We here are Goliath have already spent some time covering novels that should never be made into films (even if some already have been…sigh). But what about those novels that do deserve a film adaptation? With Hollywood remaking, rehashing and rebooting everything in sight, it only seems fair that some of the more storied works of literature deserve a chance to shine on the silver screen. With that in mind, we’ve researched and written down 10 novels that we’d like to see adapted for the big screen (and even suggested some actors/actresses/directors we’d like to see involved in the projects).
10. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
This gem of a whodunit made our list of 10 Classic Novels Written By Women That You Need to Read, but we’re going to draw attention to it again based on the fact that it’d probably make for a spectacular little film. In the right hands (we’re thinking it feels like a David Fincher project), it could make for a taut, suspenseful thriller with an opportunity to put together a solid ensemble cast (the novel’s narrative follows six friends at a prestigious liberal arts college, so you’d need at least that many characters for the film). A murder mystery told in reverse, the novel’s overarching themes of guilt and tragedy are reminiscent of ancient Greek myths, all fodder which would help the adaptation from text to screen. The only question left is why hasn’t it been done already?