BLOGTOBER Day 23: Book-to-screen adaptations I want to see
In direct contrast to yesterday’s list of five book-to-screen adaptations which I’ve already seen, today’s list features five book-to-screen adaptations that are at the top of my list of things I want to watch.
The Hate U Give
I read The Hate U Give last year and instantly started kicking myself for not reading it as soon as it came out. Angie Thomas’s debut novel is a timely, relevant book discussing police brutality and Black Lives Matter, and I’m expecting the film to be even more a tearjerker than the novel is.
The film adaptation was released almost two years ago, but I wanted to wait until I read the book to be able to watch it. I don’t know why I’m still waiting, but I won’t be procrastinating this one for much longer.
Looking For Alaska
Looking For Alaska quickly became my favourite book when I read it way back before joining Goodreads. I had a copy that I’d highlighted poignant quotes in – the only book I’ve ever done that to – and recommended it to literally all of my friends.
For that reason, I’m apprehensive about watching the Looking For Alaska hulu show. What if it ruins my memories of the story? What if the book wasn’t actually that good? I haven’t reread it just in case it doesn’t impress me second time around, so even thinking about watching the show is a bit nerve-wracking.
I’m three quarters of the way through reading It – it’s slow going, especially with trying to write a blog post every day! – but I am loving this story. The idea of a shapeshifting murderous monster which appears as each kid’s deepest, darkest fear is so twisted, so I can imagine that the film adaptation for this one will be genuinely scary.
My mum watched the original film when she was far too young and it ruined clowns for her forever, so she’s been recommending the original film to me for the longest time. However, the casting of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in the newest adaptation is superb, so I think I’m going to enjoy that version a bit more. I’m still interested in watching both though!
Talking about Good Omens the other day has made me desperate to watching the Amazon Prime adaptation. The casting is perfect, and I watched the first two episodes through Prime and was really enjoying it… But then our internet connection went funny and cut out, we couldn’t get back to where we were in the middle of the episode so needed to rewatch it and didn’t feel like it, so we just abandoned it mid-way through episode three. Gulp.
My partner’s dad kindly gifted us the series last Christmas (if you’re reading this, hi Ken! *waves*) so we definitely don’t have any excuse for not watching it yet. Think this’ll be a great one for watching while curled up under a blanket now that the nights are drawing in.
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl With All the Gifts is the only book on this list that I still need to read as well as watch.
I can’t say too much about this book because I’ve heard that the only thing I actually know about this book is a bit of a spoiler – you know by the end of the book but it doesn’t become obvious very quickly – but all I will say is that this one sounds like it’s going to be a great horror novel and film.
Those are all of the book-to-screen adaptations I can’t wait to watch. Are there any that you’re really looking forward to seeing?
See you tomorrow.