8 Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

8 Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

There have been movie adaptations of popular books which have been great. We even did a post to highlight the best ones. A good movie adapted from a book can have two effects on those who watch it. It can introduce a new audience to a book, giving the book a lot more deserved attention, and it can make fans of the book feel cheated.

The books mentioned in this post are in a whole different category. For whatever reason, these books can not and should not be made into a movie, and if they ever were to be, there is no way the movie can do the book the justice it deserves. A movie made from one of these books will either have to cut the majority of the story, or the story will have to be substantially changed.

8 Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

1. The Silmarillion –  J.R.R. Tolkien

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and even though it was published last, this great collection of tales and legends sets the stage for all his other books. Not only is it a massive book, it spans almost 10000 years, and is like the bible for Middle-Earth.

2. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

The story is about a tattoo parlor employee who comes into possession of a trunk full of bizarre scraps of paper once owned by an old blind man who’s now dead. The papers are about a cult film called “The Navidson Record” and other works about an ever-expanding house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. As one of the scariest books ever written, House Of Leaves is a classic.

Half of the meaning comes from the disorganization of the book, the constant flipping through the book, the codes, and the footnotes. A movie of this book will not work in the same way the book does.

3. The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

The Wheel of Time is Robert Jordan’s bestselling fantasy series. Its a tremendous book, both in size and substance. Any movie of the book would have to be tremendously cut, not making it worth watching.

4. The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King

The Dark Tower features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations “The Gunslinger”. The epic of this series would not be the same if you take out all the internal struggles and parts about what is going on in the heads of the characters. Without that, you really aren’t left with all that much of a movie.

5. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

A story which spans many generations, One Hundred Years Of Solitude is a shroud of mysteriousness and magical realism that make reading it something like stepping into a dream. There is no one protagonist. The family is the protagonist–the family, and the town. Almost all the characters have similar names, and they go through until the seventh generation. It would be a nightmare to make into a movie and to follow.

6. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

We featured The Name of the Wind in an earlier post, as a book so good you will have to recommend it to everyone you know. As a movie, there is a danger that it would look like a Harry Potter knockoff. A kids magic book this certainly is not.

7. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

Infinite Jest is a gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. between its structure, which is fractal, its three hundred pages of footnotes, and the fact that you basically have to read the book twice through to deduce its ending, Infinite Jest is pretty much the definition of “unfilmable.”

8. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie

We featured Good Omens as one of the funniest books ever written, but because most of the comedy comes from the writing style and commentary. Any film that would do it justice would be so narration-heavy that it wouldn’t be worth watching.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

What follows is the 4 best non-fiction books about war, many of which have been turned into movies and TV shows. These war books are the most compelling that have ever been written. If you think we missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books 

1. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Stephen E. Ambrose

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Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose, is the story of E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. It’s a very personal account, as Ambrose conducted numerous interviews with the surviving members of the company and uses those interviews to instill a sense of closeness to the action.

2. Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden

War Books

The heroic tale of a group of just over 100 U.S. Rangers, DELTA operators, and SEALs in the 15+ hour non-stop battle of their lives against thousands of aggressive, armed Somali militia is near impossible for anyone to put down. However, the main strength of the book is delivered by the author Mark Bowden. As an investigative reporter, he takes pains to  simply report the facts surrounding the October 3-4, 1993 “Battle of the Black Sea” in Mogadishu.

3. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 – Marcus Luttrell

War Books

This book is a compelling, easy read that you will find hard to put down. The first part takes you through SEAL training in Coronado, CA and gives you a deep appreciation for just how hard it is to become a SEAL. The second half takes you through a harrowing battle that in many ways validates just why the SEAL selection and training process is so difficult and so effective.

The battle sequence in Afghanistan and its aftermath is incredibly intense, moving, and awe inspiring. Lone Survivor is an incredibly compelling war book that had to make it on this list.

4. Flags of Our Fathers – James D. Bradley

War Books

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is a brilliant work for so many reasons: it pays homage to the six men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during WWII, it is a testimonial to the USMC and its fighting men; it portrays a graphic and at times unimaginable description of the horrors of war; and, it depicts not only the indignities that we humans can suffer upon one another, but also the moments when common men are moved to perform acts of uncommon valor and courage.

