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7 Books Adapted By Netflix
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Orange is the New Black (2013 - 2018)
Image From: Orange is the New Black: Season 1 2013, Netflix
OITNB is a Netflix TV show adapted from the book “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison”, a memoir and autobiographical book, written by Piper Kerman.
The show takes a few elements of the book and explores sadistic guards, inmate’s fights, love between some characters, death, drugs… While season 1 had a 79 metascore and a 94% Tomatometer, season 6 was considered weaker regarding the plot and characters development.
Image From: Dumplin’ 2018, Netflix
Adapted from a young adult novel by Julie Murphy, Dumplin’ is a corny and inspiring comedy movie. It portrays the story of Dumplin' (Danielle Macdonald) a plus-size teenager who has a mother who is a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston). As an act of protest, Dumplin' signs up to participate in a pageant in a little Texas town, and inspire others to follow her.
Dumplin’ inspires self-love and acceptance in a funny and innovative way.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Image From: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 2019, Netflix
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a recently released Netflix movie adapted from an autobiographical book of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a story of a boy (William Kamkwamba) who helps saving his village in Malawi from starving, by building a windmill. A real darling, this movie reaffirmed Chiwetel Ejiofor’s acting potential and introduced us to his latent directing abilities. This film portrays beautifully a story of a boy who finds safety and solution in education; who doesn't dream: who builds.
13 Reasons Why (2017 - )
Image From:13 Reasons Why 2017, Netflix
While having its first season beloved by the teenager audience throughout the world, 13 Reasons Why didn’t have its second season (which went beyond the book) well received by critics.
The first season of the TV show is a direct adaptation of the book by Brian Yorkey. The book, from the same name, was written by Jay Asher and narrates the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide due to a series of factors which drive and further her depression. The first season was seen as a well-built story, eye-opening and even life-changing for people who know someone with the same problems. The second season, though, with only 25% of approval in Rotten Tomatoes, reached the following critic consensus:
"By deviating from its source material, 13 Reasons Why can better explore its tenderly crafted characters; unfortunately, in the process, it loses track of what made the show so gripping in the first place."
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017 - 2019)
Image From: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 2017, Netflix
Lemony Snicket's masterpiece, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of 13 books - 13 is a deliberate choice because bad luck is the main character. As an adaptation, the Netflix TV show doesn't fall behind: A Series of Unfortunate Events became a critic beloved tragicomedy of 25 episodes divided into 3 seasons. Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf is as good as Jim Carrey's interpretation at the 2004 film adaptation.
The adaptation seems as faithful as it can be, with some lines literally - not figuratively - taken off the books. We are faced though, with some extreme changes made by Netflix that were positive and enriched the story: VFD’s members played a larger role; the Baudelaire orphans ended up together (different from the books); where some relationships between characters were deepened and where the ending was not as uncertain as it was at the books.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Image From: The Fundamentals of Caring 2016, Netflix
Directed and written by Rob Burnett, The Fundamentals of Caring is a funny yet moving indie film, which portrays an 18-year-old (Craig Roberts) who has muscular dystrophy and who takes a road trip with his new caregiver (Paul Rudd).
It's an adaptation of a book named The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, written by Jonathan Evison. It first debuted in 2016's Sundance Film Festival and received some mixed reviews. The critics who loved it commented on how it's a film that celebrates equality: Trevor is in a wheelchair, but he still can be as funny and as annoying as anyone else; he can create relationships with someone outside his family that makes him grow as a person. The less favorable reviews commented on how this movie is "more of the same" and wondered why Netflix didn't hire an actually disabled person to perform Trevor's character.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Image From: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2018, Netflix
With impressively positive critic reviews, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix movie adapted from Jenny Han's namesake book. A light romantic comedy, TATBILB featured Lara Jean (Lana Condor) as a lead character and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) as her romantic pair.
Critics have given a 97% positive review and "Certified Fresh Tomatoes" it: they considered TATBILB not only as a fluffy, sweet rom-com but also as a movie that goes deep into the subject of growing without parents, of the sentiment of abandonment and on growing up (without the cliches usually seen in rom-coms).