Kudos to my friend Stephanie over at The Anxiety of Authorship for finding this great article! The folks over at A.V. Club picked, what they believed to be, very unsuccessful book adaptations. Some standouts on this list?
- Ulysses by James Joyce – I’m not sure why anyone would even WANT to adapt this piece of literature. It’s complexity and distinct inner monologues are way too difficult to translate onto screen.
- Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien – Die-hard fans of Middle Earth argue that the imaginative story and setting cannot be replicated (even with Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema’s extensive budget)
- He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo – While I did enjoy this movie, it is labeled as a “self-help” book without much of a storyline. Doesn’t quite make sense as a mook.
Check out the full list here!