#FF: Books into movies


Once again, I’m joining in again with Feature & Follow hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week they post a prompt, which you respond to, and then spend some time visiting and following other blogs (the following is an important part). Feel free to join in – it’s fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.

This week, the prompt is…

What movies from books coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?

My answer is none, not because I’m a misery but because I tend to avoid movies of books I really enjoyed reading.  I am always worried I will be disappointed, especially because history has shown me I usually am.  A recent example of where I wasn’t was The Martian, which I thought was really cleverly done, but it seems like the exception that proves the rule as others that I really didn’t enjoy more easily spring to mind – most recently it was The Girl on the Train and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but there are many more I can name.

However, looking to write this post, a bit of a google led me to realise there are some good books out there that I haven’t read and probably should including…

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

15797938A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

13083008Boston, 1926. The ’20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one–neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover–can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

There is also a TV show versus a film due out that I am looking forward to watching but also anxious about as it’s based on one of my most favourite books ever, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood.  I’ll be watching at least the first episode and hoping for the best but who knows…I just know I won’t be able to resist.

What about you, what are you looking forward to watching (or not?).


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  1. Great list. I love books to movies but they drive me nutty when they deviate so much. The Maze Runner movies are the worst but we’ve seen them all and if you forget they are based on a book they aren’t bad. I hope you have better luck with movies. I’m super curious about the Handmade Tale too.

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  2. I’m always hesitant about books being turned into movies. There’s been some it has worked (Gone Girl, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) but so many that haven’t at all. I understand that somethings have to change because it’s a different medium but the characters still have to feel like themselves or it’s just ruined for me.

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    • I liked Gone Girl too but it’s an exception again. Most just do not work for me. Though sometimes good movies do make me read books (like the Bourne books).


  3. I’ve not heard of any of them Emma, but I tend to do EITHER the book or movie. Sometimes I avoid the book if I hear the movie is great – which was the case for The Martian, for example.


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