Best book-movie adaptations to watch online

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Book-to-movie adaptations can be a fairly controversial topic of discussion among book lovers. For many, watching their favorite novel transform on the big screen can be very disappointing. Others, on the other hand, rather like to see their most beloved characters come to life.

Regardless of where you stand, we all end up watching them, ready to ask the overarching question: is the movie as good as the book? Yes, there is a joy in rubbing your hands scrutinizing the adaptations.

So, after adding some of the best book-to-movie translations to two of the biggest streaming platforms – Netflix and Now TV – we’ve rounded up the ones you can watch (read: judge harshly) right now.

Atonement

In what can only be described as the most perfect cast of all time, Keira Knightly stars as Cecelia and James McAvoy as Robbie in this devastating wartime romance. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, Atonement recounts their love story, which is quickly torn apart by a lie told by Cecelia’s imaginative little sister, Bryony. Even if you’ve read the book, the maddening twist at the end still manages to enrage the viewer.

To concern Atonement on Netflix.

One day
A day with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

One day

In what can only be described as the most questionable cast of all time, Anne Hathaway plays Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dexter in this romantic comedy, which also has a deeply frustrating ending. If you can get past Hathaway’s “interesting” take on the Leeds accent, the film version of One day Much of the same humor and heart as David Nicholl’s handwriting in the beloved novel.

To concern One day on Netflix.

The goldfinch

Panoramic by critics, the recent film version of Pulitzer Prize-winning Donna Tartt’s epic novel has been criticized for flattening the epic book’s complex narrative. This was despite a cast that included Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson. If you want to judge for yourself, The goldfinch – which follows the life of Theodore Decker, whose mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – has just landed on Now TV.

To concern The goldfinch on Now TV.

The Hate You Give follows Star's story.
The Hate You Give follows Star’s story.

The hate you give

This precise version of Angie Thomas’ young adult novel is so good that it scored 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The hate you give tells the story of Starr Carter, a black teenage girl in America who faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after witnessing the shooting of her best friend by the police. Amandla Stenberg is absolutely wonderful in the role of Starr.

To concern The hate you give on Now TV.

About a boy

Based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, About a boy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between the rich and irresponsible bachelor Will and the outcast schoolboy Marcus. Hugh Grant and a very young Nicholas Hoult star as the odd duo, with Toni Colette playing the struggling single mom Fiona. It’s a modern classic romantic comedy slip on for an easy and sweet watch.

To concern About a boy on Netflix.

Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is available on Now TV.

Crazy Rich Asians

A perfect Friday night movie, Crazy Rich Asians is based on the popular novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. Funny and fabulous, it tells the glamorous story of Rachel, a teacher who is dating a man named Nick and can’t wait to meet his family. However, she is devastated when she learns that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country. The incredible cast includes Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina.

To concern Crazy Rich Asians on Now TV.

Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes captures the courage and hardships memorialist Frank McCourt experienced when he grew up in poverty in Brooklyn and Limerick. Of course, there are glimmers of humor and hope in the dark tales as well. Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle star in the award-winning adaptation.

To concern Angela’s Ashes on Netflix.

Missing girl
Gone Girl stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.

Images: by various film distributors


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