Books into film: 10 of the latest page-turners hitting screens this season

Kate Mendonca
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Whether you’re a fan of action, sci-fi, romance, or comedy, we can all agree that some of the best titles in television and movies are based on literature. Graphic novels, epic romances and mysteries have all provided the inspiration for countless titles that keep us all entertained.

One recent study explored the link between books and entertainment, and actually found that two-thirds of Canadians even say the best television shows and movies are based on books. In partnership with Indigo, the Ipsos study revealed that one in three of us have even postponed watching a TV series or movie so they could read the book it was based on first.

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Nearly half (44 per cent) of the Canadians polled use movies or TV series to learn about new books, while members of Gen Z were most likely to report felt compelled to read more as a result of watching movies or TV series based on books.

With a plethora of streaming services and plenty of free time on our hands, there’s never been a better time to dive into the world of cinema. It’s time to break out the blankets and popcorn, and queue up a few flicks that have made the leap from the page to the screen.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank Herbert. Image via Indigo.
Dune by Frank Herbert. Image via Indigo.

In this futuristic action-adventure, the son of a noble family is entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset in the galaxy.

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin

Where to watch: Hits cinemas Dec. 18, 2020.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $24

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Image via Indigo.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Image via Indigo.

While on a cruise vacation of the Nile, detective Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a beautiful and charming young heiress.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Sophie Okonedo

Where to watch: Hits cinemas Oct. 23, 2020.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $20

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Image via Indigo.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Image via Indigo.

A young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm, but upon arriving she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him — and herself.

Starring: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette

Where to watch: Netflix, out now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $15

The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin (adapted to Get Organized with the Home Edit)

The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin. Image via Indigo.
The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin. Image via Indigo.

Ever wondered what the inside of Reese Witherspoon’s closet looks like? With this Netflix series, professional organizers tackle Witherspoon’s, and the closets of people across the U.S.

Starring: Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin, produced by Reese Witherspoon

Where to watch: Netflix, out now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $30

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Image via Indigo.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Image via Indigo.

A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father in this sci-fi thriller.

Starring: Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Courtney B. Vance

Where to watch: HBO, Crave, out now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $15

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (adapted to Trickster)

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. Image via Indigo.
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. Image via Indigo.

In this CBC miniseries, an Indigenous teen named Jared struggles to keep his family afloat when a stranger named Wade arrives to turn things upside down.

Starring: Joel Oulette, Crystle Lightning, Kalani Queypo

Where to watch: CBC, begins October 2020

SHOP IT: Indigo, $17

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King. Image via Indigo.
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King. Image via Indigo.

Based on Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America, this novel (and the adapted film) dives into the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.

Starring: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Nyla Innuksuk, Thomas King

Where to watch: In cinemas now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $22

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Image via Indigo.
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Image via Indigo.

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West to live life as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Starring: Frances McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grier

Where to watch: Hits cinemas Dec. 4, 2020.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $23

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Image via Indigo.
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock. Image via Indigo.

Follow a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s in this twisting storyline that delivers excitement in every moment.

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Haley Bennett

Where to watch: Netflix, out now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $23

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. Image via Indigo.
Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. Image via Indigo.

Meet Enola Homes, Sherlock Holmes’ teenage sister and a super-sleuth in her own right, as she sets out to search for her missing mother.

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin

Where to watch: Netflix, out now

SHOP IT: Indigo, $11

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