From Cujo to Precious, five tragedy-porn books and the films they inspired

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2.) Push, by Sapphire

Typically, Hollywood isn't interested in adapting tragedy-porn books for one obvious reason: How often do people head to the cinema exclaiming, "I want to see something that will destroy my faith in humanity!" Yet somehow, producers Oprah and Tyler Perry managed to turn Push into the acclaimed film Precious, without stripping it of its morbid core (e.g. Less Than Zero). At the conclusion of the film, we not only learn that Precious is infected with HIV, but we are left with a scene that -- in classic tragedy-porn style -- humanizes the villain who is Precious's mother.

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