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Books That Never Became Movies But Should Have.

Every now and then a popular book is turned into a movie. The result is not always the best one, considering the fact that fans who have first read the book often complain that the movie didn’t manage to capture all emotions and/or scenes that make the story truly special. Nonetheless, famous directors tend to find it challenging to take a bestseller and make it into a blockbuster; therefore, the list of movies based on books is ever growing.

However, fans of certain books who have always hoped to see the action depicted on the big screen remain disappointed of film studios’ inability to recognise the potential and adapt them into movies. Therefore, there’s a long list of books that could serve as perfect movie scenarios, but that still weren’t used by anyone. Some of those books were written years ago and some are pretty new. We’ve picked several titles we believe would made great movies and listed them below.

The Gambler (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Written at time when nobody cared about NetEnt’s latest slot machine or the return to player at Microgaming casinos, The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky is still a novel that’s fun to read and offers interesting descriptions of the social happenings at the time. However, the most amusing thing about the short novel is the fact that Dostoevsky wrote about young man’s struggles after he starts gambling on roulette tables, while the reason for actually writing the book was to pay off a gambling debt. Truth to be told, there was a movie under the name The Gambler released back in 1997, but the drama revolves around young Dostoevsky’s adventure while trying to finish a book in 27 days. The story about Alexei Ivanovich, the novel’s protagonist, still remains untold on the big screen.

Looking for Alaska (John Green)

Everyone knows John Green and his dramatic, sad and yet somehow enthusiastic The Fault in Our Stars. This novel was adapted into a movie and released in 2014 starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The move made $307.2 million and won several awards. However, another great work of Green – Looking for Alaska – seems to be doomed considering the fact it’s been stuck in development for more than 10 years. Even though as intense as The Fault in Our Stars, the story about the unstable girl Alaska and the protagonist Miles never saw the light of the day in cinemas. Who knows, though; maybe they will finally move forward with the project and we’ll have yet another movie based on a Green novel to enjoy.

Americana (Don DeLillo)

Who wouldn’t enjoy a movie about a young narcissist taking a road trip across the country? Well, as attractive as this idea seems nobody has yet thought of adapting Don Delillo’s novel Americana into a movie. Unlike his Cosmopolis, which not only was turned into a film, but also starred famous Robert Pattison, Americana was never even considered movie material. We believe that the story about David Bell’s attempt to rediscover reality by capturing America’s past, present and future is worthy of, at least, production company’s attention.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a masterpiece by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. The plot that slowly moves from one generation to another generation of the Buendía family is easy to read, a bit hard to follow and impossible to leave until you’re done with the whole piece. Even though many readers are still hoping to see this timeless novel turned into a movie, the author once stated that the book was unfilmable and therefore he refused to hand over filming rights to interested parties. Reportedly, the late author once set a condition to a producer to film the entire book and then to release one 2-minute chapter each year for 100 years if he wanted to get the filming rights. Obviously, that never happened and fans are still waiting to see if this magnificent work will find its way on the movie screen.


The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)

J. D. Salinger’s best known work The Catcher in the Rye was released on 16th of July, 1951. Ever since the author was getting offers to sell production rights, but similarly like Márquez, he always refused to do so. According to his statements, he believed that the first-person narration would come across as cheesy or even phony and therefore he was always reluctant to allow such a movie to be made. However, we’re sure that a good as well as experienced director could perfectly reflect the theme of teenage alienation and angst on the screen and create a blockbuster. We wonder though who could be the best choice for the protagonist Holden Caulfield, a role that popular actor John Cusack has always wanted to land.

Obviously, we would’ve included Stephen King’s Dark Tower series in our list, but true fans know that the books are actually already being adapted and the first movie simply named The Dark Tower is expected to hit cinemas in 2017. The world’s last gunslinger will be portrayed by marvelous Idris Elba, while the evil sorcerer is played by Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.