Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:
The Help (2011) Not Read Film DVD
American Civil Rights era drama based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett. A young white woman “Skeeter”, a budding journalist, befriends and shares the stories of two black maids. A touching, funny and heart breaking tale of the ingrained prejudices in a small community in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963; with a wonderful ensemble cast. Great watch.
Seventh Son (2014) Not Read Film Television
Family, fantasy adventure which is loosely based on Joseph Delaney’s novel The Spook’s Apprentice. Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, sets off for adventure and danger as a Spook’s apprentice; fighting weres, boggarts and witches. Not a ground breaking film but if you go into it with an open mind it is a bit of fantastical fun. Okay watch.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Not Read Film Cinema
Fantastical zombie romp through Regency England, based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel of Jane Austen’s classic. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters look for love whilst also fighting off hoards of the undead! A gory, clever and highly amusing film; I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth and Darcy fighting and smashing up Parson Collins parlour! Great watch.
Dickensian (2016) Read TV Series Television
A quirky, new costume drama brought to us by the BBC and based on the works of Charles Dickens. Inspector Bucket comes to a suburb of Victorian London, populated with well-known Dickens characters, to investigate the murder of Jacob Marley. So much fun to see these characters together in this mystery, with glimpses into their pasts, and some interesting twists; with a great ensemble cast. Good watch.
War and Peace (2016) Not Read TV Series Television
A sumptuous, new costume drama, shown here in the UK on BBC1, based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. In Russia 1805 the young and privileged are partying, marrying, dying, fighting and falling in love, as Napoleon’s army edges ever closer. So pleased they made this as I doubt I’ll ever be brave enough to read this giant tome. A visually stunning series, with beautiful costumes (not sure some of the dresses were that realistic?), and a great ensemble cast. Good watch.
That’s 3 brand-spanking new adaptations and 2 slightly older ones I have wanted to watch for a while. Making 5 in total which I am pleased with but sadly only one I’ve read before!
I am also currently enthralled by the 3rd series of crime drama Shetland (Ann Cleeves) and I look forward to continuing new series Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. While I look forward to starting the BBC’s new thriller The Night Manager (John le Carré) and I’ve downloaded ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles (Mary Shelley).
Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?