Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

This week's TV Theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is another edition of book to TV adaptations. I'm going to avoid using the same shows I used for this theme last year and if you're reading this post early, you'll notice I've pulled it back and edited it, because I originally wrote this back in February, and Miss Rona has given me the opportunity of watching more TV than usual, so I have new picks. 

1) Orange is the New Black

I had a lot of ups and downs with this show, it started off great, got really bad, then their finale season rolled around and they went right back to their A game to give the best send off that they could. I really appreciated showrunners that want to write a love letter to their characters and fans and not just rush through it to move on to the next thing.

2) Little Fires Everywhere

While I didn't read the book this is based on, I enjoyed Hulu's mini series. The actors were fantastic. I know they made a pretty big change to the ending but I thought this worked.  

3) I Know This Much Is True

This has to be one of the most depressing mini series I've ever seen in my entire life but Mark Ruffalo and the rest of the cast are so good it made almost every moment worth it. I did fast forward through their unnecessary rape flashback in episode 5. Ain't nobody got time for that. 

Comments

  1. I need to catch up with OitNB, I gave up during the riot season but it's worth it for the characters!

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    1. That riot season was awful. Season 7 was really good. I'm slighly annoyed they couldn't keep that same quality on every season.

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  2. Yup...I have not seen any of these. I wouldn't mind seeing Orange and the second one looks good.

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    1. Little Fires Everywhere is only 8 episodes, I think. So that's a quick watch!

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  3. I saw a bit of I Know This Much is True as it does look interesting just to see Mark Ruffalo playing 2 characters.

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    1. He's excellent, the actor they have playing the younger version of him too nails the way he speaks. It's insane.

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  4. Little Fires Everywhere is high up on my watchlist. The book was fantastic, and I've heard really good things about the show.

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    1. I hope the show is a worthy take on the book for you!

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  5. I love Mark Ruffalo and really need to watch that!

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  6. For real, I thought the first episode of LFE was so cringey, I couldn't handle it...and you know me, I'm down for the cringe.

    As for the other two, I only watched the first season of OITNB and it was tremendous. That last one looks good, but I've got enough to be bummed about currently, so we're gonna press pause on the whole damn thing.

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    1. Reese Witherspoon was almost too convincing in her role in LFE lol.

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  7. I haven't seen any of these, I've seen a bit of Orange is the New Black but that blonde lady bothered me so much I never continued. :D I've read Little Fires Everywhere, liked it but I actually like Ng's debut novel more, Wish that was a show instead.

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    1. Piper! lol. She's kind of the worst. I don't know anyone who watches OITNB and actually likes her. She's only really interesting in the first and last season.

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  8. OitNB - Seen all seasons. Overall a good show.
    Little Fires Everywhere - I want to see this but we don't get HULU so have to wait for some other network or platform to pick it up.
    I Know This Much Is True - I knew this was depressing so I haven't seen it yet.

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    1. Aww that's too bad about Hulu, hopefully someone uploads it on youtube or something so you can watch it.

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  9. I really want to check out Mark's series, but if it's depressing, I'm definitely going to wait. I've heard he's on the Emmys contenders list with Chris Evans, so it'll be fun to see if they make it.

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    1. I need to watch Defending Jacob still. It's funny because I thought Hugh Jackman had this in the bag for Bad Education but Ruffalo is so insanely good here I can't imagine him losing.

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