Books Being Adapted into Movies or TV-shows in 2022

Books Being Adapted into Movies or TV-shows in 2022

Hello my fellow bookworms! Growing up, I had one parent who loved to read and one whose favourite phrase was: “I’ll just wait for the movie to come out.”. In his defense, he is very dyslectic and has been reading the same book for about 2 years (Origin by Dan Brown). This rivalry (oh yes, my mom and me are very peculiar about our books) is what inspired this post about a few of the books that are being made into movies or TV-shows THIS year! I tried to stick with books I’ve already read, but that was only 4, so I decided to add the ones I was most excited about. Now hopefully my mom and dad can finally talk books.

Books to movies in 2022

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot is on vacation in Egypt when he is approached by the rich heiress and newly wed Linnet Doyle. She wants to hire him to stop her former best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort from stalking and haunting her everywhere she goes. Poirot tries to persuade madame de Bellefort to stop chasing Linnet Doyle and her husband, but without success. She boards the cruise along the Nile together with the young couple, Poirot and some other colourful characters. While they’re cruising the Nile, a murder is committed.

This was one of my favourite reads from 2021! Agatha Christie is one of the most amazing and resourceful murder mystery writers I’ve ever encountered. Death on the Nile is from the Hercule Poirot series (which can all be read individually without prior knowledge), which is easily her most popular series of novels. Many of Christie’s books have been made into films already, so if you like this one, there’s much more where that came from. Also, one of the main characters is played by none other than Gal Gadot.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion is a book I’ve been wanting to read ever since I watched the movie The Jane Austen Book Club (Some people with each their own personal problems, organising a book club where they read all Austen books in one year. It’s honestly much less dull than it sounds.). I guess I’m gonna have to hurry up with reading it, because the new film was announced to come out this year! I’m not quite sure why they insist on doing a third movie adaptation for this book (1995, 2007, 2022, plus two miniseries, 1960, 1971), but naturally I am still going go to see it. Jane Austen’s final book is about a woman who is pressured by her family and friends to break off her engagement to the love of her life, for he is unworthy. 8 years later, he returns from sea as a naval officer. Will the two lovers be reunited and married after all?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Secrets of Dumbledore

I guess this is not technically a book-to-movie adaptation, since it is only loosely based on the Fantastic Beasts book, but it still counts, because.. well because I want it to count. I’ve been so excited for this movie since the moment it was announced. One: Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore is incredibly hot and it’s making it a little uncomfortable to consider Dumbledore a hot guy.. Two: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, doing weird dances to comfort beasts.

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

Blonde is a fictional retelling of the life of Norma Jeane Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe. I had never heard of this book before, nor did the name Joyce Carol Oates ring any bells, even though she has written more than 70 books. The book sounds really interesting, though it is almost 800 pages, so I’m not sure if it’s thát interesting. It seems like the kind of book that is better off as a movie. So I guess it’s a good thing there’s a movie coming soon!

Books to TV-shows in 2022

Outlander Season 6

Technically, this shouldn’t be on the list, because Outlander is already an existing tv-series. Although, since there is a new season coming in March and I have a soft spot for Jamie Fraser, I put it on here anyway. Outlander is easily one of my favourite shows of all time. I watched the first few seasons before I started reading the books, so those are a little ruined for me, but I don’t mind. For those who don’t know the plot, a British woman named Claire Randall is married to Frank Randall just before WWII. After the war, they go on their “second honeymoon” to Scotland. Frank spends most of his time diving into his family history (he’s a historian), so Claire decides to explore. She is accidentally transported to 200 years in the past, right into a war between Britain and Scotland, where she runs into Frank’s direct ancestor. The British son of a bitch (pardon my French) turns out to be exactly that, a son of a bitch. Claire is rescued by a bunch of Scotsman, who go through great lengths to keep Claire safe. Only all Claire wants is to return to her own time. Or does she? Season 6 of the series is coming next March and I’m so excited! (and that’s only partly because I love looking at half-naked red-haired Scotsmen on a tv-screen.) The Outlander books were written by Diana Gabaldon, who is an absolute genius and an amazing writer.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

I did not know about this tv-series until I couple of weeks ago. If I had, you would have heard about it sooner. I apologise. So apparently a Lord of the Rings series is in the making. It arrives on Amazon Prime on September 2nd 2022 and is supposed to be the most expensive tv-series ever made. It is based on the Lord of the Rings books (naturally), but set thousands of years before the events of the three original books/movies. The best part is, they’re already working on a season 2. Count me in!

