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9 Books Coming to a TV (or Streaming) Near You

All your favorite books are being made into shows! Here are nine highly anticipated TV adaptations of favorite books set to premiere in 2020. 

 

1. The Outsider

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The Outsider, based on the novel by Stephen King, premiered on HBO on January 12, 2020 and will conclude on March 8. You can catch up on HBO’s digital platform and watch live on Sundays at 9/8c. The Outsider follows the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy and the deceiving evidence that leaves a small town questioning everything they know.

 

2. Locke and Key 

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Locke and Key is loosely based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020. It will run as a ten-part series. Locke and Key tells the story of three siblings who move to their ancestral home after the murder of their father. There, they discover magical keys which are also being sought out by a demon. 

 

3. The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird based on the 2013 novel by James McBride is set to premiere on Showtime on February 16, 2020 at 9/8c. Ethan Hawke will both executive produce and star in the limited series which chronicles the journey of abolitionist John Brown, told from the perspective of a fictional enslaved boy named Onion. Onion helps Brown during the Bleeding Kansas uprisings. 

 

4. Little Fires Everywhere

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng will be adapted into a limited series for Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington executive producing and starring in the series. It will premiere March 18, 2020 and is one of the most anticipated series of this year. It follows two mothers who are brought together through their children’s friendship, which eventually unearths dark secrets.  

 

5. Bridgerton 

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Bridgerton, another highly anticipated series, is based on the series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. The series will be produced by Shonda Rhimes and is set to debut on Netflix later this year. This series is set in the 1800s and follows each of the eight Bridgerton children. 

 

6. I Know This Much is True

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I Know This Much is True will be a limited series on HBO, set to debut later this year. Mark Ruffalo will executive produce and star in the series based on the novel by Wally Lamb. The series will follow identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness as the brothers struggle with their relationship with one another. 

 

7. Invincible 

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Invincible is an upcoming animated series set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2020. It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, which follows teenager Mark Grayson, whose father happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. However, after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins developing powers of his own. The series will follow teenage superhero Mark, as he navigates his new powers under his father’s tutelage. 

 

8. Nine Perfect Strangers

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Nine Perfect Strangers will reunite Nicole Kidman and producers of the hit series, Big Little Lies to premiere on Hulu in late 2020. Kidman will also star in the series which is based on the novel Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, who is responsible for writing the best-selling novel Big Little Lies. The series will follow nine strangers as they gather at a boutique wellness resort with the common goal of resetting and reinvigorating their lives. However, things take a turn, and these strangers have no idea just how challenging this retreat will be. 

 

9. Normal People

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Normal People will premiere on Hulu as a twelve-part series in the later half of 2020. The series is based on the popular novel by the same name, written by Sally Rooney. This series will follow main characters Marianne and Connell as they navigate an unlikely on-again, off-again relationship throughout their teenage and young adult lives.


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Bookstr’s Week in Review ICYMI

 

The light at the end of the tunnel is almost in sight. That’s right, January is almost over! We’ve had a busy week here at Bookstr and I’m back to give you a rundown of what you might have missed. I’m broke after the holidays so it’s the only gift you’re getting from me!

Adaptation news

2020 so far has brought with it a whole lot of exciting book adaptation news. It’s not that it’s a current trend, per say, since books have been adapted for the screen for many many years, but this year has been next level. This week we learned some more about Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and its release date. Netflix gave us the main trailer for the To All The Boys sequel. You can read all about Little Fires here, and check out LJ and Peter here.

 

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NEWS NEWS

The book world had a few shake-ups this week. Be it fantasy YA, crime thrillers or family tragedies, there was a myriad of news in all book realms. Suzanne Collins released some new information about her upcoming Hunger Games prequel. Lee Child has passed the Jack Reacher baton to his brother. Jeanine Cummins’ newest release has been met with serious controversy surrounding racial representation and cultural appropriation. Phew, does anyone else wish we had a book news channel?

 

 

remembering the greats

Between births and deaths, there were commemorations this week for some truly great writers. Lord Byron’s birthday was on Wednesday and you can read about his wild antics here. George Orwell died seventy years ago this week and we’ve got some interesting facts about the man, myth and legend here.

three to read

Nehal is back with her three reads this week and you can read all about it here. Make sure to catch their killer video too.

 

 

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how-to

Let Bookstr be your older sibling today (we’re in charge and we WILL tell mom if you’re not behaving!!) and pass on some vital information. This week we are focusing reading long books and writing good ones. If you’re looking to pick a long one, take a look here. If you’re trying to work out how to write a good one, let Kali show you the ways here

There you have it! You’re all caught up. I’ll be back next week to keep to updated but until then, happy reading!

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The Icy Scoop and Review of Frozen II

It’s officially release day of Disney’s newest darling, Frozen II. Last night, I went to one of the earliest screenings, and I got the details. 

If you don’t want spoilers, turn away and slam this door!

 

 

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Synopsis: Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom.

Consensus: Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell once again shine in this will-be Disney classic. Their voices bring to life the strong and powerful Queen Elsa, and the spunky and caring Princess Anna, while adding new layers to these beloved characters. Also returning on this magical adventure is Jonathan Groff as the adorably awkward Kristoff (and sometimes Sven the reindeer), as well as Josh Gad as the ever lovable snowman Olaf.

