You’ll Want to Read These Books Before They Become TV Shows

Soon you can binge-watch these novels. 


Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

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Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Nicole Kidman will star in this limited series on HBO, based off the dramatic New York Times bestseller—called “funny and scary” by none other than Stephen King. The story follows three mothers—and how their relationships with each other, their ex-husbands, and their first-graders wind around a murder victim. Take a look at the new trailer for the series here.

To buy: $10,


A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

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Deadline reports that Netflix will be adapting this grim series for its streaming service. Two of the unlucky Baudelaire children have been castSupergirl’s Malina Weissman as Violet, and rookie Louis Hynes as Klaus. Neil Patrick Harris is also reportedly being cast as the evil Count Olaf. Time to catch up on all 13 novels—from The Bad Beginning to The End—but you may want to read something a bit lighter at the same time.

To buy: $97 for the box set,


Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

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Fans of Gone Girl have likely pored through the rest of Flynn’s psychological thrillers, and will be excited to know that Sharp Objects is set to become a series staring Amy Adams. The one-hour episodes will follow Adams as Detective Camille Preaker, following her release from a mental hospital into a murder investigation that pokes at her past.

To buy: $8,


Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart

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The New York Times called Shteyngart’s satiric novel a “supersad, superfunny, superaffecting performance”—and many critics had similar praise. The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Times all named it one of the best books of the year. It’s no wonder that Showtime jumped at the chance to host the TV adaptation starring Ben Stiller on its own network. No word yet on who will play Stiller’s romantic interest in this comedic-yet-dystopian love story.

To buy: $10,


The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

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Ferrante’s four novels have received plenty of buzz—they were translated from Italian and became instant bestsellers in America. The New York Times book review called Ferrante “one of the great novelists of our time.” The Guardian reports that Wildside, an Italian production company, will be adapting each novel into an eight-episode season, for a 32-episode series. There’s no confirmation as to whether or not the show will make it to the U.S., or if it will remain in Italy, but we’re hoping we can tune in every week.

To buy: $40 for the set (only available as an eBook),


Dietland, by Sarai Walker

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Walker’s popular novel follows the story of an overweight woman who chases the dream of being thin—a dream interrupted by an underground group of feminists who want to disrupt what has become a “man’s world.” The novel garnered critical acclaim and was named a Best Book of 2015 by EW and Amazon. Now it’s in the works to become a TV series and will be led by Marti Noxon, co-creator of the Lifetime drama UnREAL, which also received praise for its pilot season.

To buy: $18,


The MaddAddam trilogy, by Margaret Atwood

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Last year, Atwood published MaddAddam, the third in her postapocalyptic trilogy, which also includes Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. HBO is currently in the process of adapting this trilogy under the name MaddAddam. Darren Aronofsky, who directed Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, is leading the adaptation process.

To buy: $32 for the set,


Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

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This 1932 novel was likely on your required reading list in high school, and now it’s being adapted for a series on Syfy, a science fiction television network under the NBC umbrella. Huxley imagines a world without evils—including disease and war—Steven Spielberg’s production team will bring that alternate reality to life.

To buy: $9,


The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare

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This fantasy YA series was previously adapted into a movie, but wasn’t met with great response. Freeform (previously known as ABC Family) is giving the books another go, this time changing the name to Shadowhunters and reimagining the books as a television series. Hopefully, expanding the six-book series into a television show, rather than cramming it into a two-hour movie, will please the fans.

To buy: $50 for the box set,