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It Ends With Us Book Review

It Ends With Us Book Review

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.44
  • TW: Physical/domestic abuse

“Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.”

Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us

Lily is a young woman from a small town in Maine. When she is fifteen years old, she befriends and later falls in love with Atlas Corrigan, a teenage boy who was kicked out by his father and is now living in an abandoned house across from Lily’s bedroom window. After Atlas moves in with his uncle in Boston, Lily never hears from him again. Lily moves to Boston years later to go to college and start her own business. She meets Ryle Kincaid, the gorgeous neurosurgeon, on a rooftop. Ryle has a strict “no dating” policy, though. While Lily builds her new business, she starts thinking about her new relationship and thoughts of her first love enter her mind. Then Atlas suddenly reappears.

Reading this book was an absolute emotional rollercoaster. I cried, I laughed and then I cried some more. I had expected that I would go through this in one sitting, but I just couldn’t. Every now and then I had to put it down and make myself some camomile tea to calm my nerves. Colleen Hoover really deserves a pat on the back for this one. No wonder a cult has been forming around her on Bookstagram and Booktok. I have a very deep respect for her as an author.

Lily Bloom is such a wonderful character. She is so well-written and so relatable. The fact that you get glimpses into her diary and her life when she was 15 years-old really makes her character come to life. Ryle’s character was written beautifully as well. His life story absolutely broke my heart. I could actually feel all the blood drain from my face when I read it. I kept rooting for Ryle until the very end. The only character I wasn’t too fond of was Atlas.. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I just did not like him very much. I love his name, though.

The story of It Ends With Us is so well thought of, so original and such a brave story to tell, considering that it was (loosely) based on Colleen Hoover’s life. I’m not sure how much of the story was based on her life, but nevertheless my heart aches for her.

Colleen Hoover did everything right in this book. The glimpses into the past were in all the right places, the characters were perfectly imperfect, the storyline was amazing and well-balanced between incredibly romantic, funny and absolutely heartbreaking. As far as contemporary romances go, this is definitely not your typical one. Don’t read this expecting your typical fairytale love story, because it is not. Sure, there is plenty of romance, but it comes with an equally big share of heartbreak and hurt, for both the characters ánd you.

I would absolutely advise everyone to read this book, just beware of the trigger warnings. It’s not just a few scenes you can skip, it’s the whole book that is lined with triggers.

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The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale

The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale

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  • Fiction
  • Ebook
  • 240 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.13
  • TW: rape, sexual abuse, abortion

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Comfort of Others is a story of tragedy, friendship and forgiveness. It follows Minnie and her sister Clara, two spinsters who live in an old manor called Rosemount, in the middle of a housing estate that was built after the war, when their father sold off most of his land. Directly opposite of Rosemount lives 11-year-old Max with his mother. Neither of them know who Max’s father is, so it’s always just been the two of them. Until his mother meets someone. Both Max and Minnie begin to tell their stories over the course of the summer and they find comfort with each other.

I was very sceptical when I started this book. To be completely honest, I started reading this book because I wanted to create a little breathing room in my Goodreads Challenge and this was the shortest Ebook that I had on my Ipad. I loved the title, but I wasn’t that enthusiastic about the blurb. Nevertheless, it turned out to be pretty good, almost exactly what I had expected.

I’ve never really liked books written from the POV of a child. Sure, this was pretty well-written and I really felt for Max throughout the book, but it just always kind of bothers me. It just either feels way too mature for a child to have written it, or it feels like it was written by a child, but then it is terrible to read. It’s just a really tough POV to do right. I feel like Langdale did alright with it though. Her writing as Max wasn’t too complicated, but also wasn’t annoyingly childish. Kudos to her for that. It’s still my least favourite POV, though.

The book alternates between Max’s point of view and Minnies point of view. Minnies story starts in the 1930s and works its way through 70 years, where Max’s story starts the day the book starts and tells the story of the events of the next few weeks. Minnies story gets sad very quickly, while Max’s story is still building up. I like how the events are spread out over the book, but I just couldn’t help waiting for something else to happen in Minnies story. Her story peaks very early on in the book and then kind of starts wrapping up very slowly, which was kind of a shame. Luckily we still had Max’s story.

