75th Golden Globe Awards

75th Golden Globe Awards

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Last night, or this morning depending on where you are in the world, the 75th Golden Globe Awards took place. Today I decided to look at some of the winning films and TV series that have been adapted from books.

There were a whole host of nominees that were adapted from books, 19 in fact, (I haven’t included the two books that were written especially for the movies, Dunkirk and Darkest Hour). From that list three films/TV series won Golden Globes. Lets take a look at them.

The Disaster Artist

James Franco won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

The Disaster Artist

Director – James Franco
Stars – Zoey Deutch, Alison Brie, James Franco
Rated – 15
Run Time – 104
UK Release Date – 1st December 2017

James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic ‘disasterpiece’ The Room (The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made), The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.

The film was based on the book – The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Won two awards:
– Best Television Series – Drama Category
– Elizabeth Moss – Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama Category.

The Handmaids Tale tv pic

Stars – Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

In the near future, human fertility rates collapse as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. With this chaos in place, the totalitarian, Christian theonomic government of “Gilead” establishes rule in the former United States in the aftermath of a civil war. Society is organized by power-hungry leaders along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of fanaticism and newly created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, handle money, or read.

Worldwide infertility has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, called “Handmaids”, according to an extremist interpretation of a Biblical account. They are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized rape with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

The TV series is based on the book – The Handmaids’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Big Little Lies

Won four awards:
– Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
– Nicole Kidman – Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
– Laura Dern – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
– Alexander Skarsgård – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little lies poster

Stars – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

“Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.

The TV series is based on the book – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Nominees of films/TV series adapted from books

The Sinner

Based on the book ‘The Sinner‘ by Petra Hammesfahr

The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation. So begins the slow unraveling of Cora’s past, a harrowing descent into a woman’s private hell.


Based on the book ‘The Story of Ferdinand‘ by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

Once upon a time in Spain, there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand . . .

Unlike all the other little bulls – who run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights – Ferdinand would rather sit under his favourite cork tree and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bull fights in Madrid?

First they Killed my Father

Based on the book ‘First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers‘ by Loung Ung

First they Killed my Father by Loung Ung

Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights and being cheeky to her parents.

When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Loung’s family fled their home and were eventually forced to disperse to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier while her brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. The surviving siblings were only finally reunited after the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and started to destroy the Khmer Rouge.

Bolstered by the bravery of one brother, the vision of the others and the gentle kindness of her sister, Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life.

Game of Thrones

Based on the book ‘Games of Thrones‘ by R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

Games of Thrones is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. In the first book Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Victoria and Abdul

Based on the book ‘Victoria & Abdul‘ by Shrabani Basu

Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a former assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, arrives in England at the age of twenty-four to serve at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Becoming a personal attendant to the Empress of India, within a year, he establishes himself as a power to be reckoned with at the English court, instructing the queen in Indian languages and affairs.

Their intense and controversial relationship leads to turmoil in the royal household. Victoria and Abdul examines the amazing journey by which a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role in the heart of the great British Empire and his influence over its queen at a time when independence movements in the subcontinent were gaining great momentum.

Amidst the political intrigue and conflict that influence this period, the novel tells the story of a tender love between an Indian servant and his elderly queen, a love that survived all attempts to destroy it.

The Leisure Seeker

Based on the book ‘The Leisure Seeker‘ by Michael Zadoorian

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian

Ella and John have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now they’re on the run from their doctors and middle-aged children, who just want them to go gently into that undignified night of old age.

In their trusty camper van, the pair embark on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery along Route 66. Though time is catching up with them, Ella is determined that together they’ll make it to their final destination for one more carefree day together, even if it is their last.


Based on the book ‘Mudbound‘ by Hillary Jordan

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Henry’s love of rural life is not shared by Laura, who struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.

As the Second World War shudders to an end, two young men return from Europe to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not and is sensitive to Laura’s plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the farm, comes home from war with the shine of a hero, only to face far more dangerous battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. These two unlikely friends become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.

The Boss Baby

Based on the book ‘The Boss Baby‘ by Marla Frazee

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss.

The boss baby is used to getting his way–drinks made to order 24/7, a private jet, and meetings around the clock. But when his demands aren’t getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves.

