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From bottoming royals to lesbian dime novels: 15 queer book-to-film adaptations

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Red, White & Royal Blue to the gory slasher fun of Fear Street.The only pick on this list to get two adaptations, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, inspired the 1985 triumph by Steven Spielberg and an upcoming musical film (itself based on the Broadway adaptation of the book!) directed by Blitz Bazawule.

The Color Purple is the story of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg in the 1985 film; Fantasia Barrino in the new adaptation), a Black woman in the early 1900s who endures a life of mistreatment and loss.

Celie eventually finds doomed love with Shug (Margaret Avery; Taraji P. Henson), a local showgirl. The 1985 film was groundbreaking for its time and received 11 Oscar nominations.

Goldberg and Avery even kissed, which was a huge deal for the ’80s.Before we talk about this important, startling conversion therapy story, let’s just remind everyone that, yes, THE Troye Sivan has a supporting role in the movie.

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