Kay Langdale is not a writer I had ever heard of before. I was surprised to see she has actually written quite some books, none of which I had ever heard of before. Even though I only gave the book 3 stars, I do think Langdale deserves much more publicity than she’s getting right now. The book was very well-written, very emotional at times. It was just missing some elements which, in my opinion, made the story feel a little flat at times. But then again, I’ve never really been a fan of slow-paced books. Langdale definitely has a lot of potential, though.

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Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Week 1

Rereading Harry Potter as an adult – Week 1

Hi fellow bookworms!

I hope you’ve been having a great weekend so far! I personally usually work on weekends, but since we’re still in lockdown and there’s literally no other reason to go out of the house these days, I really don’t mind working. The lockdown is a great excuse to lie on the couch and read in your pyjamas all day, though. I had to pace myself not to read the first Harry Potter book in one go. I read 93 pages of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone, for those in the US who are apparently so dumb, they needed a simpler word for Philosopher. Honestly, I will never understand the need to change the name of the book for the US.) this week, which is the first 5 chapters of the book. I stopped just before Harry goes to King’s Cross Station and meets the Weasleys.

Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived

This is probably THE most famous chapter in the entire Harry Potter series, with the iconic first line:

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

J.K. Rowling

In the first few paragraphs, Mr and Mrs Dursley are described for us. I know we’ve all noticed how Harry does NOT have his father’s eyes, but apparently Mrs Dursley is supposed to be blonde and so is Dudley. I guess we’ll just call it artistic license.

Then Dumbledore and McGonagall enter the story, waiting for Hagrid to drop off Harry on the Dursleys doorstep. I love the dialogue between the two professors in this scene. It had a wit to it that I had completely forgotten about. I cracked up when Dumbledore tells his two companions about the scar above his knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground. I don’t remember Dumbledore being this funny, but I guess we’ll see if he keeps it up.

Chapter Two: The Vanishing Glass

I never really liked this scene in the movie. I can’t really put my finger on it, maybe I’ve just seen it too many times (impossible!). Obviously it’s the chapter where it’s Dudleys birthday and he complains about there only being 37 presents, when he had 38 last year and Mrs Dursley shows some great parenting skills by promising him 2 more presents when they get to the zoo.

“Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby Angel – Harry Often said that Dursley looked like a pig in a wig.”

J.K. Rowling

So Harry is supposed to go to Mrs Figg’s and look at pictures of every cat she’s ever owned, but she calls Petunia to tell her she has broken her leg and she can’t take Harry, which means he has to come with them to the zoo. This is where the iconic scene happens where the glass of the boa constrictor’s tank disappears. It happens much, much faster than I remember, though.

Chapter Three: The Letters from No One

Another chapter with some really iconic scenes. Obviously there’s the scene where Harry gets a letter addressed to him and is stupid enough to open it in front of the Dursleys, so it gets taken from him. Then there’s the scene where hundreds of letters come “pelting out of the fireplace like bullets” and Harry tries to catch one instead of just picking one up from the floor.. Honestly, I’m glad he’s a fast learner, because based on these first three chapters, we would be doomed with him as “The Chosen One”.

Then Uncle Vernon loses his marbles and travels around England trying to find a place where the letters won’t follow them. At the end of the chapter they end up in a shack on a tiny island. In a few minutes, Harry will turn 11. And then just when the clock strikes 12, with a big BOOM enters:

Chapter Four: The Keeper of the Keys

Hagrid nocks down the door to the shack. The first thing I noticed in this chapter is that Hagrid doesn’t mistake Dudley for Harry when he first enters. I guess they just added that to the movie for… I don’t know why they added it, to be honest. It always felt a little odd.

Then Hagrid tells Harry some things about his parents and Hogwarts and he finally gives Harry his Hogwarts acceptance letter. This was the absolute SHORTEST letter I have ever seen. The list of all of Dumbledores titles at the top of the letter was actually longer than the letter itself.

After Harry receives the letter, Mr and Mrs Dursley reveal that they knew that Harry was a wizard and then Petunias speech about her sister starts in the exact words they used in the movie. While I was reading, I could just hear her voice and see her disgusted face in my head (I was the only one who saw her for who she really was – a freak!). I love how they copied her lines in the book almost to the letter. It’s pretty much the first time Petunia says more than 3 words in a row, so I love that they put those few minutes of fame in the movie as well.

