The Unfilmables: A List of the Hardest Novels to Film

With the release and critical success of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, an adaptation of a novel once considered impossible to film, what better time to look into the process of adaptation. Most movies these days are based on literary sources. Which is ironic, considering the increasing lack of interest in books these days as opposed to the spoon-fed thoughts offered by Hollywood.
While many novels can be almost directly translated to screen, especially pre-20th century novels such as Jane Austenâ..s gossip columns, more recent novels can prove difficult. There have been bad novels turned into good films (pretty much everything Hitchcock Made, The Godfather), and plenty of dull adaptations of good books (Dune, The Unbearable Bore of Being in a Cinema to Watch This). Thereâ..s also a few oddities, such as Adaptation, Charlie Kaufmanâ..s bizarre self-referential adaptation of â..The Orchid Thiefâ… But despite the film industryâ..s frenzy in snapping up adaptation rights, there remains a few novels many fear.
The Unfilmables: A List of the Hardest Novels to Film – Screenhead