We all want to see our favorite books adapted to the big screen. Until the time comes when the movie rights are purchased, the shooting begins, and we go from eager fans to raging skeptics. The author has relinquished creative rights? They won't even be consulted on the screenplay? The director they've chosen has done entirely different movies in the past. Don't even get us started on the casting! The trailers convey nothing and they were poorly put together. If anything, it looks as though the entire team has missed the point of the book, they've taken out pivotal scenes, they've changed the most memorable bits of dialogue and now it all resembles a first year film student's attempt to recreate The Blair Witch Project.
As fans, we want to see our books do well across all mediums. But as fans, we are also fiercely protective of the source material. Sometimes, the two are merged harmoniously and we get our heart's desire. But more often than not, our worst fears are realized come the movie premiere.
And this is why some of the time, there are books we love too much to even entertain the possibility of seeing them misunderstood, deconstructed and then redone haphazardly into something which bears only a trace resemblance to the source material. And as a nod to our own imagination, to these authors' descriptive, atmospheric writing styles and to a book sometimes being enough, we are choosing the ten we'd rather stayed books. Because they are quite simply enough.