>Great Modern Books

>The great books are held to be great cultural achievements and long term assets. Many films have entered this category too over the past few decades. But what books remain either undiscovered or worthy of being made into film that have not yet been already?

In other words what stories would you like to see made into film?


  • >Riftwar Saga (3 books) by Raymond Feist.Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire by Janny Wurtz and Raymond Feist.Conn Iggulden's historical fiction on Genghis Khan.

  • >I also think it would be quite good to see a new interpretation of Socratean dialogues, with films made based on the arguments and stories contained within. They could be films set at the time, dealing with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and maybe even going as far as Alexander the Great (they taught each other in that order). Or it could be a completely modern interpretation like the recent production of Romeo and Juliet that saw modernised Shakespeare mixed with modern guns and gang warfare. Either way I think a lot could be done with the dialogues, and I'm not aware of anything like this that has been tried thus far.

  • >I generally do not read modern fiction – it is a fault and I acknowledge and regret it.There still needs to be made a great film adaptation of Kerouac's 'On the Road'.I don't think I'd call Steinbeck's Cannery Row novels as 'great' actually, but I like them and they'd make a charming series.Both, of course, are very old – one from the late 40s, the other from the '30s. (Though, of course, Rob's already placed the Socatic Dialogues in a topic headed 'Great Modern Books' so I assume anything goes ;-)In all, I would most like a big screen adaptation of a work of history – Orlando Figes' 'The Whisperers'. Kind of an epic, non-fictional Doctor Zhivago with a cast of lives that is positively Tolstoyian in length and depth.

  • >Haha, yeah I kind of forgot I'd written 'modern'. So yeah, anything goes.

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