 

 

It’s been three years since the events of the first movie took place, and everyone seems to be settling into their roles in Arendelle. That is until only Elsa hears a voice from the north calling to her. While Elsa is dealing with this, Kristoff tries to keep proposing to the ever caring Anna, who seems oblivious to his attempts and focused on Elsa’s well being. It’s only when Elsa accidentally wakes up the spirits of the Enchanted Forest that the elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air start to cause the Arendellians (yes, that’s what the people of Arendelle are officially called) to flee the kingdom that the action starts up.

 

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Once in the forest, Elsa and Anna finds out that only Elsa can soothe the elemental spirits and help free the Northuldra (a fictional representation of the Sámi people) and Arendellian soldiers in the forest. There, Elsa learns that water has memory (as if Olaf hadn’t been saying that enough). She and Anna then discover that their mother was from the enchanted forest and rescued their father when they were children, thus making them a bridge between the Northuldra and Arendelle. From the wind spirit Gale to Bruni the fire salamander to the Nøkk, Elsa encounters and brings peace to the spirits, while learning that the past she thought she knew was not what it seemed, and that there may be a fifth spirit which serves as a bridge between the spirits and people.

 

 

When Anna and Elsa discover the ship their parents were on before they died, destroyed in an inlet, the sisters find the actual reason behind their parents’ trip. The trip was to go to the mythical Ahtohallan, a place Queen Iduna told her daughters about, and the place to find the origins behind Elsa’s powers. It is here that it hits Elsa that in order to find the voice and Ahtohallan, she must leave Anna and Olaf behind to protect them.

 

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From here, Elsa encounters the water spirit, the Nøkk, who tries to drown her. When she finally tames the Nøkk, Elsa finally finds Ahtohallan, she has the revelation that the voice calling her was a past echo of her mother saving her father. Turns out the results of the spirits’ anger was over her grandfather’s killing of the unarmed Northuldra leader. From here, Elsa starts to become frozen, and then sends a snow statue showing what happened to Anna as her final action. Because of this, Olaf turns to flurries, and Anna finds what truly happens, and realizes that she must destroy their grandfather’s dam that put the events into motion years ago.

 

 

With the help of the Arendelle soldiers, Kristoff and the stone giants, the dam is destroyed, and the floods make a direct course to destroy Arendelle. Since the spirits seem to be appeased, a newly unfrozen Elsa rides off on the Nøkk in a desperate rush to save the kingdom. With this all done, Anna starts to head back to tell the kingdom what has happened. But off in the distance, she sees a newly transformed Elsa, which results in a tearjerking (and comical) reunion between the sisters and Kristoff. Olaf is brought back and Kristoff finally proposes after bungling it a few times. It is here that the decision is made that Elsa will stay in the forest as her role as the fifth spirit and part of the bridge between the spirits and the people, and Anna will become Queen and the other part of the bridge.

 

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While some fans may disagree with this, I honestly really liked the ending. Could they have changed some things in the movie? Of course. No film is perfect, not even either of the Frozen movies. But the ending of having the sisters go their own paths while still maintaining contact was the right way to go. And the way the film was darker and more mature than the first one put Frozen II on a whole different level. It wasn’t Hunchback of Notre Dame dark (nothing will ever come close), but it also wasn’t as light as the first installment was. And I think that by showing how to find the truth and fix the past’s mistakes, the movie has great lessons for all ages. It doesn’t hurt that the music is spectacular (“Show Yourself” is the perfect heir to “Let It Go”, and making “Lost in the Woods” a family friendly ’80s music video was genius!), the animation was just as magical, and the focus on finding who you are and where you belong will melt any frozen heart!

Now please excuse me while I go see this ice movie another 5 times.

 

 


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The Most Anticipated Book Adaptations Coming in Late 2019

Its been a stellar year for book adaptations, but there’s still plenty of them on the way to close out 2019! From TV to film, lots of book adaptations are coming to your screens this winter and there’s a huge helping to binge into. Let’s dive into this list and see what are some of the best and coolest looking page to screen adaptations coming this fall!

 

 

1-‘The good liar’

 

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The Good Lair by Nicholas Searle is about a smarmy con man who decides to his latest con will be a wealthy widow he meets online, determined to swindle her of her veritable fortune. But maybe he actually starts falling for her and finds himself more attached to the widow than he realizes. For her part, the widow is more than she seems. The movie adaptation comes November 15th, starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren and is sure to be an intriguing adaptation of the novel for nothing else but its stellar cast.

 

2-‘Cats’

 

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Did you know Cats was a based on a book? Yep! Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats  is where Andrew Lloyd Webber drew inspiration from for his famous musical and where the movie will draw some inspiration from too (probably). Although this movie looks very odd and strange from the teasers (Taylor Swift as a cat person…nightmare fuel), you know you’re going to be lining up to see it nonetheless. After all, what will it look like on the big screen?

 

 

3-‘Little Women’ 

 

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Most of you probably know Little Women but its a classic of American literature. Focusing on the March sisters as they come into womanhood and find their way in the world, this new adaptation promises to be the closest to the material yet. It stars Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, and Laura Dern. To get your fix of more content of this novel, check this out come December 25th!

 

4-‘Doctor Sleep’

 

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Doctor Sleep was the sequel to one of Stephen King’s most exciting novels, The Shining. Focusing on Dan Torrance, the boy protagonist of the original novel, now a middle aged man and a 12 year old girl who shares his psychic powers gift. Together, they must fight off a tribe of murderous paranormals who want the young girl for what she represents. The film promises to be just as exciting, starring Ewan MacGregor and revisiting a lot of nostalgia for the movie adaptation by Stanley Kubrick. Plus, it looks scary as hell. We can’t wait for this one to launch.

 

 

 

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