The Books Behind the Screen: Golden Globes 2018


Following the 2018 Golden Globe Awards – a ceremony filled with some hilarious jokes, empowering words, and many great celebrities – let’s take a look at the books that inspired the nominated TV series and films.

Call Me By Your Name – Nominee, Best Motion Picture for Drama

Released in 2007, André Aciman’s coming-of-age novel follows the summer romance between seventeen year old Elio and the older, doctoral student Oliver. Oliver is assisting Elio’s father for six weeks, a time during which he occupies Elio’s room in the house.

Over this short period of time, a romance blossoms between the two young men. While its film adaptation didn’t win the award, it has received considerable critical acclaim and has also appealed to many viewers.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Winner, Best Television Series for Drama

This 1985 dystopian novel is set in a dystopian New England where a totalitarian Christian dictatorship – the Republic of Gilead – has taken over the United States. The protagonist, Offred, deals with the new world order while reminiscing about the life she had prior to the rise of Gilead.

Game of Thrones – Nominee, Best Television Series for Drama

Who hasn’t seen or heard of Game of Thrones? This epic television series is based on none other than George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

There’s too much about it to cover in one go, but if you like dragons, feudal politics, family drama, (bittersweet) romance, and undead ice zombies, then this is right up your Westerosi alley.

Big Little Lies – Winner, Best Television Limited Series 

This 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty tackles the complicated web formed by three women: Madeline, a divorcee who is resentful that her daughter is growing close to her ex-husband’s new wife; Celeste, who is physically abused by her rich husband; and Jane, who was raped and left to raise her son Ziggy on her own.

Its TV adaptation was intended to just be a miniseries, but it was announced in December that it will be renewed for a second season!

13 Reasons Why – Katherine Langford, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama

Released in 2007, this novel and its recent TV series adaptation has faced its fair share of controversy. It’s not a surprise considering it deals with the themes of mental health, bullying, and suicide.

How many of these books have you read?

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