1. Notre-Dame de Paris (Victor Hugo)
2. The Beautiful and Damned* (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
3. The Quadroon (Mayne Reid)
4. The Stranger* (Albert Camus)
5. The Captain’s Daughter (Alexander Pushkin)
6. The Bonfire of the Vanities* (Tom Wolfe)
7. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
8. Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
9. Traps (Friedrich Duerrenmatt)
10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
*films deserving a good remake.
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Holy crap, a Tom Sawyer film would be legendary.
Nice list! Interesting ideas.
Thanks! Yes, I would love to see Tom Sawyer movie, it will be totally time transporting.
The Brothers Karamazov
I knew someone would suggest something like that! 🙂 I contemplated putting Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ too, but decided against it; if there is a film ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, it got to be in two parts or something, because the novel is so long. Very good suggestion, thanks!
What about The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger?
Great suggestion. I remember the book now and there is so much “background thinking” by the protagonist which may be tricky to transmit into a film if it is to be done right, but surely not impossible!
I think there is nothing that cinema cannot do, but I agree it is going to be a hard movie to make due to the fact that most of the story is taking place in the narrator’s head.