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Hulu & Netflix Adaptations To Fill You Up This November

Whether you celebrate this month’s holiday of Thanksgiving or not, the cold season brings us a lot to be thankful for. Family, friends, warm clothes, and of course enough book content to fill your plate ten times over! So round the family up, and enjoy these amazing adaptations Netflix and Hulu have to offer.

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!

 

        

 

About Authors

 

Ladies and gents, the great Margaret AtwooD | Image via fromclairespov

 

  • Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word is Power (2019 Documentary) – November 19th, Hulu
  • Vita & Virginia (2019 Film) – based on the story of the love affair between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (November 22, Hulu)

 

Romance

 

From Under the tuscan sun | Image via giphy

 

 

Drama

Helena Bonham Carter’s intense glare from Wings of the Dove | Image via Pinterest

 

           

 

 

 

Crime

You don’t want to mess with The Queen of the South | Image via giphy

 

 

Thriller

 

From Apple Tree Yard | Image via ginges be cray

 

 

Supernatural

 

From NOS4A2 | Image via Tumblr

 

 

 

          

 

Comics

 

From The End of the F***ing World | Image via Giphy

 

 

Animation

 

From Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas | Image via Timblr

 

 

 

 

 

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‘NOS4A2’ Sinks Its Teeth Into a Second Season

The final two episodes won’t air until July 28th but NOS4A2 has already been renewed for a second season!

 

AMC's Poster for 'NOS4A2'
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Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, the story, praised by the Library Journal as “fascinating and utterly engaging,” predominantly follows a woman trying to save her son from a vicious, supernatural killer who has set his sights on him.

With an audience score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s little surprise that the series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill is getting a second season. What’s more interesting is how the second season will play out.

 

NOS4A2
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The first season only deals with about half the novel, although its hard to say given that the final two episodes won’t air until the 28th, but it’s already made some vast changes from its source material.

Showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien told Cheatsheet before the first season aired that, “…one of our first kinds of departures from the book was to get all these guys closer together so they could actually interact including Maggie [Leigh, played by Jahkara Smith.]”

 

Joe Hill

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Author Joe Hill was on board with the changes, noting, “One thing about an adaptation is that there’s more room for the characters to breathe because even in a 700-page novel you kind of only dip in”.

Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Victoria “Vic” McQueen also noted that the “…eighteen-year-old Vic in the book is quite different to eighteen-year-old Vic that we meet in the show because we kind of need to give her a character arc…”

 

 

While we haven’t seen the characters complete their arcs yet and become the characters we know and love from the book, it’ll be interesting to see where they end up when the season one finale hits.

 

Screen from 'NOS4A2'
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Still, we’re already smiling because it’s exciting to already know that a second season is coming. It will be compromised of ten episodes, the same as the first season, and we’ll continue with these new versions of characters we’ve come to love.

However, given that Vic has different characteristics and there is more mingling between characters than in the books, it’s difficult to say how close this second season will be to the books.

But it should be an interesting one given that O’Brien has stated “I love the characters and the world, and our colleagues at AMC have been wonderful partners. I’m grateful to be playing in the NOS4A2 sandbox.”

So are we!

 

 

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Joe Hill To Launch Horror Line of Comics!

Joe Hill, son of esteemed writer Stephen King, is best known as a novelist and is known for works such as NOS4A2. But he is also known as a deep lover of comic books, having written a dark fantasy comic called Locke & Key. The comic tells of a haunted house filled with numerous doors that transform all those who walk through them, with a restless creature waiting within to be unleashed upon the world! Its certainly what we’d expect from a horror novelist like Joe Hill. Bouncing off of these, it appears that Joe Hill will be launching a line of comics, all horror themed!

