5 Netflix Movies That Are Also Books That Can Be Read In Quarantine
In a quarantine period like this, people will find that it's quite easy to get stuck behind a screen for hours on end in order to pass the time.
But there are many other ways to keep yourself busy that don't involve an endless void of streaming content on Netflix.
Netflix has even given some suggestions to help by providing a list of Netflix movies that are based on books that you might be able to enjoy.
Welcome to the Netflix Book Club:
1. Lost Girls
Lost Girls is based on the 2013 non-fiction novel Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker.
GoodReads.com describes it like this:
Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever, and the dangers remain all too real. Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.
This movie is based on the 2012 book entitled Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, by Deborah Feldman.
Goodreads.com summarizes the book by saying:
As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah’s desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, for the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.
3. The Stranger
The Stranger is a British mystery thriller series based on the Harlan Coben novel by the same name.
Goodreads.com gives the bone-chilling details below:
Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.
Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife ... and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.
4. Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon is a Netflix series is based on the Richard K. Morgan novel by the same name.
GoodReads.com has this to say about the book's plot:
Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.
5. To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
This movie is based on the Jenny Han novel entitled P.S. I Still Love You. It is also the sequel to another book written by Han entitled To All the Boys I Loved Before. There is a Netflix adaption to this book as well.
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
And the list goes on. Netflix shared a graphic with an additional set of books that can be read and streamed:
Of course all of these books can be found online for purchase on places like Amazon.com, but many can be found in The Lafayette Parish Library's Online Database for rent with a library card, or on archive.org.
So, take a second. Sit back. Breathe. Snuggle up in your bed or go sit out on your porch and put your nose in a book to escape the sometimes overwhelming effects of reality.