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Rachel Sexton lives in Wilmington, Ohio.

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Anyone who reads a lot knows that when a beloved novel is filmed, the results can vary. The following books have yet to be filmed, but the material they contain is well suited to cinematic adaptation. Some are even already in development.

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY

By Michael Chabon

This Pulitzer Prize winner is about a topic Hollywood loves: comic books. Two cousins, Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay, collaborate on the new art form with successful results, while Joe falls in love with Rosa Saks. Creation, love in both types of sexuality, war--the novel has it all. Dense and unforgettable, it could make an Oscar-winning film if done well, given the gorgeous setting (mostly '30s and '40s New York) and dramatic plot. Even those who don't love comics will be in awe of this novel.

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VILLETTE

By Charlotte Bronte

Bronte's less well-known novel is no less remarkable as an examination of one woman's consciousness than Jane Eyre. In fact, the novel is more that type of work than a romance. Aside from an exceptional lead character, Lucy Snowe, other characters could become indelible on-screen. The only feature that may hinder a screen adaptation is the ambiguous, downbeat ending. The story, though, satisfies too much for the ending to be other than equivocal and pessimistic.

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THE EYRE AFFAIR

By Jasper Fforde

A book lover's novel, Fforde's first installment of his Thursday Next Series is literary fun. The light surrealism of a story that takes place inside a book is infused by the sheer excitement of the adventures of Next, a British jurist-detective. In this book, she must stop Jane Eyre from getting stolen out of Eyre's novel. A classic of literature turned inside out makes for a classic itself. This could be the rare Hollywood movie that features a female lead character, while the unbelievable elements would be most palatable on-screen.

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WATCHMEN

By Alan Moore

I'm not really a comic-book reader, but this graphic novel truly reaches the realm of literature with its blend of superhero realism, murder mystery, and Cold War commentary. You'll never forget Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, or Rorschach. A film version might be hard to pull off, but it would be the best comic-book film ever made. The bonus is that Moore's novel feels so relevant today, though Watchmen was written over 20 years ago.

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