Book to screen adaptations to look forward to


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I’ve always enjoyed reading books long before they were adapted into binge-worthy series or films. But above all, I’ve loved the thrill that comes from comparing the former with the latter. Being an avid reader, screen adaptations appear pale in comparison to the beauty of books, but every now and then, there is a binge-worthy series that does a story justice. Here are some adaptations to look forward to this year.

1. “Conversations With Friends” by Sally Rooney
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney was the source material for a Hulu hit in 2020. Her debut novel, published in 2017, is being adapted for the big screen. “Conversations With Friends,” which will also be available on Hulu, tells the story of two college students in Dublin and their unexpected relationship with a married couple. The aspiring writer narrates the book, which stars newcomer Alison Oliver as Frances. Sasha Lane plays her best friend Bobbi. Melissa and Nick are played by Jemima Kirke (“Girls”) and Joe Alwyn (“The Favourite”). Frances begins an affair with her husband after befriending Melissa. If it’s anything like “Normal People,” it’ll be incredible.

“Conversations With Friends,” is coming this spring.

2. “Killing Floor” by Lee Child
Jack Reacher, an ex-military cop, is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and he’s been arrested for murder in less than an hour––not exactly a warm welcome. All Reacher knows is that he did not murder anyone––at least not in this place and not recently. Regardless, he has no chance of persuading anyone in Margrave. “Killing Floor” is irresistible, from its jolting opening scene to its fiery final confrontation.

This series just released on Amazon Prime Video, so check it out.

3. “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie
Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery “Death on the Nile” is a follow-up to his witty take on “Murder on the Orient Express.” The director returns as mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, this time investigating the murder of a young heiress onboard a ship. It’s a mystery that, like all Christie’s stories, requires a lot of sleuthing to solve. Gal Gadot, Annette Bening and Russell Brand are among the cast members, so you know you’re in for a thrilling ride.

You can watch “Death on the Nile” in theaters on Feb 11.