Discussion: Why do I love book adaptations with my entire heart? ft. I Watched Dumplin’!!!! + more books that should be Netflix Originals

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Book adaptations are my life and soul. Even if I haven’t read the book sometimes I’ll still watch the adaptation and enjoy it to pieces. BOOKS ARE JUST SO PRECIOUS TO ME. And it’s nice to see this world adapting & appreciating them.

I’m also 100% fine with watching the movie first/the Netflix thing first. for instance, I haven’t read Dumplin’ but netflix made it SO CUTE! AND SOFT!

It doesn’t get much softer than Millie saying, “i made your folder yellow bc you remind me of sunshine.”

why is her heart so pure????? MILLIE, DAMN IT. YOU MADE ME CRY.


Basically, this film was about a fat teenage girl named Willowdean, who enters a beauty pageant with her friends in her small Texas town. She’s tired of shit beauty standards, which are perpetuated by her beauty queen mom,

so! she’s going to (sabotage? at the very least, upset) the system! She also works at a diner where A CUTE BOY IS HER FELLOW EMPLOYEE????? AND HIS NAME IS BO???????????????

I loved Bo. He was so charming and lovable and had a dimple and he doesn’t try to be non-Bo. He just wants to date Willowdean and work at the small town diner! PROTECT!


It was just such a relaxing film, Willowdean Dickson gives us fat rep & wholesome girl friendship & learning to love Dolly Parton. I was never a fan of Dolly????? But now I feel a strange affection for her.

Every year I travel to Tennessee with my family and GOSH. Tennessee adores Dolly Parton an unhealthy amount so much. I went to a bookstore in Nashville and guess what 75% of the merchandise was. that’s right. it was Michael Jackson stuff.

i’m still appalled because They kept non-Dolly related books in the back, near where they take out the trash. now if that’s not a bold ass statement.

I clearly didn’t appreciate Dolly before watching Dumplin’. (i’m no longer welcome in the Gatlinburg area) But NOW? AT THIS POINT?

Willowdean has instilled my newfound grudging acknowledgement for Dolly. It’s hard for me not to appreciate things once I see a character obsess over said things.

characters losing their minds over their choice obsession lets me vicariously give a shit about life okay bye

Overall, I would give Dumplin’ a solid 4/5 stars, for being small Texan town aesthetic af +++ the existence of cute innocent Millie.

Also, the friendship between Ellen and Willowdean was nice.



In general, I love book adaptations.  They bring to life what we have in our heads, which is that sorcery stuff I’ve been trying to tell you all about. Adaptations help the story reach a wider audience and draw others into the pile of fandom! & that means more enjoyment?????

AND FRIENDSHIP! You can have a buddy read + a film viewing and BOOP, //////insta-friendship.//////

I fondly remember bonding with my friend over BBC’s Wuthering Heights + Pride and Prejudice + Jane Eyre. WE LITERALLY FLAILED, because BBC stays so true to the books. ((((not that I require absolute faithfulness in my adaptations.

I will die on the hill that says we get creative license. it’s one of the many hills I’d die on. in fact, i’m thinking of combining all of the hills and forming a mountain. i want to die as extra as possible))))))))

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Also, time to be real. Sometimes I just don’t want to read the whole damn book. SOME BOOKS ARE REALLY THICK AND TOO MUCH FOR STANDARD ME. for instance, I’d much rather watch the film for War and Peace & then decide if I can fit the book in my life span.

If the ending sucks, why dedicate 10 years to the book (((a rough equivalent of how long it takes to read W&P)?

Overall, I just really appreciate adaptions. Especially if Netflix is involved in any way.


I have SO MANY BOOKS that need to be films OR BETTER YET, TV SHOWS. These are books with amazing plots, characters, and action that would easily translate to screen.

And I would sell my soul to lucifer for them. c:

1. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Murder! Found Family! Pretentious University Kids! Shakespeare! Gay Boys! Netflix, why aren’t you cashing in on this????

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I think it was twitter where I read someone mention our need for a Netflix Original in which each episode corresponds to each of her seven husbands. That’s seven hours of pure 🙂 Evelyn 🙂  content 🙂

3. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

I live in fear that I’ll die without seeing this amazing story on screen, which is what it deserves. Gays and fiction sports and found family and the mafia??????? EXCUSE ME.

