It’s official friends. Those tattered old paperbacks forced on us during high school are becoming ~cool~
Case in point: The Handmaids Tale featuring Elizabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley.
Originally written by Margaret Atwood, this series – coming to Hulu in April – will have you hooked quick smart (it’s hauntingly real thanks to a certain Cheeto running things in the US).
For anyone that hasn’t read the book, the trailer below may leave you a tad confused. So in short: The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in the fictional Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian state which has replaced the US. Due to low-birth rates, Handmaids like Offred (Moss) are ‘trained’ (see: forced) in ‘traditional values’ (see: subservience) and provided to elite couples struggling to reproduce. Set in the not-so-distant future, the series/book discusses the systematic disenfranchisement of women in a fictional (but frighteningly possible) future.
Did we mention it’s also great as a related text if you’re a current Year Twelver?
Watch the trailer for more (post continues after video):
All this hullabaloo about The Handmaid’s Tale got us thinking. What other books have hit the screen, surged in popularity recently or should become flicks in their own right?
Bonus: If you’re looking for a ‘Discovery’ related text that’s easy to get through (i.e. visual) but with the same oomph! as a book, we got you.
Books that have become pretty decent movies.
The Help sees 22-year-old Skeeter (Emma Stone) returning to her home town of Mississippi in 1962 with a degree but no ring on her finger (a Big Deal in the South those days). Seeking solace and guidance from her dastardly single ways, Skeeter searches for her beloved maid Constantine – who could comfort her better than the woman who raised her? – but she’s nowhere to be found. Instead, she befriends Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer), maids who help her lift the lid on the institutional mistreatment of African American ‘help’.
Tackling issues of race, gender, the US Civil Rights movement and female empowerment, The Help was and is, a damn good book and a great film.
Favourite Quote: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
We’ve been known to pray to Eyebrow Goddess Cara Delevingne from time to time but after viewing Paper Towns (originally written by John Green) we had to change a few things. After all, she plainly deserves a thrice daily blessing.
Delevingne stars as Margo Roth Spiegelman a high school girl who’s long been the apple of neighbour Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobson’s (Nat Wolff) eye. After Margo disappears following a night of revenge pranks, Q must follow the clues Margo has left behind to find her.
Paper Towns is a classic coming of age story that’ll hit you in the feels regardless of whether you’re dissecting it for an essay or reading simply for pleasure.
Favourite Quote: “You have to get lost before you find yourself.”
Books we can’t wait to hit our screens.
Sense of an Ending.
Based on a novel of the same name by Julian Barnes, Sense of an Ending is an excellent example of a small book that packs a big punch. Following protagonist Tony from adolescence to old age (in quick fashion, don’t worry), Sense of an Ending shows just how much life can change, the role of memory and the identity-fuddling existentialism that comes with the territory of age.
The film adaption is due for release in the US March 2017 with Australia to follow.
Favourite Quote: “I had wanted life not to bother me too much, and had succeeded – and how pitiful that was.”
Before I Fall.
A good Y.A book has never steered us wrong. No book exemplifies this quite like Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. And we’re not the only ones who got hooked; BIF is set to hit the big screen in March of 2017.
Following high school senior Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) who discovers she might be living the last day of her life over and over again until she gets it right, Before I Fall is a book that asks, ‘What would you do with your last day on earth?’ and raises questions of life’s meaning and purpose.
Favourite Quote: “The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side.”
A book that has resurged in popularity .
We’ve all heard the hot goss: Nineteen Eighty-Four is topping the Amazon best seller list thanks to Ol’ Trump but did you know why?
The answer lies in the key themes of the book.
Written by George Orwell in 1949, Nineteen Eighty-Four follows protagonist Winston who works for the Ministry of Truth (who are actually responsible for everything but truth) as he works and lives under omnipresent (i.e. all. the. time) government surveillance by Big Brother and the Thought Police. Their favourite hobbies? Stamping out individuality. And we’re not talking a piercing your mum would disagree with…
Favourite Quote: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”