From the novel to the small screen

  • Emmanuelle Plant

    Saturday, 15 July 2017 06:00

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    Every good series starts with a good story. Recently, several of them have taken birth among the pages of a book. If the holidays are the opportunity to do a bit of catch-up tv, it is also the perfect time to get to the page with a good book and, who knows, enjoy the game of comparisons. Here are 10 stories that are passed from the novel to the small screen.

    13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

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    Before the series on Netflix that has caused much ink to flow, Thirteen Reasons Why was the first novel of the California Jay Asher published in 2007. The book, although aimed at a teen audience, has quickly risen to the top of the charts (the New York Times, and USA Today among others), and has sold nearly 3 million copies. As of 2011, Universal Pictures had acquired the rights, wishing to make a film with Selena Gomez. The project was aborted, but 4 years later, Gomez became the producer of a series on Netflix, addressing front the suicide of a teenager, who leaves behind tapes explaining his gesture. The series was launched this spring on the background of the controversy, polarizing the population because of its subject matter raw and one scene of explicit. If the more vulnerable young people need to be able to talk about it or watch the series with their parents, we should not put our heads in the sand. 13 Reasons Why is present, leads to reflection, to discussion.

    Victor Lessard – Martin Michaud

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    Launched on Club Illico as of march last, the first season of this detective series is adapted from the polar I remember, the third novel in the series of Victor Lessard of the author Martin Michaud. It follows the adventures of the investigators Victor Lessard (Patrice Robitaille), and Jacinthe Taillon (Julie Le Breton) who are trying to elucidate a series of murders, sordid complex ramifications. A high efficiency, 10 episodes of the series made by Patrice Sauvé (life, life) look easily burst. A second season from the fourth novel of the series (Violence in the first place) will be touring this fall.

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    Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

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    After he made a name in Hollywood with his films Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée has been hired by Reese Witherspoon to produce this HBO series adapted from the successful novel of the author australian Liane Moriarty, published in 2014. Big Little Lies immerses us in a rich suburb of the coast of california, where a series of dramatic events disrupt life in a seemingly tranquil of four mothers. The series of seven episodes was a resounding popular and critical success, to the point where many are clamoring for a second season.

    Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

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    One of the biggest television hits of the last few years, Game of Thrones has captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with its plots are complex, his characters, power-hungry and his fantastic universe looks like from the middle ages. But this popular HBO series, including the highly anticipated seventh season will be aired starting tomorrow, draws its inspiration in a saga literary of the same title created at the beginning of the 1990s by american author George R. R. Martin. The novels of the series published up to now have been translated into twenty languages and have sold over 30 million copies.

    Anne and the green gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    All the girls of my generation have read or seen in the 1980s this series featuring a young redhead orphan girl who finds herself in l’île-du-Prince-Édouard, adopted by an old man and his sister to help them in their chores. The catch is that they believed they were adopting a boy. This classic of canadian literature Lucy Maud Montgomery was published in 1908. A new adaptation comes to see the light of day on the CBC and Netflix. It will be presented on ARTV from 5 August to 21 h.

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    A man and his sin – Claude-Henri Grignon

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    If there is a classic of quebec literature, it is the story of the Seraphim and the poor Donalda A man and his sin. These beautiful stories of the municipality of Sainte-Adèle have known of the adaptations for television and film who have conquered each time a wide audience. In the version 2016-2017, the prolific author Gilles Desjardins has taken on the work of Claude-Henri Grignon, retains the essence, allowing a few modernities or putting the record straight. A bold decision which, even today, attracts its million viewers on Radio-Canada.

    The Handmaid”s Tale – Margaret Atwood

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    Margaret Atwood is a great lady of our literature. It was in 1985 she published The Handmaid”s Tale, his most famous novel, which earned him the Governor general’s award. The handmaid’s tale has been the subject of a film american-German in 1990, before being adapted to the small screen for the Bravo. Atwood paints an imaginary future that many compare to protectionism and to the misogyny of Trump. We are in a regime dystopian and led by a totalitarian regime exclusively male. Women are dispossessed of everything and forced into submission. Some, like the main character, are being transformed against their will to become surrogate mothers. The series knows a brilliant success in the United States as in Canada (aired on Bravo).

    In my eyes to me – Josélito Michaud

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    This fall, Radio-Canada will present Olivier, a series produced by Claude Desrosiers and adapted from the work of Josélito Michaud by Serge Boucher. The series, currently shooting, follows the journey of a young tossed from one foster home to another, from 5 to 18 years.

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    Josélito had written his story inspired an episode of his own life. Catherine Proulx-Lemay, Sébastien Ricard, Émilie Bibeau and Isabelle Vincent are part of the distribution as well as a new-comer, Anthony Bouchard, in the title role, a young man full of talent that might move us.

    Riverdale – Archie Comics

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    Good, here, works for television, and graphics are the opposite, even if the references are very clear. On the one hand, comic books in the line classic of our adolescence, rather a good child, without scandal. There breaks no taboos, everything is beautiful and nice, parents don’t have to read over the shoulder of their young, it is sanitized. The other, a series of police licked and modern, was broadcast on the channel the CW (Netflix), which opens with a murder and a history of sex. Although Riverdale mette featured Archie, the athlete-musician, Veronica and sweet Betty, Jughead has been homeless since his father is a biker and the family Blossom cache of secrets, rather delicate.

    Cardinal – Giles Blunt

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    Giles Blunt is also a novelist, a canadian who specializes in thrillers psychological. Among his novels, six feature the investigator John Cardinal. The action of Forty words for snow (Forty Words for Sorrow) takes place in Northern ontario, the author of which is native to Algonquin Bay where the body of a teenage girl is discovered. Podz created the series, whose first season was a great success for CTV in over 1.3 million viewers). Karine Vanasse plays alongside the american actor Billy Campbell. Seasons 2 and 3 have been confirmed, thus marking the adaptation of two new volumes of Blunt.

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