Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-06-04

To Film the Impossible FIlm

Following up on my last post, a friend of mine posted a link to a list of books that would be impossible to film. To quote the site:
"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."
Again, I will bold the ones I've read, italicize the ones I own, etc.

Ulysses - James Joyce
Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
100 Years of Solitude - Gabreil Garcia Marquez
Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy O'Toole
Any Thomas Pynchon Novel I've read The Crying of Lot 49
Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes
The Atrocity Exhibition - J. G. Ballard
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable - Samuel Beckett

So despite the assertion that more movies are being made from literary sources, one can ask: should everything be made into a movie? The list above looks like strong candidates in the 'leave them alone' category. And you should click through to the link, as the people on the site have some very interesting view points on why the films are unfilmable, as well as possible suggestions as to who could film it. I would add Mark Danielewski's novel House of Leaves to this list. Actually, I would add Danielewski's Only Revolutions to this list, too.

But at one point, I would have listed Fight Club or even The Lord of the Rings (mostly due to what I considered the Heraclean task of pleasing the fanboy in me) to this list. And, at least for me, are things I can enjoy in both formats. This could be a great theme for an adult summer reading program. A little late for this year, when Metamorphosis would have been a perfect theme to match with the idea of difficult books to film (see what I did there, the Kafka book is even IN the list!).

What books would you consider unfilmable?

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2 Comments:

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Cynthia said…

    I think that Terry Gilliam could make a wonderful film of One Hundred Years of Solitude.

     
  • At 1:30 PM, Blogger Cynthia said…

    I think Terry Gilliam could make a wonderful One Hundred Years of Solitude.

     

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