10 Adaptations That Prove Some Books Are Unfilmable!

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Some books have been adopted into successful movies over the years. However, there are certain books that don’t seem to fit into the movies. Some of the immensely popular books turned into a failed movies are listed below.

1.) The Sound and the Furybook vs film - sound and the fury

William Faulkner is credited for writing this immensely popular novel that has not been adapted very well on the big screen. It was first filmed in 1959 and starred Yul Brynner. It was made again in 2014 and was directed by James Franco.

2.) Atlas Shruggedbook vs film - Atlas Shrugged

Numerous efforts have been made to script a cinematic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 book on the silver screen. This 1000 page novel was ultimately broken into three movies by Rand. The first of these were made in 2011 but was unfortunately a commercial disaster.

3.) The Hostbook vs film - The Host

The basic theme of aliens invading the soul of people made this novel Unfilmable. However, Open Road Films acquired the rights of this book and made a movie of the same in 2013. The film released to dismal reviews in 2013, considering the fact that the story was complicated and did not adapt well to the silver screen.

4.) What to Expect When You’re Expectingbook vs film - What_To_Expect_When_Youre_Expecting

The book was published first time in 1984 and was a guidebook on pregnancy. However, Lionsgate bought the movie rights of this book and was made into a movie and is about seven couples who were expecting. The book will raise your expectations but do not expect much out of the movie.

5.) Love in the Time of Cholerabook vs film - love in the time of cholera

This critically acclaimed novel of 1985 was adapted into a movie in 2007 when Javier Bardem and Giovanna Mezzogiorno played the lead role in its cinematic adaptation. However, the sheen of the novel was somewhere lost and the movie turned out to be a disaster.

6.) He’s Just Not That Into Youbook vs film - he is just not into you

A 2004 self-help book that turned into a bestseller, the same was adapted into a movie. The movie is about Gigi, the girl who struggles with misinterpreting guys including those who are not interested in her. After an hour of watching you just might not be into it. But novel is surely worth a read.

7.) Breakfast of Championsbook vs film - breakfast of champions

Kurt Vonnegut is a noted author and his books are hard to adapt into a movie. However, his novel Breakfast of Champion was adapted into a movie starring Bruce Willis in 1999. However, the bestseller was not able to turn into a commercial success and did not gather much interest.

8.) Brief Interviews with Hideous Menbook vs film - interviews with hideous men

One of the most Unfilmable authors is David Foster Wallace. His book Brief Interviews with Hideous Men was however adapted into a movie and in an effort to stick to Wallace writing in the book, the theatrical adaptation failed and the movie did not do well.

9.) Midnight’s Childrenbook vs film - Midnights children

Salman Rushdie is a well acclaimed author. His novel Midnight’s Children was a bestseller and Salman decided to make a movie out of the same. He along with Deepa Mehta did make a movie on the novel in 2012 but it did not work well and was not accepted.

10.) Cosmopolisbook vs film - cosmopolis

The novel based on life of a 28 year old billionaire asset manager who travels in a limousine for a haircut is a strange story. The filmmakers too got confused while making the theatrical adaptation of the movie and it did not turn into a successful venture as envisaged by Don DeLillo’s.

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