Adaptations: November 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve watched on the big and small screen during this month:

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!

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Dark Angel (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A gripping, two-part historical drama starring Joanne Froggatt as the serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, who is feared to have poisoned up to 21 people with arsenic; adapted from a criminology by David Wilson. Froggatt is stunning in this dark, twisted tale of love and betrayal, and worst of all it’s true!

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Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Read     Film     Television

Fantasy, horror film, based on Mary Shelley’s eponymous character, that imagines how radical medical student Frankenstein (James McAvoy) works with circus hunchback Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) to create a monster! On release this received negative reviews, but I am glad I gave it a go as it is a bit of fantastical fun.

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That’s three new adaptations watched. However I have also started watching the highly anticipated and controversial second series of the BBC’s Poldark.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the second series of the BBC’s Our Girl; a gripping army drama starring Michelle Keegan as new character, Lance Corporal Georgie Lane.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: October 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve watched during October:

Wayward Pines (Series 2)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A science-fiction drama, produced by M. Night Shyamalan and based on the novels by Blake Crouch. The small, mysterious town of Wayward Pines has a new resident and a threat from the outside world threatens its very existence. Slightly less mystery to this 2nd series but still a gripping tale which is full of twists and turns.

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Wuthering Heights (1939)
Read     Film     Television

A classic adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel, which follows the stormy relationship of Cathy (Merle Oberon) and Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). I loved the cinematography and moody atmosphere of this film but I was a little disappointed that the children/next generation were left out completely.

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The 5th Wave (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

Science-fiction, thriller based on Rick Yancey’s popular, young adult novel, which follows Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she tries to survive the five deadly waves of attacks on Earth from a hostile alien race. This didn’t have a very good rating one Sky, but I am glad I gave it a go because I thought it was an exciting, fun watch.

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Inferno (2016)
Read     Film     Cinema

The third Robert Langdon thriller based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Langdon finds himself in a race against time, following clues based on Dante’s Inferno, to stop a deadly virus being released. A thrilling adventure, in stunning locations, with another great performance from Tom Hanks. Sadly, they changed the ending!

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During October, I also enjoyed hilarious re-watches of Clueless (1995) and Deadpool (2016) , which means altogether I have watched 6 adaptations – a good month.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the fourth series of the brilliant Ripper Street, a Victorian crime series set on the streets of Whitechapel, in the East End of London. Another gripping, bloody series which had the most almighty cliff hanger ever!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: September 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed during September on the stage and small screen:

Outcast (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

American, supernatural horror based on another comic book series from Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). This new series takes us to a small, US town where Reverend Anderson and outcast Kyle Barnes fight a plague of demonic possessions. A gripping and chilling drama that had me on the edge of my seat – I don’t usually watch shows this gory (I didn’t watch it alone!) but I was drawn in as it stars the brilliant Philip Glenister.

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The Woman in Black (17.09.16)
Not Read     Play     Theatre

I snapped up tickets earlier this year, as a gift for my father, for a local theatre where the official tour of this hugely successful, West End production was visiting. A gothic, two man (one ghost) production which had us laughing, on the edge of our seats and jumping all over the place! Just brilliant, but not for the faint hearted!

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The Secret Agent (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

An Edwardian espionage, drama from the BBC, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, which looks into the struggle and double playing between the police, politicians, Russians and a small group of anarchists in London. A well-crafted production with a great ensemble cast but sadly, it just didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would.

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That’s 3 adaptations watched in September – not my lowest month but certainly not my highest either! However, I have also been watching the second series of Black Sails and I am looking forward to starting the second series of Wayward Pines.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the new, sumptuous, period drama Versailles which premiered, here in the UK, on BBC2. I’d recorded the whole series so I was able to watch it pretty much back-to-back and I can hardly wait for the 2nd series!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favourite TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

In honor of Fall TV, do a TV-themed topic!

It is so true that autumn, with its cooler weather and darker nights, often brings with it an abundance of good television shows for us to snuggle down to watch. For this week’s TV topic I have decided to share with you ten of my favourite TV shows. It was sooo hard to dwindle it down to just 10 but here goes (ordered alphabetically):

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Band of Brothers (2001)

A stunning, dramatised account of “Easy Company” who are part of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division during World War II. It is based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1993 book and it was produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks. I just love the camaraderie between the characters and they are brought to life by a great cast, including: Damien Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg and many now big names in smaller roles; see if you can spot them!

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Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

Epic reboot of the 1970s science-fiction series where we see the remnants of the human race fighting off their own deadly creations; the Cylons. I always tell people you don’t need to love sci-fi to enjoy this show – it is like the best, grittiest, human drama you can think of but which also happens to be set it in space with evil robots. What’s not to love?!

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Blackadder (1983-1989)

A hilarious comedy romp which takes us from Medieval, to Elizabethan and Regency England and finally to the front of WWI. Written by the geniuses Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson and each series also starred Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Baldrick. A hysterical series with a lot of home truths and a poignant end.

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Being Human (2008-2013)

A quirky, British supernatural drama which saw a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost house sharing in Bristol. Starring, the then, new faces of Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow. I thought this was such a cool show! There was an American version made but I won’t be watching it as I don’t think you could ever match let alone beat the original.

