From Book to Screen

There are so many fantastic film and television series adaptations of books that can make any reader put down their reading glasses and reach for a bowl of popcorn instead. This week let’s take a look at a few books and shows that were adapted to the big screen.


Have you ever wanted to fall through time? Luckily, Diane Gabaldon found a way for British Army nurse, Claire Randall, to slip between the folds of time from 1945 to 1743. There, she encounters Jamie Fraser, a Highland warrior, political uprisings, and becomes a player in the country’s game of power. Both the book series and the television series adapted by Starz are ongoing with raving reviews from readers on how the series pays tribute to the spirit of the books and watchers who enjoy the unfolding romance and revolution throughout the book. For anyone interested in reading the book or watching the show, Outlander, has its fair share of steamy moments, violence, and scenes that can be triggering for some audiences.

So perhaps save the time traveling til after bedtime!

To Kill A Mockingbird

If you’re looking for a classic book that takes a powerful look at America, champions themes of racial injustice, and courage, Harper Lee gave us a beautiful reminder that, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.” The 1962 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck show the permitting influence of the outside world upon a child’s innocence, the culture of the Deep South in the 1930s, and a reflection of the social angst that builds up to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

This profound book is definitely the perfect read for reflection while the film will leave you emotionally stirred and reaching for your tissues.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Let’s not forgot about books and films for the family!

This imaginative historical fiction read set in Paris, 1930s is illustrated by the talented Brian Selznick and show the fantastic blend of visual storytelling that creates a cinematic experience for readers of all ages. The 2011 Hugo inspired by the book, was a beautiful translation that captures the art of the young clockmaker who is finding his way in the world, and how he stumbles across a forgotten automaton whose history has the ability to reignite some wonder in his world.

I definitely look forward to sharing more book to screen adaptations with you soon, and hope you have an enjoyable time should you choose to visit these three books, or their adaptations, soon!

Personal Mantra: What a task a book has as the keeper of a hundred dreams, worlds, and our own past selves.

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