BookTok, COVID, and the Resurgence of Book-Film Adaptations – The Mesa Press
Whether it’s due to the dominance of TikTok and social media to spark interest in certain areas or the increase in time spent alone indoors due to the pandemic, a surge in interest in modern novels led to a significant increase in book-to-film adaptation releases. This year.
With movie production and release returning to a new normal, many studios have been listening closely to the books and stories that American audiences have come to love in recent years. From a slew of young adult (YA) novels to romance to thrillers, 2022 has already started to prove itself as the year for book adaptations. Only Netflix has already released its series adaptation of Alice Oseman’s “Heartstopper” and the recent release of the film “Along for the Ride” written by Sarah Dessen. In February, Apple TV saw the release of “The Sky is Everywhere” by Jandy Nelson. Hulu jumped on the adaptation trend early on with the release of Sally Thorne’s ‘The Hating Game’ in December last year and more recent releases such as America’s favorite author ‘Conversations with Friends’. Internet, Sally Rooney.
With the anticipation of more book-to-movie or series adaptations to come in the coming year, the following includes a look at some of the stories that will be featured in the coming months.
Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing” follows Kya Clark, a reserved young woman who grew up alone along the Deep South swamps, where she faces judgment and criticism from nearby townspeople. However, after a young man she befriends is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect in the murder and is forced to defend herself in front of the city that has always judged her. The film, directed by Olivia Newman, is set to premiere on Netflix on July 15. The film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, who starred in “Normal People” and “Fresh,” and Taylor John Smith of “Sharp Objects.” The original book is highly regarded by book enthusiasts for the unique atmosphere and vivid depiction of Delia Owens’ writing.
Christopher Pike’s “The Midnight Club” is a young adult mystery series that was originally released in 1994 and follows five teenagers struggling with terminal illness who make a pact in an attempt to contact each other from beyond the grave. The powerful book tackles the difficult themes of death and morality from a unique perspective while creating a sense of nostalgia and love in many readers. Netflix and horror director Mike Flannagan produced the adaptation of the novel, which is due out in late October or November this year.
“My Policeman” by Bethan Roberts is a queer contemporary novel centering on the relationship between Marion, a teacher who is married to Tom, her policeman. The only problem is that Tom meets a unique museum curator named Patrick, who begins to show him a life he could never have imagined. Filled with betrayal and self-discovery, the film adaptation, directed by Michael Grandage, is slated for release this fall. The film stars Emma Corin as Marion, Harry Styles as Tom, and David Dawson as Patrick.
While this is just a small preview of the many different book adaptations set to be released this year, the growing popularity of reading and the dedication of avid fans is becoming increasingly evident.