4. A Pound of  Flesh by  Sophie Jackson

A man in prison falls in love with his English tutor, and at one point he CRIES ON HER SHOULDER??? Because yes, girls can be comforting and strong and boys can sob against their neck. I would love to see this acted out with actors, hopefully featuring Rami Malek?

5. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Rep for how exhausting school truly is. This is going to be the softest horror movie ever made.

6. The Disasters by M.K England

This book wasn’t that good. but I love movies about space! And friendship! And charming teens who have problems with authority! This could basically be Star Trek but with a bisexual Kirk and platonic intimacy.

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What are some of your favorite adaptations?

What book do you want to see on Netflix?

I never post on Sunday so this is very strange. pls don’t make me go awayyyyyy

*breathes in a nerdy way*




38 thoughts on “Discussion: Why do I love book adaptations with my entire heart? ft. I Watched Dumplin’!!!! + more books that should be Netflix Originals

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  2. Kay Wisteria says:

    Ahh I love the Dumplin book so much and I haavvee to watch the movieeee (don’t have netflix so i’m waiting for the perfect time to invite myself over to a friend’s house and steal their account lol) so glad you enjoyed it and this is just making me more excited asilkdfj

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      AHH DUMPLIN WAS SO CUTE & NICE. but sometimes, i wish i hadn’t watched it because now i’m even more tremendously disappointed that we don’t have a Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, 7 episode original. the more i think about it the more tragic it actually is



    • malanielovesfiction says:


      also sometimes i just quietly think about how badass evelyn hugo is and it renews my faith in the concept of badass c: c:

      + you've just reminded me that i still need to read Mansfield Park at all costs. it's my v last Jane Austen novel that i haven't read slkdjflksjfs

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  3. hannah @ peanutbutter&books says:

    this post was so fun to read (as usual!) i totally agree with you, book adaptations are… actually the best? after having my expectations torn apart by movies like percy jackson and the mortal instruments, netflix made me realize that amazing book-to-movie adaptations are actually very possible! ❤

    watching + reading dumplin' also instilled in me a greater respect for dolly parton, HAHA. before, my knowledge was limited to miley cyrus's cover of "jolene" :')

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      dumplin was just so cute, but i don’t know if i’ll read the book, because i might not ever be ready for more dolly parton lskjdflsjf

      but there was so muchhhhh FRIENDSHIP!!! i’m just so proud of ya lit giving us the friendship we deserve gosh c: c: c:

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  4. emmareadstoomuch says:

    i would actually die of joy if we got a netflix evelyn hugo adaptation. EVERYTHING I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED UNTIL RIGHT NOW WHEN I REALIZED I ABSOLUTELY NEED IT.

    also i’d been debating on watching dumplin’??? i read the book a million years ago so i was like meh but maybe…maybe it is worth a watch

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      the very idea of an evelyn hugo adaptation = what they’ll put on my gravestone, after my rage-induced death, where i write emails titled: WHY THE HELL IS NETFLIX NOT PROFITING FROM THIS?! GIVE US EVELYN RIGHT NOW PLEASE

      + i’ve watched seasons 1 & 2 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine since writing this post and my memory of Dumplin isn’t nearly as amazing slkfjdklsjfdklsjf lkdsjf

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  5. Olivia @ Purely Olivia says:

    Book adaptations are everythinggg, and I want to see Dumplin’ a lot a lot. I haven’t read the book yet, which is why I’ve been hesitating, but also…it’s okay I think I should watch it anyway??
    I want more book adaptations, too. Netflix has been doing a really good job with them lately! We have A Series of Unfortunate Events, Anne of Green Gables, To All the Boys, and now Dumplin’…can the Raven Cycle be next please?!?

