10 Upcoming TV Adaptations Of These Famous Bestsellers That You Can't Miss

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10 Upcoming TV Adaptations Of These Famous Bestsellers That You Can't Miss

It is an age old question – Is a book better than its movie? Bookworms all over the world have nodded frantically and yet movies and TV shows pop up based on the bestsellers. The widely acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice And Fire series by George R. R. Martin and the cherished Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is adapted to the famous Harry Potter movie franchise. And recently, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood has been made into an eponymous TV show, which has received much acclaim from critics and viewers. 

Here are a few more bestsellers that will be or have been converted to either movies or TV shows, and we suggest you read them ASAP:

1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

The sixth part of the Hainish Cycle series, this science fiction novel is the latest to be announced for a limited TV series. It takes place in Winter, an alien planet where the inhabitants are ambisexual, that is, they can change their sex as per their wish. This is a groundbreaking discourse on gender and identity.

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2. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)

The Dark Tower is a science fiction horror series set in the Old West, complete with gun-toting Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in the movie. Set to be released in August, it is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who also wrote the screenplay of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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3. American Assassin by Vince Flynn (2010)

The first of the Mitch Rapp series, it is an espionage thriller set for a September release as a movie. Directed by Michael Cuesta, it stars Dylan O’Brien as the protagonist.

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4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (2011)

Elena Ferrante is the nom de plume of an Italian writer of the famous Neapolitan series. The author’s real identity, only known by the publisher, has eluded many. The novel is about two female friends in Naples, Italy who unveil the gender oppression prevalent in contemporary society. The critics, however, are unhappy at the male director, Saverio Costanzo, for the HBO series.

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5. It by Stephen King (1986)

This timeless horror story of a shapeshifter who turns into a clown by the ‘King’ himself is set for a movie release in September this year. Directed by Andres Muschietti, the teaser trailer looks every bit menacing as the book had been.

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6. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (1990)

This is a humorous fantasy featuring an angel, a demon, a ‘nutty’ witch and an 11-year old Antichrist. After the death of Pratchett, Gaiman has sought to write the script for a six-part television series.

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7. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys (2011)

Set in Stalin’s tyrannical regime in the 1940s, this novel is about an artist who moves with her family to Siberia. The movie is titled Ashes in the Snow, and is directed by Marius A. Markevicius.

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8. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (2015)

Set in modern day New York, A Little Life revolves around four high school friends who go to college together. It was in the 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist, and Director Joe Mantello has reportedly purchased the rights for a miniseries based on it.

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9. The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead (2016)

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this is based on the African slaves in the United States in the 19th century, and how they managed to escape through a route known as the ‘underground railroad’. The director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has taken up this project.

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10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)

Aired shortly after The Handmaiden’s Tale, this is a science fiction book made into a TV series starring Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson, and directed by Bryan Fuller. These famous names should be reason enough to get onboard!

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A book is better than an adaptation of the same. Books are a way to reach out to the audience in a better way. It can ease our understanding. I read a book named 'The Choice' by Nicholas Sparks. Its also transformed into a movie. When we watched the movie we just got a gist of what we had read. However, when we read the book it narrates us every ounce of what exactly is happening in the plot. Thus, I would prefer to read a book over watching a movie.

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