Then the part where Harry asks about Voldemort and asks Hagrid to spell it out, if you won’t say his name. Hagrid tells Harry that he can’t spell it. This had me wondering, if Hagrid didn’t get kicked out of school until his third year, he must have gone to school until he was 14 years old. How is it that he can’t spell Voldemort? It just didn’t really add up. If anyone can explain this to me, leave a comment please.

Chapter Five: Diagon Alley

Harry and Hagrid spend the night in the shack and leave for Diagon Alley in the morning (in the movie, they leave in the middle of the night, which doesn’t make any sense, now that I think about it). I will not tell you how old I was when I figured out that Diagon Alley was a play on words on diagonally. Please, before you laugh at me, remember that English is not my first language.

When they arrive at Diagon Alley, Hagrid tells Harry to take out his list of everything he will need for school. Call me a nerd, but I got very excited when I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander on that list. I got excited again when Hagrid explained wizard money to Harry (29 knuts to a sickle, 17 sickles to a Galleon).

Then Hagrid and Harry arrive at the Leaky Cauldron (again, very excited) and they run into Professor Quirrel, who shakes Harry’s hand. I remember that in the movie, he refuses to shake his hand and we later learn that You-Know-Who has been on the back of his head all year long. I guess they added that for some dramatic effect.

While Hagrid recovers from their trip to Gringotts, Harry runs into the boy we later learn is Draco Malfoy at Madam Malkin’s. They have a nice chat about Mudbloods, who of course shouldn’t be allowed into Hogwarts and my blood already started boiling. Then Hagrid and Harry go and buy Hedwig at Eeylops Own Emporium (I admit, I cried a little) and they go to Ollivanders to buy a wand, which was a lot less eventful than I remember it being from the movie (way less explosions).

In the last few paragraphs, Hagrid hands Harry his ticket for the Hogwarts Express and tells him to take the train from King’s Cross on the first of September, which is where we will pick up again next week..

Thank you for reading and see you next week for the next few chapters! Love you guys.

Also, remind me to add “Galloping Gorgons” to my list of swearwords.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  • Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Ebook
  • 226 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 3.89

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Hi fellow bookworms! I’m back with a review for the very first book I read in 2022: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had a hard time choosing the first book of the year, but I eventually settled on this one, because it is relatively short and when someone asks what your first book of the year was, you can say: “Oh just The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, why?”. So, there’s that.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I was a little bit disappointed with the book (hence the 3-star rating). My expectations were pretty high because of the good ratings and all the praise on Bookstagram and Booktok, but it kind of let me down. Funny thing is, now that I take a closer look at some other reviews of this book, the keyword there is “underwhelmed”. So I guess I’m not alone in my disappointment.

First of all, the main character, Santiago, is constantly referred to as “the boy”, but at no point in the book do you have any idea how old he is. This may be a tiny detail, but if you say “boy”, I may think he’s like 7 years old at first. But then suddenly that 7-year-old says he wants to marry the merchant’s daughter next year and you figure, okay I guess he’s probably a little older than I’ve been picturing him. If I’m constantly trying to figure out how old the main character is, I’m not paying attention to the story.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The other thing that bothered me, is the circumstances around the search for Santiago’s destiny. I mean, I love a good story about someone trying to find their destiny and eventually finding it, but in this case the destiny was basically just getting rich. So I guess this a religious self-help book written by a capitalist? Also, the boy is constantly told that all that matters is fulfilling his destiny and as long as he does that, everything will magically fall into place. Except, he forgets that he is trying to fulfil a destiny like every 10 seconds. Most of the book he’s just doing his thing in a crystal shop, making a lot of money and thinking of ways to make even more money.

I really liked learning new things about the Islam, like how the Quran dictates that you should always feed a hungry person. I love how the book paints the Islam in such a positive light. The world needs more books that show how beautiful Islam can be.

All in all, The Alchemist was alright. It had some beautiful quotes and some life lessons to remember every now and then, but also a lot of life lessons you should forget as soon as possible. If all you have to do to get something, is to want it bad enough, I would be married to Ryan Reynolds right now. Also, without spoiling anything, the ending to the story was really frustrating…

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