10 Great Books That Should Be Movies

Hollywood has always looked to literature for inspiration and adaptation fodder, but these days, it seems more likely than not that any given new film will be based on a book (or be a sequel or a superhero movie, but let’s set that aside). Not that that’s a bad thing — we’re looking forward to Cloud Atlas, On the Road, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower as much as the next guy. Still, we’re baffled at some of the books that, for whatever reason, haven’t yet been snapped up by the Hollywood machine. After the jump, we’ve put together a list of novels that we’d love to see hit the big screen — click through to check out our picks and add your own wish list in the comments!

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

We think this novel — one of the most beloved books of the 20th century — would make a beautiful, lush, frankly magical film. We say that because it’s a beautiful, lush, frankly magical book. But unfortunately (for us) García Márquez has never agreed to sell the rights. Maybe he has something even better in mind.