Calling all book lovers! In honor of National Read a Book Day, we have decided to put together a short list of 9 lesbian and bisexual films that were adapted from novels. Lucky for you, all of these films are on our database, so you can find out more about them and how to watch. From supernatural thrillers to foreign-language films to comedy to romance, we think there is something for everyone. Check out our list below and discover new books to add to your reading list!

The Carmilla Movie (2017)

Synopsis: It has been five years since Laura and Carmilla vanquished the apocalypse and Carmilla became a bonafide mortal human. They have settled in to a cozy apartment in downtown Toronto; Laura continues to hone her journalism skills while Carmilla adjusts to a non-vampire lifestyle. Their domestic bliss is suddenly ruptured when Carmilla begins to show signs of “re-vamping” – from a fondness for bloody treats to accidental biting – while Laura has started having bizarre, ghostly dreams. The couple must now enlist their old friends from Silas University to uncover the unknown supernatural threat and save humanity – including Carmilla’s.

The Carmilla Movie is based on the hit Canadian webseries of the same name, which in turn is based off J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novella “Carmilla”. If you’re like me and want to read the book before seeing the movie, make sure to check out your local bookstore for a copy. Or watch the full webseries, available now on Youtube!

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The Handmaiden (2016)

Log line: A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

This popular South Korean film was inspired by Sarah Waters’ historical crime novel “Fingersmith”, originally published in 2002. What you probably didn’t know about this book to film adaptation was that the setting takes place in 1930s Korea, instead of Victorian-era Britain. If you’re like me and want to read the book before seeing the movie, make sure to check out your local bookstore for a copy.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Synopsis: Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the 2008 memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).

This film is based on the true story of Lee Israel, American author known for literary forgery. Which do you think is better, the book or the movie? Make sure to check out your local bookstore to get your copy!

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Tell It To The Bees (2019)

Synopsis: Gripped by a failing marriage and the responsibilities of having a young son, Lydia finds solace in her growing bond with the town’s recently returned female doctor Jean. But this is the 1950s in a post-WWII rural Scotland, and the womens’ relationship prompts raised eyebrows in their provincial circles. 

This film is based on the 2009 novel by the same name, written by Fiona Shaw. We always love a good period piece! However, many fans have not been pleased with the film’s ending, as it has been reported to have changed to be much darker than the book’s original happy ending. Make sure to get a copy at your local bookstore, and tell us which is better: the book or the movie?

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I Can’t Think Straight (2008)

Synopsis: An exuberant, touching romantic comedy about the clashing of two worlds and cultures. Tala, a London-based Palestinian, prepares for her elaborate wedding in Jordan when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who turns her world upside down.

As one of our more popular films, I Can’t Think Straight is based on Shamim Sarif’s novel of the same name, also published in 2008. Fans will be pleased to know that Sharif, the original novel author, wrote and directed the film adaptation as well. Which do you think is better, the book or the movie? Make sure to check out your local bookstore to get your copy, and tell us what you think!

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The Hours (2003)

Synopsis: The Hours chronicles a day in the life of three very different individuals, all of whom share the feeling that they have been living their lives for someone else. Virginia Woolf lives in a suburb of London in the 1920s as she struggles to begin writing her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway, while also attempting to overcome the mental illness that threatens to engulf her. Laura Brown, a young wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, is reading Mrs. Dalloway, and is so deeply affected by it that she begins to question the life she has chosen for herself. Finally, Clarissa Vaughan is a modern-day Mrs. Dalloway in contemporary New York, planning a party for her friend and former lover who is slowly losing his fight with AIDS. Three women, separated by a span of nearly 80 years, find themselves weathering similar crises, all linked by a single work of literature.

I know what you’re thinking–a lesbian movie starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore, and I HAVEN’T seen this? Well, now is your chance! The film is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same name, originally published in 1998. Check out your local bookstore for a copy of the novel, watch the film, and then tell us–the movie or the book?

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Vita & Virginia (2018)

Logline: VITA & VIRGINIA details the intimate relationship between author Virginia Woolf and socialite Vita Sackville-West, which was to become the inspiration for Woolf’s Modernist novel, Orlando: A Biography.

This wonderful lesbian film isn’t technically an adaptation of a book, but inspired by Woolf’s novel “Orlando”, published in 1928. While there are plenty of great film adaptations out there, this film is unique because it tells the love story of the author and the object of her affections. Absorbing this story is a two part process–read the book first, and then watch the film to gain a better look into the author’s head. And tell us which one you liked better!

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Synopsis: Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)—himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured”—the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

Based on Danforth’s YA novel of the same name, published in 2012, this LGBTQ drama tells a darker side to coming out and coming to terms with your sexuality. The subject of conversion therapy is difficult to hear about, let alone watch, but some would say it helps lead to more conversations about ending the harmful, and often deadly, practice. Thankfully, the film has an ambiguous but hopeful ending. Let us know what you think!

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Carol (2015)

Synopsis: In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.

Saving the best for last! The ever-popular film is based on Highsmith’s novel, published in 1952, originally titled “The Price of Salt”, only to be later renamed to “Carol”. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend checking out a copy of the book at your local bookstore first!

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Of course, this list is just a snippet of lesbian and bisexual films we have available on the LesFlicks database! There are so many other book to film adaptations out there. So tell us–have you seen any of the films on this list? Are there any films not listed adapted from a book that you like? And help us settle the age old question…which is better, the book or the movie? 

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