Dorin and Kendyl tackle David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—a marathon novel with a large cast of outlandish characters—with a focus on identity, David’s surprising faith in people, and an even more unexpected defense of Dora.
Is The Secret Garden the perfect book for quarantine? Dorin and Kendyl think it just might be, with it’s fresh-baked-bread-wholesomeness, themes of how nature connects us all, and early meditations on mental health.
The colors. The music. The farce. There was so much to love about the 2020 film adaptation of Emma and the team gets into it in this episode, but not without a few disagreements along the way.
The team is back to praising Lana Condor’s acting while covering To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020), even though they have some fairly big issues with the movie’s structure. But who can say no to John Ambrose McLaren?
In this episode, Jenn and Kendyl have some differing reactions to Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020), from the pacing to the character interpretations.
Is there anything like the nostalgia we have for middle school? Can we ever really see ourselves clearly? Will some people be bonded to you forever? Corey, Jenn, and Kendyl dive deep into the world of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys universe with the second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You.
Jess, Dorin, and Kendyl watched the first series of His Dark Materials (2019- ) and talk through the timeline, daemon, and character adaptations in this episode.
Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss the 2019 film adaptation Little Women, the important character beats, and how it compares to past adaptations.
It might not technically be an adaptation, but the hosts couldn’t resist talking about Frozen II (2019): the emotional new songs, cute new sidekicks, and Kristoff’s Best Boyfriend award.
In this episode, Adaptation discusses Let It Snow (2019) with hosts that have and hosts that have not read the John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle novel it’s based on.
In covering the Hulu series Looking for Alaska (2019), the Adaptation hosts consider the target audience, who sees Alaska as she is, and the changes the show made to the friendship dynamics from the John Green novel.
Covering Jojo Rabbit (2019) in this episode leads the team to discuss the absurdist tone, unlearning prejudice, and the great shifts in plot from the original novel.
With all the love they have for the Addams family unit, we try very hard to find something to love in 2019’s animated reboot The Addams Family.
Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl try to get to the truth of Caging Skies by Christine Leunens while desperately trying to contain their anger at the main character.
In this episode, we get into the complexities of the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass.
Dorin and Kendyl cover the film The Goldfinch (2019), what it focused on from the very long book, how the themes came through, and how the characters were adapted.
Dorin, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the character journeys in It Chapter Two (2019), the adult casting, and how the flashbacks worked with the story.
Jenn, Jess, and Kendyl dive into the third John Green novel that we’ve covered on Adaptation, Looking for Alaska. The group talks through the friendships, the pranks, and seeing others fully.
Corey and Kendyl are back for the movie adaptation Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (2019), still worrying over the portrayal of mental illness in this story, but also discussing how sympathetic the characters are and how the movie focuses the book themes.
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.