Four Books That Should Be Made Into Movies
There is nothing quite like the feeling of sitting down with a good book. As the pages turn, it often feels like the characters jump right off the paper and into your imagination. All too often, finishing a book can leave the reader with a sense of loss. The characters and settings of good literature have a way of sticking with you even after the book has reached its conclusion.
The trend of adapting popular literature into the more visual medium of film has been around for quite some time, and only seems to be getting more popular. Many of the most successful films of all time started out in paperback form. The Harry Potter franchise, The Shining, and No Country for Old Men are just a small sampling of literary gems turned silver screen successes. What other books beg for the Hollywood treatment? Take a look below at four books that deserve a shot a movie greatness.
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey, 2003
A book more infamous for the controversy surrounding its authenticity than the literary merit of the work, A Million Little Pieces is often criminally over-looked. A soul-crushing tale of addiction, and the struggles that come with it, author James Frey recounts (or creates, depending on your take) his harrowing time in rehabilitation clinic with painful imagery. The often stream-of-consciousness writing found within A Million Little Pieces as well as the larger than life characters would fittingly lend themselves to the screen in a way that indie film lovers would go gaga over. A Million Little Pieces has the potential to stand with the likes of Requiem for a Dream and even Trainspotting if it were to be given the proper film treatment.
Looking for Alaska – John Green, 2005
Looking for Alaska is, at its heart, a tale of love and loss and the process of a teen dealing with these emotions. Told in a dead-pan, often humorous style, John Green struck gold with this instantly relatable story of youthful struggles. Looking for Alaska‘s honest dialogue and moving narrative transcends they ‘Young Adult Fiction’ genre and the tropes associated with it. Similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Green’s Looking for Alaska has the potential to fit perfectly on the screen. Sadly, Paramount Pictures owns the film rights to the project and has shelved the film indefinitely.
Crooked Little Vein – Warren Ellis, 2007
Almost everything that Warren Ellis writes seems destined for the big screen, but his shockingly hilarious Crooked Little Vein stands out among his entire body of work. The tale of failing private eye Mike McGill and his toughest job yet – tracking down the secret version of the United States Constitution – contains enough brilliant, albeit shocking, eye candy that screams for audiences to see. Crooked Little Vein isn’t afraid to stray off the politically correct path, and is filled to the brim with absurd characters and insights into America’s seedy underbelly. McGill’s journey across the States is facilitated by none other than the White House’s heroin-addled Chief of Staff, which sets the tone for the rest of the novel right off the bat. Filled with sexual deviance, blunt depictions of American subversion, and even a few insights into how society works, Crooked Little Vein has the potentional to be one of the coolest (and most entertaining) detective stories ever seen on the screen.
The Gunslinger – Steven King, 1982
The first books in Steven King’s self-described magnum opus The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger is one book that fans the world around have called for a film adaptation since its release more than twenty years ago. Roland Deschain, the series’ protagonist, is the last gunslinger in a world that is ever-changing. Roland treks across a vast desert chasing after the mysterious ‘Man in Black’. Roland’s journey is filled with hardships – both mental and physical – that would light up the screen. The bleak scenery of The Gunslinger’s desert and King’s philosophical musings allow for a cerebral and surreal experience on paper that have almost unbridled potential to become an instant cinema classic. There has been no world on any Dark Tower film adaptations, so for now, fans will have to re-read the series over and over and wonder what could have been.
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