Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed, over the month of August, on the big and small screen:
Penny Dreadful (Series 3)
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The 3rd, final and best season of this lavish, gothic horror series! That brings alive the classic, horror characters of Dr Frankenstein and his monster, Renfield, Dr Jekyll, Dorian Gray and Dracula. Who join a host of original characters too, for the final, dark, gory and thrilling showdown on the streets of Victorian London. With a strong ensemble cast, including: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett.
Vikings (Series 3)
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Epic, historical drama inspired by the legendary Norse sagas of Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. After successful raids in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia in Britain, Ragnar sets his sights on a new prize…Paris! Another gripping watch full of battles, politics, family, lust, lies and faith, with a strong ensemble cast. I can’t wait for more!
The Martian (2015)
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Science-fiction drama, based on David Weir’s popular 2011 novel, that chronicles the heart-racing, against-the-clock race to rescue astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Mars. A visually stunning film with a stellar ensemble cast, which made me gasp and laugh in equal measure!
Suicide Squad (2016)
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A new, action-packed superhero film, featuring DC Comics antihero characters: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and Enchantress. I had heard many negatives feelings about this film however I am so glad I still gave it a go, because I thought it was a fun spin on a superhero film with a really cool soundtrack.
The Musketeers (Series 3)
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I have been looking forward to the return of this swashbuckling adventure series from the BBC , which colourfully brings alive Alexandre Dumas’ classic characters: d’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos. A fun watch with great camaraderie, beautiful costumes and a good ensemble cast.
That’s 5 adaptations watched in August. Not my highest month but it has got to be some of the best quality television I have got to watch in a row for ages! While I still have plenty more to look forward to as, on my Sky+ box, I still have Wayward Pines (Series 2), Black Sails (Series 2) and brand new series Outcast and The Secret Agent to watch.
As for non-adaptations, I have been to the cinema to see the visually stunning Star Trek Beyond (2016)**. While on my television from Sky Box Sets I downloaded: the Manson-inspired crime series Aquarius (Series 1)*** which stars David Duchovny and from Sky Cinema I downloaded: the gothic film Crimson Peak (2015)** from director Guillermo del Toro; terrifying!
Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?