Time for the next category in the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #21: A book adapted into a movie or tv show

The answer to the age-old question of which is better, the movie or the book, is almost always the book. I’m sure there are exceptions, though I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

But this category doesn’t exist to judge – it’s just to trace the origin from page to screen. Some are very direct while some are more loosely related, but the books below all exist on the screen somewhere or are coming soon.

The Letty Dobesh Chronicles (Blake Crouch)

On-screen: Good Behavior, Season 2 currently on TNT

The TNT series is based on three novellas. Michelle Dockery, best known for her role as Lady Mary on Downton Abbey, plays a drug addict/thief who has teamed up with a (really hot) hit man. I haven’t read the books, but I love the show. It’s both dark and funny, which I enjoy immensely.

Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

Another one I haven’t read. This cozy murder mystery comes out this week and the cast is astounding:  Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad. I love a good closed-room mystery and this film shows promise. 

An older recommendation from Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (aka Ten Little Indians). I’ve read the book and the 1945 movie version is quite good.

The Snowman (Jo Nesbø)

I read this mystery featuring Detective Harry Hole awhile ago and thought the book was great. It’s about a serial killer who leaves a snowman as his calling card. The movie, starring Michael Fassbender as the detective, isn’t getting great reviews and I’m having trouble even finding it in theaters. But I will watch, just so I can make my own decision.

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

You have plenty of time to pick up this YA book before the movie comes out early next spring. In fact, I need to read it again because though I know I read it, it’s been a few, umm, decades. Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling are all part of the cast and a lot of people are very excited about it.

What are your favorite page-to-screen adaptations? What are your least favorite?

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.