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Doctor Who (2005-Present)

Does it really need any introduction? The longest running British science-fiction show, that sees the ‘Doctor’ and his companion flying through time and space in a blue police box. I can’t speak for the earlier series but I have loved and religiously watched this show since it was rebooted in 2005. We’ve had 4 ‘Doctors’ since then of which I think David Tennant is my favourite.

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Dad’s Army (1968-1977)

A classic comedy which follows the exploits of the bumbling, Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard during WWII. A funny and touching account of those who were too old or young to fight but still wanted to do their bit.

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Emma (2009)

A sumptuous BBC period drama, based on Jane Austen classic novel, starring Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller and Michael Gambon. A touching and witty tale of a rich, young lady’s misadventures in rural community in Regency England. A beautiful and comforting watch which I will never tire of.

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Game of Thrones (2007-Present)

A lavish, epic-fantasy drama based on George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. A gripping, twisting and rollercoaster ride of an adventure – full of war, intrigue, family, politics, death, faith, love, lust, lies and dragons! (I previously did a TTT post of why I love this series so much!)

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Lewis (2006-2015)

An atmospheric crime drama set among the soaring spires and universities of Oxford; a spin-off from the Inspector Morse series. While there are many ingenious murders to solve, what I love most is the funny and touching relationship between Detective Inspector ‘Robbie’ Lewis and his sergeant James Hathaway. When ITV3 re-show this I can’t help turning it on.

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Merlin (2008-2012)

A BBC fantasy drama, loosely based on the Arthurian legends, about a young wizard Merlin and his friendship with Arthur, the prince and future king of Camelot. Thrilling and fun adventures abound however what really makes this show is the hilarious chemistry between Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Arthur (Bradley James).

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Strictly Come Dancing (2004-Present)

Okay, okay yes this technically cheating but how can I not mention this sparkling dance competition, as it has just introduced its new batch of brave celebrities for the 14th series! So top up your tan, grab your dancing shoes, throw on some sequins and keeeeep dancing!

Watched any of these? What are some of your favourite TV shows? Also, link in the comments if you have also taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic.

Adaptations: August 2016

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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.

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Vikings (Series 3)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

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!

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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!

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Suicide Squad (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

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.

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The Musketeers (Series 3)
Read     TV Series     Television

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.

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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?

Adaptations: June – July 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so on the small screen:

The Frankenstein Theory (2013)
Read     Film     Television

A ‘found footage’ horror film that follows Professor Jonathan Venkenheim and a film crew as they journey to the Arctic Circle in order to prove that Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, was based on fact. This film didn’t have a very good rating on Sky however I thought it was very amusing, creepy, and thankfully not too gruesome.

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Game of Thrones (Series 6)
Not Read (yet!)     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! I plan to catch up on the books in the looong wait for the next series.

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Everest (2015)
Not Read     Film     Television

Dramatic action film that follows the survival attempts of two expedition groups during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which is recalled in the survivor Beck Weathers’ memoir Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest . A visually stunning and heart breaking film with a strong ensemble cast.

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Love, Nina (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

British, comedy drama adapted by Nick Hornby from Nina Stibbe’s book, Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life. This is an epistolary tale of the trials and tribulations of eccentric, bare-footed nanny, Nina when she moves from Leicester to Primrose Hill, London. A wacky and colourful adventure which made me smile.

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I also enjoyed a re-watch of The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), which both star the wonderful Tom Hanks. I haven’t watched either in years and it felt high time to do so as: I recently read The Da Vinci Code, for the first time, and I am looking forward to the release of another of Dan Brown’s Langdon books, Inferno, later this year. Which means I have watched another 6 adaptations.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Adaptations: May – June 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so on the big and small screen:

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The 9th action-packed superhero adventure, based on the X-Men characters from Marvel Comics created by writer Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The X-Men re-unite after the resurrection of an ancient mutant, En Sabah Nur, who is intent on destroying the world. An exciting, fast-paced film with amazing special effects and a strong ensemble cast. I warn you this another long one!

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The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Read     Film     Television

If you can believe it, this was 1 of 2 films released in 2014 about the legendary hero from Ancient Greek mythology. Hercules must rise to challenge the tyrant King Galenus, avenge his mother and rescue his love. This didn’t receive positive reviews, for me it was an action-packed Hercules meets Gladiator adventure – fun but not as good as previous Ancient Greek epics.

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11.22.63 (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A new science fiction drama based on Stephen King’s 2011 novel. Jake (James Franco), a divorced English teacher, travels back in time with the almost impossible mission to stop JFK’s assassination. A gripping race-against-time thriller with a wonderfully nostalgic setting – I loved the clothes, music and mood of the 1960s USA.

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Warcraft (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

New fantasy adventure based on the highly successful video games and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The orcs’ world is dying and in their search for a new one they are brought into conflict with a new race, humans.  A visually stunning film on an epic scale – you need to be switched on when watching this as a lot is squeezed in.

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Cranford (2007)
Read     TV Series     Television

The BBC’s well-loved costume drama based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novellas. Cranford is a small, quiet, rural town in Victorian England which is to be shook up by plans for a railway. A simple and charming series with a wonderful ensemble cast that was a really comforting watch for me.

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I also enjoyed a delightful re-watch of The Railway Children (1970) which makes 6 mores adaptations watched. Sadly I still haven’t been able to see the new live-action film of The Jungle Book (2016) and I look forward to seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). I am still watching the amazing 6th series of Game of Thrones and  I can’t believe it is almost finished already!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?