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    19 Books You'll Love If You Liked Their Screen Adaptations

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    1. Book one of Preacher, a comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Much like the gory TV series adaptation, the comics are chock-full of supernatural possession and murder that'll keep you more than entertained, with eight more volumes to binge-read afterward.

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    The saga follows a Texan preacher named Jesse Custer who becomes possessed by a powerful supernatural being called Genesis. As he journeys across America to find God (accompanied by his ex-girlfriend and an alcoholic vampire), Custer discovers just how powerful he has become since being bonded with Genesis.

    The biggest difference between the comics and the television series probably lies in how you'll perceive Jesse Custer. The comics make him out to be a generally good guy caught up in a bad situation, while the on-screen adaptation completely villainizes him.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.56 or Indigo for $18.52. Also available on Kindle.

    2. A copy of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is both a sci-fi and a coming of age story that explores the meaning of love and mortality. It'll take you through twists and turns with all of the fun (and insight) that clones, a love triangle, and inevitable death can bring.

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    The story is told by a 31-year-old "carer" named Kathy through a series of flashbacks. We learn about her childhood at Hailsham, a school with a mysterious motive that is revealed as the story unravels. We follow Kathy's memories from childhood onward as she recalls her relationships with her friends (Ruth and Tommy), and discover what it truly means to be an "organ donor" in the chilling world of Never Let Me Go.

    The film sort of skims over the fact that Kathy and Ruth have a meaningful friendship, and instead embeds their relations in the fact that they're both interested in Tommy. The novel is much more involved with establishing their relationships, which makes the story all the more compelling.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.85 or Indigo for $18.03. Also available on Kindle.

    3. Copies of Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi. The two comics depict a moving autobiography, following Satrapi's life in Iran and Austria during and after the Islamic Revolution.

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    Persepolis depicts a compelling story that details the effects of the Iran-Iraq war in a politically volatile state. Told through the eyes of a younger version of herself, Satrapi thoughtfully illustrates how the Islamic Revolution impacted her search for identity, in a way that speaks to more than just her own personal experiences.

    The film is very similar to the Persepolis graphic novels, but you'll appreciate the latter if you want to give yourself the time needed to digest her point of view.

    Get the first volume for $20.31 and second volume for $17.95, both on Amazon Canada.

    4. A copy of The Color Purple by Alice Walker that explores the cyclical nature of racism, sexism, and trauma, and the importance of voice. It's a powerful book that confronts intense abuse and difficult topics from the perspective of a young black girl living in rural 1930s Georgia.

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    The Color Purple follows Celie, who tells her story through a series of brutally honest letters she writes to God. At only 14, Celie is coping with extreme abuse from her father and the death of her mother. As the narrative progresses, we see Celie combat the preconceptions that have been forced upon her since childhood as she learns to overcome her traumas.

    Spielberg's film adaptation certainly stays true to the novel's themes, but definitely differs in ways, too (like variances in character traits, the exclusion of the letters, and a shift of focus from Celie to Albert at the end of the film). If you liked the film and haven't read the book, it's worth the read — even if it's just to examine those differences.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.30. Also available on Kindle.

    5. A copy of I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara, which covers the investigation of the Golden State Killer. If you loved the HBO series, are a fan of true crime, or are as obsessed with My Favorite Murder as I am, then do yourself a favour and read this.

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    McNamara writes with extensive empathy toward the lives affected most by the killer, creating an understanding of who his victims actually were (without sensationalizing or glorifying the man behind the crimes). You'll also learn about the life of McNamara herself, and how she became so entangled in the case.

    The HBO series does a great job at adapting the book, and might even lend a hand in understanding the case better (because it's ordered more chronologically than the book is). Despite that, it's important to see the work McNamara did before her death, and the work her husband Patton Oswalt, investigative journalist Billy Jensen, and crime writer Paul Haynes did to complete her story.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.95 or Indigo for $16.11 (originally $21.99). Also available on Kindle.

    6. A copy of Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman that'll take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Much like the recent film starring Timothée Chalamet (*swoon*), the novel focuses on the romantic relationship that develops between two Jewish boys in 1980s Italy.

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    Call Me By Your Name is narrated by Elio, who recalls the passionate and melancholy summer spent with Oliver in Italy in 1987. The book very much displays the intense desire that's often paired with stories of first love and sexual awakening, which, although is present in the film, is even more fierce in the novel (probably because we actually get to read Elio's internal monologue). The film also only portrays Elio as a teenager, while the novel brings us into Elio's life as an adult (up to 20 years later), giving us an even deeper examination of his character.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.52 or Indigo for $16.69. Also available on Kindle.