 

Image via Graphic Policy

 

Joe Hill confessed he always felt like a comic book writer ‘first’ and he felt he had discovered his element when writing comics. He felt Locke & Key was the most satisfying writing experience of his career and finds it incredibly satisfying to write scripts, working with artists, and working with other writers to bring comic books to fruition. The comic book line will be called Hill House, which will offer numerous limited series such as Basketful of Heads, The Dollhouse Family, The Low, Low Woods, and Sea Dogs. Hill will be writing the first series, along with numerous others for the future!

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Hill’s comic, Basketful of Heads, will be about a young couple defending their home from a group of supernatural invaders, although not is all is at it seems with the seemingly mundane premises, nor the family itself. The artist for the series, Leomacs, says Hill perfectly captures the humanity of the characters, allowing the audience to feel for them amidst the chaos of the situation, allowing the scares to land even better than just a bunch of generics being killed off. The other premises of the line include American werewolves fighting during the American Revolution and a supernatural monster menacing researchers in the frozen Arctic.

The first issue of Basketful of Heads launches the line on October 30th, just in time for Halloween. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Joe Hill in front of a haunted house, probably filled with something creepier than your average monster

Joe Hill Talks the Greatest Mystery of All: Writing & Worldbuilding

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Nos4a2 author Joe Hill is well-acquainted with mysteries: before he became a full-fledged thriller, fantasy, horror, & mystery writer, he was a mystery himself. The son of Stephen King, Joseph Hillstrom King chose to rise to the heights of his career with his parentage kept secret. Hill is a genre-bending whirlwind of a novelist, whose works have found mass-market success both in airport bookstores and on screens large & small. Hill’s Horns stunned audiences with its star, Daniel Radcliffe; the terrifyingly original premise; and all the moral quandaries that come with it. Nos4a2 is currently airing on AMC Sundays at 10 PM, thrilling (and chilling!) viewers with its whimsical nightmare of a setting—the inside of its protagonist’s (and villain’s) minds. At BookCon, Hill gave fans an insight into something almost as scary as Charlie Manx… actually writing your novel.

For many genre fiction writers, one major challenge is explaining how the world got to this point—whether ‘this point’ is a society in which alien clouds hold skydivers captive (“Aloft”) or one in which Polaroids can steal people’s memories (“Snapshot”). Sure, you could have a drunken NPC stumble up to your protagonist and describe the mechanics of the world in meticulous detail… or you could NOT do that and have a better story for it. Hill distinguished what needed to be explained in a story and what could be left alone:

It depends on what the reader needs. In The Fireman, I never got around in the book to explaining where [the human combustion plague] came from. John and Harper have a conversation about it, and one says ‘I like the idea that the ice shrunk and a pathogen got out from under the ice.’ One character thought it was weaponized athlete’s foot… they don’t know, so why does the reader have to know?

 

 

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One of the things Hill recommends avoiding is bombarding the reader with a lengthy villain backstory. While we know it’s suspect to wave away a villain’s actions with one depressing childhood anecdote, according to Hill, it can actually slow down the plot. He opened up about the role of Charlie Manx in Nos4a2, perhaps his most ambitious work to date:

I went into the backstory of Charlie Manx and it was an info-dump, a giant dump of information, and it brought the story to a screeching halt… no one cares what life was like for the shark in Jaws when it was a baby. No one cares if the shark’s mom didn’t love him well enough. They just want the shark.

 

 

Charlie Manx, the proverbial shark from 'Jaws'

Image Via Tell-tale TV

 

Of course, that isn’t to say that explanations are the devil (nope, that’s actually Daniel Radcliffe in Horns). Hill merely suggests that they’re something to be cautious about. There are aspects of the story that the reader does have to know, and then there are aspects of the story the AUTHOR needs to know: to clarify, everything. “Only a jackass would publish a book and create these mysteries without knowing [the answers],” Hill explained, “and I realized I was that jackass… I began building more of a history [in my stories] so that I would know for me, so I wouldn’t have to do a lot of shovelling later.”

In Hill’s own words, “explanations suck.” But he’s still pretty damn good at them.

 

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