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question of the day: What unfilmmable book would you nevertheless love to see on film, if it could be done justice?

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Lost in a Good Book Jasper Fforde

We talked about unfilmmable books back in 2009, but this question is slightly different:

What unfilmmable book would you nevertheless love to see on film, if it could be done justice?

This was inspired by my still ongoing catchup of Jasper Fforde’s brilliant novels about Thursday Next, Literary Detective. I’ve been seen in recent weeks laughing out loud to myself on the tube, they’re that funny. There’s a lot of wordplay and pop-culture referencing, but the real genius is in how the most effective humor absolutely relies on the fact that you’re reading a book. Translating those jokes into jokes that rely on the fact that you’re watching a movie or a TV show would still completely undermine the premise of the series, which is inherently about books.

And yet… I love these stories so much, and I love Thursday, who is an unique female action hero (yes, there’s tons of action, even though these are bookish stories about bookish people reading books). And I’d love to see Alex Kingston playing Thursday.

But it is probably never to be. Which is probably for the best. Still… *sigh*

(I highly recommend the Thursday Next books, obviously. Explore them at Amazon U.S./Amazon Canada/Amazon U.K..)

I’ve also had this link hanging around for months, from Pajiba: “The Five Most Fantastic but Unfilmable Books,” which I will leave you to explore on your own.

So: Go!

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