Booking Through Thursday: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

Is it wrong that my initial reaction was “it’s called Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings” and the second one was “it’s called Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes“? Both adaptations capture pretty much what I love about both books, all the while deftly adapting what needs to be changed for a visual medium. But, to be totally fair, Jackson’s treatment of Éowyn (I like to call her Éowyn Skywalker!) and Faramir were not wholly true to the book, although I found his interpretations to be quite good—but they were different. Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, manages to capture Holmes’ general insanity, Watson’s dignity, Irene’s… awesome, and the general devil-may-care approach to canon I’ve been told happens in the later collections. But then again, it’s a new story, so that probably shouldn’t count.

I think I’d have to go with Shades of Milk and Honey. The Austen television and film adaptation is just as iconic as her writing style nowadays, so I think the genre-blending fun of Shades of Milk and Honey would adapt well to the screen, as would the magic style, since it’s mostly visual. And the story itself is fairly straight forward and compact.

Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

When I encountered Shades of Milk and Honey at my local library, I just had to pick it up, despite my fantasy burnout. Rearranging and redecorating my room at home has managed to clear most of the burnout out (oddly enough), and I thought I’d read Evening’s Empire or Love in a Fallen City, two other books I’d picked up at the same time, before picking up Shades of Milk and Honey. But when I consulted Twitter, Mary Robinette Kowal herself suggested her book first, so I kind of had to—although, admittedly, I was looking for an excuse.

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