My Top 10 Adaptations of 2016


Hello my fellow adaptation lovers, 2016 has been another great year of adapted films, TV shows and plays for me. Now it is time to round-up my favourite 10 adaptations from the past year; these are new-to-me but were not necessarily released in 2016. It took some time to whittle it down to just 10 however here’s my final choices (ordered alphabetically):

~ 1 ~

Endeavour (Series 3)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

ITV crime drama based on the characters of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, and a prequel to the ITV Inspector Morse (1987-2000) TV series. We re-join young detective constable Endeavour Morse in Oxford of the late 1960’s, as he solves some of his earliest cases. Another atmospheric and nostalgic series full of bloody, cryptic and surprising murders.

~ 2 ~

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Read     Film     Television

A stunning, star-studded biblical epic from legendary director Ridley Scott. In beautiful, touching and gritty detail we get to see the life of Moses (Christian Bale), the 10 plagues of Egypt, the exodus of the Jews, and finally the awe-inspiring parting of the Red Sea. I loved how Scott brought the glory of Ancient Egypt and this dramatic story back to life.

~ 3 ~

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Read     Film     Cinema

The long awaited, spin-off prequel to the Harry Potter film franchise, which is inspired by J K Rowling’s fictional textbook. We travel back to the Wizarding World in 1936 to follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his case of magical creatures in their extraordinary adventures in New York. A truly wonderful, fantasy romp with a more adult edge, which had me grinning from ear-to-ear!

~ 4 ~

Game of Thrones (Series 6)
Read     TV Series     Television

The lavish 6th series of this epic fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Another gripping and twisting adventure full of war, intrigue, family, politics, death, faith, love, lust, lies and dragons! Phew, this was one rollercoaster of a ride and, I think, the best season so far!

~ 5 ~

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.

~ 6 ~

The Jungle Book (2016)
Read     Film     Television

Visually stunning live action/CGI film based on Rudyard Kipling’s short-story collection and inspired by Disney’s 1967 film. That follows the young, man-cub Mowgli in his adventures with his animal friends, but not everything in the jungle is friendly! Utterly charming and simply beautiful.

~ 7 ~

The Martian (2015)
Read     Film     Television

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!

~ 8 ~

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!

~ 9 ~

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)
Read     TV Film     Television

The cast of the BBC’s amazing, modern series take a trip back in time for a mystery on the foggy, lamp-lit streets of Victorian London; based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Mystery, ghosts, murder, dark humour and the brilliant chemistry of Cumberbatch and Freeman; what’s not to love?

~ 10 ~

Shetland (Series 3)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Atmospheric BBC crime drama based on the novels of Ann Cleeves featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. After a mysterious death on the ferry to the island, Perez and his colleagues are drawn into a dark, complicated and dangerous case. Another gripping series with a great cast and set on the isolated, lonely and beautiful islands of Shetland.

With so many great watches in 2016 honorary mentions must also go to films: Batman v Superman (2016), Cinderella (2015), The Revenant (2016), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Everest (2015); TV shows: The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015), The Night Manager (2016), 11.22.63 (2016), Penny Dreadful (Series 3) and Vikings (Series 3); and plays: Graeme of Thrones (12.05.2016) and The Woman in Black (17.09.16).

Have you watched any of these? What did you watch and love in 2016?


6 thoughts on “My Top 10 Adaptations of 2016

  1. Jessica, since I don’t have TV and since you write about the TV adaptations you have watched so well, I have added Neflix streaming to my account. At least I can watch some of the shows that way. Currently my husband and I are making our way through the adaptation of The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman (we have both read and enjoyed the books) and I am finding it to be one of the best adaptations I have seen.

    1. Aw Judy, I am so pleased you have been enjoying these posts so much. I haven’t got Netflix myself however all the friends and family I know who use it think it is great, so I hope you enjoy it! I haven’t read or watched The Magicians trilogy but I would love too, especially if you have enjoyed both 🙂

  2. Watched Endeavour – loved it – really interesting to see where the characters from the Morse series came from / how they got there. Read and watched The Help – felt the film was a good adaptation of the book – both moving. Watched Shetland, partly because friends are currently living there, so it put them into context for me – must say it didn’t make me want to move there! Enjoyed the series though.

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