The Book was Better
Hollywood finds inspiration for movies and TV shows in many places, but one of the best and most prevalent sources is books. I’ve always preferred to read the book, with its usually more detailed plotlines, before watching an adaption. If you’re like me and prefer to read the book first, here are a few of the many books that are being adapted into either movies or TV shows in 2019.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Using emails, articles, school memos, and other correspondence, this quirky, satirical novel tells the story of Bernadette Fox. Bernadette, once an up and coming architect, is now living with her Microsoft exec husband Elgie and daughter Bee in Seattle. Struggling with anxiety, depression, and some agoraphobia, she feels she doesn’t belong in Seattle, a sentiment that is shared by the mothers of Bee’s private school classmates. After an “intervention” staged by Elgie, Bernadette finally snaps and disappears, leaving Bee to follow the clues to find out more about her mother than she ever knew and ultimately to discover where Bernadette has gone.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Finch and Violet meet in a very unlikely place: at the top of the bell tower on their high school campus, although it isn’t clear who needed saving and who did the saving. The two pair up for a school project to discover the landmarks and wonders of Indiana, where they live, and along the way learn more about each other, life, depression, grief, and love. However, in the end, will this journey of discovery be enough to save them both?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don, a genetics professor, lives a very ordered life. His schedule is planned down to the minute and he doesn’t like when anything disrupts his rituals. After being told he would make a great husband, he sets out on his Wife Project. Armed with logic and a questionnaire for all candidates to fill out, he’s sure he will find the perfect partner that fits all his requirements. Rosie most definitely does not meet any of these, but agrees to assist him with the project in exchange for help finding her biological father. Swept up in the whirlwind that is free-spirited Rosie, Don discovers that maybe life and love are not so logical.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This funny novel by British authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett tells the story of two unlikely friends: a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale. The two met in the Garden of Eden and have been on Earth ever since, both coming to like it quite a bit. But now the Apocalypse is coming. However, there’s one big problem—the Antichrist has been misplaced. With only days left, and realizing they don’t want the world to end, they search for the child and try to stop the Apocalypse.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Having experienced a traumatic event in her past (that is not revealed at first), Anna Fox hasn’t left her house for several months. Anna spends her days popping pills for her anxiety, drinking too much wine, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors through her window with her camera. One day she witnesses a crime in her neighbors’ house across the street; however, when she tries to report it she finds that nobody believes her. Everything begins to unravel as she starts to question herself: Was it the medication? Did she hallucinate? Is there a reason nobody believes her? Can she trust herself?
Plus, here are a few more of the books that have adaptations set to come out this year:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (movie called Ashes in the Snow)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (movie called Chaos Walking)
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester