If you’re a New Yorker like me, that means we’re stuck inside until May 15th. Now you have one rational option (no it’s not scaling your Mom’s chandelier!): find a comfy spot on the couch and something cool to watch on Netflix, of course! This list highlights some of the best book adaptations currently on Netflix; whether it be graphic novels or YA, there’s something for everyone in the family! I promise you haven’t seen everything yet, and that there’s no need to rewatch another episode of friends (you can break the cycle).
You can totally read these amazing books first and then see how the adaptation differs, or if you’re like me, you can binge these shows in one weekend and read the book afterward (no judgment). Hopefully, some of my faves will be added to your list!
1. Raising Dion
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I can make a list of several reasons why this show is brilliant and how amazing the comic is, but a paragraph will have to do! This show premiered in October of 2019 and I’ve been salivating for a season two ever since! The 2019 show is based upon 2015 self-titled comic written by Dennis Liu; Raising Dion is about a widow named Nicole trying her best to raise her seven-year-old son. However, everything gets more tricky when Dion realizes he has superpowers. Dion struggles with issues like fitting in and trying to control his powers. Not only are both the comic and the show an amazing source of representation; but Raising Dion also tackles relatable topics like losing a parent… plus, seeing a seven-year-old with telekinesis is pretty cool! The show, which is produced by Michael B. Jordan who stars as Dion’s dad, is perfect for the whole family. A cool and heartfelt superhero show with Michael B. Jordan? You’re welcome.
2. The End of the F***ing World
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Now, I don’t recall how I stumbled across this amazing show, but I’m so happy I did! Based upon the graphic novel written by Charles Forsman, The End of the F***ing World depicts a coming of age story that follows James and Alyssa. James, who believes he’s a sociopath and harbors violent fantasies, goes on an adventure with Alyssa with the hopes of killing her, both of them using each other to escape their bleak realities. The show exists in a subgenre of its own; somewhere in between a graphic novel and a YA adaptation. It’s sarcastic, witty, dark, suspenseful, and even romantic at times; a balance that was beautifully kept for both seasons. Anyone who loved You, you’ll love this, just make sure the kiddos are in bed first.
3. I Am Not Okay With This
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Originally, I came across this show in a Twitter thread; stills from the show were being utilized as an example of Netflix’s lack of diversity within their shows. Twitter users in the thread were tired of the awkward white girl with her black sidekick routine, but my interest was piqued, so I had to seek it out. As a black woman who adores a good coming of age story, it can be a struggle to rarely see myself represented on screen, however, when I saw the trailer I was intrigued. Then I watched the entire season in a week and I was hooked. Directed by the same genius behind The End of the F***ing World and the self-titled comic written by Charles Forsman (Yes, the same guy who created The End of the F***ing World comic); this show felt familiar in many ways. I Am Not Okay With This is about a fifteen-year-old named Sydney trying to navigate life’s complexities such as her father’s strange death, her turbulent relationship with her mom, high school, her sexuality, and oh yeah, superpowers. This isn’t your glamorous high school tale; it’s gritty and unpolished. Sydney is still trying to understand who she is all while attempting to control her powers. Descendant from classics such as Stephen King’s Carrie, I connected to I Am Not Okay With This because Sydney represents everyone who didn’t fit the cookie-cutter image of a high school kid. There’s definitely more than meets the eye with this show.
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If you’re asking “Well Stacey what about virtual date night?” or maybe you’re over high school dramas, I got you. Let’s be honest people, it’s a new decade so we need a new vampire obsession to sink our teeth into. If you’re like me, you’re still having Twilight marathons (still no judgment!); but, Netflix’s Dracula does not sparkle in the sun. Dracula, based on the famous Bram Stoker novel, is like stepping into every horror fan’s dream. There are a couple of changes between the adaptation and the novel, but probably the most significant one is the gender swap of Van Helsing. In the book, Dracula’s nemesis is a man, but in the limited series, it’s a nun who leads the charge against the Count and ultimately earns his admiration and respect. There’s darkness, gore, sensuality, and at times, leaps into the present day; it’s the perfect show to watch for date night!
5. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Let’s keep this horror theme rolling, shall we? If I was a witch and could conjure a spell to bring back any of these shows for another season ASAP, it would have to be The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Unlike most moms, I can admit when I have a slight favoritism! This show captures the best elements of all the shows I listed previously: horror like Dracula, the darkness of The End of the F***ing World, the coming of age element/attempting to fit in like Raising Dion, and the supernatural aspect of I Am Not Okay With This. It’s essentially a gumbo of goodness, people! The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based upon the comic series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The comics (and the show) take a darker turn on the classic tale of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sabrina the teenage (half) witch must choose which path she wants to walk down when she turns sixteen. Either she chooses her mortality and a life with her human friends and adorable boyfriend, or a life of being a full-time witch to honor her dead father’s legacy, make her aunties proud, and sign her name in the Devil’s book. This show is an amazing way to bring the tale of Sabrina to a newer generation. With that, I ask: Where is season four, Netflix?!
Other Honorable Mentions:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Umbrella Academy
Once I started any of these shows, I couldn’t stop; they’re nothing short of amazing. So, grab the snacks and order those books! We’re gonna be indoors for a little bit longer. Happy reading and binge-watching!
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