From Page to Screen: New TV & Movie Adaptations

April 3rd, 2022 by

If you’re like me, then as soon as you finish an outstanding book, you want to do three things:

  1. Magically relive the experience of reading it again for the first time
  2. Tell everyone about it
  3. Watch a TV or movie adaptation that perfectly captures everything about it

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to achieve #1.

Fortunately, I have Kidsmomo in order to accomplish #2.

As for #3, well, it’s probably an impossible wish for an adaptation to perfectly capture everything about a book — so I’m happy to give any adaptation a try, just so long as it extends my experience with the characters and world of a favorite story. And if it’s not great? Luckily, I can always go back and reread the original book!

In that spirit, I’m excited to spread the word about three new TV/film adaptations of beloved books:

Theodosia series on HBO Max, based on the book series by R.L. LaFevers

When I first heard about this new streaming show, I was positively shocked — not because the books would make for a bad adaptation, but because it took soooooooooo long for this to happen! Did you know that the first Theodosia book came out in 2007? And I was kind of a latecomer because I didn’t even read it until 2010 (check out my Kidsmomo review from back then). But I guess that kind of timing doesn’t really matter when you’re talking about a story that takes place in the early 1900s and deals with ancient Egyptian curses! Watch the magic come to life in the trailer below!

Better Nate Than Ever movie on Disney+, based on the novel by Tim Federle

Here are a few things I love: Broadway musicals, New York City, funny books. Put them all together, and you’ve got Better Nate Than Ever! In both the book and the movie, Nate is a complete Broadway fanatic who is often bullied because no one else in his Pennsylvania hometown really understands him. The only person who truly gets him is his best friend, Libby, who convinces him to sneak away to NYC to audition for a new Broadway show. As you can imagine, Nate is not necessarily prepared for what he encounters in the big city, but there’s no stopping him now! Read my Kidsmomo review of the book for more info, and then check out the movie trailer below!

Coming Soon – The Bad Guys movie, based on the book series by Aaron Blabey

Starting April 22, movie theaters across the country will be overtaken by evil animals who only care about themselves and can never be trusted… or is that just an unfair reputation that they don’t deserve? In the book series, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, and Mr. Shark are determined to prove that they’re not the villains everyone believes they are, but their attempts at good deeds don’t always go as planned. From the movie trailer below, it seems like the film may not follow the books exactly, but it does seem to capture the same humor. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see — and in the meantime, you can read the books!

Have YOU watched any of these TV/movie adaptations yet or read the original books? Leave a comment with your thoughts! In your view, how do the adaptations compare to the books?

— Karen

Karen also recently discovered that Apple TV+ has a show based on the book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh — but Karen doesn’t have access to Apple TV+. Harriet would probably have a solution to this, but as we know from the book, Harriet’s spying did not always end well for her. So Karen is probably going to stick to reading about Harriet’s adventures for now.

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