written by Lília
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d home in on screen adaptations of romantic fiction.
Because who hasn’t heard of or watched – maybe many times! –adaptions of Jane Austen’s books such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre or Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights?
All classic romance titles, for sure, and often filmed. But now, with streaming services popping up all around us, we see more and more new titles and new authors being translated from book to screen. It not only makes us pay attention to what we can watch, but draws attention to what we can read.
As a bookseller, I’m always partial to the saying: “read the book before you watch the film,” and most of the time the book is better. But watching a celluloid version of something you’ve read and liked has its perks as well. It’s fun, possibly infuriating, but almost never bland. And you can always go back to the book, make comparisons and enjoy (or not) the differences.
There have been so many film and series adaptations of books that I’m going to present you with a list of ones based on shows already released. And as I research this article, I’m finding many more titles already in production for the near future. Curating titles has been difficult. There are so many good ones!
I’ve chosen many of these titles because I feel some connection to their stories. They’ve been fun reads, but have also led me to think about our society’s values, family duty, and what I want for myself in life. Some other titles were chosen because they seem like pure romantic fun. And in my humble opinion, love should always be romantic, and win—even if we all know life doesn’t stop at the end of a book.