Top 5: Book to Screen Adaptations 2020

Published: 14-Jan-2020

Get ready for 2020s upcoming book to screen adaptations!

We all know that we should read the book before we watch the film. But do we?

Well - now's the time to put some of those 2020 resolutions into practice!

Take a look at these upcoming adaptations, get the book out now, and you'll be able to be that person - you know, the one that goes 'well, it wasn't as good as the book'.

Each title is linked to the catalogue so you can reserve the books at your convenience.

Emma Movie

1. Emma - Jane Austen

It's a classic read. Literally. Emma is fun-loving and independent, a vibe many of us would like to channel for the new decade. The novel is one of the easiest Austen's to read, is light on the tragedy and strife, with bundles of amusement, banter, friendship and personal growth. Watch as she gets into all her social scrapes as it's adapted again - but don't worry! This version is far less adherent to the novel, and explores contemporary story-telling more than any of it's predecessors. An idea for a fun girl's night out, for sure.

the woman in the window

2. The Woman in the Window - A. J. Finn

A stunning 2018 debut by Finn, the drunk, reclusive, unreliable narrator, Anna Fox, watches her neighbours through her window and witnesses something she wasn't supposed to. The catalogue description labels this a "gripping Hitchcockian thriller". With Amy Adams, Anthony Mackie, and Gary Oldman, the film is bound to be an experience and a half. Recommended for those who liked Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianna Moriarty, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, and The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks.

to all the boys i've loved before

3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before 2: PS I Still Love You - Jenny Han

Fans of the book series and first film will be eagerly awaiting this sequel, but for those yet to catch up, this is a currently-available Netflix series. It's brilliantly fun and relatable, super cute, full of those amazing, if somewhat embarrassing, moments. A modern classic teenage rom-com. Ideal for movie night, and leaves you feeling good at the end. The book is a hugely popular series with fans receiving an unexpected-but-welcome third book a couple of years ago. You don't have to be a teen to enjoy these quick reads, just someone who loves friendship, personal development, facing your fears, sisterhood, embarrassing moments, and love itself.

personal history of david copperfield

4. The Personal History of David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

For those that love the original, or those who just can't be bothered reading a Dickens' novel - this film is for you. Starring Dev Patel, it's sure to be a faithful adaptation, equal parts tragic and comedic.

secret garden

5. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The latest take on the children's story looks beautiful, and more faithful to the original story than the (superb) 90s version with Dame Maggie Smith. But fear not, instead this features the brilliant Julie Walters, and also Colin Firth! The cinematography is stunning and far more modern, and truly centres the garden as a character in the story, rather than a mere location. With the magical elements emphasised by producers of the Harry Potter and Paddington films, it's bound to be a hit with the family this year. The book is always beautiful to revisit and perfect for a bedtime story. Something for everyone of any age group.

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