Open Discussion: Diverse Books into Movies

Happy Saturday, Reader Friends!

I can’t believe how long it’s been since we’ve had a Saturday open discussion. Today I want to discuss some diverse books that have recently been made into movies.

There are so many questions going around in my brain, but I’ll limit them so I don’t bombard you. 😉

But first, I want to mention some of the books I’m taking about. Please note that none of these are considered Christian fiction. I’m not even sure if they are considered clean reads. I bring this subject up in hopes that it will filter into the umbrella of clean/Christian reads.

  1. Do you think this trend will continue?
  2. What books would you like to be see made into movies?
  3. How do you support these recent changes?

5 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Diverse Books into Movies

  1. I cannot wait for The Hate U Give to come out. The book was amazing! I didn’t read “To All the Boys I’ve Love Before” but the Netflix movie was wonderful. And I heard that “Crazy Rich Asians” was actually better than the book (something that barely ever happens). There need to be more quality made flicks of Christian fiction (not cheesy ones) and more quality flicks of diverse fiction (including diverse Christian fiction). I’m hoping Netflix picks up more of these movies/shows that the “traditional” market is ignoring. “The Help” was another good one that they adapted into a movie.
    1. I hope this trend continues because it is beautiful!
    2. I have been following Angie Thomas on IG for over a year and am so excited about The Hate U Give that I can barely think of another answer! Let me see…I read the memoir by Reyna Grande “The Distance Between Us” and I feel that would lend itself well to a movie adaptation. “I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” wasn’t my fav book but would be a good movie, I think. I liked “Oney” and think that would make a great historical movie. I would love for our books to be made into movies, because I think they’re great. A bit biased…but what can I say…
    3. I support them by telling people by mouth and on social media about ones I like.

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  2. I haven’t read any of the books, but thought All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was really cute. I’m hearing great things about Crazy Rich Asians too.

    Lynette Eason’s novel-to-movie, Her Stolen Past, demonstrates another facet of this trend: the characters in Lynette’s novel/ebook first written for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line were white, but when Lifetime picked up her story for a movie, they cast African American actors in the roles of hero and heroine, and most of the supporting roles too.

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    1. Yes! I watched Her Stolen Past because I’m a Lynette Eason fan. I was really surprised that Lifetime did an African American cast but I also loved the change. It seems often that it’s the other way around.

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  3. Diversity is great sometimes, but not always. I think it depends on intent and context. I’m a big Shakespeare buff: and a few years ago had the honour of going to see a Shakespeare play in Stratford upon Avon: it was a rendition of JuIius Ceasar with an entirely black-British cast set in a modern African state. And it worked-really well, I loved the play.

    However, a major London based theatre decided to put a couple of Shakespeare’s other history plays, Henry V and Richard II, which were about Medieval English Kings, with women playing the leading roles. That just didn’t work for me at all. Especially considering that one of the Kings was known to be 6 foot tall and heavily built, and they cast a slim lady in his role.
    I recall the promotional material showed a tiny little head poking out of a suit of armour, and thought she looked like Joan of Arc or something. Nope, it was meant to be Henry.

    So yeah, diversity is OK, but forced diversity where it does not fit, or diversity just to tick boxes or as virtue signalling annoys me.

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