There’s an ever-increasing number of book-to-movie adaptations hitting the big screen. It seems like books are constantly being turned into movies. Every day another ad or trailer pops up for a new movie based on a book. There is a certain experience that comes from reading the book before watching it. Being able to understand the parts of the characters that are missing on screen. Highlighting the differences between the book and the movie. Putting faces to previously imagined characters.
1. Via Nella Larsen
This short novel tells the story of two light-skinned black women in 1927 Chicago. Each has taken a different path in life but later reunites and rekindles their friendship. Clare Kendry poses as an unknown white woman to her racist white husband.
On the other hand, Irene Redfield chooses to remain in the African-American community and marries a black doctor. As they spend more time together, Clare yearns for her abandoned black identity that she can never embrace again. Irene watches Clare struggle with her decision to impersonate white, which leads to tragic results.
The film adaptation is now available to stream on Netflix.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
In Barkley Cove, 1960s Carolina, Kya is a young girl who lives in a small cabin in the swamp. She has lived there alone since her family abandoned her when she was a child. His solitary life in the swamp leads him to develop a close relationship with the natural world.
Despite her talent, the townspeople call her the “Marsh Girl” and look down on her and claim that she doesn’t fit into society. However, she catches the attention of two young men in town. As she grows closer to them, she opens up to a new world where she falls in love, becomes the suspect in the murder of quarterback Chase Andrews, and becomes a bestselling author.
The film adaptation will hit theaters in July 2022.
3. Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith
Vic and Melinda Allen are stuck in a loveless marriage. In order to avoid the mess of the divorce, the unhappy couple reach a precarious agreement. Melinda is allowed to have affairs and lovers with the exception that she cannot leave her family. Vic’s jealousy leads him to scare his lovers by claiming that he murdered one of his former lovers. Once the real killer is discovered, Vic’s claims are futile unless they come true.
The film adaptation was released in March this year and is now available to stream on Hulu.
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot, famous French private detective, embarks on a luxury cruise in Egypt. The peace of the holidays is destroyed when Linnet Ridgeway is found dead. The bride was shot in the head as she slept. As Hercule Poirot investigates, he finds himself entangled in two more murder mysteries and a story of love, jealousy and betrayal.
The film adaptation was released in February this year and is now available to stream Hulu and HBO Max.
5. The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson
After the sudden death of her sister Bailey, Lennie Walker is forced out of the shadows into the spotlight of her own life. This is where she finds herself torn between two very different boys. Joe is the newcomer from Paris who shares his love of music. He draws her away from her sadness at the death of her sister. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend and he shares Lennie’s grief. The two boys provide something Lennie needs, but his world will explode if the two collide.
The film adaptation was released in February this year and is now available exclusively on Apple TV+.
6. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
Ada Harris is a cheerful charlady from London. She spends her time cleaning the houses of the wealthy. One day, while cleaning Lady Dant’s wardrobe, she discovers a Dior dress. The beautiful dress leaves her amazed and she dreams of owning her own Dior dress. For three long years, Harris ambitiously saves all her money until she finally has enough to go to Paris. When she arrives, she heads for the Dior house not knowing how her life is about to be changed and the lives she will change forever.
The film adaptation will hit theaters on July 15, 2022.
7. White Bird: A Wonderful Story by RJ Palacio
Through a graphic novel, white bird tells the story of Julian’s grandmother in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II. As a young Jewish girl, a family hid her in a hayloft and a boy she once ostracized saved her life. Through the book, Sara discovers the power of kindness during the dark days of the Holocaust.
The film adaptation will hit theaters on October 14, 2022.
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