I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve planned no matter how you chose to celebrate. Today I thought we would look at some book to screen adaptions that happened this year. I will be competently honest I have seen most of these films but not read the books sorry I know I suck but the films or TV series have made me add the books to my to buy list.
Books to Film
Based On: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Director: Anne Fletcher
Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston and Odeya Rush
Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does.
A Wrinkle in Time
Based On: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon |
Synopsis: When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
Based On: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel
Synopsis: Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.
Ready Player One
Based On: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn
Synopsis: It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.
The Darkest Minds
Based On: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore and Bradley Whitford
Synopsis: Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive. For now.
A mysterious disease has killed most of America's children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby's parents sent her to Thurmond, a brutal state 'rehabilitation camp', where she has learned to fear and suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation's only chance for survival?
Crazy Rich Asians
Based On: Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh
Synopsis: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars and that she is about to encounter the strangest, craziest group of people in existence. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian jet set; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money - and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.
A Simple Favour
Based On: A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding
Synopsis: A woman who seems to have it all rocks her tony suburb by failing to pick up her son from an after-school playdate and subsequently going missing under suspicious circumstances. Her best friend and admirer, a stay-at-home mommy blogger, begins to investigate the disappearance in the hopes of finding her, but everything changes when her pal seemingly turns up dead under even more suspicious circumstances. Or is she?
THE HATE U GIVE
Based On: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby
Synopsis: A teenage girl juggles two very different lives for the sake of a good education — she lives in a poor, predominantly black neighbourhood, commuting to her affluent, white prep school during the week thanks to a scholarship. She’s well-liked in both communities and makes the best of her separate worlds, but when her unarmed best friend is shot to death by a police officer in her town, it sets off a chain of events that soon becomes a national controversy. As the only witness to the shooting, she has to grapple with all sides pressuring her on how to act and speak in the wake of tragedy, the potential backlash is rebuked.
Books to TV Series
Based On: Murder Games by James Patterson
Creator: Michael Rauch
Cast: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic and Daniel Ings
Synopsis: A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan.
His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target. The killer, known in the tabloids as the Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious detective in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book was found along with the first playing card. As the public frenzy over the Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common – before the Dealer runs through his entire deck.
A Discovery of Witches
Based On: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
Cast: Matthew Goode, Teresa Palmer and Valarie Pettiford
Synopsis: When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of the powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist.