Maybe you’re a YouTuber looking to venture outside of your daily norm vlogging about what you had for breakfast. Maybe you crawled out of a hole in the ground you’ve been living in since the cold war and just found out about the internet. Whatever your circumstances, if you’re interested in learning how to start a booktube channel in 2021 this list is for you.
You don’t need an Oscar-winning actor to make a successful book trailer…but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Believe it or not, some artists that have been blessed by the Academy are willing to stoop so low as to star in a book trailer, of all things. Well, get this. The format is so legit that even folks from the establishment are jumping on board and it’s not even weird. Well, sometimes it is. Speaking of weird, the 93rd Academy Awards airs Monday April 25th and will be the first-ever Oscars ceremony with no in-person attendance. Sadly, there will be no reporters on the red carpet asking stars, “Who designed your mask?” In light of the upcoming awards season, here’s an interesting little list of 10 book trailers starring Oscar winners (or noms). Some of them are quite surprising.
I’ve always believed that reading texts out loud — to your children, to your partner, to an audience of strangers — should make them better. Adding an instrument, your voice, to words on a page should add a new dimension to a story. This is not a universal truth (truth being one of the most useless categories in writing, the arts, and life in general) but something I’ve been striving for in my own writing. Whatever I’ve written, mostly novels and short stories, I’ve imagined to be read, to be performed, in front of willing listeners. As a boy I read for guidance, didn’t want to get swept away, needed proof that rules in life existed for good reason. In the end, I found that each thought is canceled out by its exact opposite, both true. Therefore, I’m equally convinced that reading has to be more than making a film in your own head in order to be called reading. Writing has to be more than putting together a text that is easily transferable to a stage or screen. But that’s another story.
Welcome to the year ‘21, y’all. In the spirit, we’ve compiled this list of 21 short films based on short stories for your enlightenment and enjoyment. You can usually find a short film based on a short story near the beginning of your favorite directors’ filmography. Similarly, many famous authors cut their teeth on the short story format when they were first starting out. Some of these shorts are obscure, some won Oscars, all are literary adaptations for film and that’s what we’re about. Enjoy!
Authors must find a way to prevail over this seemingly never-ending pandemic…and they are! As writers, we spend entire segments of our lives crafting new works. To see them pop out of our imagination and into the world is insanely gratifying, and we feel a responsibility to do everything in our power to launch a book that finds an audience. One of the key ways to do that has always been book readings.
Calling all lovers! There’s a new romance-laden adaptation coming out in March just for you. This film has all of the romantic nostalgia of The Notebook in a modern story that flashes back from modern-day London to the French Riviera of the 1960s. The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes hit shelves in 2012 via Penguin Random House. Now in 2021, it’s a Netflix film starring Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley set to premiere this March. Wondering what it’s all about? Then read on my friends, and prepare to fall in love all over again.
Dig slashers? You’re in luck! A gory new adaptation in the vein of Scream hits everyone’s favorite streaming service this month. What’s the big deal? We’re midway through February and the actual release date is still a mystery. So flood your eyes with blue light and just keep refreshing that Netflix home page until the film There’s Someone Inside Your House pops up. In the meantime, we’ll tell you everything we know about it here to satiate your obsession with blood and guts pouring out of Nebraska teenagers.
Here comes the true story of a man wrongfully imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years, without a trial. In his memoir, Mohamedou Ould Salahi paints a horrific picture of what it was like to be locked up indefinitely without trial. Salahi is just one of the thousands of victims swept up in America’s aimless “War On Terror.” An ideological war that still rages on, continuing to justify America’s imperialistic agenda twenty years after 9/11. Salahi’s memoir served as the inspiration for The Mauritanian, now available for streaming on Netflix.
Last year screwed up a lot of releases, including the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan. Paramount and Amazon finally settled on a release date of February 26, 2021, for this franchise thriller. The original October release was delayed due to Paramount’s stalled negotiations with Amazon, who will release the film next month.
This is shaping up to be a good year for literary film adaptations. Many releases that were postponed in 2020, like the new Dune movie, have eager fans chomping at the bit. We posted an article recently about some literary adaptations we’re excited to see hit screens in 2021. Clearly, there are just too many for one article to contain! Thus, we present 14 more adaptations to watch out for in 2021.