If it weren’t for retellings of stories from long ago that desperately need fresher takes, we wouldn’t have Disney…
The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means—families coming together to bicker and brawl about politics, panicking about decorations and dinners, and gifts, gifts, and more gifts! So hide away from all the chaos in either these book adaptations or the original books themselves.
This month we have the long-awaited release of Netflix’s adapted series, The Witcher, to be released December 20th. Marvel fans can find entertainment on Hulu with the 2008 Iron Man film released, and, for those of you who dare to watch it, Spider-Man 3 is being released at the end of December as well.
December is also bringing a whole lot of intense action and drama. The award-winning adaptation of No Country for Old Men will be shooting its way onto Hulu at the very start of the year, and the legendary martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also be released to start the month.
The Silence of the Lambs will be available to chill the already chilly season, on top of a new season of You.
Experience this horrific sight all over again December 31st on Hulu | Image via tenor
There’s even more streaming to look forward to this December! Check-out the full adaptation list below.
Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
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- Nightflyers (Season 1) – based on the novella and short stories by George R. R. Martin (December 2nd, Netflix)
- Outlander (Season 3) – based on the popular book series by Diana Gabaldon (December 10th, Netflix)
- The Witcher (2019 Netflix Original) – based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski (December 20th, Netflix)
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- The Counterfeit Traitor (1962 Film) – based on the nonfiction novel by Alexander Klein (November 1st, Hulu)
- You (Season 2) – based on the novel Caroline Kepnes’ follow-up novel Hidden Bodies (December 26th, Netflix)
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968 Film) – based on the novel by Ira Levin (December 1st, Hulu)
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991 Film) – based on the novel by Thomas Harris (December 1st, Hulu)
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013 Film) – based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid (December 27th, Hulu)
Watch No Country For Old Men, it’ll blow your mind! | Image via Giphy
- Lawless (2012 Film) – based on the novel The Wettest Country in the World by Matt Bondurant (December 29th, Netflix)
- No Country for Old Men (2007 Film) – based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy (December 1st, Hulu)
While Morgan Freedman is Driving Miss Daisy, you can “drive youself” to Hulu to watch the film December 1st
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989 Film) – based on the novel by Alfred Uhry (December 1st, Hulu)
- Indecent Proposal (1993 Film) – based on the novel by Jack Engelhard (December 1st, Hulu)
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005 Film) – based on the novel by (December 1st, Hulu)
- On the Road (2013 Film) – based on the novel by Jack Kerouac (December 6th, Hulu)
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016 Film) – based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker (December 24th, Hulu)
While the holidays “dragon”, find peace in the action packed film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000 Film) – based on the novel by Wang Dulu (December 1st, Hulu)
- Die Another Day (2002 Film), Goldeneye (1995 Film), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997 Film), and The World Is Not Enough (1999 Film) – based on the James Bond novels by Ian Flemming (December 31st, Netflix)
Tired of Holiday Shopping? Chill at home by watching A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Netflix
- A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019 Film) – based on the folktale Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper (December 1st, Netflix)
- Doc Hollywood (1991 Film) – based on the novel What? Dead…Again? by Neil B. Shulman (December 1st, Hulu)
- The Bridges of Madison County (1995 Film) – based on the novel by Robert James Waller (December 1st, Hulu)
- Virgin River (2019 Netflix Original) – based on the novels by Robyn Carr (December 6th, Netflix)
Suit up for Iron Man, December 27th on Hulu
- Teasing Master Takagi-san (2018 Anime) – based on the manga series by Souichirou Yamamoto (December 5th, Netflix)
- V Wars (2019 Netflix Original) – based on the comic series by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson (December 5th, Netflix)
- Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy (2019 Film) – based on the manga series by Miki Aihara (December 28th, Netflix)
- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened (Netflix Anime) – based on the manga by Shūichi Asō (December 30th, Netflix)
- Iron Man (2008 Film) – based on the Iron Mam Marvel comics (December 27th, Hulu)
- Spiderman 3 (2007 Film) – based on the Spiderman Marvel comics (December 31st, Hulu)
Who knew all these movies and shows were based on book? Granted, its obvious that the book will always be better, but we’re glad that these authors are receiving the recognition that they deserve!
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Riddle me this: What is everywhere in your room but doesn’t clutter up any space?
