Booking Through Thursday: Not in Theaters

And–the reverse of last week’s question. Name one book that you hope never, ever, ever gets made into a movie (no matter how good that movie might be).

Any novel that’s very internal ought to be shied away from—any examples of books I hope will never be made into a movie have, unfortunately, already been filmed; Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Jane Eyre (that review’s going up tomorrow), just to name a few. Film is a visual medium, which makes it extremely difficult to get the internal narratives across clearly.

8 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Not in Theaters

  1. I read The Lovely Bones but passed on the movie; didn’t need to see certain parts of the book on screen. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Jane Eyre too. I wanted to see it because I loved the book so much but haven’t yet.

  2. I read Atonement a few years before the film came out. I really thought the book was unfilmable but the movie surprised me. There’s no way it could capture all the internal aspects of the book, true, but I thought it was an excellent adaptation nonetheless and I own it.

  3. I like this question but have totally blanked on any books I would never want to see made into a movie. I just feel like most books could turn into awesome movies (or, well, I am really envisioning most of them as BBC miniseries) if the right people were managing them.

  4. I actually really liked what Joe Wright did with ‘Atonement’ (though perhaps would have felt differently if I’d read the book first).

    I have to say that I hope they never make a film of any book I loved as a child, because it could never capture what I imagined – so, almost anything by Arthur Ransome, anything by Diana Wynne Jones (though I didn’t mind ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’), The Dark is Rising books (one of which has already, apparently, been murdered by Hollywood), and so on…

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