These past months have been some of the weirdest in memory, but this difficult situation has given us all some free time to read those books we’ve always wanted to read, but haven’t found the time, or even to re-read our favourites.
But if you’re not so into reading- or just don’t feel like it- then you could watch the movies instead. So, here’s my Top Book-to-Film Adaptations to watch during lockdown, in case you need some recommendations!
Thank you very much Eleanor for featuring this post on your blog, it means a lot!
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, 2017)
In this film, we discover the true story of the author of the book and her relationship with her family, especially her father. This relationship evolves and changes through her life. I warn you- grab a pack of handkercheifs before watching this film, because you’ll definitely cry.
2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (film directed by Craig Viveiros, 2015)
This book has been adapted many times prior to this version, but this is the one I
watched some weeks before lockdown started and it blew my mind. If you’re looking for a thrilling mystery, this is your film.
Plus the cast are incredibly good, not to mention the story itself- truly Agatha Christie.
3. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (film directed by James McTeigue, 2005)
Yes, I know V for Vendetta is not an “actual” book, it’s a graphic novel, but the film is a classic and a must- so let’s just pretend it’s a book.
Why not spend your lockdown watching an exaggerated portrayal of Capitalism and the control of the government? After watching this film, we’ll all come out of this lockdown a bit more rebellious!
4. Carol, based on The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (film directed by Todd Haynes, 2015)
Did someone say it’s Pride Month? I think I’ve heard that? Yes! So why not watch some great LGBT+ films, starting with Carol. This loose adaptation of The Price of Salt shows a lesbian couple in the early 1950s as they try to fight against society’s prejudices in order to be together, and how this will affect their lives.
This film is so good and talks about real problems experienced even today. If you want to celebrate Pride Month by watching LGBT+ films, or you want to understand the feelings of the LGBT+ community, then this is a great film to watch.
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (film directed by George Tillman Jr., 2018)
In the current climate, it’s hard to talk about this adaptation. This is an important novel (and film adaptation), covering important modern themes. If you want to try and make a difference right now then you can donate, contribute, sign petitions, and spread the message.
And that’s all! I hope this list will help you make lockdown a little more entertaining, and if you really enjoy one of these films then I hope you take the time to read the book- because we all know that books are always better than films!
Thanks once again Eleanor for hosting me on your blog, it’s been an honour to be able to work with you! I hope we can do this again in the future- and that you find a new favourite film on this list.