Unfilmable Books: 15 Great Books Never Coming To A Theater Near You (PHOTOS)

11/17/2010 08:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The Silence Of The Lambs"--have their origin in books. And, some of Hollywood's worst mistakes have come from books: remember "The Scarlet Letter" and Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Okay, now forget again.

But, with all this harmony between page and screen, what about those books that have never been adapted? Is there such a thing as an "unfilmable" book when even "Naked Lunch" was made into a movie? Is it true that some books tell a story that no matter which way Hollywood cuts it, it just won't work as a movie?

In an attempt to answer that question, we looked for the books that we thought Hollywood wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.

What books have you read that would never work on the screen? What adaptation are you praying never happens? Name your favorite unfilmables below!

Unfilmable Books