5 Book Adaptations To Cozy Up With This Fall

The fall season just makes you want to cozy up with a blanket and a book. But if you’re in a reading slump, cozy up with these few book adaptations instead.

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Chilly weather, sweaters, cardigans, leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice latte, these are all things people tend to associate with fall. And more importantly, it’s the perfect season to bundle up under a warm blanket, maybe with a candle, while reading a book.

However, sometimes reading slumps have the worst timing and can interrupt the perfect aspect of fall for book lovers. But don’t worry, another way to cozy up this fall season if you’re not in the mood to read is to watch some book adaptations that fit the fall aesthetics.

1. Pride & Prejudice

The book adaptations and novel of 'Pride & Prejudice' novel by Jane Austen.

Pride & Prejudice is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. It is centered around Elizabeth Bennet who deals with pressure to marry from her parents, especially as one of the oldest daughters in her family. Then the handsome and rich Mr. Darcy is introduced.

After a rough meeting between the two, a strained relationship begins as they continuously clash over social class and status. Pride & Prejudice focuses on not only the character development but also the budding romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

There are so many different adaptations of Pride & Prejudice, so lots of options for fall. My favorite adaptation is the 2005 film version starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth and Matthew MacFadyen as Mr. Darcy. It is one of the best adaptations of the novel. The entire aesthetic of the film is absolutely beautiful along with an enemies-to-lovers romance making it a perfect book adaptation to cozy up with as you watch the characters slowly fall in love.

2. The Twilight Saga

The book adaptations and novels of 'The Twilight Saga' novels by Stephenie Meyer.

The Twilight Saga consists of five films based on Stephenie Meyer’s four-novel series with the same names as well. The entire saga tells the story of Bella Swan, a teenager who just moved to Forks, Washington. She meets Edward Cullen at school and falls in love with him, except Edward isn’t your typical teenage kid. Bella has fallen in love with a vampire. It basically focuses on their relationship starting from the beginning and their growth together throughout the whole saga. 

The Twilight Saga + fall season = a better love story than Twilight. Romance and fantasy are two genres that are perfect for the fall, so together they definitely make me want to cozy up. Everything about the film from the blue filter in the first movie along with Washington’s forest landscape and weather that seems like it’s mainly just rainy and foggy just puts you in the best mood for fall. 

3. Gone Girl

The book adaptations and novel of 'Gone Girl' novel by Gillian Flynn.

The psychological thriller film, Gone Girl is based on the book written by Gillian Flynn. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne mysteriously disappeared and her husband, Nick Dunne is left wondering what happened. Nick is the police’s prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police and media investigate, secrets are revealed about who Amy and Nick really are.

Gone Girl is suspenseful and a thriller making it a good film to watch during the fall especially if you’re bundled up with blankets. There are many twists and turns in not only the plot but within the characters too. The overall tone of the film is very dark and moody which fits how the days in fall just feel shorter and get dark quicker.

4. Coraline

The book adaptations and novel of 'Coraline' novels by Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy book, Coraline, was adapted into a stop-motion animated film. After moving, Coraline explores her new home. She finds a path behind a locked door in her house to another world similar to her own. Everything in the other world including her other mother and other father seems fun and marvelous. But sinister secrets await her especially after they ask for her to stay with them. Coraline realizes she must save all the lost souls and herself to get back to her ordinary life. 

If it’s a gloomy and rainy day outside, Coraline is a must. The ambiance of the entire film, such as the dark and dreariness, makes it a fun watch for fall. Not to mention how it has a very interesting and spooky storyline. The creepiness of the other world just adds a level of eeriness to the mood and atmosphere of the entire movie. Coraline gives an unsettling meaning to “Be careful what you wish for.” 

5. Legally Blonde

The book adaptations and novel of 'Legally Blonde' novels by Amanda Brown.

The popular film starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde, is based on the novel of the same title by Amanda Brown. It tells the story of Elle Woods who seems to have it all, especially since she believes her boyfriend, Warner Huntington III will propose. Instead, he dumps her claiming she is “too blond.” In order to win him back, but more importantly to prove him wrong, she gets into Harvard Law School which is the same school he is attending. 

Compared to the other films, Legally Blonde doesn’t quite share the same aesthetics that most associate fall with. It is bright and very pink which is the color that defines Elle best. However, I think it’s a great movie to watch during the fall because of its academic aspects focusing on her education at law school. There are fun characters and an interesting storyline of Elle redefining femininity and stereotypes. Overall, it’s a fun and lighthearted film to cozy up with.

Fall is the perfect season to bundle up with blankets, some popcorn, and even a pumpkin spice latte while watching movies. So hopefully, these book adaptations make your fall season even better!

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