When reading this book, you will feel pride, grief, anger, sadness, and dismay. Its words will make you laugh, cry, mourn, and think hard.

6 Books That Will Completely Exceed Your Expectations

6 Books That Will Completely Exceed Your Expectations

A book is recommended to you and you’re told that its well worth the read. You go in with the intention to give it a go, and by the time you’re done, you’re completely blown away by it. This book completely exceeded your expectations. This is a list of such books. If you haven’t read one or a few, check them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

6 Books That Will Completely Exceed Your Expectations

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once.

2. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner” tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Amir is Sunni; Hassan is Shi’a. One is born to a privileged class; the other to a loathed minority. This story gives you a good understanding of the plight of many Afghans and it is told absolutely beautifully.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief has been mentioned many times here on WhytoRead and it continues to bare mentioning in many more lists to come. Giving another perspective to the plight of Jewish families during WW2, this is a compelling read told from the perspective of Death itself.

4. Water for Elephants: A Novel  Sara Gruen

The main character is a cantankerous, still-sharp 93-year-old man, and his frustration at being trapped in an old man’s body is palpable. The story of his incredible life and adventures with the Benzini Brothers circus unfolds in a way that is emotionally wrenching, and yet flashes of good humor and surprises pervade throughout.

5. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife is about Henry, who ever since he was 5 has been traveling through time. BUT, he has no control over when this happens and when it does, he has lands somewhere in time completely naked-with nothing else. Mix in some romance and surprises throughout and you have an incredible story. 

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an international best seller and is set in Sweden. The novel is really rich in detail and quick paced — And incredibly moving in depicting the struggles faced by its female protagonist. A deep story with plenty of twists and surprises to keep you hooked and wishing for more at the end.

7 Greatest Books Ever Written by Debut Authors

7 Greatest Books Ever Written by Debut Authors

To write an international best seller is hard enough and a great achievement, but to do it on your first book is a phenomenal accomplishment. The 7 books on this list are some of the greatest books ever written, and the fact that they are the authors first book makes them extra special. We hope you enjoy this list of 7 Greatest Books Written by Debut Authors.

7 Greatest Books Written by Debut Authors

1. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Books Written by Debut Authors

Hosseini’s first novel — and the first Afghan novel to be written originally in English — “The Kite Runner” tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Not only was this a phenomenal debut novel, but it was made into a successful movie and Hosseini continues to write great books.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee

Books Written by Debut Authors

From the opening line, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow…” Lee hooks the reader with a deceptively simple story of a Southern family and a Southern town caught up in a cataclysmic moral crisis, and keeps us enthralled till the very last word.

3. The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

Books Written by Debut Authors

Liesel Meminger is a Book Thief, living with a foster family in Germany during World War Two. Torn from everything she’s known, her foster father shows her the power of words as the two of them share late night reading sessions of The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor’s wife and Max, the Jew the family hides in the basement. This book has been a phenomenal success as a book and a movie, which is a tremendous achievement for a debut.

If you like this, check out this post to find some similar books.

4. The Catcher in the Rye  J.D. Salinger

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In J.D. Salinger’s brilliant coming-of-age novel, Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old prep school adolescent relates his lonely, life-changing twenty-four hour stay in New York City as he experiences the phoniness of the adult world while attempting to deal with the death of his younger brother, an overwhelming compulsion to lie and troubling sexual experiences.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Books Written by Debut Authors

With this introductory novel was published in 1997, few would have predicted the unprecedented success this series would produce. And everything that made Harry Potter so successful is all first shown, though hardly fully explained, in this book.

6. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Books Written by Debut Authors

The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies’ maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families’ homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution.

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Books Written by Debut Authors

There’s something for everyone in this book: Windswept castles, difficult and neurotic family members, dark secrets about tragic former lovers, good triumphing over evil, all that good juicy stuff that makes a great romantic story. What elevates Jane Eyre is Bronte’s remarkable style & skill and her sharp and complex characterizations.

The Book Thief List: 3 Must Read Books for Fans of ‘The Book Thief’

The Book Thief List: 3 Must Read Books for Fans of ‘The Book Thief’


There have been many books written about the horrors of WWII, but every once in a while, a new story is told which gives us a new perspective on life during the war.

