Netflix: With Dumplin’ pickup, Netflix has found their niche

To All the Boys I've Loved Before courtesy Netflix via Netflix Media Center
To All the Boys I've Loved Before courtesy Netflix via Netflix Media Center /

After the success of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix acquired another YA book-to-movie, Dumplin’ and a possible new identity for the network.

Romantic comedies, especially teen rom-coms, are always popular. In recent years, that has changed a bit. From the 80’s-00’s, they were everywhere! Once the 2010’s hit, the trend kind of faded away. Thankfully, with Netflix adapting two popular young adult books, they seem to have brought back the teen romance comedy genre.

When most people think of romantic comedies, it’s usually not geared at teenagers, but a majority have featured teens. Even in this year alone, we’ve had Love, Simon, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and The Kissing Booth. It’s no coincidence that all but one were a Netflix original.

Usually, streaming services don’t target a teenage audience. With teens now streaming more, Netflix knows their market. They know who they’re playing to and it shows even in their other programs. Shows like Thirteen Reasons Why and Atypical feature teen characters and follow their struggles in high school.

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However, their acquisition of Dumplin’ adds another layer to Netflix’s already huge and diverse catalog. Most notably, Netflix could be the new home for YA book-to-movie adaptations. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before became a smash hit overnight and fans are clamoring for a sequel.

What made it stand out was Netflix caring about the property. They kept what made the book good and made improvements. They changed a little bit, but so much that fans of the book would be angry. They found a sweet spot where both fans of the books and people just watching would still love and appreciate the film.

Netflix needs to give the same treatment to Dumplin’. As far as casting goes, they’re spot-on as they were for To All The Boys. What makes Dumplin’ stand apart is its focus on music and its soundtrack. A huge part of the novel is Dolly Parton and the main character’s love for her. The movie will feature a soundtrack of her songs and even, an original song from her.

That’s exactly why Netflix is killing it with book-to-movie adaptations. They’re focusing on the small details and bringing them to life. The boom of young adult book-to-movie adaptations in the 2010’s wore the genre down. Netflix is resurging it while still being true to the source material.

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If Dumplin’ is successful, Netflix will be the king of YA book-to-movie adaptations and rightfully so. There are still a lot of books they could adapt so there’s no telling what’ll they do next. Regardless, Netflix is changing the game for book-to-movie adaptations.

What books do you think Netflix should make into movies next?