With the cold dark nights of winter upon us, nothing sounds as inviting as getting cozy on the couch and curling up with a good book. If you’re not in the reading mood, there are always great films to watch. This lineup of new movies based on some of our favorite books is sure to entertain you this winter. The year has been one of the busiest for the industry for developing film versions of novels, classic stories and the latest in bestselling series. Here are a few of the biggest adaptations of books to movies that 2018 has to offer.
Crazy Rich Asians, by author Kevin Kwan, is an outrageously funny novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend. The book is an insider’s look at the Asian Jet Set; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and about what it means to be young, in love, and fabulously rich. The film is a hilarious and lavish adaptation of the book.
Bel Canto, based on Ann Patchett’s wonderful novel, follows a famous soprano as she travels to South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist. Just as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians gets underway, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. The rest of the novel, and film, explore themes of love and beauty amid crises and chaos.
Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews, is a thriller written in the grand spy-tale tradition of John le Carre. Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence world. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Both book and movie are taut with tension and suspense.
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters, tells the story of a country doctor called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a maid. The Hall is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, the doctor has no idea how disturbingly the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own. The Little Stranger is a Gothic ghost story in the grand tradition.
Read or watch; the choice is yours. You’ll find both book and film at the Raynham Public Library.