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New Adaptation of Little Women Coming This Christmas!

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is coming to the BBC this Christmas.

The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.

“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~

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BBC Radio 4 to Air Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Adaptation to Worldwide Audience

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We often bring you news of BBC Radio adaptations of well known books and if you’ve ever had the chance to listen, you’ll know they’re pretty good listening. The problem is that often shows only go out to British listeners, but this Christmas worldwide listeners are in for a treat, as BBC Radio 4 airs a 6-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and anyone can listen! Read More

Film and Television Influence Amazon’s Most Read Fiction of 2017

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According to Amazon the list of 2017’s most popular books includes some old favourites, however it is (perhaps unsurprisingly to many readers) heavily influenced by popular television adaptations.

Many believe that film and television have the capacity to ruin a perfectly good novel by adapting it to fit into a series or film. Even Peter Jackson’s epic reworking of Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogy tried hard to squeeze in Tolkien’s vision but fell short for many fans of the books (coughTOMBOMBADILcough).

While some of us may scoff or sneer at the seemingly constant need to adapt already-existing stories for television or movies, it has become apparent that introducing someone to a story via television can impact book sales of the original title. This year’s hit adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale shows this to be the case with the 1985 novel hitting the top of Amazon’s most read list of 2017.

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David Tennant is… The Highway Rat

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Coming to the BBC this Christmas Day is a half hour animation of the picture book: The Highway Rat. The author, Julia Donaldson, is well known for The Gruffalo, and her continued collaboration with illustrator Axel Scheffler (right).

The story of The Highway Rat follows the titular character as he goes about his day of thievery and naughtiness. He steals food from his neighbours and even his own horse’s hay!

Inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman, the bouncing rhyme typical of Donaldson, carries the story along to a sweet and funny conclusion.

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Movie Adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s Wonder Is Out Now

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If the book is anything to go by the movie adaptation of Wonder is guaranteed to give send you on a rollercoaster of emotion.

Originally written by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is a heartwarming tale of a young boy born with a facial deformity, and his trepidatious journey through starting school. Giggles, stares, and whispers are just the beginning of what August (Auggie) has to contend with.

Prepare to be moved by the sweet and heart-wrenching tale of acceptance and inner beauty, friendship and unconditional love.

Check out the trailer below for a sneaky peek.

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Sci-Fi Novel Altered Carbon Comes To Netflix

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A brand new sci-fi show is arriving at Netflix on the 2nd of February, 2018.

Netflix has been responsible for immersive and exciting new series such as Stranger Things and Sense 8, and is ready to bring us another amazing world to explore.

Adapted from Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 noir science fiction novel, this latest dystopian thriller is set to be a hit. It is based in a world where consciousness is stored digitally, and human bodies (AKA “sleeves”) have become interchangeable, theoretically allowing humans to become immortal.

Check out the trailer below…

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Death on the Nile in the Works as Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

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Recently we brought you the news that Murder on the Orient Express was to get a new, big budget adaptation with Kenneth Branagh sporting a rather large moustache. The movie is now out, and has been met with very good reviews from the general public. The readers have given the whole thing a far more mixed opinion, with some even feeling that Ms Christie, the original author might be turning in her grave.

Whatever you think about the adaptation, it’s done brilliantly at cinemas grossing $148.2 million worldwide since its release, so much so that Death on the Nile is already in the works as a sequel to the first adaptation! Read More

Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories to be Adapted for Film

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It’s 25 years since the release of the first Horrible Histories book, a favourite of my own daughter, this Terry Deary series has stood the test of time, teaching history in a way that is fun and exciting for children. This week we hear the news that the first in the series is to be adapted for film, set in Roman Britain, and it could lead to the adaptation of the rest of the series too. Read More

Adaptation of The Miniaturist to Air This Christmas

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In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast. Read More

A Wrinkle in Time: Release Date and New Trailer

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A few months ago Disney announced that they’d be adapting the classic sci-fi A Wrinkle in Time and released a small first trailer to give a taste of what was to come. All we knew at that point was that the film was marked for a spring 2018 release but this week, Disney have released a first trailer for the movie, and we have a release date too!

If you are beyond excited, and don’t have the advantage of being able to create A Wrinkle in Time then you’ll have to wait a little while yet, March 9th is the release date for cinemas. Read More