Turning books into films has been surprisingly good nowadays, regardless of the important chapters that are left out. Whichever genre floats your boat, there’s a film book for everyone. Urbanippie recommends films that touched our soul as much the book. The list is prodigal.
The Fault in our stars (2014)
Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam. The transition into a film was as original as the book, the essence of the story was captured well.
Half a yellow sun (2013)
Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to Nigeria in the 1960s. Soon they diverge on different paths. As a civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as the join the fight to establish an independent republic. It’s unfortunate that this adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel is not better known. There’s a heartfelt quality, and it is valuable for being a reminder of a piece of history.
The help (2011)
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from university determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives and a Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.
The devil wears Prada (2006)
Andy is an aspiring writer who gets stuck working for Runway magazine instead. The better she is at her job, her personal life takes a dip. She starts missing out on important events, like her boyfriends birthday and as she inches closer to success, she adapts her bosses attitude, a woman she despises. She loses herself and stabs a colleague in the back to save her job. Fortunately, she comes around when Miranda ( her boss) tells her she sees a lot of herself in Andy. Instead of being flattered, she quits her job, walks away.
Life of Pi (2012)
In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.
Queen Sugar TV series (2016)
The television series continues the conversation about the black lives matter movement. Nonetheless, the series follows the life of three siblings–brother Ralph-Angel (trying to rebuild his life after jail) and sisters, Nova Bordelon (social activist, root woman, and herbalist) and Charley Bordelon (L.A. basketball wife), who, with her teenage son Micah, moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father – an 800-acre sugarcane farm.