I love seeing movies based on books I’ve read. 90% of the time I end up disappointed, but it’s still fun to see how Hollywood interprets the written word. And while a great number of best sellers have been adapted for the big screen, there are more than a handful of all-time classics that have never been filmed. I came across a question from John, who wanted to know what’s the most famous book never to be made into a movie.
Responders chimed in with their thoughts. One community member wrote that “The Quran,” one of the most widely read books in the world, has never been made into a movie. Another wrote that Jane Eyre was never made into a film, although that’s not exactly true. According to IMDb, the Bronte novel has been adapted several times.
In my humble opinion, the most famous example of a book not being made into a movie is “The Catcher in the Rye.” I looked into why Hollywood has never had a hand at the classic and discovered that author J.D. Salinger is the reason. Once upon a time, Salinger allowed one of his short stories, “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut,” to be filmed. Apparently, he was “appalled” by the finished product (called “My Foolish Heart“). From that day forward, he kept Hollywood away from his creations, even though he certainly could have cashed in.
An interesting article from CBC explains that Salinger’s refusal to sell his book hasn’t stopped Hollywood from exploiting his creation, Holden Caulfield. Indeed, there are dozens of films that feature a character who is basically a carbon copy of Salinger’s angst-y protagonist. Several movies the article cites: “Rushmore,” “Charlie Bartlett,” “Igby Goes Down,” “The Graduate,” and “Juno.”
Do you guys have a favorite book that has never been made into a movie? What is it? And if so, who would you cast? Leave a comment below and let me know. Who knows? Maybe somebody from Hollywood is reading. (If so, please note that I’ll gladly sell the movie writes to “Ask Mike” for a bag of potato chips or best offer).
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