Unfilmable Books

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Unfilmable Books

Postby pip » Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:19 pm

I was reading a similar thread elsewhere and thought a few on here would have interesting opinions on this.

Which books is it impossible to adapt for film. Some examples according to some are Catcher in the Rye, Ulysses (a rubbish irish novel ) and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ( Bladerunner while being brilliant doesn't count as its based on something completely different )

Any other additions or opinions .
Any films which have been adapted but shouldn't have been ( Watchmen would be one for me)

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Postby Antiq » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:06 pm

I would have thought Perfume was unfilmable, but they managed it really well.

I can't think right now, but I'll get back to this thread when something occurs to me.

Oh wait, The City and the City by China Mieville could be pretty difficult.
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Postby pip » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Agree with Perfume. I was suprised at how good the film was :D
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Postby DaveC » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:31 pm

I think that'll be my next cool to read after Snuff, I've had it for a while and not read read it yet, say the film in the cinema, though. :)
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:27 pm

with the cgi they have now they could pretty much do anything from dantes inferno to rendevous with rama :!:
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Postby Joolz » Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:43 pm

Catch 22 :)
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Postby DaveC » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:18 pm

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Postby michelanCello » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:33 pm

Master and Margarita - even though there are some adaptations, I won't watch any of them, because I just can't imagine this one on film...
Also hard to imagine: Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World...
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Postby LilMaibe » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:40 pm

How do you define 'unfilmable'?
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Postby Joolz » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:56 pm

DaveC wrote:Catch 22


I know they've made a film- But they shouldn't have :lol:
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Postby Quatermass » Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:53 pm

I like to divide such unfilmable films into 'couldn't' and 'shouldn't'.

For an example of 'couldn't', I would consider House of Leaves to be unfilmable in its entirety simply because of the nature of what's involved. It's literature that is virtually impossible to film.

And then there is 'shouldn't', novels that should never be adapted, not simply because they would be crappily adapted, but because they are crappy in the first place. Atlas Shrugged (despite it currently being made as an independent film trilogy) is a case in point.

Most books shouldn't be adapted into film. Watchmen was as close as a film adaptation could get to capturing the comic, but I read somewhere once that someone considered a miniseries, like A Game of Thrones.
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Postby pip » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:25 am

chris.ph wrote:with the cgi they have now they could pretty much do anything from dantes inferno to rendevous with rama :!:



But would they work on screen. I always thought of Vimes as a character who would be hard to get on screen no matter what technology you have. The best bits all go on in his head and how that would translate.
Others would be Don Quixote. IT has been done several times but never quite the main point across.
Some plots are too crazy for film , others are just too subtle. :D
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:28 am

Thief of Time would be tricky, unless you changed the story.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norris was a very good book, but would be boring as a film.
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Postby pip » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:33 am

Dotsie wrote:Thief of Time would be tricky, unless you changed the story.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norris was a very good book, but would be boring as a film.


I did enjoy the book . I know someone bought the rights to film Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (sorry) but i agree that it would be awful. They'd have to cull the whole plot down.

Thief of time could work but I agree that some would have to change but would love to see Lu Tze on screen :D
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:08 am

pip wrote: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (sorry)

S'OK, I read it a long time ago, and no-one would read it more than once :lol:
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