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    • malanielovesfiction says:


      i still haven't watched A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is a true shame because Count Olaf was weirdly comforting to me as a child c: c:

      also, I AM LIVING MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR THE RAVEN CYCLE TV SHOW SLDKJD maggie is in charge of writing it and she's super involved & everything, which brings me joy, but i won't rest until i know who is playing richard gansey the third

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      • Olivia @ Purely Olivia says:


        Ahh, it’s so good, I just finished the final season last night and ALL THE FEELS.🙈


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        • malanielovesfiction says:

          JSJS PLS PREPARE FOR THE HAPPY NEWS: it is being produced by SyFy and maggie is writing and the director is the same director who did the first Twilight movie 😭 but I’m not sure when it’s coming out and I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS

          Maggie keeps posting smol details on twitter and I’ve become v emotionally dependent on her account ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. anna says:

    oh yeah man dumplin’ was so adorable!!
    if we’re talking pride and prejudice, i prefer the 2005 version over the BBC one, oops. and joe’s other books-to-movies works, anna karenina and atonement.

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  7. bookbeachbunny says:

    I was thinking someone had to have snapped up the rights to Evelyn Hugo by now but couldn’t find anything. I’d love to see a series or a feature film. Let the casting debates begin on that one! I love film adaptations as well. It seems like we’re getting a lot more of them to thanks to Netflix. But I will not complain!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      i’m so surprised!!!!!! oh god, if i were in charge of the Evelyn Hugo production, it would be my life’s greatest work. i’d feel like i’ve served humanity c: c:

      maybe everyone’s too afraid casting evelyn wrong and thus disappointing the entire world slkdjf


  8. Norrie says:

    I watched Dumplin yesterday. It was such a cute movie ❤
    Haven't read the book, so wasn't sure what to expect, but it really was a pleasant surprise. Will/Dumplin was such a cool character! I loved Millie too 🙂

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  9. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    Okay, first of all, great post. Second of all, great post.
    Third of all, no joke, I’ve been dreaming about the TFC TV show for so. long. Not just dreaming, I’ve been literally planning it out in my head, imagining the scenes, plotlines, dialogue, the way it should be produced, the freaking aesthetics (!!!). I can have hours long conversations about the TFC TV show in my head.
    I’m actually literally planning on making a whole post about how I imagine/want the show to be like?? It’s gonna be a long one bc I am = unhealthily obsessed. (But hey, we should all be weirdly passionate about something, right? ((do i get points for that reference?)) ).

    In other news, I need to read AND watch Dumplin’ asap because I’m missing out on this amaze content and that should not be accepted.
    Fourth of all, great post :’) ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      dkjfflsk i would pay money for that post &&&& you get all the points ily

      + i wrote so many fan fics for tfc tv show, and i don’t even publish them, they were just to keep the unhealthy obsession alive. my favorite was a backstory about neil’s life on the road w his mom, and lowkey him meeting a friend named Alejandro! because soft! Neil!!!!!! but his friend dies/goes missing, bc Neil having to move on was clearly not enough trauma, THEN years later, while Neil is w the Foxes, he SEES his friend randomly in public and that’s where my fan fic ends bc i get overwhelmed

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      • Nimika @ wordhaven says:

        that’s actually going to be my next post so,,,,, im excited

        ARE YOU KIDDING ME YOU’RE TELLING ME THAY YOU WROTE TFC FANFICS???? IM NOT OKAY. and wow you know how to make sure these characters suffer bc alejandro, why??? why did you have to disappear like that, my mate??
        ok but I NEED to know what happens next; how did alejandro disappear and why and what happens next. Already a headcannon that Neil freaks out when he sees him in public and Andrew calms him down and also Andrew gets slightly jealous of Alejandro at first but ok these are your characters, go off :’)

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        • malanielovesfiction says:

          YAY i am so excited to read your post and appreciate tfc even more, it’s going to be the best part of my Friday, c:

          *leaps to your blog wearing a jersey that resembles Neil’s*

          + oh gosh my old fan fics Truly REveal my “”jealous!Andrew”””” kink, it’s one of my favorite things ❤ and also ///andrew who soothes Neil and he's the only person who truly can///// IT LIVES IN MY VERY SOUL

          + i've always just wanted Neil to have something from his old life that's alive and precious to him, bc i feel like he deserves a childhood friend who loves him & i want this backstory & surprise meeting, Neil being comfortable w them and familiar and maybe a little wistful???? NEIL BANTERING AND BURSTING INTO RARE LAUGHTER?????????

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