Jess and Kendyl read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star and have a ton to say about destiny versus chance, identity, and the butterfly effect.
Dorin and Kendyl cover Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary, what parts come from reality, the wendigo myth, and what exactly is so horrifying about this story.
The Adaptation Team discuss the many, many characters in Bird Box (2018) compared to the book, how the tension held up when we could actually see what was going on, and how they see Malorie’s maternal instincts.
Jenn and Kendyl read Bird Box by Josh Malerman and now they are theorizing about mystery creatures and discussing living versus surviving—all with their eyes tightly shut.
Jess and Kendyl talk Mary Poppins Returns (2018), how it stacks up to the original, references to the books, and the gorgeous costumes.
The team plays fast and loose with the definition of “adaptation” so that they can cover Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), the newest addition to the Potterverse, about which ours hosts hold very strong opinions.
Jenn and Kendyl return with a discussion of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) and the book and ballet it’s based on.
This time around, Jenn and Kendyl discuss the film adaptation The Hate U Give (2018), the standout performances, and the changes from the text that might have strengthened the story.
Nicole, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, complete with talk about the way it speaks to multiple audiences, covers difficult topics, and portrays real experiences accurately.
In this double episode, the team cover both the book and film versions of Crazy Rich Asians while falling in love with Awkwafina’s comedic timing and Henry Golding’s . . . comedic timing.
We’re pretty proud of this adaptation for doing things right. Jenn, Corey, and Kendyl discuss the John Hughes vibe, the exceptional acting, and the possibility of a sequel to Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018).
*SPOILER WARNING* Corey and Kendyl talk a bit about the next books in the series, so beware if you’re planning to read them and are spoiler adverse.
Jenn, Corey, and Kendyl dig into Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before complete with discussion of the let’s-pretend-we’re-dating trope, family dynamics, and Nice Guys™.
Dorin and Kendyl discuss The Darkest Minds (2018) adaptation, what was left out, and Kendyl reiterates how terrified she’d be of Oranges.
Jenn and Kendyl talk about all the members of the misfit group of super-teens and the representation of trauma and manipulation in Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds.
Dorin and Kendyl discuss the film adaptation of On Chesil Beach (2017), author intent, and how very cringy we felt watching it.
Jenn and Kendyl discuss the film adaptation Every Day (2018), and whether focusing on Rhiannon was the right choice, or took away from the interesting parts of the premise.
Dorin and Kendyl cover another deep, tragic novel so, of course, this one’s a little longer than normal. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan deals with sexuality, stigma, and the emotional damage that can come from not being educated.
Quick Disclaimer: We are not experts on asexuality and it is more than possible that we got something wrong during our discussion. If so, we apologize and would appreciate you letting us know what it was so we can further educate ourselves. Thanks 🙂
Jenn and Kendyl are back to talk about the film Love, Simon (2018), which took a few liberties from the book that Kendyl (and Jess, in absentia) is not happy about. But Jenn brings the non-reader perspective to even things out.