I absolutely love adaptations. I know this can sometimes be a controversial subject with book lovers but not for me. I think my real love of them came from my time studying performance at university. There I became fascinated with taking a story and telling it through a different medium; whether that be book, film, TV, or on the stage.
As these adaptation update posts seem to be going down well I’ve decided to continue them in 2014. Here are the adaptations I’ve been watching during February:
The Paradise (2013) Not Read TV Series Television
The second series of the BBC’s period drama transplanting Emile Zola’s novel from Paris to England. A comforting and glittering series following the lives and exploits of the staff, owners and customers at the first department store. Sadly I have heard the rumours that this is also to be the final series.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012) Read Film DVD
The fifth and final instalment in The Twilight Saga film franchise adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s successful series of novels. This film wraps up the relationship of Edward and Bella and sees their final showdown with the Volturi. I sadly didn’t have high expectations for this film. I thought Breaking Dawn the novel was weak and my worse fears were realised when they made two films from it. Part 1 was okay and equally I found Part 2 okay. Can’t help but feel they could have just made one decent film instead of stretching the story thin.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) Read TV Mini-Series Television
BBC period drama adapted from P D James’ novel which continues Darcy and Elizabeth’s life on after Pride and Prejudice. With beautiful scenery, lavish costumes, a great cast and a good murder mystery, what wasn’t there to enjoy here? I only wish I had watched this mini-series sooner.
Two out of three ain’t bad as they say. Another great mixture of adaptations. Winter has been a bountiful time for them. You probably won’t have long to wait for another adaptation update as I’ve still got plenty recorded and even more TV shows have started.
What have you been watching?