Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Upcoming Book to T.V & Film Adaptations

If there's one thing I love more than a really good book, it's a really good adaptation of that book. In recent years faithful and worthy adaptations of popular books have increased dramatically - their market value has undoubtedly raised the bar for what new upcoming TV and films audiences want to see. Years ago, with the exception of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises, book adaptations were a rarity and even then they were nowhere near as well put together as they are now. Maybe this is just my age speaking because 15 years ago I was a lot younger and hadn't read as many books to know if there were adaptations of them. But now the film and TV industry seem to be taking inspiration from books left, right, and centre, and I couldn't be more pleased.

So in this post I'm going to talk about some recently released and upcoming adaptations of books that caught my eye.


THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Hulu Productions
Release date: 28th May

I feel like this series has been a long time coming. When I heard it was in the making I thought, why hasn't it been done before? It think it was made in to a film back in the early 90's, but by the standard of TV series being released today I knew this was going to blow everything out of the water.
The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Offred, a young woman sent to live with a wealthy couple to be their handmaid - to service them by giving them a child. It's a newly formed religious dystopia where fertile women are a rare commodity, used solely for their ability to bear children. Offred tells the story of her life as a handmaid and reflects on her life before society changed for the worst.
The novel is brilliant and this new adaptation is terrifyingly good. In the current political climate it makes scary but powerful viewing.



THE MINIATURIST
BBC Productions
Release date: TBA

Jessie Burton's debut novel was an instant hit when it first came out back in 2014. I was a little late to the party but I read it last year and loved it (my review is uploaded here). I had no idea the BBC were making a show based on the book until about a month ago and I was so excited when I found out. Who doesn't love a good costume drama? I’m really interested to see how it’s going to be adapted for television and I think it could be done really well if it’s in the right hands. I don’t think there’s an air date yet but I assume it’s going to be released later on this year – maybe in the autumn when summer cools down and it’s all about those cosy evenings spent indoors. Whenever it does eventually come out, I’ll sure be watching.


MY COUSIN RACHEL
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date: 9th June

My love for Daphne du Maurier is no secret. I think she’s brilliant and I’ve got many of her books lined up that I still need to read. I read My Cousin Rachel around two years ago now and whilst it’s not my favourite du Maurier, I was still super excited when I heard there was a film adaptation being made. The film is currently out in the UK and I’ve yet to see it but I hear it’s got favourable reviews, plus it stars Rachel Weisz in the title role who is brilliant and I think would make the perfect Rachel.
I did think about re-reading the book before I saw the film but there are so many books on my TBR, I don’t think I’ll have the time! I would however like to give the book another read at some point. I did enjoy but I’m hoping I’ll appreciate it more on a second reading.

So there are a few recently released and upcoming adaptations of books that I’m excited about. There may be a few more in the pipeline that I’ve yet to discover but so far I’m really intrigued about these three. There are so many great books out there that deserve their own series or film contract – I wonder which books are destined to be made for the screen next?


Happy reading, book lovers!
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