With good movie ideas seemingly in short supply, movie studios have been searching far and wide for new intellectual property to adapt for the big screen. In particular, comic books have risen to prominence, with both Marvel and DC becoming powerhouses of cinema. However, an older type of intellectual property, the novel, still reigns supreme when it comes to providing material prime for Hollywood films. That said, not all novels are created equal, and listed below are 10 novels that would be impossible to properly adapt for the silver screen.
10. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) – J.D. Salinger
The quintessential coming of age story, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a runaway who was one of the first in literature to espouse themes of existential teenage angst, alienation and rebellion. Known for its distinct narrative voice, conversational tone and profound effect on teenagers worldwide, The Catcher in the Rye seems a prime candidate for a big screen adaptation. Why the hesitation? Much of it has to do with the estate of the late author, who have rejected numerous potential adaptations over the past 50 years. Moreover, an inability to do justice to the cool, oftentimes vitriolic narration of Holden Caulfield have led many to assume a film adaptation would be…lacking.