Dorin and Kendyl read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a 770 page book, and now they are tired. But they have just enough energy left to work through all the feelings that the book gave them in this episode.
Corey and Kendyl dive into the novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and have a lot of feelings about recognizing when people need help, romanticizing mental illness, and creative outlets as a “cure” for depression.
Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl dig into the myth, the humor, and the ineffability of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
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.