Netflix is constantly changing – adding and removing – titles, based on licensing agreements, so it’s important to keep checking for new titles, and to make sure you watch them before they’re gone.
As of 2018, here is an updated list of everything bookish that you can stream on Netflix!
Orange Is The New Black (sometimes abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-dramaweb television series created by Jenji Kohan for Netflix. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Though the show no longer seems tethered to its original timeline, the series has always been committed to broadening the perspectives of its audience by shedding light on the workings of the American prison system.
“It’s probably one of the few shows informing a wider audience, the perspective of many characters and many different types of people, both on the side of the oppressor and the side of the people being oppressed,” Gómez said, noting that OITNB is perhaps the only series tackling the privatization of prisons, and doing so through its accessible blend of comedy and drama. “So many people out there are so uninformed, and it’s kind of sad that it’s sometimes fiction that gives the most information to the outside world.”
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. The film is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, as well as an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s eighteenth-century fairy tale.
Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) is a series adapted from Lemony Snicket’s hit children’s book series (1999-2006) of the same name. When a mysterious fire kills their parents, the Baudelaire children are informed of this terrible news by their executor Arthur Poe and are placed into the care of their distant relative Count Olaf, an actor who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself. Following Olaf’s failed attempt and his plot being exposed, the Baudelaires set out to elude Olaf and his followers while uncovering the mystery behind a secret society from their parents’ past. Although they are classified “children’s novels,” the books have a dark, mysterious feeling to them that is enjoyed by readers of all ages.
13 Reasons Why (stylized onscreen as TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY) is an American teen drama web television series developed for Netflix by Brian Yorkey, based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The series revolves around seventeen year old high school student, Clay Jensen, and his deceased female friend Hannah Baker, who has committed suicide after failing to cope with the culture, gossip and lack of support from her friends and her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah in the lead up to her suicide detail thirteen reasons why she ended her life.
Jurassic Park is a 1990 science-fiction action novel written by Michael Crichton, divided into seven sections (iterations). A cautionary tale about genetic engineering, it presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications. A sequel titled The Lost World, also written by Crichton, was published in 1995. In 1997, both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton’s Jurassic World, unrelated to the film of the same name.
In 1993, Steven Spielberg adapted the book into the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. The book’s sequel, The Lost World, was also adapted by Spielberg into a film in 1997. A third film directed by Joe Johnston and released in 2001 drew several elements, themes and scenes from both books that were ultimately not utilized in either of the previous films, such as the aviary and boat scenes.
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling 1997 novel of the same name by Charles Frazier which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. It tells the story of W. P. Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War who walks for months to return to Ada Monroe, the love of his life; the story shares several similarities with Homer‘s Odyssey. The narrative alternates back and forth every chapter between the stories of Inman and Ada, a minister’s daughter recently relocated from Charleston to a farm in a rural mountain community near Cold Mountain, North Carolina from which Inman hails. Though they only knew each other for a brief time before Inman departed for the war, it is largely the hope of seeing Ada again that drives Inman to desert the army and make the dangerous journey back to Cold Mountain
The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of a journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth
Into the Wild is a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It is an expansion of a 9,000-word article by Krakauer on Christopher McCandless titled “Death of an Innocent”, which appeared in the January 1993 issue of Outside. In April of 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
The Reader (Der Vorleser) is a novel by German law professor and judge Bernhard Schlink, published in Germany in 1995 and in the United States in 1997. The story is a parable, dealing with the difficulties post-war German generations have had comprehending the Holocaust; Ruth Franklin writes that it was aimed specifically at the generation Bertolt Brecht called the Nachgeborenen, those who came after. Like other novels in the genre of Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the struggle to come to terms with the past, The Reader explores how the post-war generations should approach the generation that took part in, or witnessed, the atrocities. These are the questions at the heart of Holocaust literature in the late 20th and early 21st century, as the victims and witnesses die and living memory fades.
Atonement (2007) This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia’s jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Briony’ s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives.
The Intimidation Game (2014) is loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. The Imitation Game takes major liberties with its source material, injecting conflict where none existed, inventing entirely fictional characters, rearranging the chronology of events, and misrepresenting the very nature of Turing’s work at Bletchley Park. Despite the historical inaccuracies, The Imitation Game was a commercial and critical success. It grossed over $233 million worldwide against a $14 million production budget, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2014.
Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
Like Water for Chocolate is a popular novel published in 1989 by Mexican novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel. The story follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother’s upholding of the family tradition: the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks.
Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother, who arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes at the beginning of Lent with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Vianne has arrived to open a chocolaterie—La Céleste Praline—which is on the square opposite the church. During the traditional season of fasting and self-denial; she gently changes the lives of the villagers who visit her with a combination of sympathy, subversion and a little magic.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) is based on a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, in which a young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius. The soprano is kidnapped and forced to keep her as the lead role of the play. The novel is partly inspired by historical events that took place at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century, and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil’s skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber‘s 1841 production of Der Freischütz. It has been successfully adapted into various stage and film adaptations, most notable of which are the 1925 film depiction featuring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1986 musical.
Beasts of No Nation (2015) Based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, a West African boy is trained by a warlord to be a child soldier. As civil war rages in an unnamed West-African nation, Agu, the school-aged protagonist of this stunning debut novel, is recruited into a unit of guerilla fighters. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family, still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality continues to spin further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood.
The Way Back is a 2010 American survival drama film directed by Peter Weir, from a screenplay by Weir and Keith Clarke. The film is inspired by The Long Walk (1956), the memoir by former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz, who claimed to have escaped from a Soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles to freedom in World War II.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez follows a caregiver and a teen with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who go on a road trip. Adapted from Jonathan Evison’s novel.
The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by American writer Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received critical praise and became an instant bestseller. A film adaptation, directed by Peter Jackson, who personally purchased the rights, was released in 2009.
Stardust (2007) Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie…and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man’s life. Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) is a seven-part BBC miniseries based on Susanna Clarke’s debut novel. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England –until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
Beautiful Creatures (2013) In the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina, teenage Ethan Wate sees his static world shaken by the arrival of Lena Duchannes, the niece of town patriarch Macon Ravenwood. Immediately, Ethan feels drawn to Lena, even though destruction seems to surround her, and she has supernatural powers that are beyond her control. Worse still, a curse looms for Lena at the approach of her 16th birthday — a time when the forces of either light or dark will claim her. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Based on the 2012 novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.
The Paperboy (2012/ Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey): Based on Pete Dexter’s novel, a reporter returns to his hometown to write about a death row inmate he thinks was wrongly convicted in 1960’s Florida.
Blackbird (2014) is based on Larry Duplechan’s 1988 coming-of-age novel about growing up black and gay in Southern California. The lead character, Johnnie Ray Rousseau, is a high school student upset at losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet; if that weren’t enough, his best friend has been beaten badly by his father, and his girlfriend is pressuring him to have sex for the first time. All the while, he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill, a fellow drama class member who’s surely the sexiest man to walk God’s green earth—at least according to Johnnie Ray. This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published.
Supergirl (2016) Kara Danvers reveals her superpowers to select few friends and family as she decides to use her powers for good. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. According to the comics, Supergirl is Superman‘s cousin and one of the last surviving Kryptonians. The series is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe.
iZombie (2015) is based on the comic by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, chronicling the adventures of Liv, a zombie working in the morgue, who eats the occasional brain in order to keep her memories, and assists the police by pretending to be a psychic. But really she just eats the victims brains and then gets to see flashes of their lives.
The Little Prince (2015) is a beautiful 3D animation film based on the French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Fun fact: Orson Welles wanted to adapt it and even wrote a screenplay.
BFG A young orphan named Sophie is stolen away by a big friendly giant—the Big Friendly Giant, to be exact. Though the BFG is a gentle soul, the other giants who live in Giant Country are carnivorous monsters who gobble up human beings, called “beans,” every night. Sophie helps the BFG devise a plan to take down Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler, and the rest, a plan that involves dream manipulation, the queen of England, and, yes, a considerable amount of farting.
Read the article that inspired this post at https://bookriot.com/2016/09/12/53-more-bookish-movies-and-tv-shows-streaming-on-netflix/.
One Reply to “Bookishness on Netflix”
I have not watched the vast majority of these! Clearly I have much work (ahem. Sitting on my couch.) to do!