BTT: Movie Potential

March 12, 2009

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Here’s this week’s Booking Through Thursday question:

What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?

Or, What book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

This is kind of a hard one because so many books are adapted into films and so many more are in the works that I’ll probably list something that has already been done at some point. Plus, doesn’t it seem like almost every bestseller has its movie rights sold as well these days?

Anyway, getting back to the point, I think some of the books from the Harry Bosch series would probably make decent films. They’re pretty typical cop fare, but in the hands of a good director and the right leading actor, I could see the films being a success. It seems as though Connelly writes for Hollywood anyway, as it’s very easy to envision his novels in screenplay format. All they’d have to do is add some product placement (isn’t that practically a requirement these days?), like have Bosch mention a website where people can buy travel insurance online or have him walk around with a Starbucks coffee cup in his hand the whole time, and they’ll be golden.

I can’t think of a modern book that should never be made into a film, but I do wish that no one had ever tried with The Great Gatsby. There have been a couple of versions of that one, and I disliked both intensely (yes, even the Robert Redford film). Gatsby the character is larger than life, so trying to capture him on film, where he has to be played by an ordinary man, is next to impossible, IMO. Better leave that one to the imagination.

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