Earlier in the month, I mentioned that one of my bookish goals was to watch TV and film adaptations of books I’ve read. If you read that post, you also know that I failed miserably at it in 2020. Even though I spent a lot of time at home, I didn’t spend time watching movies rated over PG. Only kindergartner-approved films were consumed! So here are the adaptations I’m most looking forward to viewing…someday.
- Enola Holmes (Netflix), based on the Enola Holmes Mysteries series by Nancy Springer
- When Enola Holmes’ mother goes missing, she calls on her older brothers for help, but quickly ditches them and goes off on a quest to find out where her mother is and why she didn’t take Enola with her. Another mystery hooks Enola along the way, and she uses her smarts to solve it. A fun update to Sherlock Holmes.
- Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu), based on Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- A book about race, class, and what it means to be a mother. With nods to ‘90s pop-culture and a suspenseful secret I was itching to uncovering, Little Fires Everywhere lived up to its hype.
- All the Bright Places (Netflix), based on All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Violet, already dealing with the loss of her beloved sister, finds escape and hope with Finch, a classmate who is familiar with darkness. Violet gives him a new lease on life, but is it enough? I’m also a fan of Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe.
- To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix), based on P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
- Lara Jean returns in the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but this time, she and Peter are having some growing pains. Lara Jean spends time with another one of her letter recipients: John Ambrose McClaren.
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2 (Hulu), based on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Atwood’s book about a religious regime that has overthrown the government and stripped women of their power and autonomy is a classic. I was stunned at how incredible the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was. Dare I say, it was even better than the book? While terrifying, this show is so well done that I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Not Released Yet:
- Chaos Walking (film), based on The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
- Read about my excitement here.
- Shadow and Bone (Netflix), based on Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Leigh Bardugo is a pro at creating fantasy worlds for YA readers. This series is supposedly going to combine her Shadow and Bone series along with Six of Crows – which take place in the same universe. I also really enjoyed her recent adult release, Ninth House, so I’m hoping Bardugo’s work translates well on the screen.
- Paper Girls (Amazon), based on Paper Girls comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang
- This is one of the most original and awesome graphic novels/comic books I’ve ever read. Set on Halloween night in the late 1980s, four pre-teen newspaper delivery girls get tangled up in a war between time travelers. In each subsequent volume, the girls get flung backwards and forwards through time, piecing together a mystery as they try to get back home. There is cool technology, humongous monsters, evil cavemen, new languages, body doubles, and twists and turns galore. So clever and amazing. Vaughan is attached to the Amazon series, so I hope that means this project is in good hands.
Here’s to hoping that I’ll be able to cross a few of these titles off my list in 2021!