May 14, 2019

Page to Screen Adaptations

These days it seems like every movie is an adaptation of a book. Many people see the movie without even realizing it was a book to begin with. I am picky about my adaptations, so I will give you my thoughts on a few of the movies and TV shows coming out this year that are based on books.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple - I enjoyed this book about a bizarre family. Bernadette will be played by Cate Blanchette, which bodes well. Bee is the only daughter of two oddball parents. Her dad is a corporate lawyer for a big software company. Her mom was a highly-sought-after, award-winning architect. Was. She quit to stay in her house and be weird. Then she disappears and Bee has to find her.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott - I haven't read this. I'm only putting it here because it stars Cole Sprouse. I like him. The story is about two teens with Cystic Fibrosis. They have to stay five feet apart so they don't catch germs that could kill them. But then they fall in love.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - This is going to be on Amazon Prime. It's a weird book, so I bet the movie will be great. It stars David Tennant, for crying out loud.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - I enjoyed this book. It's a little unrealistic, but it's a YA book. I'm not sure how I feel about the casting of the male lead. He's supposed to be Chinese, but the actor, while very good looking, is half Korean. The story is about Natasha who finds out her family is in the U.S. illegally just as she is about to go to college. She spends the day hunting down a lawyer that will help her get a stay. She is saved from being run over by a car by Daniel. They manage to fall in love over the course of the day.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - This series is almost as old as Harry Potter, but it's just now getting an adaptation. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branaugh and stars Judi Dench.

Moherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem - This book is about two low-ranking mobsters. One of them has tourette's. I am kind of interested in seeing how Edward Norton pulls of the character.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I'm just whatever about another adaptation of this, but there is one interesting piece of info here. In 1987, Colin Firth played an adult Colin. In this one, he's playing Colin's father, Lord Archibald.

There are more, but that's about all I have commentary on. Are there any adaptations you are looking forward to?