Feature: Netflix Book to Movie Adaptations
The book community is currently obsessed with book-to-movie adaptation of Bridgerton but I’ve watched several other recent (and not-so-recent) adaptations that I thought I’d share! Head’s up: I haven’t read any of the attached books (!) so I am going off the movie alone for these recs.
Book to Movie Adaptations
Book: Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts
Quick Thoughts: I feel awful saying anything terrible because it’s NORA but friends, this was a total miss. The production was worse than a lifetime movie, the acting was so stiff, and the plot line about sex work was problematic. The chemistry between the two leads was off, though I have enjoyed Alyssa Milano in other media. It just wasn’t there. Skip this one. Maybe the book is better? It’s clearly an older book since the original synopsis references phone sex work.
Movie: The Weekend Away
Book: The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson
Quick Thoughts: As a former Gossip Girl (and Cobra Starship) fan, it was nice to see Leighton Meester back on the screen. I genuinely enjoyed The Weekend Away and was kept guessing on the murderer until the end. The story was compelling and kept my attention all the way through. I had to know what happened! Absolutely recommend.
Movie: Just Like Heaven
Book: If Only It Were True by Marc Levy
Quick Thoughts: Anything Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo is a hit for me – and putting them together was just perfect. This was a cute take on a classic story you’ve surely seen before. This is an older title I came upon through a Netflix recommendation and I am so glad I watched it! Definitely worth seeing on a day when you need a HEA.
TV Show: Anatomy of a Scandal
Book: Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Quick Thoughts: A twisty political drama that will completely suck you in. I watched it in one night.
TV Show: Unbelievable
Media (taking some liberties with this one): An Unbelievable Story of Rape by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica and Ken Armstrong, The Marshall Project
Quick Thoughts: For most women, the gross negligence and harm caused by police around rape is no surprise. The unbelievable part of Unbelievable is not that but the piecing together of a case that spanned several counties in Colorado and Washington. Highly recommend both the mini-series and the article above.
Netflix makes it easy on us book nerds and has a whole genre set up for book to movie adaptations. Check it out here!