book adaptations

THE SHELF / Book-to-screen adaptations to look forward to in the second half of 2024

The first half of this year has treated us with some truly amazing book-to-screen adaptations like Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Ripley. The second half is also unlikely to disappoint. Here are some book-to-screen adaptations to pack the rest of your year with.

ESSAY / Evil never looked this good

Even without a full-blown sympathetic backstory, a villain’s motivations can be complex.

FROM PAGES TO PIXELS / Percy Jackson finally gets the adaptation he deserves

The 2010 and 2013 Percy Jackson films, despite Logan Lerman's charismatic lead performance, fell short of expectations, drawing criticism for creative decisions like omitting significant book sequences and ageing Percy prematurely to 16.

FROM PAGES TO PIXELS / Is the whimsy in Zoya Akhtar’s ‘The Archies’ whimsical enough?

A rather random yet enjoyable song highlights how everything is political, from the lunch we eat to the way we dress for school.

Book Review: Fiction / ‘The Dark Elf Trilogy’: The synergy between the novels and graphic novels

By visually capturing the characters, landscapes, and action scenes, the graphic novels enhance the reading experience and offer a fresh perspective on the beloved story.

The comfort of rereading old books

I often feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of new books that I still want to read—so many stories, so little time—and understand that this is an ambition that rereading can only delay.

World Music Day / Scrounging revelations out of music

I don't remember at what point in life I learned to recognize the fallacy behind the not-like-other-girls phenomenon and discarded it for an all-encompassing love for female friendship and solidarity, in acceptance of femininity in all its forms. But I do know that Taylor Swift played a significant role in it.

Across the Spider-Verse: Faithfulness to the comics

Bendis intentionally put a stark difference between Peter and Miles, so that comic book fans would not feel that their favourite web-swinger was being replaced by just another goody-two-shoes, just with a racial make-up switch.

‘The Hunger Games’ and the danger of desensitisation to violence

In making the Hunger Games unglamorous, Suzanne Collins challenges the audience to reflect on how they view violence in entertainment

April 15, 2023
April 15, 2023

Navigating cancel culture in the literary world

Cancel culture is best treated as a collective decision to minimise the cultural influence a person and their work have moving forward.

March 25, 2023
March 25, 2023

‘Shadow and Bone’: new member of the "poor book adaptation club"

This season tries to cover too much ground and misplaces its focus in the process.

March 13, 2023
March 13, 2023

Love the Oscars winners? Here’s what you should read

The book behind the Oscar-winning adaptations, and books about the history of the award

March 4, 2023
March 4, 2023

‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ adaptation hits all the right notes

The streaming adaptation retains the flash-forward tell-all interview framing device through an on-screen documentary.

March 2, 2023
March 2, 2023

The world of Taylor Jenkins Reid—and why we love it

What makes Taylor Jenkins Reid this phenomenal, raging success that has the publication world frothing in the mouth and Hollywood throwing the big bucks at her?

February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023

Book adaptations to look forward to in 2023

The live-action rock series follows the rise of a rock band through the 1970s Los Angeles music scene as they embark on a quest for worldwide fame.

January 20, 2023
January 20, 2023

First look at Rumaan Alam’s ‘Leave The World Behind’ adaptation

Netflix’s adaptation of the novel features Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, Myha'la Herrold, and Kevin Bacon in lead roles, with the film being directed by Sam Esmail, creator and director of popular TV show, Mr. Robot.

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