Dust is actually very important, as far as books go. They can set a scene, they can create a mood, they can be an important plot element. So before you go off and clean your room or procrastinate about cleaning your room, you might just want to read through this list about our top 8 books that feature dust as an important element in the story.
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Before we get dark, let’s start with a happy children’s book. Starting in 1963, Amelia Bedelia stars, well, Amelia Bedelia, which started this hit children’s series. Funny, brilliant, this stories often follow Amelia Bedelia, a maid in the Rodgers family, who often misunderstands various commands of her employer by always taking figures of speech and various terminology literally.
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Notably, she takes the command “dust the furniture” literally and, well, mayhem ensures.
Lucky, after a series of comic misunderstanding and general mayhem, Amelia Bedelia is usually able to the win the family over with a delicious pie or cake. After a while the Rodgers family becomes astute enough to realize that Amelia Bedelia takes everything they say literally so, instead of firing her, they give her more specific commands such as “undust the furniture”.
So remember: You shouldn’t ‘dust around the house’, you should ‘undust the house’. Or you can dust the house. I don’t care, you do you.
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With that out of the way, let’s get dark. Dust can set a scene, set a mood, and you know that things are dark when this story opens with a little girl dusting the house while her step-mother and step-sisters are lounge around the house.
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Since her father’s death, Cinderella’s has been left in the dust, left in the squalor of her step-mother’s tyrannical rule. We all know where the story goes from here, either from the Disney movie or Grimm’s Fairy Tales, with her rising from the dust and into the arms of someone who loves her.
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Before the monsters of movies, Infinity War and Endgame, hit theaters, comic readers knew since 1991 that there was a chance our favorite heroes might get dusted. Though we weren’t sure if Disney was going to go through with it, we sat back in awe as our favorite characters, including Spider-Man, bit the dust.
If you want to see where this plot point came from, we’ll buy this comic and listen to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as you see characters you know and love and characters you don’t know but will love get dusted. Be warned:
It’s some heavy stuff.
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Published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones. A runner-up for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the book was adapted into in 2004 was adapted as an animated film of the same name in 2004 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
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The importance of dust cannot be understated. After her father dies, Sophie Hatter takes over her family’s hat shop but encounters some trouble when she meets a witch who believes Sophie is doing some magic in her territory. In the book Sophie’s guilty as charged, so the witch curses her into looking like an old woman.
She runs away and, cold alone, sneaks on board a moving castle. But she’s found out!
This is when dust comes into play. See, Sophie’s cover story is that, since the castle is old and dusty, she’s the new house keeper! A quick look around and everyone is satisfied with her story, and Sophie ends up actually cleaning the castle.
The story goes on from here, but the most important moral of the story is this: Dust is helpful.
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Published in 2009, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is about African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the early 1960s.
A story about oppression, prejudiced, and hope, this story utilized dust to symbolize the hardships people go through and the impossibilities in cleaning away hatred.
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You might know the film, the play, or Victor Hugo’s magnum opus, this story shines a lighter on the misery and the pain of poverty and finding redemption in a cruel world. From the grimy streets of Paris to the dirt of the taverns, this story is known best for this image:
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There’s a reason for that. A young girl cursed to poverty, to survive and not thrive in a dirty world, she’ll have to work hard and, with a little luck, she might be given a new start and a clean slate.
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In this series the Baudelaire orphans can’t catch a break. While they are bounced around to guardian after guardian, they are met with increasingly dire circumstances and squalor beyond repair. From a greedy man who just wants them for this vast fortune to a man engulfed in smoke who keeps them (including the baby!) working in a lumber mill, the orphans are no stranger to dust, grime, filth, and dusty things.
Thankfully, they never seem to catch a case of the sniffles, so I guess they’re lucky in that regard.
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Darkly funny and disturbingly horrific, this series is certainly something that’ll make you thankful because, even though dust seems to follow you everywhere you go, at least you’re not being chased by a villain.
If you are in fact being chased by an evil villain, considering calling 9-1-1.
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Does dust follow you everywhere you go? Well, that might be a good thing. In the His Dark Materials trilogy, dust are elementary particles associated with consciousness and are integral to the plot. Everyone is chasing dust.
In the first book, young Lyra is bombarded with adults who claim that dust is evil, a terrible particle that causes all the misery in the world. Even her father, Lord Asriel, tells her that
Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness in the world. Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die.
