As the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, one of the biggest, longest-running literary adaptions of our time, begins to air this month, many fans will be renewing their HBO Go subscriptions so they can watch at their own convenience. While you’ve got the subscription, why not make it worth it? Here are some other adaptions to enjoy on HBO Go.
Big Little Lies
This Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series is based on the book by Liane Moriarty. It follows three emotionally troubled moms in a murder investigation. The star-studded cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodly, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, and Zoë Kravitz. It was originally billed as a miniseries. However, a second season is coming in June 2019, adapting a novella by Moriarty.
The Devil Wears Prada
This Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway film is so iconic that we tend to forget that it was based on the book by Lauren Weisberger. While this adaptation keeps the heart of Weisberger’s story (which was inspired in part by her own experience working as a personal assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour), the strain on Andy’s relationship with her friends is pushed to the background.
Ready Player One
Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, this science fiction adventure film captured the hearts of sci-fi fans just last year. Ready Player One created so much early buzz that it was actually optioned a year before the book was published. It follows Wade Watts and his allies as they play a hidden game within the virtual reality system OASIS in order to win ownership of it and elevate himself out of poverty.
After the wild success of Gone Girl and its movie adaptation, turning another one of Gillian Flynn’s books into a binge-worthy miniseries was a no-brainer. This psychological thriller is led by Amy Adams as crime reporter Camille Preaker, who has returned to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls. However, it was the performance of Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin, her mother, that won a Golden Globe.
Behind the Candelabra
This emotionally-charged story about love and Liberace is based on Scott Thorson’s memoir. Thorson, played by Matt Damon, meets Liberace, played by Michael Douglas, through a mutual friend. When Thorson cures Liberace’s dog, Liberace hires him as his assistant and they become lovers. The biopic follows the relationship until Liberace’s funeral. It won two Golden Globes and several Emmys.
This Emmy-winning miniseries follows the titular character, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher. It is based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, which is comprised of interrelated but discontinuous short stories, painting a portrait of Olive. Each episode of the miniseries depicts a different point in Olive’s life, with years passing between each episode.
As You Like It
While there are dozens of adaptions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the one you can find on HBO Go is the 2006 version by Kenneth Branagh. What makes this adaption unique is that it reimagines the setting to 19th-century Japan. Despite this change, Branagh chose to keep the original names and Shakespearean language. He did, however, create a prologue that defines Duke Frederick’s rise to power.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Based on the New York Times best-seller by Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid had the biggest start at the box office of any non-animated, non-fantasy children’s book adaption to date. It follows 11-year-old Greg Heffley, who is intent on becoming the most popular kid in school. However, all of his attempts seem to either make him less popular or his best friend more popular. This results in mounting jealousy.
This charming rom-com is based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli. It made history because it was the first movie by a major Hollywood studio to focus on a gay teen romance. The movie follows Simon, a closeted gay teen, who has been anonymously emailing with another gay student at the school. When someone discovers the emails, Simon is blackmailed. The result is a John Hughes-esque teen rom-com.