The Book Thief describes that while being subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

If you liked The Book Thief, you will love the books on this list.

3 Must Read Books for Fans of ‘The Book Thief’

1. If I Stay Paperback Gayle Forman

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If I Stay is a bittersweet memory of a family and their loved ones. It’s told through the eyes of Mia, who watches herself being treated in the hospital as her loved ones surround her. And she has to make the toughest choice of all..

2. The Fault in Our Stars  John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a girl named Hazel who is living with cancer. She attends a support group and meet Augustus Waters, and attractive kid who takes an interest in her. Hazel constantly worries about her parents’s lives and the lives of her friends, while also struggling each day to just live.

3. A Monster Calls Patrick Ness

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At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting— he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor.

5 Best Graphic Novels Ever

5 Best Graphic Novels Ever

Whether you’re a die hard graphic novel fan or not, you will like every single one of the books on this list. They are the best examples of narrative storytelling and these graphic novels are visually stunning.

10 Best Graphic Novels Ever

1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller

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It’s amazing how well this story, originally written as a 4-part mini-series in 1986, has held up. This story is responsible for the re-emergence of Batman not just as a superhero, but as a tortured anti-hero with flaws that make him no less obsessed than the supervillains he hunts.

2. Watchmen – Alan Moore

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If you don’t already know, the other reviews will fill you in on the Watchmen’s story and it’s significance to the comic medium. In this book superheroes are not seen simply as idols and virtual gods through the eyes of the public. They’re seen as a rebellious vigilante who disregard the police and take matters into their own hands. 

3. V for Vendetta – Alan Moore

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If you ask most people who the greatest living writer in comics is, they’ll reply without hesitation Alan Moore. The novel has a quite complex structure, with plenty of flashbacks, a sudden break in the narrative about two-thirds into the story, and a an end that is not so much an end as a the beginning of a new story.

4. From Hell – Alan Moore

Graphic Novels

From Hell is a brilliant, moody, and well-researched re-telling of the Jack the Ripper story. Moore takes an interesting twist on the story – and one he himself admits that he believes is false – but the point of the book isn’t so much a whodunit as a treatise on the combining of fact and fiction into myth, and the nature of sensationalism.

5. Judge Dredd: Case Files 01 – John Wagner

Graphic Novels

The iconic character Judge Dredd finally received the graphic novel platform he deserved in the Case Files editions.

Stephen King: Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King: Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the most prolific horror writers of our time and perhaps all time. He has been called a great many things. The Master of Horror Fiction. Fascinating. Frightening. Hypnotic. Demonic. Tremendous. Spellbinding. His own bio blurb refers to himself as the “world’s best selling novelist.” His titles have enjoyed massive success both in their written form, or as hugely successful movies.

Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

1. ‘Salem’s Lot Stephen King

Stephen King

Jerusalem’s Lot is an unassuming small town in southern Maine. It is the kind of town where everybody knows everybody else and most of the residents have lived there all of their lives. In this atmosphere it was odd indeed when three strangers came to town at almost the same time. One of these strangers wasn’t really a stranger at all. He had spent part of his childhood there and had returned in hopes of ridding himself of some old demons. The other two strangers also had an old connection with the town but it was a much darker and sinister connection.

2. The Shining Stephen King

Stephen King

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister.

3. The Long Walk Stephen King

Stephen King

This book is about the in-depth story of how a boy named Ray Garraty must survive the greatest challenge of his life — the Long Walk. This annual event is summarized as follows: 100 boys start walking; if you walk under 4 miles per hour, you get a warning; after 3 warnings, if you slow down again, you are shot dead. The winner of the Long Walk is the last boy left walking.

4. Cujo Stephen King

Stephen King

Acute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King’s canine classic. Cujo the St Bernard is one of the most lovable dogs in literature for the first 20 pages, before he gets bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and wreaks havoc in King’s favourite setting, the humdrum town of Castle Rock, Maine.

5. Different Seasons – Stephen King

Stephen King

The films Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil are based on three of the stories from this collection. Oddly enough no one has made a movie of the fourth story, ‘The Breathing Method’, about a woman calmly giving birth despite having been decapitated in a car accident.

