December is a big month for literary-inspired shows and movies. What a better way to spend the holiday season? While I love cozying up with a good book when the air is crisp as much as anyone else, sometimes cozying up with a good book-inspired movie or show is just as good. Some of your favorite streaming services are releasing tv shows and movies inspired by some of our favorite books this month. Keep reading to see what made the list!
His Dark Materials (Season 3) is based on Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass
HBO Max, December 5
This fantasy drama based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy follows Lyra as she starts looking for a missing friend. Set in a multi-world reality, the soul of humans manifest as animal companions called daemons. Lyra lives with scholars at Jordan College, Oxford where the world is governed by Magisterium— a religious and political body. Sounds intense, right?
Kindred based on Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Hulu, December 13
Based on the bestselling novel by Octavia E. Butler, Kindred shows the life of an aspiring writer as she discovers secrets about her family’s past. Things start to get chaotic when she mysteriously starts getting pulled back and forth in time to a 19th-century plantation.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical based on Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Netflix, December 25
We all know it— We all love it. The movie is a true classic and now we get a musical. Matilda the Musical follows Matilda Wormwood, an extremely intelligent, book-loving five-year-old who lives in Buckinghamshire. She immerses herself in books as the grim home life with her parent’s circles around her. She is enrolled in Crunchem Hall run by the one and only, Miss Trunchball. Matilda begins developing psychokinetic powers and a lasting relationship with Miss Honey.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 3) based on the Ryan-verse
Prime Video, December 21
Fans, we’ve waited long enough. After three years, we are jumping back into the Ryan-verse for the first time since 2019. Consisting of eight episodes, season three obviously continues to follow Jack Ryan as he is on the run from the CIA (whoa now!!!). He is desperately trying to stop the start of World War III.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Netflix, December 9
In this stop-motion musical adaptation of the beloved Collodi story, a wooden boy is magically brought to life by his father/ creator’s wish. This story is one about love and disobedience as Pinocchio struggles to live up to the expectations set by his father. While Pinocchio tries to find his place in the world, havoc begins.
White Noise based on White Noise by Don DeLillo
Netflix, December 30
This film hitting Netflix is based on DeLillo’s 1985 novel. Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is highly stylized and a preposterous satire of consumerism and mass media— It also parodies academia in this very extravagant disaster plot. With a budget of $100 million, White Noise ranks as the most ambitious project Baumbach has ever taken on.
Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge based on Dr. Suess
Prime Video, December 13
I’m a sucker for a good baking show. Talk about a feel-good moment! This eight-episode baking competition hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley alongside baking icons, Clarice Lam and Joshua John Russell, invites bakers to step into the world of Dr. Suess. The competitors range from classically trained pastry chefs to self-taught cake artists. From iconic stories like The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat, bakers will test their limits.
The Adventures of Saul Bellow, the first-ever documentary about Saul Bellow!
PBS American Masters, December 12
This first-ever documentary on Saul Bellow gives you a look at the Nobel Prize winner’s impact on American literature. Explore how he navigated through issues in his time that include race, gender, and the Jewish immigrant experience. The documentary includes interviews with Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and many others.
The Witcher: Blood Origin based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
Netflix, December 25
I’ve written about this upcoming adaptation countless times and I’m ready to add another! I am so excited about this one. Set 1,200 years before the time we’ve explored in The Witcher universe, this new prequel will show us the creation of the first Witcher. Explore the events that lead up to the “Conjunction of the Spheres” and the ancient Elven civilization before its downfall.
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