Some great books have made great movies. It’s a safe bet that many people, asked to reel off their top five, would name one of the following: “The Godfather” (Mario Puzo); “A Clockwork Orange” (Anthony Burgess); “Blade Runner” (from Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”); and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (Arthur C. Clarke).

Notice none of these great books is an English Lit. classic. It’s a fact that movies based on books drawn from the less highbrow corners of the library — say, genre fiction, edgy, neglected, regional stuff or children’s books — make better screen experiences than literary masterpieces do. So try movies based on science fiction, horror, murder mysteries, anything to do with war or police procedurals.

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