Adaptations: April 2018

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

Troy: Fall of a City (2018)
Read     TV Series     Television

This year, the BBC aired a new ten-part ancient historical drama, based on the Trojan Wars of Greek mythology, which ambitiously spans the entire 10 year siege of the fabled city of Troy by the Greeks, after a Trojan prince steals away the beautiful Helen from her Greek husband. This sexy and stylish retelling of this tragic tale is brought to life by a great cast in brutally realistic detail, with no glossing over of the unpleasant truths of war. Good watch.

Peter Rabbit (2018)
Read     Film     Cinema

I simply had to go to the cinema to see this delightful, modern live action/animated film, inspired by my childhood favourite tales by Beatrix Potter. This mad-cap comedy begins with the arrival of old Mr McGregor’s nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson). Who finds, to his horror, that his new garden, home and blossoming love with animal lover Bea (Rose Byrne) are unbelievably under attack by a band of audacious little rabbits! Good watch.

Ordeal by Innocence (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Also this year, the BBC aired a new stylish three-part crime drama based on Agatha Christie’s novel. In 1956 the wealthy, cold Rachel Argyll is murdered. Initially her delinquent son Jack is presumed guilty, but the appearance of a new witness throws that into doubt. This is a gripping, twisting mystery, peopled by a large, unpleasant cast of suspects. However the production has come under criticism for changes to the plot, but as I’ve never read the book I watched in blissful ignorance! Great watch.

And Then There Were None (2015)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

After loving the above drama, I watched this earlier three-part crime drama, based on another of Agatha Christie’s novels, which was available on BBC iPlayer. In 1939, eight strangers are mysteriously invited to a small, isolated island off the coast of Devon, only to find themselves being picked off, one-by-one! I loved this bloody, gripping mystery, with a host of British stars and an almighty dramatic twist, even more than the one above. Great watch.

That’s four new-to-me adaptations watched. I also re-watched the brilliant Thor (2011), the very cool Iron Man (2008) and the newer Conan the Barbarian (2011), while this is visually stunning it has not displaced the classic Arnie film for me. That brings my total to seven adaptations.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the heart pounding 7th series of US political drama Homeland and the fascinating documentary Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence, both on Channel 4.

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


12 thoughts on “Adaptations: April 2018

  1. I can never read enough to keep up with all the adaptations out there. And since I try not to watch something until I’ve read the book, I’m always so far behind on reading AND TV watching. Thanks for this list!:)

    1. Hello Anna, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and you’re very welcome for the list 🙂 I don’t mind watching an adaptation of a book I haven’t read, unless I am absolutely desperate to read the book!

  2. Sigh. How wonderful. I love reading these,because I’m so out of the loop with tv/movies and rarely take time to watch much! I live vicariously through you, Jessica! 🙂 I must have missed this last week when you posted! I’m currently reading And Then There Were None for my Back to Classics challenge so that intrigued me…but I would want to finish the book first! BBC is is just so wonderful, nothing much cool on American TV anymore, although I shouldn’t judge too quickly, because I don’t have tv! LOL! I just watch online or via library/rentals. 😉

    1. Amy, I am so pleased these posts are helping to keep you in the loop. Ooo after you finish reading And Then There Were None may be you could treat yourself to watching the BBC adaptation 🙂

  3. As usual I’ve not watched any of them and as usual you make me want to watch them all! Except for the Agatha Christies maybe – I do get irritated with the way they change them in the more recent adaptations. Grrr!

    1. FF, when I started these posts, I never knew I would become such an adaptation tempter! If you get irritated by the changes they make to Agatha Christie then definitely don’t watch Ordeal by Innocence, however I don’t remember criticism about any changes made to And Then There Were None.

  4. You had an exciting month of adaptations! The only one I watched was Only the Brave, a movie based on a team of firefighters in Arizona, interesting to me because of all the fires we endured in California last year. It was excellent.

  5. I would like to watch Troy…, as well as And Then There Were None, in fact this latter adaptation from the BBC is already in my wish list. I’m on the fence about Peter Rabbit, but I like Domhnall Gleeson, so I may watch it after all. I’ve watched several movies lately, among them Thor: Ragnarok, the original Blade Runner, Avatar, and I just posted a new ‘Snapshots’ features with three new films.

    1. Carmen, I hope you are able to watch Troy: Fall of a City and And Then There Were None soon; in particular I recommend the latter 🙂 As for Peter Rabbit it is just a bit of fun and Domhnall Gleeson is delightful in it 😀 Also I liked Avatar, I loved Thor: Ragnarok and the original Blade Runner is one of my all time favourites!! So I look forward to your new snapshots post.

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