Best (and Worst) Books to TV Shows in 2017
We are certainly not strangers to the phenomenon of novels being optioned by production companies or directors for film; I always say that you can tell when those folks are running out of hot new ideas, because they turn to books! While there are those who lament, "why ruin a great movie by reading the book?", I rarely find a film that brings me as meaningful an experience as the text.
With the advent of several new(ish) outlets for original television programming, like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, the stories found in books have taken on a new format and I like the possibilities it offers. Thanks to the team of bloggers who are presenting the fourth annual #AMonthOfFaves event (Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella's Revenge), I have an excuse to share what I found to be the best books to TV shows in 2017...and a little more.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Hands down, this is my favorite adaptation in 2017. The next one on this list is a close second, but Big Little Lies was definitely my favorite; in fact, I've watched the series twice and, according to this article, the original cast is expected to return for a second season on HBO. I loved the book and I may love the television series even more.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - This television adaptation is appropriately creepy, but the book remains the winner. I re-read The Handmaid's Tale about a month before the launch of this series on Netflix, just to make sure I had a refresher; the Netflix series was really good, and the acting was fantastic, but Atwood's writing (and the conjuring of such horrors) will always be the star.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Why? Why would anyone ever try to reinvent Anne as such a tragic character? This series felt so wrong to me and, I would imagine, to many fans of the Anne generation. While I can admit that there are some meaningful life lessons to be shared, everything in this series seems over-exaggerated and unnecessarily bleak. No thanks, Netflix.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - This HBO adaptation was originally scheduled to premiere this year, but has since been pushed to summer 2018. I read Sharp Objects after Gone Girl and found it much more enjoyable; I am really looking forward to this summer treat, starring Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.
What do you think of the recent television adaptations? Any others I should add to my list?