The Literary Film and TV You Must Stream in November – Literary Hub | Episode Movies

Each month, all major streaming services add a variety of newly acquired (or just plain new) shows, movies, and documentaries to their ever-changing libraries. So what should a dedicated reader see? Well, whatever you want, of course, but the name of this site is Literary Hub, so we kind of have an angle. To that end, here’s a selection of the best (and most comfortably bad) literary films and series available to stream this month. Have fun.

my cop

Stream it on: Amazon Prime, November 4th
Literary Credibility: related to my cop by Bethan Roberts (2012)

You like Harry Styles, right? Here he plays a policeman in 1957 Brighton who marries Marion, a local schoolteacher, despite being secretly in love with Patrick, a curator. Seems to be a stable situation where nothing bad could happen! (For added literary aplomb, the story is based on EM Forster’s affair with his own police officer, Bob Buckingham.)

dam

Stream it on: Apple TV+, November 4th
Literary Credibility: The screenplay was written by Ottessa Moshfegh and Luke Goebel with Elizabeth Sanders.

There is nothing particularly literarily about this film that follows a soldier (Jennifer Lawrence) with a traumatic brain injury as she tries to find her way back home, except that it was co-written by literary darling Moshfegh and her husband Luke Goebel.

Dangerous romances

Stream it on: Starz, November 6th
Literary Credibility: related to Dangerous romances by Choderlos de Laclos (1782)

The second adaptation of this classic novel this year (not to mention the already perfect one Cruel intentions) is billed as the “origin story” of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont – meaning it will very likely be both juicy and disastrous.


The wonder

Stream it on: Netflix, 11/16
Literary Credibility: related to The wonder by Emma Donoghue (2016)

In which a British nurse (Florence Pugh) is called to visit an 11-year-old girl who appears to have given up eating but has continued to thrive in 19th-century Ireland.

Fleishman is in trouble

Stream it on: Hello, November 17th
Literary Credibility: related to Fleishman is in trouble by Taffy Brodesser Akner (2019)

A perfectly cast adaptation – Jesse Eisenberg, Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan, chef’s kiss emoji – of Brodesser-Akner’s best-selling novel about a soon-to-be-divorced father whose wife disappears. If it’s half as funny as the book, it’ll be a hit.

The people we hate at the wedding

Stream it on: Prime Video, November 18
Literary Credibility: related to The people we hate at the wedding by Grant Ginder (2016)

You had me with Alison Janney and Kristen Bell misbehaving together. On a wedding. In Europe!

10 things I hate about you (1999)
Stream it on: Prime Video, November 1st
Literary Credibility: related to Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

If you missed it on Hulu in September, you have another chance to enjoy all the literary cameos in this classic ’90s Shakespearean tome.

All the Harry Potter Movies (2001-2011)
Stream it on: HBO Max, Nov. 1
Literary Credibility: based on JK Rowling Harry Potter series

When you (or your kids) need a mental break from eight movies and twenty hours.

Adjustment. (2002)
Stream it on: Hello, November 1st
Literary Credibility: after Susan Orleans The Orchid Thief (1998)

Probably the most meta-literature adaptations ever made – with extra points for Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean! — and also a pretty poignant, wild story about being a writer.

Juliet & Juliet (2009)
Stream it on: Hello, November 1st
Literary Credibility: related to My life in France by Julia Child (2006), starring Alex Prud’homme, and Juliet & Juliet by Julie Powell (2006)

Nora Ephron’s last film, one of the earliest blog-to-book-to-movie projects and an absolutely perfect performance of Meryl Streep (again, always) as Julia Child – the chef’s kiss.

The perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Stream it on: Hello, November 1st
Literary Credibility: based on Stephen Chbosky’s The perks of Being a Wallflower (1999)

If you were young enough for this book to feel like an underground cult classic (I’d say “remember MTV Books?? but actually it’s back),” you were probably too old for the film adaptation, which for some reason was a cool 13 years after the fact. But when has that ever stopped anyone?

Still Alice (2014)
Stream it on: Netflix and Hulu, November 1st
Literary Credibility: based on Lisa Genovas Still Alice (2007)

Julianne Moore scooped the Best Actress category in 2014 for her performance as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. (By the way, the book was originally self-published before it was acquired by Simon & Schuster and spent 40 weeks on the bestseller list.)

I’m not your nigger (2016)
Stream it on: Hello, November 1st
Literary Credibility: a documentary film based on the unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin Remember this house

A fire watch and another sobering reminder that James Baldwin was right and continues to be right.

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