9 Books Becoming TV Shows in 2017

Posted January 14, 2017 by Carlisa in Discussion, Let's Talk Movies / 25 Comments

It’s a new year, and with that comes many, many, many new movies and new TV shows that are based on those oh-so cherished things called books. I honestly think it’s so exciting to see how directors and writers interpret what’s on the page and translate it to a visual format. And I’m not one of those people who’s offended if something changes from book to screen; it’s a different format, a different medium, and it only makes sense to me that some things may change as a result. I was going to include a full list of all the book-to-screen adaptations, including movies, here, but there are SO MANY. I was surprised by how many books are being adapted into TV shows, so I’m showcasing those here now, and I’ll showcase the movies in a few days. Sound cool? Cool.

Books Becoming TV Shows in 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Goodreads and Trailer
Release Date: April 26
Produced by: Hulu
Have I Read?: Yes

If you haven’t read this one, you’re missing out. It’s an incredibly powerful dystopian novel of a society where women have no rights…Their only power is their ability to bear children. So the women are given to these elite families who aren’t able to have children. They’re called “handmaids.” Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away. But it’s powerful. And Hulu is releasing it as a TV show this year! Go watch the trailer now. Go, go, go.

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

Goodreads and Trailer
Release Date: January 13 (aka yesterday!)
Produced by: Netflix
Have I Read?: I read some of them, but a long time ago.

Lemony Snicket’s books are childhood favorites of so, so, so many people. I read at least the first few when I was younger, and I remember enjoying them…but I don’t remember much else. And I’ve seen the Jim Carrey version, but I wasn’t blown away. So I’m intrigued by this new series. And Netflix really has been rocking the house with their originals, so I’m hoping for the best!


American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Goodreads and Trailer
Release date: April 2017
Produced by: Starz
Have I Read?: No, but I want to!

Neil Gaiman is one of those authors who I know every word they write is just magic. Also when people try to describe the book, or in this case the TV show, I have absolutely no idea what’s happening. I just kind of have to experience it for myself. The trailer is really intriguing, but like I said, I really have no idea what it’s about. Just a lot of crazy stuff and probably some magic. And, hey, it looks like the girl who plays Violet in the original A Series of Unfortunate Events film is in this TV show (see above). Small world, huh?

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Goodreads; Trailer Not Yet Released
Release date: 2017
Produced by: Netflix
Have I Read?: Yes!

This was a really popular YA novel back when I was in middle and high school. And the premise is really intriguing: It’s about a girl who commits suicide, and a boy from her school finds thirteen tapes about why she made her decision. And he basically follows the tapes around town as she talks. So kind of depressing, but it was well done, and I’m excited to see how it’s portrayed on Netflix. And I’ve heard that Selena Gomez is starring/producing, so it should be interesting!


Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

Goodreads; Trailer Not Yet Released
Release date: Spring (?) 2017
Produced by: Netflix
Have I Read?: OF COURSE.

I read Anne of Green Gables like a year and a half ago, maybe? And I loved it. Anne is the most delightfully dramatic girl I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I’ve read the first three or four in her series now, and I’m excited to keep going when I have time. But to be honest—I haven’t seen any of the movie or TV show adaptations (*cue gasp*). I’ve heard they’re wonderful, especially the original one. And I plan to watch that one before I watch the Netflix one, I assure you! Anyway, this one seems like it’s going to be simply titled Anne, and I am super pumped for it. Also, they’re filming on location at Prince Edward Island, so it’s going to be beautiful.

The Cormoran Strikes series – Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling

Goodreads; Trailer Not Yet Released
Release Date: 2017
Produced by: BBC
Have I Read?: Unfortunately, no

So the first three books in this series is being adapted through BBC in the UK and then picked up by HBO for US and (I think?) Canada. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s done. I haven’t read them personally…mostly because I’m kind of afraid to read anything non-Harry Potter from the Queen herself…but maybe I’ll give them a go. Has anyone here read them? Are they worth it? Let me know.


Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Goodreads; Trailer Not Yet Released
Release Date: 2017
Produced by: HBO
Have I Read?: No

Gillian Flynn made quite the name for herself with Gone Girl. She has those psychological thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat no matter what. So the idea of another one of her books being turned into an 8-episode TV show? Oh man. That is going to be exciting, I’m sure of it. And Amy Adams is starring! I really enjoy her, although I’m thinking her role is going to be quite different from Giselle in Enchanted. 

99 Days – Katie Cotugno

Goodreads; Trailer Not Yet Released
Release Date: 2017
Produced by: MTV
Have I Read?: No, but it’s waiting for me on my Nook!

This is one of those YA contemporaries that is super fun to read. Romance and summer and kissing. And people just adore Katie Cotugno, so I definitely think I need to pick up this book before the MTV-created show comes out!

Famous in Love – Rebecca Serle

Goodreads; Teaser Trailer
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Produced by: Freeform
Have I Read?: No

I haven’t read this one, but a lot of people seem excited for it. I’ve heard it described as the new Gossip Girl. It’s starring Bella Thorne on Freeform, and it has the same creators as Pretty Little Liars, so if you like that show, you’d probably like this one. And the book, which you should read first for obvious reasons.
*A lot of these TV shows don’t have official release dates but are expected to release in 2017. Those are probably subject to change.

