Jeff Mohlman Blog: Top Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2018
Jeff Mohlman is a movie buff. He is also a fan of books, especially those dealing with obscure characters from the past. 2018 has provided moviegoers with a bumper harvest of book-to-film adaptations. If you haven’t read any of these books yet, Jeff Mohlman suggests that you curl up and read them before catching the films.
- Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan – While the movie was released to massive fanfare the past summer, the Crazy Rich Asians novel is more than your average love story. Jeff Mohlman says it’s a gripping narrative of the shifting values between different generations and worlds, and is recommended reading for those who would like to explore East Asian cultures, especially that of Chinese migrants.
- Three Seconds, Anders Rosslund and Borge Hellstrom – If you are a fan of crime thrillers, you can’t go wrong with this book by the Swedish writing team of Rosslund and Hellstrom. The novel shifts its point of view from character to character: a former criminal turned double agent; a hardened detective; and the double agent’s handler. Set mostly in and around Stockholm, the film adaptation takes the action to New York. Whether the film would do justice to the hard-boiled nature of the book, says Jeff Mohlman, is yet to be determined as it scheduled to be released next March.
- The Devil In The White City, Erik Larson – The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago opened the Midwest to the rest of the world. However, it also formed the backdrop of a grisly series of murders that shocked an entire nation. Larson’s novel intertwines the story of Daniel Burnham, the noted architect and city designer, and H. H. Holmes, a young doctor and serial killer. While the movie is still in development, it has been reported that it will involve both Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese – a tried-and tested winning combination.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han – If you want a break from all that crime and gore, Jenny Han’s coming-of-age novel might warm your heart. Lara Jean Song, a sixteen-year-old girl, writes letters to five boys that she has fallen in love with – and keeps them unsent, tucked away in a box. When someone mails them out, all hell breaks out at school and turns Lara Jean’s world upside-down. The film, Jeff Mohlman says, captures the all the sweetness and intrigue of adolescence perfectly, much like the book does.