    7. The first volume of Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo that'll awaken a deep appreciation for Neo-Tokyo and Japanese cyberpunk. If you've seen the film and loved it, you'll be pleased to discover it only covers the first of six volumes — meaning there is so much more story to explore.

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    The Akira manga series follows a pretty big array of characters (some with superhuman abilities), but largely focuses on Kaneda, Kei, and Tetsuo and their trials and tribulations with gang violence, societal pressures, political corruption, and growing up.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.69 or Indigo for $29.99. You can pick up the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes, too.

    8. A copy of The Godfather by Mario Puzo that'll immerse you into the world of Don Vito Corleone. Yes, everyone is obsessed with the films (and that's fair!), but without reading the book, you're missing out on an entire subplot, alternate ending, and in-depth character backstories.

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    The Godfather follows a fictional Mafia family in New York City from 1945—1955 amidst a violent mob war. There's a heck of a lot of murder, revenge, and status shuffling within the Corleone family, particularly the ascent of the youngest son, Michael Corleone.

    Though the first novel primarily served as the basis of all three feature films, there are actually five (!!!) books in the series. There's also The Sicilian by Mario Puzo, The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge by Mark Winegardner, and even a prequel called The Family Corleone by Edward Falco. So if you needed more mafia and crime in your life, there's plenty to work with here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20 or Indigo for $23. Also available on Kindle.

    9. A copy of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood that'll rock your world if "true crime" is basically your middle name. Capote (journalist and writer of Breakfast At Tiffany's) investigates a quadruple murder in Kansas to give us a detailed recount of the events that ensued.

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    In Cold Blood tells us the tragic story of how four members of the Clutter family were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas, back in 1959. Through Capote's rigorous research and interviews, he reveals the lives of the victims and the murderers in this unnerving non-fictional narrative.

    Director Richard Brooks excludes certain details in the film, particularly when it comes to the lives of the murderers. Capote on the other hand manages to humanize the Humbolt killers by revealing intimate details of their lives (possibly because of the bond he formed with Perry Smith, who gave said details before Smith was sentenced to death) — which makes the book all the more intriguing.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.79 or Indigo for $21. Also available on Kindle.

    10. A copy of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity that'll make you laugh at the absurdity of heartbreak, life, and death (y'know, all the juicy stuff). If you're looking to relate with a character going through a period of serious self-reflection, this quirky book might be the one for you.

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    High Fidelity introduces us to record shop owner Rob Fleming (the protagonist), who is going through a bit of a rough patch in his life. After his girlfriend leaves him, he enters somewhat of an existential crisis that prompts him to reflect on his past relationships, and why they all went down the drain.

    Though Stephen Frears's rom-com rendition has a very similar feel to the book, you won't want to miss out on Hornby's witty and hilarious writing style.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.34 or Indigo for $23. Also available on Kindle.

    11. A copy of No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy that'll immerse you in hitman Anton Chigurh's sinister hunt for Llewelyn Moss (who stumbled upon a heck ton of money at the gory scene of a drug deal gone wrong).

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    K, obviously the film adaptation was absolutely phenomenal (big thanks to Javier Bardem, who blows my mind every single time I watch it). But that's also thanks to Cormac McCarthy, who actually wrote the novel with the intent of it becoming a screenplay.

    The Coen Brothers didn't change a whole lot in their adaptation, but you'll notice differences in how the end plays out, and how much more the Sheriff and Llewelyn's wife are discussed in the book. It's definitely worth the read if you enjoyed the film, especially if you want to see just how good of a job the Coen Brothers did with the adaptation.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.51 or Indigo for $21.56. Also available on Kindle.

    12. The first volume of Frank Miller's Sin City series that'll suck you into the neo-noir world of Basin City's crime. With dark and striking illustrations, the artwork of Miller's graphic novels makes each volume all the more intriguing (even if much of the series' stories rely on a damsel-in-distress narrative we've heard time and time again).

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    The film adaptation of Sin City is mostly based on Miller's first, third, and fourth books, but there are a total of seven volumes to explore. The graphic novels introduce us to a bunch of recurring characters, with stories that intertwine from volume to volume. If you want grit, crime, violence, and steamy romance, these babies should hit the spot.

    Get the paperback copy on Amazon for $19.99. Also available on Kindle.

