There is nothing Hollywood loves more than adapting a book (or a podcast). We have written about this in the past before . All the books mentioned in that post have been turned to screen except “Hello Sunshine”. There is enough material to go around as we have a couple of books coming up on TV.
Here are some books being adapted to TV:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: The book about a mother and daughter who come to town and shake things up was a favorite of mine and I enjoyed reading it. It was a book that made you think and really leave you wondering what the right thing is/was? It is going to be a TV series on Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. I will be watching. You can see our review of it here.
Normal People by Sally Rooney: Based in Ireland, the book tells the story of the sweet but complicated relationship between Connell and Marianne beginning from their high school days all the way to college and beyond. Hulu has ordered this straight to series and it’ll be 12 half hour episodes. Our review of the book can be found here.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai: A recent one I loved that talked about the AIDS crisis, the people that lived through it and living with the ghosts of the people who they lost. The book was optioned by Amy Poehler’s production company and has not been bought yet but this should be a somber but good watch. This is what we thought about the book.
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K Lee: Following 3 women who live as expats in Hong Kong, this book is set to be an Amazon series starring Nicole Kidman. We are yet to review it here on the blog but can Nicole Kidman do any wrong?
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: The book reads like a VH1 Behind the Music episode or a documentary. It’s even more intriguing as an audio book. I have enjoyed past works by Taylor Jenkins Reid (The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, anyone?) She is an interesting writer. This book is being turned to an Amazon TV series produced by Reese Witherspoon.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: I have not had the pleasure of reading this book but I have heard good things about the book that tells the story of a young slave girl named Cora and her daring escape from a cotton plantation in Georgia through an underground railroad. Barry Jenkins of Moonlight fame will be directing all 11 episodes on…you guessed it?…Amazon. A cast has already been put together and it includes Joel Edgerton and Thuso Mbedu.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: The multi generational story that also gives part history lesson on Koreans who lived in Japan after the war was inevitably going to be made into a TV show. This time, Apple TV is who takes the reigns on this. I liked this one and you can see what I thought about it here.
Any books on the list pique your interest in reading?…or watching?