More often than not, the posts I write are either about the books that I read or the ones that I want to read at some point in time. Not today! I frequently watch adaptations before reading the books, having discovered truly great novels this way. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Atonement by Ian McEwan are just two examples. Not all adaptations leave me eager to read the books they are based on, however. There are at least eight adaptations whose source material I don’t intend to read.
I loved the first season of Outlander, but my enjoyment of this TV series, which mixes historical fiction and sci-fi, has been decreasing with each following season, reason why I’m not interested in reading the book series by Diana Gabaldon. Caitríona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a Second World War military nurse who unwillingly travels back in time to 1743 while in Scotland. She ends up meeting and falling in love with a Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser, who is played by Sam Heughan.
A British TV series based on the novels by Winston Graham, Poldark tells the story of the return of the title character to Cornwall after the American War of Independence in 1783. Although I was enjoying following the life of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, I have never finished watching the TV series and don’t remember how many seasons I did watch. I still want to one day watch the entire series, but I have no interest in picking up the twelve books. There are just too many of them.
Set in London in the Regency era, Bridgerton is based on the book series by Julia Quinn. The main character, Daphne Bridgerton, is one of the debutantes that are presented at court. During her first season, she meets Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings. I was not expecting to enjoy this TV series as much as I did, perhaps for that reason I have no interest in the books.
The Queen’s Gambit
This miniseries created for Netflix is based on a novel by Walter Tevis. It revolves around the life of Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy that struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. Though I’m not even remotely interested in chess, I found it compelling, thanks to the great performances.
When I watched the film Enola Holmes I had no idea that it was an adaptation. Based on a series of Young Adult books by Nancy Springer, it has as main character the teenage sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. After the disappearance of their mother without an explanation, she goes to London to search for her. Although I found the film funny, I don’t feel like reading YA anymore.
The Hunger Games
The film series The Hunger Games is what I like to call Sunday afternoon entertainment. It’s something I watch without paying too much attention to. I don’t even remember if I watched the last film. They are set in a dystopian future in the nation of Panem. A boy and a girl from each of the nation’s districts are forced to compete on a fight to death that is televised. Due to my lack of enthusiasm for the films, it’s not surprising that I don’t have any intention to read the books by Suzanne Collins.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This coming-of-age drama is based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, who also directed the film. It has as main character Charlie, who faces many tribulations during his first year in high school without realising that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. I enjoyed the film, but not enough to pick up the book.
To be honest, the only reason why I decided to watch Submarine was because it features music by Alex Turner, the vocalist of Arctic Monkeys. It is another coming-of-age story, this time about 15-year-old Oliver Tate who is smitten by his classmate Jordana. I liked the film, the performances made it enthralling, but the story didn’t grip me to the point of wanting to read the novel by Joe Dunthorne.
What adaptations have you watched whose books you don’t plan to read? Tell me in the comments!