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We’ve already covered 5 books that should Hollywood should bring to the big screen. However, it’s not enough because the literary world has published some of the most compelling stories ever told. There are always rumors of a popular book’s copyright being bought by Hollywood. Instead of letting the news sit in the rumor mill for too long, I say they carry out the idea and let the actors bring to life our much loved literary characters.

Below are more books that should definitely be turned into movies:

The Dark Tower (series) by Stephen King
There’s a reason why King makes this list twice, and that reason is because he’s the king of horror. No one can weave a more terrifying story than Kig does. With The Dark Tower, he takes it a whole different level with 8 books comprising this series. It’s about a gun slinger and his physical and metaphysical journey towards a tower. There are talks about a movie but nothing is made concrete.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Curious how there’s very few movies based on Vonnegut’s works. He’s one of the best writers who ever lived, and his stories are always interesting and witty. Cat’s Cradle has the elements of apocalyptic suspense and dry humor that will be reminiscent of the classic Shaun of the Dead. Leonardo di Caprio apparently wants to make this movie, but that was 2005 and there were no news since.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The movie Simon Birch is loosely based on Irving’s classic, but there’s still a need for this movie to reach the big screen. The rich story of friendship, love, and self-acceptance gives heart and character to this book. Hollywood is in desperate need of more movies with heart, and they can start with this book if they want one.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Probably one of the greatest tragedy, we may never get to see Salinger’s timeless piece be adapted into a movie. When he was alive, he refused every movie deal and made sure that it won’t be made into a movie even after his death. Holden Caulfield is one of the most iconic characters in fiction, and it’s a shame that we will never see him in the big screen.

About the author: Kylie Prescott is a Journalism student who watches too many movies to kill time. You can contact her on Google+ or via www.essayontime.com

I recently watched the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi thriller Inception, and I honestly have no idea what it is about. Dream invasion and manipulation? Mind-f#&$ing? Visually it looks amazing, and it is Nolan, so I’m there. A few new character posters have been released. This first one features Leonardo DiCaprio…

Inception

And this next one is of Joseph Gordon-Levitt…

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The rest of the film’s stellar cast includes Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Sir Michael Caine.  What do you think about the posters? Excited about Nolan’s next flick?

Six new scenes from Revolutionary Road have been released on Yahoo! video. The film, which has been nominated for four Golden Globes (including best picture, best director, and best leading actor and actress), stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in their first pairing since Titanic. You can check out one of the new scenes above, and the rest of them here. The film comes out on January 15th, 2009.

I really expected to be less than thrilled by this novel and even contemplated skipping it altogether. After all, I’m not the biggest Scott/Crowe fan (I hated Gladiator, yup I said it and I feel better), and I’m not in the least bit excited for the movie so why bother with a book about the CIA and foreign operations and other political conspiracies that I have no room for in my brain this election year? But I picked it up anyway, just to read a few chapters and see if I could stick with it and it turned out that I could. Before I knew it, I was up until the wee hours of the morning, flipping through and wanting to know what happened next.

The book follows Roger Ferris, a CIA agent who is wounded in Iraq and relocated to Jordan where he begins to track an Al Queda member known as Suleiman who is setting off car bombs throughout Europe. With his boss in D.C., Ed Hoffman, he devises a ruse that intends to get them inside of Suleiman’s network. I’m about as politically ignorant as you can get and thought I’d have trouble swallowing all the details and understanding the nuances of the CIA plot, but it has completely sucked me in and I’m dying to know where it will take me. I’m just a few chapters away from the end and I can tell that this book has not finished twisting and turning.

To be honest, I spent a good portion of the book thinking that Roger Ferris was Russel Crowe’s character. It was only after realizing that there was no one else DiCaprio could be that I figured they must have beefed up Hoffman’s character for Crowe. I’m anxious to see how they’ll change the part of Ferris to adapt to DiCaprio, considering in the book he is described as someone who can pass for Egyptian and his heritage plays a big part in the plot. Also, there is a very strong American woman in this book that would have been a great role for a subdued actress such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Charlize Theron, but appears to have been changed considerably as an Iranian actress is portraying the role in the film. I find that to be a bit shocking given the importance of Alice (in the film she’s now Aisha), and makes me wonder what else has been changed and if the movie will have the same twists and turns that I’m loving so much in the novel.