What BOOK should be given a FILM ADAPTATION? Why?

@vesuvius (1677)
Philippines
May 19, 2011 9:53am CST
Reading novels are great and watching the film adaptations about these books are even greater. A lot of books have been given their own respective movies - books by Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien and now I Suzanne Collins' books are already on the line. Some film adaptations though become a bit disappointing for several reasons, nevertheless, it would still be fun to see what you've read actually happening in theaters. So of all the books you've read, which one deserves a film adaptation? Mine's Deception Point by Dan Brown. I guess the story of that book would really make a great scientific thriller involving NASA and secret agencies within the US offices.
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
19 May 11
The Dragon in the Sea by Frank Herbert. It's set mainly on a submarine and is set in a near future ficticional world. As the action takes place mainly on a small submarine, (crew of 4) It'd be quite cheap to make and would be a very tense psycological movie.
24 May 11
Another one I'd like to see as a film is "The Master And Maragrita." It has apparently been done as a film version, but in Russia and it's not widely available if at all.
• United States
19 May 11
I'm an avid reader and a movie lover (but I soundly believe books are better than movies) an aspiring writer and a film student so I have a lot to say on the subject of book to film adaptations. Most of my favorite books I know will never make it to the screen. They're just not popular enough, and a book often needs lan insane amount of fan support, popularity, or just plain dumb luck in order to make it to the big screen. One of my favorite book series... Dragons in our Midst by Bryan Davis has been optioned for more than four years... but I highly doubt I'll ever get to see it made because it just doesn't have enough support. It has support, very enthusiastic support, but not nearly enough to make a film, even a small low-budget one, happen. Even if the adaptation was really horrible, I'd still want it to happen because interest in a film adaptation will generate interest in the original source material... which will help a book to live on. I'd LOVE to see the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia movies get made. I'd love to see an adaptation of The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker, This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and The Magic Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks.
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@chiwasaki (4666)
• Philippines
19 May 11
Books by Dan Brown are great so I think they should make a movie about this. The Lost Symbol and Digital Fortress are good books for me. Since I really love epic movies just like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I would love to see a movie adaptation of Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind and Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
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• China
19 May 11
those books which have up and down plots,distinct personalities,inspirations and good ideas which help people to make change,a better reflection of reality and so on,such as the "Desert Flower",which is adaptation of best-selling autobiography of black model Hua Li Sidi in Somalia... i have interest in your recommedation and want to know some truth,movies and books should all be ways to reflect reality and cause people to think...
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• Philippines
19 May 11
Well, there are many times when I do feel that all of my favorite books would turn into screenplays, then into movies. I am a more visually inclined person and sometimes I need help when I read a book to fully understand the scene/situation that the books 'shows'. I agree with you that sometimes the transition between the adaptation of a book into a working screenplay can 'kill' the story due to many reasons mainly budget and time. No book will be ever be adapted fully into a movie, lest they would want to bore the audience. One of my favorite series, Harry Potter, has been adapted into a series of movies. I will admit that when the first movie came out, I became too critical and pointed all the missing or wrongly done scenes. Somehow, I didn't enjoy the movie. After that, I never compared the differences or the similarities between books and movies. I guess, at the end of the day, I will go back to the books, even if the movies do come out. For me, I cannot really forget nor abandon the first love affair I had with books.
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• India
20 May 11
Hi vesuvius, watching the film adaptations of some of the greatest novels is indeed very interesting although I must admit that I am always too critical of the films and also it is a fact that only some of them live up to their original meaning and essence as such. But the film adaptation of Angels & Demons by Dan Brown was quite good and I really liked it. Another one that I would look forward to seeing is an adaptation of The Winner by David Baldacci, it would make a nice film. Also his series on Oliver Stone also would make great films. Something I think is quite similar, in some ways, not all, to the Jason Bourne series. I also would like to see films made on the historical King Arthur and his Knights. I did watch the movie Arthur, but there is not much in the way of King Arthur and his Knights explorations in the quest of the Holy Grail.
@jillhill (37394)
• United States
19 May 11
There are quite a few that deserve this...and there are some that I have seen I can't understand why they did! But all in all most of them are very good. Right now I don't have a book that I can think of off hand that fits into this discussion...