Dear Netflix, About Those Book to Film Adaptations…

No need to fear, there are no spoilers here!

Dear Netflix,

We’ve been together for a long time now. I know; I’ve put you on hold here and there throughout the years. But you’ve always been there for me, and for that, I’ll always be grateful.

Now, about these book to film adaptions you’ve been doing lately…Please don’t stop. I love them. You’re truly doing a fabulous job with these Netflix Originals and I’d be fairly heartbroken if they stopped.

First, there was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I adored that one. I read the book earlier this year and there was just enough time for the details to get fuzzy before the film came out so that I could thoroughly enjoy the film without constantly comparing each tiny detail to the book. The characters were brought to life beautifully, and it was such a treat to see them pop onto my screen after living in my mind. I did notice some small adjustments here and there, but after all sometimes things can work in fiction on paper that don’t necessarily work for film. I did note a few character adjustments and I felt we got to know the character of Christian better in the novel, but the film did a lovely job of showing who he was.

Here’s the trailer for this WWII set film based on the novel:

Another recent page to screen adaptation is Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I nearly jumped up and down when I saw the trailer, because it looked so magnificent. I read this one last year, but I had a bit more trepidation going into the film because it’s actually the first book in a series. When I see a trailer for a serial novel, I always worry they’ll try and smooth all the parts of the series into one film. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case here, and make sure you watch through the first bit of the credits to get a glimpse of what will hopefully continue in a second novel.

I just adored this novel. You can read my instareview of it here. The main character, Lara Jean, is just incredibly lovable. One of the many things the film captured is her sweet nature, introverted side, love for her family, and how she struggles to balance her individual style with her semi-desire to go unnoticed and breeze through high school without any big drama. The actress who played her did a fabulous job, and she’s exactly how I imagined her in my mind. Her sisters are fabulous and the film shows how the loss of a parent creates a grief that doesn’t truly go away. Something the novel covered that the film didn’t delve into too much is her struggle to balance her Korean side with her American side, since her Korean parent is deceased. Her Korean relatives aren’t present in the film, but I’m hoping they’ll be in the sequels that I’m basically begging Netflix to make.

Here’s the trailer for this one:

What do you think of Netflix’s book to film adaptations? How do you think they measure up to the original novel?


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