Monday, January 16, 2017

Book-to-TV Adaptations in 2017

There are so many television shows based off books coming out in 2017 that I wanted to discuss some of the ones I am most excited about. I haven't read the source material for a good chunk of the list but either from the trailers, hype, or just the casting choices has gotten me really excited about these ones in particular.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

This is one that not only has already been released (January 13, 2017) but I have also talked about it previously. This story is about three siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire who find out that their parents have perished in a fire and they're brought to their closest relative, Count Olaf, who only wants them for their family fortune. I have already binge watched this eight episode Netflix show and I absolutely loved it. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and also has a very diverse cast of talented actors. I highly recommend both the book series and the show. 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 

This is one I actually have read. I read it back in 2010 so it wouldn't hurt for me to have a refresher since I don't remember anything but I remember really liking it. This book is about the main character, Clay, who gets a box with cassette tapes inside from a classmate named Hannah who committed suicide. I also read that Selena Gomez is a producer on the project which is really interesting because when Thirteen Reasons Why was being talked for an adaptation (movie I believe?) it was rumored that Selena was going to play Hannah. I wonder if that changed, or if it was only a rumor, but either way I am really excited to see how they will do the adaptation. There hasn't been a release date but it will be released sometime in 2017 on Netflix.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

I know almost nothing about the plot of this story, but I know it's a childhood favorite for many readers. I have had it on my wish list for a while so I am excited to give both the books and the television show a try. The short synopsis I read explained that Anne of Green Gables is a story that follows a orphan named Anne who was sent to the wrong family who wanted a boy but she tries to win them over. From the synopsis alone, it reminds me a lot of the musical/movie/play Annie which is exciting because I love Annie. This show is supposed to released sometime in the spring of 2017. 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

This is a book I owned it, read passages for it in college, and misplaced the book from moving so many times. I plan to read this book sometime in 2017 but I am not sure if I am doing it before or after I watch the television show. This is a dystopian story set in the future and from what I have gathered (trying to stay in the dark as much as possible) the government is run by a group who do drastic actions to repress the women in the story. I have heard nothing but great things about both the writing and the story Atwood released in the 80's.  I am really excited for the casting for this show because Samira Wiley and Alexis Bledel will be starring in the show and I really enjoy both of them as actresses. This television show will be out April 26 on Hulu. 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman 

This is another story I know basically nothing about, but I love Neil Gaiman so I am excited to watch the television show and read the book sometime this year. It is about a man who returns to his hometown and he finds out that a previous lover and his best friend have died. I am not sure when it will be released to the public besides the first episode premiering at a film festival but when it does premiere to everyone it'll be on Starz.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is a book I actually have read! I read it last year with a friend because we had read the other two Gillian Flynn books together. I enjoyed this story a lot which is about a journalist who returns to her hometown to solve the murder of two girls. This wasn't my favorite Flynn novel but I think the mystery was a good one.  It will star Amy Adams, whom I really enjoy as an actress, and it will air sometime in 2017 but an exact date has not been announced. 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 

This a novel that got really popular and then it's popularity increased even more when it was discovered that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym. I admit, I hadn't heard of the series before Rowling's name came up but I did download the first book on my kindle. I haven't read it yet, but I am hoping 2017 is the year I do. It's a mystery about a private detective named Cormoran Strike. Tom Burke, who I know as Athos from BBC's The Musketeers, will be playing Strike. It will be airing on BBC 2017 but probably won't be airing in America until late 2017 maybe early 2018.

Thanks for reading! 

Are you excited about any of the adaptations I discussed? Is there a book-to-television show I am forgetting? I'd love to know.  


  1. So far, A Series of Unfortunate Events if by far my favorite!

    1. Oooh yes. It was so well done! I am interested to hear what you think about The Handmaid's Tale when you watch! I'm excited to read it with you!