Book adaptations have been a part of film since the very beginning. When filmmakers are out of good scripts, they often turn to books for inspiration. Some books seem adaptable the moment you read them, like books of Nicholas Sparks, and some books just seem so unadaptable. So, here in this article, we are going to read about 7 popular books that were believed to be unadaptable but got adapted.
Books that Were Believed to be Unadaptable But got Adapted:
David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas would take the readers from the 19th century remote South Pacific to the island of the post-apocalyptic future of Hawaii. According to Mitchell Cloud Atlas is about the universality of human nature and reincarnation. It is a novel that blends several genres – science fiction, meta-fiction, contemporary fiction, and historical fiction.
According to Ayn Rand, her Atlas Shrugged is her magnum opus. It includes elements of mystery, romance, science, and fiction. It contains statements on objectivism. The book will explore a few philosophical themes from which Ayn Rand would later expand and build Objectivism. By developing that, it expresses the encouragement of individualism, reason, capitalism and also elaborates on the failure of governmental coercion.
The beautiful and charming character of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is the fictional embodiment of Woolf’s close friend Vita Sackville-West. Orlando is a young nobleman of Elizabethan England, who awaits a visit from the Queen and dwells with experience of first affection and love as England is under James I and lies trapped in the embrace of the Great Frost. During the middle of the book, Orlando becomes an ambassador in Constantinople. He wakes up to find out that he is not a man anymore, he has transformed into a woman and then the novel continues to deal with the roles of women during the 18th and 19th centuries. The novel ends when it is 1928 and Orlando is a wife and mother standing on the edge of a future that has promises and hopes for women.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is set in the distant future in the middle of a feudal interstellar society in which several homes control planetary fiefs. Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides. Paul’s family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. Although Arrakis is a sparsely populated and inhospitable wasteland, it is the only resource of mélange, which is a drug that enhances mental capabilities and even extends life.
James Joyce’s Ulysses is regarded as one of the most significant works of modernist literature. The title is the Latinised name of Odysseus, which came from Homer’s epic poem Odyssey. The novel continues to elaborate on a parallel between the poem and the novel. It chronicles the meetings and encounters of Leopold Bloom a common and ordinary day of June 16, 1904.
Alan Moore commenced writing Watchmen to reflect upon the contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct and satirize the concept of superheroes. The story depicts an alternate history in which the main character ‘superheroes’ appeared in the 1940s and 1960s and the presence of the superheroes altered history so that the US won the Vietnam War and the scandal of Watergate was never disclosed. The tale concentrates on the subjective development and moral struggles of the main characters.
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is a controversial book. The protagonist of the book is a middle-aged literature professor under the pseudonym Humbert Humbert. Humbert is obsessed with a 12-year-old American girl named Dolores Haze. Humbert sexually molests Dolores after he becomes her stepfather. Lolita is a nickname that Humbert gave to Dolores.
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