Our Favorite Movies Adapted From Black Books
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Nobody thought a TV movie remake could do Zora Neale Hurston’s monumental novel Their Eyes Were Watching God any justice – and everybody was pretty much right. Although the movie, produced by Oprah, did follow the same storyline as the original, it watered down the heavier themes of race, gender and sexuality to appeal to a broader audience. Should you see the movie? Of course. But definitely make an effort to read the book if you haven’t already.
“Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.”
-Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God