It feels like yesterday I sat down to write a Thursday Movie Picks post and here we are again. This week though we are looking at television shows and recommending ones that fall under the book adaptations theme. Honestly, it’s a bit of a difficult one for me because I’d gladly recommend ones I’ve read the book for. But I haven’t read any books that have been adapted to shows lately or.. not a lot at all. But let’s try to find a different theme within a theme, okay? Maybe even a bit more since all the book adaptations I picked here became miniseries in 2020. PS: Don’t forget to look at my worst book to movie adaptations post.
Starting off with an odd one because I haven’t actually seen the miniseries. I’ve read the book though so it’s basically the other way around than with my other two picks. Not sure why I didn’t watch the show yet. I guess I just didn’t really care. I’m not saying Little Fires Everywhere is bad but the book was just alright. I actually loved Celeste Ng’s (book author) debut novel more than Little Fires Everywhere. Anyway, I’m sure it’s a solid miniseries with good performances.
I haven’t read the book and I’m pretty sure I’ll never will. While the miniseries is amazing in the beginning it loses its footing by the end. It’s a very common Stephen King theme I guess, strong beginning and a ridiculous ending. I was overwhelmed how it ended but the beginning, man, so strong. Bateman and Mendelsohn are great but Cynthia Erivo steals the show for me.
Have I talked about this miniseries yet? I feel like I have but it also feels like ages ago. That being said The Queen’s Gambit is one hell of an adaptation and I know this because I just know it. Like you can’t really fault it because it does everything it’s supposed to do. Similar to Normal People I feel like it improves the source material. Even though I haven’t read The Queen’s Gambit I’m pretty sure it made the book come alive and added some more. Anya Taylor-Joy is AMAZING here!
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