy for a movie to make the audience feel all those feelings that the book makes the readers feel.

    Also, I don’t think Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale would make a great movie. It’s a favorite book of mine, but a lot of the story the MC is locked in a tower.

    But if these two were ever made into movies, I would probably be at the movies opening day to see if the filmmakers did a good job.

    1. Yes, I can see how a books that takes place in the same location the entire time would be difficult. I think there tends to be flashbacks in those cases? Like, for example, the girl in If I Stay is in a coma the entire time, but there are plenty of scenes that could be told outside of her hospital room.

      I also wonder if because I have read the book, do I see things that aren’t there? Like subtext that I read in the book or I know of scenes that have been deleted? I felt like that during The Hunger Games. I wondered if everyone who had not read the book got as much out of it as I did, ’cause I knew other stuff that was left out of the film?

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