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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bookish Films - Most on Netflix

I love Book Riot (http://bookriot.com/); the site has interesting articles and lists.  They have come up with two lists of bookish films that can be watched on Netflix, one posted last year and one today.  I thought I’d share them.  A book is invariably better than its film version, but sometimes we just want to curl up on the couch with some popcorn to watch a movie. 

Last year’s list, “The Big Bookish Netflix Round-Up,” can be found at http://bookriot.com/2014/07/05/big-bookish-netflix-round-2/.  Its categories are Adaptations of Classics, Contemporary Adaptations, and Documentaries.

This year’s list, “60 Bookish Films Streaming on Netflix,” can be found at http://bookriot.com/2015/08/04/60-bookish-films-streaming-netflix/ and repeats only two films from the previous article.  The categories are Comedy, Romance, Maybe You Didn’t Know it was a Book, Suspense/Thriller/Horror, Television, Cult Classics, Based on Real People, For the Whole Family, Drama, and Best.

Not Yet on Netflix
Of course there are bookish films that are not yet available on Netflix.  These are two I recently viewed and would recommend, though perhaps not because of their faithfulness to the books:
The Woman in Gold which is based on The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer written by Anne-Marie O'Connor.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based on These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach; if you liked this movie, there is a sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was released earlier this year.
Maybe that will be my next project:  compiling a list of bookish films not yet available on Netflix.  Suggestions?

Currently in Cinemas
In theatres right now are the following films based on books which I plan to see:
Paper Towns based on the book by John Green
Far from the Madding Crowd based on the book by Thomas Hardy
Suite Française based on the book by Irène Némirovsky – one of my favourite books

And this Friday sees the release of Dark Places based on Gillian Flynn’s book; this novel was written before Gone Girl but after Sharp Objects which is apparently being made into a tv-film.