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19 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS THAT ARE BOOK ADAPTATIONS

The Golden Globe 2019 nominations are out, and they only strengthen my personal belief that books make for good TV and movies. Nineteen (!) of the nominations is major categories have been adapted from books of a variety of genres this year, and we’re here to give you a rundown. (All quoted descriptions are from Goodreads.)

SHARP OBJECTS
sharp objectsBased on the novel the same name by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects has been nominated for Best Television Seriesand Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Amy Adams). The show is A+ spooky with some excellent performances, including Adams’s portrayal of a complicated and flawed heroine.

 

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
Based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. Historythe movie has been nominated for five categories, including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE
handmaid's tale margaret atwood elisabeth moss novel cover sci-fi horror booksBased on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Taleswept the Emmy’s last year as well, and has been nominated for two categories, with Elizabeth Moss in the running for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. We are absolutely devastated by the world the show portrays, and yet we can’t look away.

 

BLACK PANTHER
Yes, yes, this was a 2018 release! Based on the superhero Marvel comics, the movie was the second-highest-grossing film of 2018 and became a global phenomenon. It has been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

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FIRST MAN
Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the Ryan Gosling movie has received two nominations.

 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Based on the series of children’s books by P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins, the new movie, starring Emily Blunt, has four nominations, and hits theaters in ten days’ times. Watch the trailer here.

 

 

THE ALIENIST
Based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, the psychological thriller-drama starring Dakota Fanning, has two nominations.

 

A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
Based on John Preston’s book of the same name.
“In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe, the rising star of the Liberal Party, stood trial for conspiracy to murder. It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge. It was the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering homosexual.” The TV series stars Hugh Grant.

 

DUMPLIN’
Based on the YA novel by Julie Murphy, the upcoming musical comedy is highly anticipated. “Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. …until (she) takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.” Watch the trailer here.

 

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name.
“Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope.”

 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
avengers infinity warBased on the Marvel superhero, this animated film is highly anticipated and releases in a week’s time. It is set in a multi-verse, where Spider-Man gets to team up with other Spider-Men and Spider-Women. Watch the trailer here!

 

 

OUTLANDER
Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, the TV show is in its fourth season, and has been bagging awards every year. Featuring a time-travelling romance, it has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Catriona Balfe).

 

KILLING EVE
Based on Codename Villanelle, a series of novellas, this Sandra Oh-starrer has been nominated under Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. And tune in to the Golden Globes to see Sandra Oh co-host with Brooklyn Nine Nine‘s Andy Samberg!

 

THE WIFE
Based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife is a wise, sharp-eyed, compulsively readable story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted. But it’s also an unusually candid look at the choices all men and women make for themselves, in marriage, work, and life.”

 

CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanBased on the first in the romantic comedy trilogy by Kevin Kwan, this movie was one of the few bright spots of 2018. Starring Constance Wu (who is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the movie has also been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Spend some (imaginary) money in our quiz here to find out which CRA character you are!

 

BLACKKKLANSMAN
Based on Black Klansman, a memoir by Ron Stallworth, the biographical comedy-drama has been highly acclaimed. Based in 1970s Colorado Springs, the movie follows the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department, who sets out to expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

BOY ERASED
Based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name.
“The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life.” The lead actor, Lucas Hedges has been nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

 

BEAUTIFUL BOY
Based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Timothee Chalamet is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for his performance in the movie.

 

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Based on Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir of the same name, the movie is an biographical comedy drama film, starring Melissa McCarthy.

 

A BONUS

Mirai”, a Japanese animated film, has been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Animated, and was novelized by Yen Press in English. The book released this October.

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A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

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When it comes out: January 11
What the book is about: A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion. After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

 

Piercing by Ryu Murakami

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When it comes out: February 1
What the book is about: In Piercing, Murakami, in his own unique style, explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us, weaving a disturbing, spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply because of the haunting specter of their own abuse as children.

Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro

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When it comes out: February 14
What the book is about: Daisuke Ido, a talented cybernetic doctor, finds the head of a cyborg in a junk heap. When he rebuilds her body, Alita’s only clue to her past surfaces-her deadly fighting instincts! And now she is determined to find out the truth about who she once was…

 

12948Image result for the turning 2019 movieThe Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Movie: The Turning
When it comes out: February 22
What the book is about: A very young woman’s first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate…An estate haunted by a beckoning evil. Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls. But worse-much worse- the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil. For they want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them.

 

1098095Image result for the rhythm section 2019 movie posterThe Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

Movie: The Rhythm Section
When it comes out:
February 22
What the book is about:
Stephanie Patrick’s world was destroyed by the Atlantic aircrash. Falling into a downward spiral of prostitution, drugs and drink, she is picked up by a journalist who has discovered that it was a bomb that caused the crash. And it is his murder that pulls her out of herself. The Rhythm Section is not a thriller about the hunt for a terrorist, although that is the path Stephanie takes, and it’s not a story about revenge, although justice for her family is her initial motivation. Rather, The Rhythm Section is the story of Stephanie’s attempt to reclaim herself.

 

10 Popular TV Shows You (Likely) Didn’t Know Were Based on Books

From Left to Right: Robert Taylor in “Longmire” (2012)/Photo by Ursula Coyote; Michael C. Hall in “Dexter” (2006)/Photo by SHOWTIME; Joel Kinnaman in “Altered Carbon” (2018) © Netflix; David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in “Bones” (2005) © Fox; Jonathan Groff in “Mindhunter” Photo by Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Bringing literature of all stripes to the screen is far from a novel endeavor. While movies have typically been the common adaptation vehicle, a fair number of books have made their way to the small screen as well. The book-to-TV formula has proven to be remarkably fruitful in recent years in particular. Projects like “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” have shown just how powerful the medium of television can be – particularly the prestige format – in adapting a book. Given the sheer number of adaptations making their way to the small screen and streaming services alike, it may come as little surprise that quite a few television favorites began life on the page. Here are few of our favorites that you (likely) didn’t know were adaptations.