    13. The first volume of Nausicaä, which was written and illustrated by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki. This manga is actually credited for the foundation of Studio Ghibli — which produced popular films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The more you know!

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    Nausicaä follows Nausicaä, the princess of the Valley of the Wind. She takes her father's place as military chief, flies a super cool "jet-glider," and has a supernatural ability to communicate with animals. She questions the previous generations' choices and fights to destroy their destructive technology.

    As with many on-screen adaptions, the film skims over a lot that Nausicaä has to offer. Which is fair, given that there are seven volumes of manga (and the film was only based on the first two). That being said, the plot of the movie is much more simplified, and glosses over the overarching political conflict that makes the manga so enjoyable to read.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.68 or Indigo for $17.99. Also available in the complete box set.

    14. A copy of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, because it's just so iconic. If you've ever been interested in the war on drugs and the American dream, it's probably about time you pick this baby up.

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    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is a wild ride from start to finish. At first glance, it may just seem like ramblings of a drug-induced state of mind — but as you delve deeper into the novel, you start to see a larger narrative and analysis of what American culture was like in the 1960s.

    Though the book might be just as stressful to endure as Terry Gilliam's film adaptation, there's plenty to enjoy (including Ralph Steadman's wild illustrations and an even more sinister Dr. Gonzo).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.64 or Indigo for $18.83. Also available on Kindle.

    15. A copy of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt that’ll take you deep within the Southern States of America in the 1980s. It reads like a fictional novel, but is based on the true events surrounding the murder of Danny Hansford.

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    Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil takes place in Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s. Berendt actually goes to Savannah to investigate the murder of a local male sex worker, all while exploring the city and getting to know the eccentric characters who live there.

    The film is more removed from the truth than the book, particularly in terms of characters and the portrayal of the trials. John Berendt himself is a large part of the narrative in his novel, whereas his character is replaced altogether in the film.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18 or Indigo for $23. Also available on Kindle.

    16. A copy of Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. If you are obsessed with the movie (or the HBO series), there's no doubt that you'd enjoy the original comic, too.

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    Much like the film, Watchmen investigates the murder of Edward "Eddie" Blake — aka The Comedian. We follow Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre as they confront mass destruction and death.

    Aside from cutting a few characters and altering some details, director Zack Snyder of Watchmen (the film) created an adaptation very close to the graphic novel. The HBO series is quite different on the other hand, taking place in modern-day America (as opposed to the gritty 1980s Cold War era the film and novel were set in). There's a ton to unpack when it comes to the differences and similarities between the three mediums, but you'll want to soak up the original if superheroes have ever been your thing.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.99 or Indigo for $33.99.

    17. A ~replica~ of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, because if you loved either Blade Runner movies, you won't be disappointed by the OG written journey of Rick Deckard.

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    Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter, as he tracks down fugitive androids in a post-war, nearly deserted San Fransico. In the process, he falls in love with Rachael (who is also an android), which makes him (and us!) question what it means to be human at all.

    Although that might sound just like the plot of the film, you'll discover super-cool elements that are exclusive to the book — like a mood machine, religious subplot, new characters, and a major focus on the concept of empathy.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.78 or Indigo for $22. Also available on Kindle.

    18. A copy of I Heard You Paint Houses, which is what inspired Scorcese's film The Irishman. It's a nonfiction novel by Charles Brandt (a former homicide prosecutor, investigator, and defense attorney!?) about the life and confessions of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran.

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    Although there is some question as to the integrity of Sheeran's confessions (apparently he was a big fat liar), the story told by Charles Brandt is a good one nonetheless. Good enough for Scorcese at least, who used it as the basis for his three-and-a-half-hour film.

    While the film seems less concerned about the truth behind the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the novel speaks of Brandt's first-hand encounters and conversations with Sheeran.

    Get the paperback on Amazon Canada for $20.89 or Indigo for $21.95. Also available on Kindle.

    19. A copy of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold that'll give you all of the feels. It's a story about 14-year-old Susie, who "watches" her family and friends cope with her kidnapping and murder from the afterlife. You'll want plenty of tissues on hand.

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    The film adaptation of Lovely Bones pretty much only covers the first chapter of the book (which centres on the hunt for Susie's killer). The book goes much further into the gruelling, emotional suffering her family and friends endured while attempting to uncover what happened to Susie. Though the film does a great job at maintaining the original essence of the book, the novel will take you even deeper into their tragic world.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.84 (originally $22.99) or Indigo for $21.32. Also available on Kindle.

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