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As bibliophiles, we often tend to have love-hate relationship with movie adaptations of books. They can sometimes ruin a good book, but sometimes they are also a great way of making a good book’s message reach the masses. Here are a few movie adaptations that you can watch during lockdown and decide for yourself whether they are a hit or a miss:
Little Women: Released in 2019, this latest movie version of the much loved classic story of the March sisters gained a lot of praise and was highly successful. In case you haven’t read the classic, what better way than watching this movie to familiarise yourself with this lovely book.
Emma: Austen’s Emma has been on the big screen more than once. And there are two really good adaptations that you can watch for this book, the 1996 adaptation starring Gwyneth Paltrow or the 2020 adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Take your pick (or pick both if you can) and enjoy.
Mystery and Horror
Murder on the Orient Express: This novel is one of the most well known of books by Agatha Christie and has been adapted many times. The latest adaptation was in 2017 and boasts of a star cast that consists of Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Judy Dench and Johnny Depp. Go with them on this train ride and see if you can solve the murder before Poirot does.
Pet Sematary: This novel by Stephen King was adapted recently in 2019 and is bound to give you goosebumps. Based on one of the 1983 novel by King, this is a must watch watch if you are a fan of his books or of the genre.
To All the Boys I Have Loved Before: A teenage romance, this sweet movie is adapted from the book of the same name and will show you the trials and tribulations in the love life of the high-schooler Lara Jean as she tries to navigate through the maze of her love life.
The Hate You Give: Angie Thomas’s The Hate You Give was highly successful as a book, and rightly so. This book has also been adapted into a movie which has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Dealing with issues like racism and justice, the book or the movie (or both!) need to be in your list.
Not sure what books to read? Check our recommendation section to find your next read.