For those who aren’t sure about the whole book-to-film adaptation scene, you have more than likely watched a movie or a TV-show that was based on a book. There are quite a few well-known ones you may be familiar with, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and any Marvel film ever.
Adaptations bring a lot of controversy from book-lovers. There are readers who wish to see their beloved characters and fandoms brought to life, immortalised in film whilst also being faithful to original content. However, books and films are two completely different mediums of storytelling and there are elements of books that cannot be transformed into the realm of film. Readers themselves can sit side-by-side one another and read the same story yet have a completely different experience. Some people love one book, and others hate it. It is the same with movies. There will be those who understand the creative licence the director has and appreciate their version of a story, while others will prefer the original story within the book. It is important to keep an open mind and try to enjoy the adaptation that has your favourite stories brought to life.
To tantalise your need for written and screen entertainment, here are some of the adaptations that have already come out this year as well as the ones to look forward to:
- A Man Called Otto released on the 1st January – based on the book A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman.
- Mayfair Witches aired on the 8th January – based on the book series The Lives of Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice.
- Wolf Pack aired on the 26th January – based on the book series of the same name by Edo Van Belkom.
- Lockwood & Co. aired on the 27th January – based on the book series of the same name by Jonathan Stroud.
- Knock at the Cabin released on the 3rd February – based on the book The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay.
- Daisy Jones and the Six aired on the 3rd March – based on the book of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
- Tiny Beautiful Things aired on the 8th April – based on the book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed.
- The Last Thing He Told Me aired on the 14th April – based on the book of the same name by Laura Dave.
- Peter Pan & Wendy set to air on the 28th April – based on the book Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie.
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret set to be released on the 28th April – based on the book of the same name by Judy Blume.
- Silo set to air on the 5th May – based on the book series Wool by Hugh Howey.
- Love Again set to be released on the 11th May – based on the book Text For You by Sophie Cramer.
- Renfield set to be released on the 25th May – based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker.
- Oppenheimer set to be released on the 20th July – based on the true events depicted in the memoir American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
- The Last Voyage of Demeter set to be released on the 11th August – based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker.
- A Haunting in Venice set to be released on the 15th September – based on the novel Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie.
- The Exorcist set to be released on the 11th October – based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty.
- The Ballard of Song Birds and Snakes set to be released on the 17th November – based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
- Wonka set to be released on the 15th December – a prequel to the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
- The Colour Purple set to be released on the 22nd December – based on the book of the same name by Alice Walker.
Other adaptations that are scheduled to be released in 2023 include:
- Lessons in Chemistry
- The Three Body Problem
- The Nightingale
- Red, White and Royal Blue
Shadow and Bone season two (2), Bridgerton season three (3) and Dune: Part Two are also adaptations that were previously brought to screens in recent years that are continuing.
So check them out and let us know on Opus.unsa’s instagram post what you thought of these films!