For as long as Hollywood has been adapting books for the screen there have been works that have earned the title: unfilmable. Usually, the list of 'cursed' books includes Ulysses, The Confederacy of Dunces, Gravity's Rainbow, Neuromancer, and Catcher in The Rye. The medium of literature allows for a level of detail and time and space that most films can never match, and sometimes a book is just too sweeping, too complicated, or just too darn long to make into a movie. Granted, there have been some exceptions, but sometimes I think there are stories that are better when they're left on the bookshelf. As I was perusing the news, I noticed that Chuck Palahniuk's novel Invisible Monsters was back on the movie radar. Now if ever there was a book that I believed was not cut out for the big screen, it's Monsters.
Relative unknown Cameron MacLaren would not be the first person to try to adapt Palahniuk's novel, and the property has been kicking around in one form or another since Jesse Peyronel optioned it back in 2001. Monsters is one of Palahniuk's finest (and most hilariously disturbing) books, but I'm not sure any director could get audiences to look past **spoiler alert** the story of a woman with the lower half of her face missing. But maybe I'm just not thinking this through. These properties must hover on the radar for a reason, and there are always filmmakers who love a challenge and want to bring these stories to the screen.