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What Books Should Never Be Made Into Films?: A Pajiba Comment Diversion

By Jodi Smith | Comment Diversions | February 23, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Comment Diversions | February 23, 2017 |

Watchmen was widely thought to be an impossible to film graphic novel. The people who thought that were mostly correct. That blue dong though?


The Cassandra Clare series The Mortal Instruments isn’t life-changing, but could have done well as a film series if there wasn’t so much crammed into the first movie. And, oh, if they had stuck to most of the things the book series fans love so much. Instead, a series of enjoyable books was driven straight into third rate tv series territory.

I thought I would be overjoyed with Daniel Radcliffe playing Ig in the film version of my beloved Joe Hill novel Horns. I was wrong, partly because I don’t like the actress who played Merrin, but mostly because it just wasn’t as perfect as the book. It just couldn’t compete with what I have in my mind whenever I read Horns, even if Radcliffe is now how I see Ig.

This is why I know that the wonderful series Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor would be ruined if made into a film series. RUINED. It is also why any book I enjoy too much is put on a list of NO, HOLLYWOOD, LOOK AWAY. They’ll just whitewash it and make it stupid and make three movies out of one books. Assholes.

So what about you? What book has been so gloriously perfect in the theater of your mind that you will destroy anyone who dares to make a film based on it? Alternatively, which book do you think really needs a film adaptation?

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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