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Adaptation Nomination

Book: What book would you like to see made into a movie? 
Submitted by Felipe Anuel.

I am not going to limit this to one book:

1) The Concrete Blonde -Michael Connelly

If they don’t screw it up, Michael Connelly’s series about Detective Harry Bosch has the potential of being a incredibly cool ride that could translate well to film. This book, his third with the character Heironymous “Harry”  Bosch, is one of his best. The two books that follow this one, The Last Coyote and Trunk Music are the other two great novels from the series. This trio of books show incredible plotting, character development and classic Chandler-esque chops.

2) Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk

If you are familiar with his novel Fight Club and its examination of all things Testosterone, you might enjoy Invisible Monsters, which was actually the first novel he ever wrote, but was released only later after the success of Fight Club. Invisible Monsters is his examination of all things estrogen. This novel pulls no punches and shows us some of the darkest things about being a woman. Unfortunately it is probably so frank and shocking that Hollywood would probably want to stay away from it, or if they did choose to do it, would probably dilute the material to the point that it would make the film adaptation of The Bonfire of the Vanities look like it had a pulse.

3) The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

Even though this was a monthly comic series and later a collection of graphic novels, I could see an animated feature of this based on the art of Jill Thompson, Michael Zulli  and Dave McKean. If they were smart they would put Dave McKean in the director’s seat. Of the many books I would personally like to see Season of Mists adapted, particularly because I’ve always enjoyed The Endless and their unusual family ties.

4) Gai-Jin  - James Clavell

The last book in his Asian saga written by this master before he died. Gai Jin tells the story of Malcolm Struan and his experiences in Japan just a few years removed from its opening up to the west by the American Commodore Perry. If they did make a film of this it would have to be three plus hours for it to capture the majesty of the novel. I wish they would though. Clavell’s work hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 1965 when King Rat was adapted (we won’t count that atrocious adaptation of Tai-Pan in 1986). It remains to be seen if anyone has the balls to take on this epic novel.