Bringing literary prose to the screen can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you already have a rich world of stories to build upon, with a legion of fans eagerly waiting to see their beloved characters come to life. On the other hand, there’s a fine line between staying faithful to the original work and taking creative liberty with it.
Be that as it may, it’s been an exciting chapter for books lately, with the myriad of page-to-screen film and TV adaptations we've been bingeing on in the past year. So, in conjunction with World Book Day 2021, which falls on April 23, whether you’re a fan of the books or someone who often goes, “Eh, I’ll just watch it when they make a movie/TV show out of it”, this watchlist is for you.
1. Shadow and Bone
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse series, Shadow and Bone is not your typical YA story about the Chosen One set in a dystopian world. Okay, it is that but with a whole lot of magic and mayhem that even those who have outgrown YA literature would be drawn to.
The show is a combination of both the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, with Bardugo working hand-in-hand with showrunner Eric Heisserer to flesh out new stories for key characters in the latter series. Against the backdrop of a young heroine coming to terms with her powers, a gang of charismatic criminals—and an emotional support goat—race against time to pull off the ultimate heist.
All eight episodes of Shadow and Bone start streaming on April 23.