I was always intrigued by how they would do it but, like you, always figured it would be no good. The book I would like to see made into a movie before Morgan Freeman dies is The Giver. I think he would make an excellent Giver.
Can't talk about On The Road without mentioning probably my favorite literary quote of all time.
[T]he only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.