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HBO Currently Developing Watchmen TV Series

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Watchmen was a comic series that began its run in 1986 and followed a group of flawed vigilantes as they struggled combat evil in a gritty alternative version of New York. After finishing its run in 1987, the comics were compiled into a graphic novel which has since become widely regarded as one of the most important graphic novels of al time, Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the story subverts comic book genres rules in a variety of ways and shows comics are by no means just for kids.

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Prison Book Club – The Books of OITNB Season 5

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The Prison Book club has become a bit of a For Reading Addicts tradition and we’ve had one for every season since the first. Books have traditionally always been a major part of the show, but season 5 saw a distinct change of pace!

I’m not going to review the season, but I will say it needed more books! Even the book mentions that did take place felt a little slotted in and unnatural to the show. With the tragedy of the librarian, Poussey’s death at the end of Season 4, maybe this was inevitable, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of this season overall. Read More

Jumanji has Inspired Another Movie Adaptation!

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The 1981 fantasy picture book, Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg has once again inspired the making of a movie.

Originally an illustrated book for children about a couple of siblings who get caught up in a magical board game, the adaptations take it so much further and expand the story wonderfully.

The newest Jumanji film is said to be a continuation of the 1995 film version, and many fans of the original book, and its film adaptation, are very excited for its release in December 2017.

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Harry Potter Prequel Voldemort: Origins of the Heir Takes Fan-Fic to the Big Screen

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When we stumbled upon the Facebook page for Voldemort: Origins of the Heir this week we assumed it was the build up for the second Fantastic Beasts film. Rowling has already confirmed that the series will encompass the fight between Grindenwald and Dumbledore, expanding on much of the back-story for the book. However, further research tells us that this new Voldemort prequel isn’t part of the franchise at all, it’s actually fan-fiction and the first trailer is out! Read More

New Margaret Atwood Adaptation Coming to Netflix

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We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!

Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime. Read More

Handmaid’s Tale Coming to UK Television

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If you’ve been reading about the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and the surrounding media furore and you haven’t managed to stream the series you may be feeling disappointed. However there is good news today as it’s announced that Channel 4 have bought the UK rights to the series and the first episode airs in just 10 days!

The Margaret Atwood novel has been adapted into a ten part series, starring Man Men star Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Feinnes, among others, and has proved a hit with US audiences and now UK terrestrial viewers can get a glimpse too. Read More

Colorado District Pull 13 Reasons Why After Spate of Suicides

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A Colorado school district is speaking out against Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why after a spate of suicides in the county. For a while the book was an indie classic, popular but not overly so but since Netflix adapted the book for a series it’s been launched into the public eye and criticised for its handling of a teen suicide.

While the book itself didn’t originally come under too much fire, and was in fact thought of as insightful and praised, the Netflix series has been accused of glorifying suicide and breaking guidelines on how suicides should be portrayed. Read More

New Adaptation for ‘My Cousin Rachel’ Due for Release and the Trailer is Dark

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Fox Searchlight Pictures is due to release a brand new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel of the same name and its due for release in just a couple of weeks. My Cousin Rachel might not be as well known as Rebecca but it shouldn’t be overlooked, it offers the same Gothic foreboding du Maurier is well known for and the trailer looks amazing! Read More

New Adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express Coming

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Agatha Christie remains one of the best selling authors in the world, more than forty years after her death, and her thrilling mysteries have been adapted many times for screen and stage. In 1974 Murder on the Orient Express was adapted for movie, and this year it’s being remade by 20th Century Fox with release planned later this year.

The new screenplay is written by Michael Green and is based on the 1934 novel of the same name. Kenneth Branagh will be directed and it’s thought filming is well underway for the Hercule Poirot mystery. Read More