“The Expanse”

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James S. A. Corey
Fans were understandably dismayed when this gem was unexpectedly cancelled by Syfy this year. Fortunately, Amazon stepped in for a Season 4 pickup. Fans of the series looking for more of the conspiracy-laden, sci-fi noir have James S.A. Corey’s bestselling series of novels to fall back on.

 

“Mindhunter”

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John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker
This slow-burn Netflix drama is based on the memoir of John E. Douglas and his twenty-five year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit. Douglas, a legendary criminal profiler, dove deep into the minds of some of the country’s most infamous serial killers – Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Ed Gein among them. If you’re a fan of the series, Mindhunter is required reading.

 

“The 100”

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Kass Morgan
With this post-apocalyptic thriller heading into its sixth season on the CW, there’s no better time to discover the bestselling YA series it’s based on. While the novels by Kass Morgan also obviously center on a group of 100 teenaged prisoners dispatched to uncover whether or not a nuclear-war-ravaged earth is habitable, the CW adaptation takes its fair share of liberties with the source material, making the novels an intriguing and different experience.

 

“Alias Grace”

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Margaret Atwood
With Hulu earning widespread acclaim for its adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, a Maddaddam adaptation in the works, and Netflix’s take on Alias Grace, it’s a good time to be a fan of Margaret Atwood – of course, any time is a good time to discover the brilliance of Margaret Atwood. While both “Alias Grace” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are excellent adaptations, there’s nothing quite like the original novels.

 

“Altered Carbon”

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Richard K. Morgan
“Altered Carbon” proved itself to be one of Netflix’s more fascinating and thought-provoking original series. It’s a deft and intriguing sci-fi thriller with a gritty noir vibe. That also happens to be a pretty apt description of the eponymous Richard K. Morgan novel that provides inspiration for the series.

 

“Bones”

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Kathy Reichs
For many fans, myself included, eleven seasons just wasn’t quite enough for this longtime Fox procedural. Fortunately, you can find more than enough of Temperance Brennan for any “Bones” fan in Kathy Reichs’s bestselling series of novels, including her most recent, Speaking in Bones. The world of the novels is a bit different from the series, but isn’t that part of the fun?

 

“Longmire”

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Craig Johnson
“Longmire” proved itself to be an atmospheric and moody cult favorite for its six-season run (three on A&E and three on Netflix). While the series reached its official end with season six on Netflix, bestselling author Craig Johnson keeps churning out more volumes in the Longmire Mystery series. At fourteen novels and counting, there is more than enough of Walt Longmire to keep fans happy and reading.

 

“Fresh off the Boat”

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Eddie Huang
“Fresh off the Boat” has become an anchor for ABC’s comedy lineup, and with a good reason. It’s both a humorous and subversive look at growing up in a family of Taiwanese immigrants pulled between two cultures. That’s largely due to Eddie Huang’s insistence that the adaptation keep with the spirit of his memoir.

 

“Dexter”

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Jeff Lindsay
While the series finale of “Dexter” proved to be a controversial one, there’s no denying that the tale of Dexter Morgan, a sociopathic serial killer with a moral code, carved out a considerable pop culture niche. Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter Series, which begins with Darkly Dreaming Dexter and serves as the basis for the TV series, features everything fans loved about Dexter Morgan and a deeper exploration of Dexter’s “Dark Passenger.”

 

“The Magicians”

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Lev Grossman
“The Magicians” was picked up for a fourth season renewal at Syfy, making this an excellent time to get acquainted with the Lev Grossman series that inspired the adaptation. Grossman’s Magician’s Trilogy is a brilliantly subversive take on both the coming-of-age tale and the wizarding school trope. In fact, the entire trilogy, beginning with The Magicians, is an exercise in upending the conventions of both contemporary and classic fantasy.

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Books to Film: Holidays 2018

Queen of Scots by John Guy

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When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: She was crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months of age, and Queen of France at sixteen years; at eighteen she ascended the throne that was her birthright and began ruling one of the most fractious courts in Europe, riven by religious conflict and personal lust for power. She rode out at the head of an army in both victory and defeat; saw her second husband assassinated, and married his murderer. At twenty-five she entered captivity at the hands of her rival queen, from which only death would release her.

All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling

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Movie: Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: The collected stories of Mowgli, the fabled wild boy who was raised by wolves, taught by a panther, befriended by a bear and had many great adventures in and around the jungles of India.

Schindler’s Ark (List) by Thomas Keneally

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When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womanizer, a heavy drinker, and a bon viveur, but to them he became a savior. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Movie: Dumplin’
When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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When it comes out:
December 14
What the book is about:
“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”
Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where communities exist only as crews of giant, predatory vehicle-cities, criss-crossing the decimated landscapes of Earth.

The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” (featured in The New York Times) by Sam Dolnick

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Movie: The Mule
When it comes out: December 14
What the book is about: A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers

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Movie: Mary Poppins Returns
When it comes out: December 19
What the book is about: Pulled down from the clouds at the end of a kite string, Mary Poppins is back. In Mary’s care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Movie: Bird Box
When it comes out: December 21
What the book is about: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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When it comes out: December 25
What the book is about: “It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Sherlock Holmes, scourge of criminals everywhere, whether they be lurking in London’s foggy backstreets or plotting behind the walls of an idyllic country mansion, and his faithful colleague Dr Watson solve twelve breathtaking and perplexing mysteries.