Many people like to read but don’t have enough time to read all the books published every year. That’s where film adaptations come in, saving readers time and allowing them to easily immerse themselves in the setting, even if not all adaptations are perfect.
A book can be converted into a 2 hour feature film, or it can be spread over multiple seasons that last for years, or it can be adapted into a new format called a miniseries. A miniseries is a television series broadcast in two or three parts over a short period of time. Many filmmakers use this approach to storytelling these days, and the 2020s have been a wave of book-to-screen ventures.
“Normal People” (2020)
normal people is an Irish romantic psychological drama limited series based on Sally Rooney‘s 2018 novel of the same name. From their final days in high school to their college years at Trinity College, the series follows Marianne Sheridan (Daisy EdgarJones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) as they approach adulthood.
From discomfort to excitement, from terror to exaltation, normal people subtly captures the realism of a couple’s relationship. Moreover, Marianne’s energy and insight, as well as her fragility and wounds, are all well portrayed by Edgar-Jones, while Mescal brilliantly conveys Connell’s intelligence, the fluctuating limits of his emotional maturity, his self-doubt and, above all, his vulnerability.
“Defend Jacob” (2020)
Defend Jacob is an American crime drama miniseries produced by Apple TV+ based on Guillaume LandayThe 2012 novel of the same name. When their 14-year-old son, Jacob (Jaeden Martell), is accused of murdering a classmate, Andy (Chris Evans), an assistant district attorney, and his wife (Michelle Dockery) lives are changed.
Defend Jacob is a slow-burning crime thriller that keeps viewers guessing and culminates with a cliffhanger that may bother some viewers. The show, like most adaptations, deviates from the novel in several key ways, but that only makes it better. In addition, the cast is exceptional, especially the Barber family, in which Evans, Dockery and Martell knew how to combine strength and susceptibility in their exceptional performances.
“Little Fires Everywhere” (2020)
Small fires everywhere is a drama miniseries produced by Hulu and based on Celeste NgThe 2017 novel of the same name. The series follows the perfect Richardson family and their mysterious tenants, a mother-daughter duo who turn their lives upside down.
Small fires everywhere deals with a variety of sensitive topics, including color blindness, sexuality, parenting, abortion, and transracial adoption. While having so many themes in a series can feel confusing at times, especially when some younger characters remain underdeveloped, the cast’s equally stellar performances quickly make up for that shortcoming.
“The Queen’s Wager” (2020)
The Queen’s Bet is a 2020 American drama miniseries based on Walter TevisThe 1983 novel of the same name. The series follows Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor Joy), an orphaned chess prodigy, on her journey to becoming an outstanding chess player while dealing with emotional issues and drug and alcohol addiction.
Taylor-Joy, who broke after her role in the 2015 horror The witch, gives a flawless and convincing performance, showcasing his unique style of grace. Moreover, even for those unfamiliar with chess, the series was able to bring the brain game to life and captivate viewers in the 7-hour series without getting bored.
‘Station Eleven’ (2021 – 2022)
station eleven is an American post-apocalyptic fiction miniseries based on Emily St. John MandelThe 2014 novel of the same name and was created by Patrick Somerville. Set 20 years after the collapse of civilization due to an influenza pandemic, the series follows a group of survivors who make a living as traveling artists as they encounter a violent cult led by a man whose past is unwittingly linked to one of the troupe members. members.
The show is a slow-burning, clever, genre-bending thriller with a whiff of the weird that will keep audiences hooked the entire time. In addition, station eleven avoids being melancholy because of its willingness to stare unblinkingly at the unpleasant and unfathomable parts of mortal existence.
“Under the Sky Banner” (2022)
Under the banner of heaven is an American drama miniseries based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer and was created by Dustin Lance Black. The series follows police detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield), whose faith is challenged when he investigates the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ apparent involvement in the death of a Mormon mother and her newborn daughter.
Under the banner of heaven skillfully weaves together all of its components to create a gripping, cerebral true-crime drama with outstanding performances from superb actors, especially Garfield in the lead role. Additionally, when it comes to sensitive topics like faith and love, the show doesn’t shy away from harshly speaking out against those who kill in the name of faith.
“Northern Water” (2021)
northern water is a five-episode television miniseries directed by Andrew Haight and featuring Colin Farrelbased on Ian McGuireThe 2016 novel of the same name. The series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell), a disgraced former army surgeon who becomes a ship’s doctor during a whaling trip in the Arctic, where he meets a murderous psychopath played by Farrell.
The acting is phenomenal, especially Farrell, who can bring his character to life simply by growling and grinning like a demented maniac; it is really impressive and terrifying. Northern Water, like the cruise’s journey to the Arctic, is absolutely haunting, terrifying, and so alluring that viewers won’t be able to take their eyes off the screen.
“The Defeat” (2020)
The defeat is an American psychological thriller miniseries based on Jean Hanff Korelitz2014 novel. You should have known. The show follows the success of a therapist (Nicole Kidman) her life is turned upside down when she discovers that her missing husband may be responsible for a major calamity.
Unlike other shows that fans can watch in one sitting, The defeat compels viewers to pause and savor the conversation, understanding stares, jaw-dropping New York cinematography, and gorgeous acting from the excellent cast. Plus, while the show is brimming with glitz, there’s a powerful moral message about the role of women in modern society that’s definitely worth exploring.
‘Stay Close’ (2021)
stay close is a British crime drama mini-series produced by Netflix and based on Harlan CobenThe 2012 novel of the same name. The series tells the story of a mother of two, a detective and a photojournalist who come together to investigate a possible serial murder.
stay close Gradually assembles his puzzle, using for this a subtle montage of past violence and the silences of the characters. Plus, the harassed reactions give the characters dimension, and the film’s tone is consistently ominous. As a result, the show is full of suspense, with condensed narration and plenty of twists and turns, a perfect choice for a weeknight thriller binge.
“The Stranger” (2020)
the stranger is a horror and psychological thriller mini-series based on Stephen KingThe 2018 novel of the same name and adapted for television by Richard Price. The series follows detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) on his search for the attacker of an 11-year-old child whose body had been mutilated.
Price’s adaptation not only plays to the strengths of King’s original work, but also brings the story to life with fantastic filming and top-notch performances from its stellar cast. The show is not just a thriller series, but also a study in loss, grief, and the limits of belief. Whether you’re a Stephen King fan or not, the stranger is a beautifully written, shot and performed miniseries that you should not miss.
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