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The Independent's 25 Books That Should Have Never Been Made Into Films

"It makes sense for Hollywood to look to the written word for inspiration when it comes to producing new films. But the sad truth is, there's become an over-reliance on using pre-existing material to either find the next big franchise or to capitalise on the success of a bestseller. It's fair enough – these adaptations will always be guaranteed large box office takings thanks to the book's readers merely showing up to see how the film has translated certain parts to the screen. While there are solid examples of successful big-screen adaptations, there have more than likely been a larger number of botch jobs. Nothing is more disappointing than seeing a film version of your favourite book and realising minutes in that the director has misjudged the novel's spirit or two actors have been cast in the wrong roles and have no chemistry whatsoever. Below, we rank the 25 books that should have been left alone and never made into films." - independent.co.uk
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Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
2
The Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe)
3
Billy Bathgate (E.L. Doctorow)
Billy Bathgate (E.L. Doctorow)
4
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
5
Battlefield Earth (L. Ron Hubbard)
Battlefield Earth (L. Ron Hubbard)
6
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Louis De Bernieres)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Louis De Bernieres)
7
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
8
Dreamcatcher (Stephen King)
Dreamcatcher (Stephen King)
9
Enduring Love (Ian McEwan)
Enduring Love (Ian McEwan)
10
Fever Pitch (Nick Hornby)
Fever Pitch (Nick Hornby)
11
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
12
Eragon (Christopher Paolini)
Eragon (Christopher Paolini)
13
Running With Scissors (Augusten Burroughs)
Running With Scissors (Augusten Burroughs)
14
The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
15
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
16
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
17
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
18
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
19
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
20
Kill Your Friends (John Niven)
Kill Your Friends (John Niven)
21
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
22
Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)
Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)
23
The Dark Tower (Stephen King)
The Dark Tower (Stephen King)
24
On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan)
On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan)
25
Northern Lights (Philip Pullman)
Northern Lights (Philip Pullman)
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