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Shmoop Presents the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters


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As summer blockbusters roll out, Shmoop compiles a list of books that won't be hitting the silver screen any time soon.

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars and The Giver know how its done, but not every book can be so seamlessly adapted into a summer blockbuster. Shmoop, a digital publishing company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has put together a list of the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters.

1. Ethan Frome. Everyone loves an action flick, and Ethan Frome just doesnt fit the bill. A classic story? Yes. A thrilling, what-will-happen-next suspense thriller? Not so much. Add to that the bleakest of bleak New England winters, and its probably best to save this one for a cozy fireside read instead of a night at the cineplex.

2. Atlas Shrugged. Nothing personal, Aynits just that no one will sit through a 12-hour movie. Unless there are hobbits involved.

3. Platos Republic. It may be the foundation of all philosophy ever, butits the foundation of all philosophy ever. Shmoop will be reading this VIP text forever, but its definitely not silver screen material.

4. As I Lay Dying. James Franco tried it, and it turned into a straight-to-DVD kind of situation. Sure, Faulkner and his modernist friends did plenty of interesting things with narration, but fifteen narrators are probably too much for Hollywood fans to swallow.

5. Augustines Confessions. Shmoop loves reading other peoples diaries as much as the next guyjust not at the movies.

6. Hills Like White Elephants. The Breakfast Club pulled off the whole sitting-around-talking shtick, and if anyone has John Hughess visionary chops, its Ernest Hemingway. But Hemingways simple style, which works wonders in writing, isnt made for the big screen.

7. Cyrano de Bergerac. Two words: beauty sells.

8. The Prince. When The Silmarillion becomes a hit, thats when The Prince has a chance. Unless folks suddenly want to see a manual hit theaters, Machiavellis going to have to wait his turn.

9. Utopia. Now that the world has seen dystopias filled with mystical creatures and crazy plot twists, its not likely that crowds will flock to a blow-by-blow description of the ideology behind it all.

10. The Red Wheelbarrow. This is more of a challenge...because who doesnt want to see a 16-word poem turned into a summer blockbuster?

This list isnt foolproof, of course. Shmoop never would have guessed that Heart of Darkness would make it big as Apocalypse Now, but it turns out the bigwigs can change everything about a book except the names and still call it an adaptation. With that in mind, Shmoops money is on The Old Man and the Sea.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named Best in Tech twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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