Off The Top Of My Head TV/Movies That Should Get Novelizations

Since I even thought about the prospect of reading a novelization I had a list of shows that I want need to be books. Also, I have been thinking about covers that books turned to or from movies get. The cool thing about movies/shows turned into books is there is more unique cover choses. Here is my list off the top of my head in no particular order.

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1. Belle

Image: Wikipedia.

There are not a lot of cover options but I like this  a lot as you can see since I talk about it a lot on here.

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2. Beyond The Lights

Image: the first image is from Wikipedia and the second is from New DVD Release Dates. Which one do you think is better? I think I lean more toward the first because of the color pallete used.Image result for empire tv show posters

3. Empire

Image: imdb

Empire is another hard one because it has multiple seasons and lots of really amazing covers. It has so many beautiful posters based off this theme alone. What I think is important for the cover to have is all of the family/reoccurring characters because in my head all of them are going to get a point of view chapter.

Quick spoiler: there can be even a cover of the Empire logo when Hakeem took over

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4. Jane the Virgin

Image: Wikipedia

Wanted to keep this one non-spoilery so first season poster. I know this one will be at least 300 pages because so much happens.

Claws Poster

5. Claws

Image: imdb

As soon as I saw Claws I thought this could be a novel. It could be in the genre that  book like Hap and Leonard are classified as.

Since these are all popular shows/movies they have an audience behind them who can buy the books. If you have any diverse novelization recommendations please give them below (I need diverse recommendations badly). If you watch these shows what poster from the show do you like the most?

(header is from tvline)

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298: Belle

 

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Synopsis

From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (May 2014) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goode—a stunning story of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high society England and raised as a lady.

The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sent to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth. When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting, Belle vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates the great civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery.

Belle includes 20 pages of black-and-white photos.

The Good

One of the things I loved so much is that it is so readable. I learned so much about Black London and English history. Slavery in England is not talked about that much so it was interesting and at times super traumatic to read.

This is my first non-fiction book I have finished which fueled my interest in the category.

The Meh

It is more about the people and events around Belle than about Belle.

Recommend

If you’re looking for Classic novel ~ Ourika by Claire Duras

If you want a period piece that is more about Belle~ Belle (the movie)

If you want book that deals with black people in Europe in 18th century~ Black Count by Tom Reiss (currently reading)

293: Ourika (Spoilers)

I read Ourika originally on January 28th of last year. I randomly picked this book back up and reread it in May. So here are my opinions now.

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Based on a true story, Ourika relates the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the French Revolution. Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of her difference until she overhears a conversation that makes her suddenly conscious of her race – and of the prejudice it arouses. From this point on, Ourika lives her life not as a French woman but as a black woman “cut off from the entire human race.” As the Reign of Terror threatens her and her adoptive family, Ourika struggles with her unusual position as an educated African woman in eighteenth-century Europe. A best-seller in the 1820s, Ourika captured the attention of Duras’s peers, including Stendhal, and became the subject of four contemporary plays. The work represents a number of firsts: the first novel set in Europe to have a black heroine, the first French literary work narrated by a black female protagonist, and, as John Fowles points out in the foreword to his translation, “the first serious attempt by a white novelist to enter a black mind.” An inspiration for Fowles’s acclaimed novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Ourika will astonish and haunt modern readers.

The Good

Rereading this I can definitely understand why this meant so much to me during the time I read it. Ourika deals with:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Transracial issues
  • White privilege
  • Depression
  • People lack of knowledge of mental illness

Depression

All these topics are dealt with in 47 pages (my edition). This go around the way it deals with depression really surprised me. It not only dealt with how a person who is going through depressions feels but also people’s reaction to it. We as a society have to educate ourselves on mental illness as a whole. It is very sad to have opinions that characters are saying to Ourika mirror what people say today.

Racism and Sexism

When I first read this I did not catch how much Ourikas caretaker and “brother” Charles kind of treat her like a pet. She is given the best in education but still they seem to not really listen to her. I feel a lot of her problems could have been lessened if she had a nice supportive black network. This second reading makes me completely not ship/want Charles and Ourika together.

I feel Charles fiancé, Anais, is meant to be a foil to Ourika. She is the epitome of European perfect woman standards: innocent, modest, and white. It is understandable if Ourika loved Charles why she felt hurt by her presence. Ourika has the same or similar breeding to her so Ourika could have been easily Charles fiancé but her blackness in terms of society is holding her back. Also, even if she loved him just as a brother Anais is propelling Charles into another phase into his life that Ourika can not enter. She cannot make that entrance into society because of again her blackness.

So I officially could not stand the marquise this go around. From a viewpoint of how you deal with mental illness, race, sexism she as a character got on my nerves. She saw herself as a person who is telling you like it T.I. is but she is hurting people. Sometimes we do this thing (currently and the past) where we excuse people who say hurtful things because that is how they are or they are telling the truth. In the final moment of the novel she gets mad at Ourika because Ourika is dealing with depression. Marquise goes into this rant about how Ourika should pull herself up because she is so privileged not to be a slave. I’m like but she still has to deal with racism and sexism. That you think her entire sadness has to deal with just Charles taps into your white woman privilege. =_=
Her: “All this started with Charles”
Me: No it started when you said she had no future as a black woman in this society.

I can see from way that racism works this would have eventually happened. You can’t raise Ourika up like she is an average (average=white) girl whose sole purpose is to into society but when that wakeup call happens you are shocked. They see her as a sort of pet or something. They never expect for something to happen but it is understandable seeing as they themselves never have to deal personally with race. They neither have or want to have the tools to actually help Ourika.

The Bad

“…evacuates a politics of race”- Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination (found this quote about Ourika, really need to get this book)

When I first read this I was so amazed that Claire Duras deals with a black woman with depression. Now that I have grown in my understanding of not only black issues but also mental illness I can say I feel the ending was a cop-out. For the time period this book was written in this ending was probably normal but from a stand point of black issues and mental illness it was not the best for the main character to die. By doing this she skirted dealing with the racism and depression that the main character faced. Also, she slipped into a very heavy tropes: killing of people with mental illness and black people. It is annoying because this novella could have easily been a 500+ or so novel. From the standpoint of this being by a white author and written in 18th century it is understandable why this ended like it did. Present day authors can barely deal with mental illness and race (not to mention all the other issues brought up in this book) so it’s not surprising how this ended but it is disappointing.

Conclusion

I can see why I found this at my local college library because it would work well for academic study. I wish that more people read and knew about it. I have to agree with past me  that this book deals with so many issues that classic novels (or at least the ones I have read) don’t. Sadly, I did leave this novel not loving it as much as when I first read it just because I see all the ways it failed now.

Recommendations

Belle (movie)~ if you want more of a period piece that you usually get but without erasing the issues of the time period

Black Count by Tom Reiss (currently reading) ~more context into black people and the issues they had to deal with during the French revolution time period

[all images and synopsis are from goodreads]