As the summer temperatures begin to rise, beat the heat and stay indoors to enjoy a book-inspired Netflix binge. We’ve rounded up some of the best movies and television shows based on novels that are sure to fit any mood you’re in.
Sports: Friday Night Lights
BINGE ON: Netflix (5 Seasons)
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author H. G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream, this riveting television drama is a must-watch for football fans. Set in the small town of Dillon, TX, a high school football team not only faces challenges on the field, but off, as well. Kyle Chandler (Grey’s Anatomy) and Connie Britton (Nashville) star in this gripping drama about a community and the team that holds it together.
BINGE ON: Netflix (Series 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. This Emmy award-winning British drama follows Sherlock around modern London as he searches for clues.
Period Drama: Serena
BINGE ON: Netflix (Movie, 1hr & 49min)
This Depression-era romance set against the backdrop of the North Carolina mountains stars Jennifer Lawrence (Serena) and Bradley Cooper. Based on award-winning author Ron Rash’s novel of the same name, the film pinpoints the hardships involved in the logging industry, as well as the many environmental factors of the region during that time. Loyalties are tested, betrayal is inevitable, and revenge takes center-stage in this historical cinematic drama.
Romantic Comedy: Bridget Jones’s Diary
BINGE ON: Netflix (Movie, 1hr & 38min)
Based on Helen Fielding’s bestseller, Renee Zellweger stars alongside Colin Firth in this laugh-out-loud rom-com. Bridget Jones, doomed to be unlucky in love, falls for two guys, but which will she choose? Bridget’s hilarious “diary” offers a glimpse into the female mind as she stumbles through life, career, and especially, love. Watch the latest installment in the Bridget Jones’s franchise, called Bridget Jones’s Baby, also available on Netflix.
YA Thriller: Pretty Little Liars
BINGE ON: Netflix (7 Seasons)
This hit-television series (Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Troian Bellisario), based on Sara Shepard’s popular YA novels, just wrapped its final season on Freeform. Set in the small town of Rosewood, PA, after a local high school girl goes tragically missing, her four best friends try to cope with her death. But when the teenagers start receiving strange text messages from an anonymous sender, they can’t help but think their friend is still alive. And in order to keep some secrets buried, the girls are forced to play “A’s” dangerous game.
Action & Adventure: The Finest Hours
BINGE ON: Netflix (Movie, 1hr & 57min)
Chris Pine stars in this harrowing true story based on Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’s novel, The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue. During the winter of 1952, two oil tankers tragically split in half, leaving both crews to withstand the deathly chill of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard sets off on a daring mission to rescue them all.
Literary Fiction: Atonement
BINGE ON: Netflix (Movie, 2hrs & 2min)
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star in this period drama based on Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. After Cecilia’s (Knightley) younger sister witnesses her flirtations with Robbie Turner (McAvoy), a series of events ensue that tears the young lovers apart forever. The couple are reunited in the midst of World War II, only to endure a tragic fate.