Adaptations: February 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I have been watching over the last month:

Howards End (2017)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

This month, I finally caught up with my recording of the BBC’s gorgeous new four-part adaptation of E. M. Forster’s classic novel, which aired on the lead up to Christmas last year. A touching and humorous tale of three families in the early 20th century: the bohemian Schlegels; the rich, capitalist Wilcoxes and the impoverished Basts. All brought to life by a wonderful cast, including two of my favourites: Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen. Good watch.

Brighton Rock (2010)
Not Read     Film     Television

Another recording I caught up with this month was of this British mobster thriller, which transposes Graham Greene’s 1938 novel to Brighton during the Mods and Rockers era of the 1960s. A stylish, dark, gritty film that follows the bloody, ambitious exploits of sociopathic gang member, Pinkie Brown (Sam Riley), who befriends and manipulates naïve witness Rose. Good watch.

Inhumans (2017)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Over a week, I also caught up with my recording of new American TV series, based on the Marvel Comics’ characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. After a military coup, the Inhuman royal family escape from Attilan, on the moon, to Earth, where they must try to save themselves and their people. A fun series, but it pales in comparison to some of the great shows and films that were also released last year. Okay watch.

That’s three new-to-me adaptations. During February, I have also enjoyed re-watching The Hobbit film trilogy on ITV2. While not as great as The Lord of the Rings trilogy they are still fun films. And that brings my total up to six adaptations altogether.

As for non-adaptations, I became completely hooked on Sky’s new ancient historical drama Britannia (2017), so much so I downloaded and watched it in a row! After that I caught up with my recording of the BBC’s military drama Our Girl (Series 3), but sadly I was a little disappointed with it. Then I went to the cinema with a friend to see musical drama The Greatest Showman (2017) starring the brilliant Hugh Jackman – this hasn’t received the best reviews, but I thought it was really good fun.

Have you watched any of these? What did you watch in February?


16 thoughts on “Adaptations: February 2018

  1. I definitely plan on watching Howard’s End. I actually had no idea it was based on a novel. Good to know. Now that I know that I’ll try to read the book first. I love book adaptations. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not. But at least I got to read a book in the process. Currently, watching Sweetbitter on Starz. I absolutely loved the novel. So far, the series is a pretty decent adaptation.

    1. Hello Jodi, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face 🙂 I hope you will enjoy Howard’s End – I am also hoping to read the book soon, after enjoying this adaptation so much. I understand what you mean that not all adaptations are good, but to be fair not all books are good either 😉

      1. Thanks for the warm welcome! I just recently started a blog of my own, and it’s so nice to see others also appreciate a good book adaption too. Currently, reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. But after that I will definitely look into reading Howard’s End. Glad to hear the show is worth the watch.

  2. I’ve not watched any of these – but, I did watch The Fellowship of the Ring – which I love. And I watched the Gary Oldman Churchill film which was also very good. I’ve started watching Breaking Bad again because I never finished it.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Ah Lynn, got to love The Lord of the Rings film trilogy! I am also rather jealous as I have not been able to see the Darkest Hour starring the brilliant Gary Oldham. While I haven’t seen any of Breaking Bad – I am not sure it is my kind of thing? I hope you are enjoying it though. 🙂

  3. I have not watched any of the ones you mentioned, but I would love to see the miniseries Howards End since I liked the Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson’s movie adaptation and I am a fan of Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen.

    In February and until yesterday, I saw Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down The White House, The Foreigner, Atomic Blonde, and several other non-adaptations like Marshall, American Made, Last Flag Flying, and Breathe.

    1. Carmen, as a fellow fan of Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen, I really hope you are able to watch the new miniseries of Howards End. And wow what a lot of watching you have been doing?! Well done and I hope you’ve been enjoying it all. 🙂

  4. I somehow just noticed your color coding scheme in these Adaptations posts. Clever of you! I watched no adaptations in February but have continued watching the Netflix series The Queen. Halfway through season 2. It just never flags. Quality production. Tomorrow are the Oscars/Academy Awards. Lots of adapted novels among the nominees this year!

    1. Aw thank you Judy – I think you might be one of the only people to notice and comment on my colour coding in these posts! I am glad someone appreciates it 😉 I am pleased to hear you are still really enjoying The Crown and here’s to something I’ve actually watched winning something… anything at the Oscars! 😛

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