At this point I’m pretty sure everyone in the bookish community has heard the words Shadow and Bone. Based on the super popular YA fantasy book series by the same name, the new Netflix show feels like it’s all anyone can talk about. So, of course, I decided I had to check it out.
And, I was honestly really excited? I hadn’t watched a good fantasy series in a while and Netflix usually does a surprisingly good job at their book-to-screen adaptations (see my The Haunting of Hill House: Book vs. TV show post for example). My partner on the other hand, was super hesitant. But I begged and she relented and we finally sat down to watch it. And we were both pleasantly surprised by how much we got into it!
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I knew I had to do at least one Book vs. Movie/TV comparison during the month of October, and what better choice than a ~spooky horror story~ like The Haunting of Hill House. With the TV show’s sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor having just come out, I finally sat myself down and watched its scary predecessor that I had been meaning to watch for almost 2 years, but had continuously been putting off because it looks significantly frightening.
Of all the book-to-screen adaptations I’ve compared, The Haunting of Hill House is definitely the most intentionally divergent work. And I say this not only because the original novel was written in 1959 and the Netflix TV show is a modern retelling that came out in 2018. Besides the almost 70-year modernization, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is an altogether different beast than the original novel written by Shirley Jackson.
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Hello, fellow readers! 👋 It’s been a good long while since I did a book/media comparison, so I’m excited to finally post this one! Today I wanted to discuss Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies with the HBO series of the same name.
Both the book and TV show are seriously popular, and have won lots of awards, so this should be an interesting discussion!
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