6. Pet Sematary Stephen King

Stephen King

The plot revolves around young doctor Louis Creed, who moves to a remote little town in Maine with his beautiful family — but they all get the feeling that the cute little town has a dark, evil secret. Wierd things start to happen when a college student comes into Creed’s campus infirmary — hit by a truck and as good as dead — and sputters warnings out to him, and later appears in a dream, advising him not to pass the barrier at the end of the “Pet Sematary.”

7. Misery Stephen King

Stephen King

The novel that makes every writer nervous about being left alone with somebody who professes to be a big fan. It’s nice to know that somebody cares about your work, but Misery Chastain takes it a bit too far.

8. The Green Mile Stephen King

Stephen King

Is John Coffey a Murderer? As the large man is admitted to Death Row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary saying, “I tried to take it back, but it was too late,” that is question Paul Edgecombe, head of security, must ask himself. After some investigation, and with the help of Eduard Delecroix, a convicted murderer, and his pet mouse Mr. Jingles, Paul discovers the truth and is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.

9. It Stephen King

Stephen King

A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

10. The Dead Zone – Stephen King

Stephen King

A young teacher named Johnny Smith is “gifted,” through a car accident that leaves him comatose for nearly five years, with a strange precognitive/telepathic ability. And here’s the catch, evidence of King’s genius if ever I’ve seen it: He has to be touching a person or object for the power to work. King takes this startlingly simple (and original) idea, and weaves it into the most complex, and intriguing, tapestry of his career.

10 Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

10 Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

10 Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

When considering the books that were made into top movies, there are some obvious choices. We’ve excluded the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Twilight books as they are without saying some of the most successful book and movie franchises in history. You should have heard of all of the books on this list, but if you haven’t be sure to read them and leave us a comment down below.

Without further ado, we give you 10 Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies:

1. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies’ maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families’ homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell – but it is so much more than just stories.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

This book reaches inside of you and pulls everything to the surface. It is a beautiful and painful story about a 15 year old boy, Charlie, moving through his freshmen year of highschool. It is written in letter form to an unknown friend. Charlie is always completely honest, whether he is describing his first “beer” party where he witnessed a girl being raped by her boyfriend, or explaining masturbation and his excitement for this newfound “activity.” Charlie is a wallflower who observes people and feels very deeply for the experiences occuring around him.

3. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

By now, you must know that, at the outset, we meet Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who – on a cold, snowy December late afternoon, is raped and murdered by a neighbor in a corn field on her way home from eighth grade. She goes to heaven. And from heaven, which is Susie’s own personal heaven, she watches life on Earth unfold for her family and friends — and the murderer.

4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

5. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of the most interesting, powerful books I’ve read in a long time. Audrey Niffenegger did a beautiful job taking some of the most complex ideas – time travel, marriage, love, children, friends, literary and artistic allusions, religion, death, drugs, childhood, growing, loss, and what it means to be human – and weaving them together poetically and with amazing clarity.

6. Water for Elephants Sara Gruen

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

Stripped of everything after his parents’ untimely death, twenty-three-year old Jacob Jankowski has failed to sit for his veterinary exams at Cornell, left with no home and no future, the country struggling through the Great Depression, bartering in goods instead of money. Hopping a train that by chance belongs to The Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, Jacob hires on to care for the menagerie, his training an entre into this bizarre world; but as the novel begins, Jacob is an old man, restricted to an assisted living home, his memories sparked by a nearby visiting circus and a creeping helplessness that assaults his ageing body.

7. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

8. The Book Thief –  Markus Zusak

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

Liesel Meminger is a Book Thief, living with a foster family in Germany during World War Two. Torn from everything she’s known, her foster father shows her the power of words as the two of them share late night reading sessions of The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor’s wife and Max, the Jew the family hides in the basement.

9. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

10. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies

Arthur Golden, a student of Japanese art and language, paints a remarkably true-sounding account of one woman’s training and practice as a geisha. There’s not a false note in the writing: The characters, dialogue, and emotional content all ring true. Aside from some slightly plodding descriptions of the protagonist’s introduction to the geisha district of Gion, the pacing is excellent.