The Breadwinner

Based on the book ‘The Breadwinner‘ by Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Afghanistan: Parvana’s father is arrested and taken away by Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own.

Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation.

So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance. In fear, she goes out – and witnesses the horror of landmines, the brutality of the Taliban, and the desperation of a country trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope . . .

Call Me By Your Name

Based on the book ‘Call me by Your Name‘ by André Aciman

Call me by your name by André Aciman

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents house, a cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera.

Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference to the other. But during the warm, languorous summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them.

What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and on a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

All the Money in the World

Based on the book originally called ‘Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty‘ by John Pearson

Painfully Rich

Oil tycoon J. Paul Getty created the greatest fortune in America – and came close to destroying his own family in the process. Of his four sons who reached manhood, only one survived relatively unscathed. One killed himself, one became a drug-addicted recluse and the third had to bear the stigma all his life of being disinherited in childhood.

The unhappiness continued into the next generation, with the name Getty, as one journalist put it, ‘becoming synonymous for family dysfunction’. Getty’s once favourite grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped by the Italian mafia who cut off his ear to raise a ransom and, after a lifetime of drink and drugs, became a paraplegic. His granddaughter Aileen has AIDS. And the Getty family itself has been torn apart by litigation over their poisoned inheritance.

Molly’s Game

Based on the book ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker‘ by Molly Bloom

Mollys Game by Molly Bloom

The true story of the 26-year-old woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world

When Molly Bloom was a little girl in a small Colorado town, she dreamed of a life without rules and limits, a life where she didn’t have to measure up to anyone or anything – where she could become whatever she wanted.

She ultimately got more than she ever could have bargained for.

In Molly’s Game, she takes you through her adventures running an exclusive private poker game catering to Hollywood royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, athletes, billionaires, politicians and financial titans. With rich detail, Molly describes a world of glamour, privilege and secrecy in which she made millions, lived the high life and fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs – until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government.

The Wizard of Lies

Based on the book ‘The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and The Death of Trust‘ by Diana B. Henriques

The Wizard of Lies Bernie Madoff

Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? In “The Wizard of Lies”, Diana B. Henriques of “The New York Times” – who has led the paper’s coverage of the Madoff scandal since the day the story broke – has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews with people at all levels and on all sides of the crime, including Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest.

Henriques also provides vivid details from the various lawsuits, government investigations, and court filings that will explode the myths that have come to surround the story. A true-life financial thriller, “The Wizard of Lies” contrasts Madoff’s remarkable rise on Wall Street, where he became one of the country’s most trusted and respected traders, with dramatic scenes from his accelerating slide toward self-destruction.

It is also the most complete account of the heartbreaking personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by Madoff’s downfall – the suicides, business failures, fractured families, shuttered charities – and the clear lessons this timeless scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street.


Based on the book ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe‘ by Walter Isaacson

Einstein His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

How did Einstein’s mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how Einstein’s scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk – a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate – became the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marvelling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits and free individuals.


Based on the book series ‘Outlander‘ by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

What if your future was the past?

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

13 Reasons Why

Based on the book ‘Thirteen Reasons Why‘ by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen comes home from school to find outside his front door a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did – and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he got onto the list – what he hears will change his life forever.

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8 Responses

  1. Terri A. Wilson says:

    So many of these that I didn’t know were books first. Makes sense because it seems like a lot of movie people shop bookstores whenever they need ideas.

    • I wrote a list up when I first started blogging of adaptations, I just never got around to doing a post on them. There were many that I didn’t even know were adaptations.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    I learned so much from this post – excellent effort

  3. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the recap. I don’t normally watch the Golden Globes, but I do enjoy highlights.

  4. Nandini says:

    Loved loved loved this list and blog!

  5. J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews says:

    This pleases me. Thanks!

  6. Heidi says:

    I am glad that The Handmaid’s Tale won! It really is a good series. I love Outlander! So so so good.
    I have meaning to watch Big Little Lies. 🙂

  7. Wynne says:

    Wonderful recap! I don’t usually pay attention to events like that, but this one has been quite the hype because of Oprah’s speech