Movie adaptations of books can either be amazing or be deceiving. Recently, I had the pleasure of reading 2 amazing books and then seeing the movie or series adaptation of it afterward. I love it mainly because it brings the story and the characters to life and it fulfills my desire to "have more" info about a book.
Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman
If you haven't heard of this book or the Oscar-nominated adaptation of it, are you living under a rock? This is the story of Elio (played by Timothee Chalamet, my new crush) who spends the summer in Italy with his family and like every year, they host an American grad student for the summer. This time it's Oliver. Elio and Oliver eventually fall in love and it is the most romantic story ever, set in beautiful northern Italy. What is the most striking in the book is the super-well written prose. I would stop at almost every page to re-read passages because they were so beautiful. In the movie, I especially loved the soundtrack and the chemistry between the two characters. I highly recommend it and I hope they win an Oscar!
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
This was on the reading list for my history class this semester and I've actually watched the series at the same time as I was reading the book. The premise is a girl, Grace Marks, who is in the Kingston Penitentiary because she is accused of the murder of her employer and his mistress. With Dr. Jordan, she goes through what happened before the event up until the murder to try to remember the events. Margaret Atwood based the story on actual events that happened in 1843a and I think it makes the story even more interesting! It's a long read but definitely worth it.