Eager for some more adaptations of your favorite books by your favorite authors? Well, on July 1st, Hulu added two book adaptations by black female authors: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Both of these novels are pivotal and spectacular works of fiction. Both won a Pulitzer and the National Book award for their respective years (1983 for The Color Purple and 1988 for Beloved). Both have cemented their status as modern classics and as examples of the importance of black women representation in literature and the arts.
In 1985, The Color Purple was adapted into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, an African American girl who must overcome years of abuse, poverty, racism, and sexism to find her self-worth. The movie, much like the book, has warranted much praise from critics and fans for its acting, direction, and screenplay.
Beloved was adapted a few years later, in 1998, and starred Oprah Winfrey as Sethe, a former slave who is haunted by a poltergeist and struggles to cope with the loss of her first daughter. The movie, while it wasn’t a hit at the box office, went on to earn praise for the actors and a mostly positive consensus. As Winfrey stated in 2013, despite the movie’s poor grossing, she still feels it represents the “the essence of the Beloved book.”
In addition to these two exciting adaptations, Hulu is also adding a 2017 biopic on the life of 19th century writer Mary Shelley, aptly titled Mary Shelley. The biopic, starring Elle Fanning in the titular role, follows Shelley’s life and relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley up to and including the writing and publication of the monumental novel, Frankenstein, Or the Modern Day Prometheus. For fans of Shelley’s work, this biopic might be one to check out.
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