Take one look at this fall's most highly anticipated movies, and you'll find a ton of exciting book adaptations: Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," Yann Martel's "Life of Pi," Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables," David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas," and of course, J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Hobbit."
In fact, it seems that MOST of the exciting debuts past and present were adapted from well-respected or inventive novels. If you peruse The Guardian or Modern Library's lists of the best novels of all time, you'll notice that the majority have been transformed into big-screen hits (or big-screen flops, like Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," in spite of critical and authorial acclaim).
Still, there are a few literary big-hitters that have yet to make their way to film. Franzen's "The Corrections" is a prime example - although the National Book Award-winning novel was optioned by Scott Rudin, HBO announced in May of this year that they wouldn't turn the pilot until a full series.
There are other big-wig books that are currently in the process of being adapted, such as Salman Rushdie's "MIdnight's Children" and Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," but Franzen's flop should remind you that it's not rare for projects to remain indefinitely in production purgatory.
Here are seven books that we'd like to see adapted into movies: