The history of cinema and television suggest that numerous wonderful books, with epic storylines and portrayal of ideas, have been adapted to TV series and full-length movies. The tradition has passed on throughout decades, with directors and producers getting inspired to turn a sumptuous work of storytelling into motion picture. The audience has always loved the idea of a book that they have read to be turned into a movie or TV series. A Voice from Far Away brings to you 8 such adaptations that are truly worth watching-
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Based in the New York City in the year of 1896, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler- a psychologist, or “alienist” summons his former Harvard classmate John Schuyler Moore, a New York Times reporter, to the east river on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. There they see a lacerated body of an adolescent boy, who was a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels. Moore’s vast knowledge of New York’s criminal underworld and Kreizler’s intellect become the weapons for the newly appointed Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, who is joined by Sara Howard, a diligent woman and the secretary in the police department. Thereafter, the journey of a revolutionary effort in criminology begins; where the not so orthodox team tries to create a psychological profile of the man with the details of his previous crimes. Their menacing pursuit takes them back to their horrific past and turns their twisted minds into killers who will kill again until the hunt is over.
Genre: Period Drama
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is a fiery tale of love set in two centuries. Claire Randall, a nurse in Scotland, returns after the end of the Second World War, to live with her husband Frank in an attempt to salvage their distorted marriage. However their lives are turned upside down as Claire learns that she is a time traveller (Outlander) when she is transported 200 years back through the stones of Craigh Na Dun in Scotland, where she went with her husband for redemption of their relationship. Her world changes forever as she meets Jaime, a highlander under strange circumstances and is forced to marry him to stay alive. Claire falls in love with Jaime in a time where she was as alien to the people as to the era she had transported to. And she stays in love even after her she has to part with him. Does she get to meet him again or does she lose him forever? Find out in this beautiful and horrifying tale of love stuck in history, wars, and the inevitability of human emotions.
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted from the book to the television where the story is barely similar save for a few characters and incidents. The only thread binding the two is Hill House where the story takes place in both the book and television. The summer of 1992 saw Hugh and Olivia Crain and their five kids move into the majestic Hill House to renovate it and thereafter sell it. However, their stay is prolonged due to unexpected repairs in the house. The five children Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Eleanor begin experiencing paranormal phenomena throughout their stay until one day it results in a tragic loss one day when they are forced to flee the house. However, the Hill House never truly let them go. Twenty six years later they are driven to confront their worst fears that had affected them all through their lives. The plot oscillates between two timelines, depicting the events in Hill House leading up to the eventful night the family departed.
Genre: Horror/ Supernatural Drama
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
Genre: Teen Drama, Mystery
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Genre: Fantasy, Serial Drama
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Genre: Teen Romance
The 100 by Kass Morgan
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents considered expendable by society are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life or it could be a suicide mission.
Clarke was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves, but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Network: The CW
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroad:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, passionate, and remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her.
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
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