I can’t remember the backstory here but last week I had an amazing idea. Maybe the best I’ve ever had.
All dark, heavy classic novels should have Muppet adaptations.
I think this idea sprung forth after my admitting that I’d never finished Crime and Punishment (regarding that…. I’m clearly waiting for my new paperback copy to arrive from Amazon. I WILL BE A WHIZZ KID, DAMMIT!), and thinking that I used to find watching film adaptations useful before working my way through something difficult.
But yes, anyways – Jim Henson Muppet adaptations of adult novels (not those kind of ‘adult’ novels, you sicko). I have compiled a list of books I think would absolutely rock in Muppet form.
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
I’ve never managed to finish this book (or start it, for that matter) but I know that many a person struggled to get through this stodgetastic work of fiction, so what could be more useful? A giant felt white whale in a fish tank, hunted by Captain Kermie!
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevski
From the little I recall, this would make a dark, dark kids film – but what better way to explore the dark nature of man than with puppets and singing?
I can almost guarantee that I’d finish the book if I saw this version first!
3. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
This one’s been really popular with anyone I mentioned my idea to, I think we all want to see puppet children turn on one another on a desert island. Think Treasure Island, but with children and a conch.
4. Interview with a Vampire – Anne Rice
I like that idea for a number of reasons, not least the absurdity of it. A story based on sex, blood, angst, immortality and great hair. Who could do this book more justice?
5. War of the World – H.G. Wells
I’m not suggesting that we remake all of Tom Cruise’s films and replace him with a puppet, except that that is exactly what we should do.
6. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
Because why. The. F*. Not.
So my reasoning is a little sparse – it was mostly just the images that I could see in my mind – the Triffid vines made out of polystyrene and felt, an angry Russian frog, Tom Cruise being replaced by puppets.
What books do you think would be awesome as Muppet adaptations?