18. Z: The Beginning of Everything
Imagine your high school English class just finished reading The Great Gatsby. Everybody did fine on their character development essays. Your teacher wants to celebrate -- but in a way that still teaches you something. In an ideal world, this would mean making everyone read Therese Anne Fowler's Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, the recently reimagined account of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Flapper-era celebrity romance. (C'mon, get to know the people behind the Great American Novel!) But, wow, couple probs: That book's not on the syllabus, and your teacher still has to get to Vonnegut. Time for a quick class movie day? If only this book existed in… wait, yeah, The Beginning of Everything is just that, a bite-sized adaptation of Fowler's book. As such, it's perfect for a day or two of literary dreaming, like a soapy version of Spark Notes. Christina Ricci, as the title letter, is great. Unfortunately, like The Last Tycoon, this Fitzgerald-themed show failed to make it to a second season -- Amazon pulled the plug after initially giving a green light.