Cinematic Literature!

by Jessica on June 5, 2017

These days a lot of what you’re seeing the big and little screens has been adapted or based on literature past and present. I’ve put together a list of the most popular cinematic literature that has come about this year. How do they stack up to the original writings? Well, that’s for you to find out!

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This book came out in 2007 and was an instant best-seller. It continued to top the charts and spread via word of mouth for years. This year, Netflix picked it up for a 13-episode TV show. The novel follows a boy named Clay who mysteriously receives a box of cassettes in the mail from a girl named Hannah, who committed suicide. The reviews for this one are pretty good although there is some push back because of the imagery that is presented towards the end of the series. It’s worth checking out. All 13 episodes are available to stream on Netflix now!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has pretty loyal fans and this book was a hit among them and rocked the literary world in the process. It’s been a few years since the release – 2013 but it hasn’t lost any momentum since then. It has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker awards. The Starz Network picked up this book and turned it into a new series. The book follows Shadow, a man who returns to his hometown to find that the love of his life and best friend are both dead. He’s left to fit the pieces together. Give the railer a watch here.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This novel was released in 1985 and since then has grown in popularity. It has topped our store best sellers for some time and been recommended by staff over and over as a must-read. It’s a futuristic dysptopian novel set during a time when a radical group has taken over the government and has started to instill extreme tactics on the repression of women. This past April, it burst onto the scene as a Hulu original series starring Elisabeth Moss (of Mad Men fame). Another one that is gaining a ton of press and fame. New episodes are released weekly!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A more recent novel that came out in 2014. This book followed three different women in the same town dealing with their own set of unique problems but are all connected in some way to a murder. Who was murdered and why? The 7 episode TV series premiered on HBO in February and took the media by storm. Each episode was intense and left you wanting more. With a stellar cast that included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley this one is worth begging to borrow someone’s HBO password for! Watch the trailer here.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The ever popular Middle Grade book series finally made the leap to the little screen. These books are about the orphaned Baudelaire children and the trials and tribulations they face (including the evil Count Olaf) while trying to uncover the scret of their parents’ death. Netflix picked this up and it stars Neil Patrick Harris and John Cusack! Catch the whole series on streaming now.

 

The Son by Phillip Meyer
Released just a few years ago in 2014, this one became a fast hit. Now, AMC has picked it up and it stars Pierce Brosnan as the charismatic Texas rancher and leading man, Eli McCullough. The Son is a 10-episode series that traces the McCullough family across 150 year and three generations, focusing on Eli’s transformation from hard-working family man to killer. Another fun fact is that Phillip Meyer is writing it so we know it has to have some great ties to the book!

I’m Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder
In the mid-1970s, several hundred comedians migrated to Los Angeles to try and make it in the business. Back then, William Knoedelseder was a young reporter covering the local comedy scene for the L.A. Times. The book tells the story of that time. Now, Showtime has picked it up as original programming. The series premiered last night (Sunday, June 4). If the first episode is any indication of what the rest of the series is going to look like you’re going to want to watch the whole thing. Check out the trailer here


 

Let me know if you’ve seen any of these, what your thoughts of them are…did they stick to the book? Deviate a lot of a little?

Happy watching! — Jess

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