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‘All The Light We Cannot See’ Adaptation Coming To Netflix!

I could use a good cry.

Anthony Doerr’s word-weaved masterwork, All The Light We Cannot See is being turned into a limited series by Netflix and Shawn Ley’s production company, 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Arrival). All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of six-year-old Marie-Laure LeBlanc…

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No. No relation to that LeBlanc. By the way, that meme needs to be outlawed in the dating app community. 

Anyway, Marie (who loves books) lives in 1934 era Paris and suffers from deteriorating eyesight along with juvenile cataracts—she’s fully blind. Her father works in the Museum of Natural History and when the Nazis occupy Paris, Marie and her father flee the city with a valuable jewel from said museum. On a collision course with Marie is eight-year-old Werner Pfennig (who loves radios), an orphan who lives in a German mining town with his sister. He becomes aptly proficient in the art of building and fixing crucial radio instruments—leading to his recruitment into a hellish Nazi school and in turn, their military. The two attempt to find their place amongst a war-torn landscape that threatens to deteriorate the certainty of their existence.

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When the book was released in 2014 it spent one-hundred-thirty weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Doerr’s novel has been praised for its vivid imagery and gorgeous metaphors. His story takes place during a time infested with, and driven by, great evil—but at its heart is a desire to be good to one another. It’s a coming of age story, a philosophical exploration of morality, and a charming exercise in some supremely beautiful prose.

No writer is currently attached to the project nor has any casting news been announced. Netflix has already experienced success with popular adaptations like Big Little Lies—they are also hard at work adapting Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. It would seem the good people at Netflix have good taste in literature, we’ll just have to see what they do with Doerr’s words. I can’t imagine the magic manifested within the pages of All The Light We Cannot See can be articulated on screen.

Good Luck Netflix. 

 

Although you probably don’t need it because you own us all…

 

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan Producing Two New Asian-Led Shows

Kevin Kwan, author of the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy, rolled out the red carpet for the movie of the same name and now he will be rolling it out for his new upcoming multi-cam comedy series titled, The Emperor of Malibu. The Emperor of Malibu, which will be written and executive produced by Kevin Kwan, will focus on two families, one from Shanghai with new money and the other from an old money family from the East Coast of the U.S. They must learn to coexist with one another when their children decide to get married.

 

 

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The CBS comedy show will be made up of mostly Asian cast. This show will mark one of the many projects that Kevin Kwan will be producing along with a project he is creating for Amazon. Right now, everything is still in the writing room and a trailer or preview of the new upcoming shows have yet to release any videos or pictures. However, I know I’m looking forward to his new series.

 

 

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6 Chilling Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Spooky TV Shows

We love Halloween- it’s scary, campy, and you can be whatever you want to be (which you can mostly do all the time, unless what you want to be is a ghoul or a sexier version of something decidedly unsexy). Unfortunately, getting down to the last episode of your favorite show is not the fun kind of scary. But if your show is on this list, here are some spooky, whacky, and genuinely frightening reads to tide you over.

 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

 

 

Those of us with Buffy nostalgia face a challenge that can be scarier than the show itself- the fact that the show’s been finished since 2003. But if you can’t live without the misadventures of the teens quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) defending Sunnydale from monsters, why not explore an untold part of that story?

 

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here explores the lives of background characters in a nondescript town like Sunnydale for those of us who have never fought a vampire with our bare hands (or, you know, with anything else). Teenagers beset with their own slew of issues try to exist as the Chosen Ones deal with their zombie cops and spooky blue lights from outer space. This genre-bending book merges fantasy with reality as Ness explores how ordinary human lives fit in with the high stakes of genre fiction.

 

 

Supernatural

 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

 

 

Unlike with Buffy, anyone who watches Supernatural knows there’s no shortage of content. Now entering its fourteenth season, the cult classic has thrilled viewers since 2005 with its story of two inseparable brothers who save lives, hunt monsters, make questionable choices, and fight with each other nonstop.

 

V.E. Schwab’s Vicious is a twist on the typical superhero story, following two former classmates who were once as close as brothers. When a string of bad decisions puts the friends in uncomfortably close contact with the world of the supernatural, some lives are saved- and others are lost. The mercurial relationship between Schwab’s protagonists may remind you of Supernatural‘s infamous brothers, and the hunting definitely will.

 

 

Stranger Things

 

It by Stephen King

 

 

This hit TV show taps into 80s nostalgia in a serious way, and so modern books just won’t always sate your craving. You can take the edge off this with a book with the story that inspired last fall’s pop culture phenomenon: Stephen King’s IT.

 

Written in 1990 and set in the mid 80s, the story also focuses on a gang of kids taking on a threat that adults in town don’t understand. Featuring a familiar camaraderie, the Losers try to stop the entity that they have discovered, attempting to save both their town and themselves. And is there collateral damage? Well, isn’t there always?

 

The Walking Dead

 

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

 

 

Zombies might seem to be the territory of genre fiction and pop culture, but that isn’t always the case. Literary superstar Colson Whitehead’s Zone One blends genre and literary fiction as it explores not the zombie apocalypse exactly, but what happens after.

 

With the mixture of tenderness and violence that viewers expect from The Walking Dead, Whitehead explicitly wanders into the thematic landscape of zombies, discussing at length the kind of moral and existential questions that many zombie stories only hint at.

 

American Horror Story

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

 

It might be hard to decide what will get you your AHS fix, given the wide range of premises the show offers. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus shares a similar versatility, blending elements of magic and witchcraft (like AHS season 3) with the creepy aesthetic of a sinister traveling circus (season 4). With a flair for the strange, cruel, and dramatic, The Night Circus’ range of amoral characters and tragically doomed human connections are reminiscent of all seasons of AHS.

 

Black Mirror

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 

 

While not explicitly a horror show, Black Mirror’s one-off dystopian plot lines terrify audiences with their creativity… and plausibility. Often focusing on motifs of alienation and technology, the show provides us with a horrifying reality that we both can and cannot imagine. A YA classic, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies depicts a dystopian world in which, on their sixteenth birthday, teenagers undergo surgery to become Pretties- artificially enhanced beautiful people with equally beautiful lives (sounds exactly like being sixteen, right?). Unfortunately, life is not quite as beautiful as it appears. And unfortunately, that’s not all the surgery does.

 

 

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