Hi everyone! I have always loved going to the cinema to watch new releases, especially if those releases are based on books that I have read and enjoyed. Since going to the cinema is difficult in the current world, UK local lockdowns are making it difficult to know what you can do for fun these days, I’ve put together a list of films adapted from books you can watch from streaming services. I currently only have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime so these recommendations will come from there but if you have any favourites I haven’t mentioned please leave a comment so I can check it out!
- Howl’s Moving Castle. Where to watch? Netflix.
Based on Diana Wynne Jones’ book of the same name this is a great animated film. It is from Studio Ghibli, a great alternative to Disney/DreamWorks, and the animation is stunning. I had the book from a very early age and loved it but the movie definitely brings the magic to life in an amazing way. I have only ever watched the film with the English speaking voice actors but on Netflix you can watch in the original Japanese and use subtitles if you prefer. If you like this film then Netflix has most of Studio Ghibli’s collection.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Where to watch? Netflix and Prime.
One of the best books I read in high school the film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel is fantastic. It deals with darker themes, definitely a film for older viewers. The acting from Logan Lerman in the lead role of Charlie is excellent throughout. The book is told through letters and the film reminds the audience of that throughout without and is an great representation of the book.
- The Devil all the Time. Where to watch? Netflix.
A recent Netflix release. Definitely one to avoid if you are uncomfortable with violence, animal death, abuse (including rape). Although the film, adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s novel, is a challenging watch it is brilliant. The acting from both Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson is some of the best from the actors. The action in the film is slightly watered down from the book (so go into the book with as much caution as you feel) but along with the author serving as the narrator of the film it stands up on its own as a great film.
- To All the Boys I Loved Before. Where to watch? Netflix.
One that I did not think I would like. I read Jenny Han’s book in an afternoon but felt underwhelmed. My love for the book grew over time as I realised that the plot was actually quite endearing. I do prefer the film adaptation though. There is something about this adaptation that is just fun. It is a film I could go back to time and time again and still find something to enjoy.
- Sense and Sensibility. Where to watch? Netflix and Prime.
My love for Jane Austen knows no bounds. Unfortunately the UK branch of Netflix removed Pride and Prejudice from their service earlier this year (why, WHY?!?). However, the 1995 adaptation of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is another great film. A stellar cast including Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman this is a film perfect for both lovers of Austen’s work and those who love a good historical romance film.
So there you have it. A small selection of films you can watch from the comfort of your own bed. I wanted to give you a good mix of genre but if you do have any suggestions for me I would love to hear them! I hope you are having a great Friday and enjoy your weekend.