In the first book, Lyra believes this wholeheartedly, but at the end of the novel her eyes are opened up to the wonders of dust when her daemon, Pantalaimon, asks her:
We’ve heard them all talk about Dust, and they’re so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong…We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn’t?
From there, Lyra realizes:
If Dust were a good thing…If it were to be sought and welcomes and cherished..
‘We could look for it too, Pan!’ she said
The moral of the story? Don’t dust your house, because dust is magical.
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Happy anniversary to Throne of Glass, a young adult fantasy series by American author Sarah J. Maas. The first book, Throne of Glass, was published in August 2012. Throughout its cycle, the series appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list and is currently being optioned as a series to be adapted for Hulu. The story follows Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in a corrupt kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. As the tale progresses, Celaena forms unexpected bonds and uncovers a conspiracy amidst her adventures. The series concluded with its eighth entry in October of 2018.
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Calaena is imprisoned and betrayed by her master at the start of the series. Trained from childhood to become an assassin, she is a master of her trade and adopts a new identity in order to avoid painting a target on her, as she was known as the King’s Assassin before her imprisonment. The book follows her journey as she escapes from slavery and finds herself with the destiny to destroy the King and free the world from his tyrannical rule.
The author revealed she grew up reading about such heroines in fiction, such as Sabriel, and wanted to give her own fanbase a strong female protagonist that they too could feel empowered by. She was quoted as saying this about her conception of Calaena:
‘I grew up reading books like Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown and Garth Nix’s Sabriel—both of which feature strong heroines, and both of which profoundly shaped my identity and empowered me. I started writing knowing I wanted to create books like that—mostly because that’s what interests me and where my passion lies, but also because I’d love for some young woman to read [Throne of Glass] and feel empowered, too.’
Calaena is characterized as very skilled but also with flaws that make her three dimensional, such as arrogance and a bit of narcissism. Funny enough, the author drew inspiration from Disney’s Cinderella, finding the sequence where Cinderella flees the ball to have a soundtrack that was much too intense for the material and imagined it would fit much better if an assassin was in Cinderella’s place. The first book, initially named Queen of Glass, appeared on FictionPress.com before being picked up by the publisher, Bloomsbury, after the series developed a strong online following. From there, the series took off and became an epic fantasy tale, although the author noted nods to Cinderella can still be seen within the novels.
The series has received generally positive reviews, praising its protagonist and setting, noting the author’s skill at both characterization and world-building. We can only hope the series will be picked up for a series on Hulu!
Happy birthday to Throne of Glass! Do you have fond memories of reading this series? Tell us in the comments.
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If you are one of the few that think we don’t need another Cinderella adaptation, I hope this will convince you otherwise. Cuban-American singer, Camila Cabello, is preparing for her acting debut in Sony’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
The Fifth Harmony alumna made her big break with her hit ‘Havana’, the hit song off her album Camila, which released in 2018. As her first single ‘Havana’ stole the charts and became the most streamed song by a female artist. As part of the cast, she will also be assisting in the music creation.
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Over the past many years, Cinderella retellings and adaptations have been popular in both literature and film. In 2017 we saw the release of My Fairy God Mother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson, which put a very modern spin on the classic. Cinder, a more popular release, written by Marissa Meyer, takes a more fantastical approach to the story. I know, what could be more of a fantasy than a fairy god mother and mice that turn into horses? Well, Cinderella is a robot. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella took the story back to its roots, minus Disney’s musical numbers, while Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella featured favorite artists Brandy and Whitney Houston.
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Of course, with a new adaptation comes the very important question: what will be different? This particular adaptation was thought up by late night show host, James Corden. You may know him from Carpool Karaoke, which Cabello appeared on in 2017. The story is said to be a modern take on the classic, but further plot details are being held tight.
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Working with Cabello and Corden on the project are Leo Pearlman and Kay Cannon. Pearlman has worked with Corden for years at Fulwell 73, but is more popular with his documentaries, such as The Class of ’92. Fans will know Cannon from her work on blockbusters like Pitch Perfect and Blockers. The line-up of comedic writers combined with Cabello’s tunes is sure to make it a box office hit. What we do know is that the project is on the fast-track to production, so we are hoping for more news soon.
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