Pretty awesome, huh? There’s a huge range of books being adapted—from dystopian to urban fantasy to psychological thriller to romance to mystery to classics. It’s awesome. I’ve definitely noticed a trend in an increase in adaptations as TV shows, which is great! A TV show has something a movie doesn’t: a lot more time. They can stretch a story over episodes and even seasons. So they really have the space to get it right and also the space to play. And who doesn’t love a little playtime?

Which book-to-TV adaptations are you excited for? Do you prefer book-to-movie or book-to-TV? Are there any that I missed that I should include? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

  • I’m hoping that A Series of Unfortunate Events is far better than the terrible movie that they tried to make. I loved reading 13 Reasons Why so to see it as a show will be interesting. As for American Gods and The Handmaiden’s Tale they both sound quite interesting. Now I know a few more books to read. Thanks for sharing!

    Single Vegas Girl

    • The Handmaid’s Tale is really a beautiful book. I hope you like it if you read it! And I’ve heard good things so far about A Series of Unfortunate Events, so I’m crossing my fingers!

  • I didn’t realize some of these were going to be made into TV shows! I should definitely read American Gods asap then!

    • Yeah, American Gods has been on my list for a while! Along with all of Neil Gaiman’s other books because the man’s a genius.

  • Chrystal M

    I did not realize many of these books were becoming shows. I’m excited for Thirteen Reasons Why!

    • Me too! I’m glad that Netflix is the one making it because they always do a pretty solid job.

  • I read 99 days and enjoyed it. I hadn’t realized that was being made into a movie.

    • Yeah, it’s being made into a TV show, not a movie. But it’s on my TBR so I definitely need to read it soon!

  • im the worst book blogger. i had no idea about any of these aside from maybe 3. im super surprised to see katie cotugno’s book here. makes sense for MTV. I wouldnt have expected that but happy for her! its been a while since ive read 13 reasons why but im surely excited now to see how this will play out.

    • You are NOT the worst book blogger, let me tell you, haha. I *love* your blog. Have you read 99 Days? I haven’t yet, but I’ve heard good things about Katie Cotugno. And same—it’s been forever since I read 13 Reasons Why, but I’m excited to see how it goes!

  • Hmm, I didn’t know about any of these except a couple, so thanks for the info! I’m really interested to see how they adapt 13 Reasons Why. I have utter faith in Netflix not to butcher it, but I know they’re going to have to take some creative liberties with it, considering it’s a pretty introspective story. I also feel like they are going to expand the story a lot if the first seasons is successful.

    Sometimes it’s so weird to see which books they’re going to be adapting because there are so many books that I would kill to have turned into a TV show, and then they just end up adapting stuff I’ve never heard of. It makes me wish I had the skill/resources to adapt some of my favorite books and series.

    – Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

    • Yeah I’m hoping 13 Reasons Why is good! I am glad that it’s Netflix making it, but it’ll for sure be interesting to see how things play out. I haven’t read it in forever, but still.

      And definitely I get what you’re saying. Recently I think companies like Netflix are looking for not-as-popular stories with good plotlines to develop into an adaptation, whether a movie or TV show. I’d love to see all my favorites up on a screen though!

  • Oh I didn’t know about some of these! 99 Days I can totally see as a TV drama–it has all the good plot points and drama.

    I’m really excited to see 13 reasons why. I think it will be a beautiful series if they do it right. I’m holding off on watching A Series of just because I want to finish the books; but I’m looking forward to watching it!

    • I still need to read 99 Days! It’s been on my Nook for like two years now. And I don’t think I’ve read all of A Series, but I have *no* idea where I left off when I was younger. I might try them again though.

      • Are you going to do a series review for A Series of Unfortunate Events?

  • Eeep, awesome list! I can’t wait to check out the Series of Unfortunate Events TV show–it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 😀

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • I’ve heard good things about it! Fingers crossed it’ll live up to the hype!

  • Since I just read “What Light,” I’ve been curious about Jay Asher’s ‘Reasons Why,’ and the series that comes with it. Also, “Handmaid’s Tale” sounds interesting, but it might not be a “me” show. I do plan to check out Freeform’s ‘Famous’ and ‘Unfortunate Events.’ 🙂

  • ˗ˏˋfleur booksˎˊ˗

    I’m super pumped for the American Gods series! I haven’t read the book ( yet ) but the trailer looks amazing. Oh, and it has someone from the 100 acting in it, so that’s another plus!

    Fleur @ FranklyBooks just posted UNDERRATED BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ!

  • Serena Reidy

    I haven’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling but I had no idea it was by JK Rowling under a different name! I need to read Thirteen Reasons Why before the TV show comes out! I loved Anne of Green Gables as a kid!

    Serena / http://ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.co.uk

  • Jo Elliott

    A Series of Unfortunate Events was so good! I can’t wait for the next season. Also so excited for Thirteen Reasons Why, I loved that book!

  • Chelsea B.

    Ooooh I’d forgotten Sharp Objects was being adapted!! It’s the only book of hers I haven’t read, I need to get on that. I’m currently on the third ep of A Series of Unfortunate Events!

  • Oh man, I didn’t know they were making Sharp Objects into a TV show!!! That’s my fave book of hers and I’ve been waiting to see what they were going to do with it. I’m super excited now!!