If you are like me: a book fanatic, an ex-TV addict, and a lover for “book to movie adaptations” or “books being annihilated by terrible movie adaptations”, this is your moment! I have had a lot of “me time” during weekends and also during the week. My parents are always watching Netflix movies and YouTube Series, and I am constantly studying or reading for fun, so we haven’t been able to sit together and enjoy our mutual company until I found a way on how to mix both so that we can all spend some quality family time:
Watch movies based on books!
Here is how we can all spend some time together doing what we like! I read and then we watch it! I will still get my “solo time” and I can watch “some good family movies” with them! My mom is usually asking me to explain movies or TV shows that are based on books as she tends to get lost or fall asleep, ha!, so, I think this is the perfect way for everybody to win! If you want to do the same, let me introduce you to some movies based on books so that you can invest your time in reading and then spending it with your family watching them!
Movies to watch with your Family!
I have been trying to read more contemporary novels because I do enjoy them a lot, but then I find myself reading other books that are way too different like YA and mystery! And never end up reading the contemporary literary fiction book that I would love to read! Theo is a New Yorker who ends up alone after being abandoned by his family, his father did but his mother just died. Then, Theo finds himself in a new house and with people that he does not know how to interact with. With 664 thousand reviews with an almost 4-star rating and a movie who cast goes from Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson to Finn Wolfhard, we can expect high-quality drama with outstanding acting!
A book that I have been hunting on BookOutlet and everywhere until I finally bought it on BOTM, Marie Semple gives me a lovely mix of contemporary and mystery! Bernadette a highly recognized professional finds herself trapped in a life she does not want to live in, so out of the blue… she vanishes! Delivered in an exquisite execution Semple gives a novel that deals with a family who has to come to terms with who each one of its members is, and the power of the love a daughter has towards her mother. With an incredible cast of Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett, we are promised an enjoyable fun time!
Know as a great modern new classic (which I bought at the same time I bought the previous book in this list… I have issues and I am a compulsive emotional buyer which is not the best of traits for my wallet but it is for capitalism!) “The Alienist“, a novel set New York during the Gilded Age, navigates the reader through the old world that founded the current New York City. As a serial killer is at the hunt of teenage boys, a policeman and a psychologist join forces and embark on a dangerous quest of catching this killer before he kills again! Suspenseful, horrific, and hysterical is a powerful concoction for an amazing evening! Available on Netflix, we all can be amazed by how the cast portrays such a difficult age and story!
Published back in 1980, Umberto Eco takes us back to 1327 to a wealthy abbey that has been denounced for heresy! An emissary is sent to investigate what are the sinuous acts that are driven in this abbey, Brother William is instead surprised by 7 deaths that drive his “innocent” mission into an old detective novel. Sinuous and difficult to digest, The Name of the Rose is a novel that will take its time to be read and its time to be watched! First adapted to the screen back in 1986 (Sean Connery and Ron Perlman) but also is a YouTube Series released back in 2019 (John Turturro and Damian Hardung), we can spend some scandalous time with our family while trying to put together the incredible mystery that is going on on this abbey.
Not only was this movie starred by Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson, but it was also nominated to the Oscars for Best Cinematography. Shusaku Endo puts in question in his novel the faith of Jesuit priests who goes to Japan to help his suppressed Christian flock, but what he finds there is how his mentor has relinquished his faith. Historical, cultural and older than anything else in this list, Silence is putting in questions not only our taste for high-quality literature but also our conception of religious beliefs, and our faith. (PD: I mean the movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes so there you go… a long evening)
Stieg Larsson’s novels have been a global phenomenon since publication! An atmospheric novel follows the story of a journalist and a tattooed punk prodigy as they get to investigate the hidden truth of Harriet Vanger who disappeared 40 years ago. As the novel progresses, the main characters find themselves into a more intrinsic conflict and enigma that goes from family history, corruption, and financial mystery, Larsson reveals that this family saga is not even close to its closure as their characters once thought. The movie released back in 2011 stared by Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara is simply enough entertainment for a weekend since the second book was adapted only 2 years ago.
Now, I didn’t mention that these movies were for children but families! And there are different kinds of families! So if you are staying at home with your roommate, wife, or husband, friends or other siblings, knock yourselves out to some good books and movies!
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