I got involved in a recent Twitter exchange about The Great Gatsby and movie versions of favourite novels. This got me wondering which are the greatest novels never to be filmed - and why?

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  • Comment number 342. Posted by Don_Vito

    on 5 Jul 2012 15:45

    A comment I'd like to make is that there has been no mainstream adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None which keeps the original ending. It is by far and away her best novel and certainly speaks truths about the human condition. However, despite numerous adaptations they have all given the story a Hollywood ending where two out of the ten characters survive and fall in love. This is utterly inappropriate as the final two deaths are the most revealing in the story as they show that the murderer no longer even has to intervene but has terrified the survivors so much that they simply kill each other out of fear. I definitely think it is time for an adaptation which retains the original bleak ending.

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  • Comment number 341. Posted by Klendinsky

    on 15 Jun 2012 14:14

    I cant understand why a film based on Sheridan Le Fanu's story "Green Tea" has never been made. Wonderful films have been made of Uncle Silas and Carmilla multiple versions of this last story, the most famous being The Vampire Lovers. Le Fanu needs to be revisited by film makers as Dick and Lovecraft were in the 80's and 90's.

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  • Comment number 340. Posted by bothygirl

    on 15 May 2012 19:45

    Bit of a late-comer, but here is a suggestion from Scotland that doesn't include Ian Banks or Irivine Welsh!
    My first one would be "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" by James Hogg. This dark 19thC novel is about a young man who murders his brother (as well as other crimes) under the influence of a devilish "friend". The novel allows the reader make up their own mind about the true nature of this creature, so it would not work if a film maker made this decision for you.

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  • Comment number 339. Posted by tony_james

    on 5 May 2012 12:45

    Never understood why Alistair Maclean's H.M.S.ULYSSES never made but loads of his lesser books were made into indifferent films.
    Ok its downbeat but Das Boot was a good film of a crew on/beyond the absolute limit.

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  • Comment number 338. Posted by headinabook

    on 3 May 2012 22:14

    The science fiction/fantasy of China Melville's books particularly Perdido Street Station

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  • Comment number 337. Posted by sean2212

    on 3 May 2012 16:27

    The Recognitions by William Gaddis; A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay.

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  • Comment number 336. Posted by dean_e_patterson

    on 3 May 2012 09:06

    'Journey to the end of the night' by Louis-Ferdinand Céline. I believe that Sergio Leone once considered making a film for it, but it would probably have to be split into two films. I don't think even Gilliam could manage it.

    Though I don't think any book is 'un-filmable'. Spike Jonze did a great job with Where the Wild Things Are, and if Naked Lunch can be done, then any novel can!

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  • Comment number 335. Posted by Johnny Wrong

    on 2 May 2012 20:41

    Would also like to see Mark Z Danielewski's mindbending House Of Leaves. Maybe Terry Gilliam could do it? ;)

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  • Comment number 334. Posted by Johnny Wrong

    on 2 May 2012 20:40

    Has nobody mentioned A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole? Surely an oversight, if so.

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  • Comment number 333. Posted by brian1982

    on 1 May 2012 12:51

    I was going to suggest In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick but apparently it's on the slate to be filmed in next year.

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