Earlier on GAG I've written a MyTake about histories and books that should be movies or TV series. After studying more in school and talking with my friends about books and famous people, more ideas popped in my head and I wanted to make a part 2. So here's histories, books and people that needs movies and series. I would like to hear your opinions and suggestions.
This MyTake may contain very minor spoilers!
1. Hellemyrsfolket (TV-series)
Author: Amalie Skram
Time period: 19th century, realism and naturalism period
Hellemyrsfolket (directly translated: The people of Helle) is a book series about a big poor family living in the 19th century Bergen and about their daily struggle to survive. The readers gets to know each of the different characters strong and weak sides, in addition to following several generation of the family. The first generation consist of the abusive father Sjur Gabriel and his wife the alcoholic Oline trying to feed six children. Some of their previous children are already dead and in total they had ten children. The book fits into the naturalism category and is very detailed.
Why it should be a HBO quality TV-series is because of all the good character development, different ways they wants to solve their problems, good educational materials and it may be relevant to the reality today. Poverty, drug or alcohol abuse, unemployment, gender inequality, forced marriage, deaths and family abuse are problems that still exists today. Regardless if they stick to the original Bergen version or makes a modernized version about another country, I still guess it would be an interesting series. You've to read the books to understand what I means.
2. Peer Gynt (TV-series)
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Time period: 19th century
Peer Gynt is a story about a wild and ambitious guy named Per Gynt who doesn't fit into the society. He wish to be accepted and become something great. The story shows his personal journey where he explores the world, tries to reach his goals, how he deals with his problems, dilemma he face and on questions about what's the right thing to do. Gynt wants to be a hero, but because of his flawed and relatable personality he easily gets into trouble or put others in trouble. When travelling around the world he meets trolls. Edvard Grieg composed "Dovregubbenshall" to the original play made by Ibsen.
Because of the intriguing philosophical questions and different ways to interpret this complicated story, it would be interesting to see how this would end up as when becoming a TV-series.
3. The Bridge builders (TV-series)
Author: Jan Guillou
Time period: Today
This book series is about three Norwegian ambitious guys and their journeys. They works for instance as bridge and rails builders in part of the story. Later on they develop different careers and travels around the world. Several characters in the books have to flee because of different reasons. I'm not going to spoil the reasons. There's a lot of things going on in the book and it could be a TV-series.
4. The exam (TV-series/Movie)
I can't remember the book's or the author's name. Didn't find it at the internet after searching for it for hours. I can still remember the plot line though. I just gave the book a name since I can't remember.
The book is about a dystopian futuristic society where people have to pass an important exam that's deciding which social class they would go to and they've to stay there rest of their lives. People who pass the government's exam completely would be allowed to live a life in wealth and luxury, while those one who failed completely would be forced to live a life in poverty. Those one who got an in the between result would be part of the middle-class.
Poverty here means living underground in the sewer on islands made of garbage. The main character who's a young girl described it as humans living as animals in inhumane conditions where they had little to no clothing, always were hungry, dirty, sick and cold.
5. De angrende (Movie)
I can't remember the book's or the author's name on this either, but I still remember the plot line.
De angrende (Directly translated: The regretters) is a story about a young couple who loves each others. One day the woman gets pregnant with an accident and since she's still studying, she's not ready becoming a mother yet. The man and the woman agrees in getting an abortion. After the woman underwent the procedure she gradually starts to think over what she did and regrets. They gives the child a properly funeral and goes through a grieving stage.
Both of them regrets in aborting it because they realize it's a child; a living human being. In addition they were upset for not considering adoption. Later on they meets people from the pro-life movement helping them bettering themselves and let them join them. The book discuss old question about the value of the human lives, when it starts, how abortion can impact people, the hidden regretters and so on.
6. Poison (Movie)
Author: Alexander Kielland
Time period: The 19th century, realism
Abraham Løvdahl and Marius are the main characters in the book. They're pupils on the Latin school. The school's headmaster and teachers are very strict. They've high expectations and may hit the children for any minor things. Abraham also has an abusive father and caring mother. His parents are disagreeing in how a child should be raised and what an ideal society is. In the school there are many stressed pupils and one of them dies of stress. Kielland wanted to criticize the school and political system at his time. Many of the events taking place in the story are inspired by Kielland's real life.
7. Alexander Kielland (Movie)
Kielland who's the Norwegian author of the "Poison" lived in the 1800s and although he was raised in a wealthy family, he was still interested in politics and justice. He had strict teachers and parents. He also witnessed how bad poverty and the worker's right was when he started a buisness. Many of his factory workers lived in extreme poverty.
8. Amalie Skram (Movie)
Amalie Skram is one of the most famous feminist in Norway in addition to Camilla Colette and Gina Krog. She wrote "Hellemyrsfolket" and "Karen's Christmas" for instance. She struggled mentally a period, lived in a toxic relationship after being forced to marry a man she disliked and she fought for women's rights. She later married a man she liked better.
9. Edvard Grieg (Movie)
Grieg is Norway's most famous composer and composed "Morgenstemning" and "Dove gubbenshall". He lived a different lifestyle than ordinary people. Grieg and his wife wasn't able to start a family.
10. Edvard Munch (Movie)
Munch is Norway's most famous painter and painted "Scream". He was an alcoholic, womanizer, lived a wild life and experienced jealously on other artists "stealing" the women.
11. Henrik Wergeland (Movie)
Wergeland, brother to Camilla Colette and "enemy" to Colette's crush J.S. Welhaven, is most known for being a poet, human rights activist and nationalist. He wanted an independent country and culture. Welhaven was a supporter of the Danish, something Wergeland as an anti-union man was opposed to and therefor they hated each others. In addition they disliked each other's ways on writing poetries. Because of this there were a lot of conflicts and especially after Colette falling in love.
12. Terje Vigen (Movie)
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Time period: 19th century, realism
Terje Vigen is a man traveling from Norway to Denmark in a little boat to buy food because of his family is starving and the British has blocked the border between these countries, so he can't buy food at home. Denmark-Norway was enemy to the British because of they supported Napoleon. The Brits arrest and imprison Vigen because it was illegal for Norwegians to import food from Denmark. After being released Vigen comes home to starved corpses that's his family. The question is if he should take revenge on the British man who arrested him or not when he gets the chance to do so.
13. We're going to escape tonight (TV-series/Movie)
Author: Bernhard Stokke
Time period: 20th century
Two 16 years old boys decides to run away from an institution for "bad boys" after being unhappy about the way they gets treated. Because it's mandatory for them to stay there until adulthood there are people trying to find them and get them back. The plot is mostly about how they escapes and what they're doing after they've escaped.
Many of the books, stories and famous people could be movies and TV-series that could both entertain people and make it easier for students to learn important facts. Many students nowadays, especially the young ones, struggle learning Scandinavian history and literature because of all of the reading. Movies and series can easily grab their attention and interests more. Watching something visual is also easier to remember.