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10 Most Anticipated Book to TV Adaptations – Top Ten Tuesday

10 Most Anticipated Book to TV Adaptations

The Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I usually make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

IM BACK! You may or may not have noticed that I briefly disappeared off the face of this Earth. This wasn’t because I was sobbing over not getting into Pitch Wars, but because I moved 8-hours north of Toronto and started a new job, all in basically 3-days.

Fall, if you’re addicted to TV, means more than pumpkin spice lattes and snuggly sweaters. It means new TV shows popping out and begging to be loved. Whether they succeed or fail, I’ll never turn down the chance to see a book come to life. This is a list of books that are going to be made into tv-series that I’m itching to watch.

10. Midnight, Texas


Starring: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Joanne Camp

The Low-Down

Marketed as True Blood meets Twin Peaks, this series takes place in the fictional town of Midnight, Texas. Oh yeah, the town is filled with vampires, witches, werewolves, etc. Considering the success of True Blood, it’s not too surprising that someone snatched this up. NBC made the 13-episode order.

For however much of True Blood franchise I watched, I did love. And so I have to give this paranormal series a chance.

Scheduled Release: TBA

9. His Dark Materials


Starring: Dakota Blue Richards (rumoured), nothing confirmed

The Low-Down

Jack Thorne (aka one of the people behind the Cursed Child play) is set to adapt this series for TV. Dakota Blue Richards, who starred in The Golden Compass movie, said that she would be interested in the adaptation. BBC has ordered 8 episodes of this fantasy.

In light of the way Cursed Child turned out I feel somewhat worried, but Thorne’s helped with amazing shows like Skins. I ended up DNFing the first book within the first few pages so I’m hoping that a tv-series will be more palatable.

Scheduled Release: late 2017

8. Ascendant


Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller

The Low-Down

Apparently, the third film didn’t do particularly well at the box office and there’s now chit chat about the fourth film coming, not to the big screen, but the small one. Then the plan is to use the movie to go into a spin-off tv series. It’s unconfirmed whether the actors of the previous films would sign on for a tv-movie.

I still haven’t watched the third film and therefore directly contributed to the poor box office result. But I do still want to watch it and would absolutely watch a tv-movie.

Scheduled Release: Film was scheduled for June 2017, tv-movie is up in the air

7. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes

The Low-Down

Netflix picked up the show and is currently close to wrapping up filming. Lemony Snicket will also write for the series. The tone of the show will be darker than in the books according to rumours. At least the first two books in the series will be covered by the first season.

After the movie, I’m hesitant about this series. But with Netflix running it, Snicket writing, and how cool the photos showing up look, I feel fairly confident that this will be a hit.

Scheduled Release: early 2017

6. American Gods

Starring: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber

The Low-Down

Greenlit by Starz and with big name showrunner Bryan Fuller. Fun fact! They shot some of the show in Toronto. Originally this looked like it would be on HBO but they couldn’t agree on the script so it went to Starz. Season one will cover the first third of this diety-rich adaptation.

I will admit, with deep shame, that I haven’t read this book yet. I KNOW. But I’m going to get to it before the series starts because I’ve always loved the concept the trailer looks amazing.

Scheduled Release: early 2017

5. Sharp Objects


Starring: Amy Adams (),

The Low-Down

To air on HBO as an 8-episode series which will follow journalist Camille Preaker who returns to her tiny hometown to cover the story of the murder of two young girls. And it’s going to star Amy Adams!!!

There’s not a lot of info out about this, but with HBO and Amy Adams I feel good. I have some serious book amnesia concerning Sharp Objects but it’ll be exciting to see how it comes together.

Scheduled Release: 2017

4. Dublin Murder Squad

tana french

Starring: TBA

The Low-Down

There’s a not a ton of info about this project as of yet. But in 2015, the status was that Euston Films & Veritas would be bringing this series to the small screen.

I cannot count how many times I’ve flailed about this series. The only reason it’s not at the top of my list is that I’m unsure about whether it would blend into the millions of cop dramas out there. But of course, I’m anticipating it.

Scheduled Release: TBA

3. The Handmaid’s Tale

Elisabeth Moss

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Joesph Fiennes, Samira Wiley

The Low-Down

With a straight-to-series order, this adaptation will air on Hulu. The Handmaid’s Tale is about a society where the government forces fertile women to bear children for the privileged. It follows MC Offred, played by Moss, and her life as a Handmaid to a family.

I wrote an enormous essay (think 4,000 words) on this book in my senior year of high school, so I’m beyond excited to see it come to the screen. And the concept is fresh enough that it would be interesting to people that haven’t read the book.

Scheduled Release: 2017

2. The MaddAddam Trilogy

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Starring: TBA

The Low-Down

HBO is set to tackle Atwood’s amazing trilogy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Waterless Flood disease wiped out much of human life. HBO will adapt this series as accurately as possible, even insisting that the Children of Crake will be blue and as fully naked in the series as they are in the books.

This is, by far, one of the most amazing sci-fi series I’ve ever read. It’s certainly the most literary. I’m convulsing with excitement about seeing this world come alive.

Scheduled Release: TBA

1. Big Little Lies

Starring: Reese Whitherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård (), Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz

The Low-Down

HBO will release this series about a group of kindergarten mums with complicated lives. A murder makes their lives even more complicated. And can I just say, this series is star-studded! There are so many big names it would have to try hard to fail.

Is anyone surprised that this is my most anticipated? Anyone? I’m confident that this will be a runaway hit. So much of it makes sense for tv. The drama! It screams PUT ME ON A SCREEN ALREADY.

Scheduled Release: 2017

What book to tv-adapations are you anticipating?

Or what returning shows are you looking forward to? – I’m excited about the Magicians and Shadowhunters returning this year.


  • Stephanie

    September 9, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Many, Many, Many of these excite me too! American Gods is a favorite book and the cast for the show looks amazing. I hope it is great. I had heard tell about His Dark Materials – glad to see it’s a little more concrete than last I heard! DUBLIN MURDER SQUAD??!! We’re talking Tana French here right? I understand your trepidation – I don’t know how the the thing that makes those books awesome will translate to TV but it will be exciting to see what they do with it. Finally – also pretty excited about Lemony Snicket! Phew! That’s a lot of TV to look forward to!

    • ltlibrarian

      September 10, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      Yessss Tana French! That article was from 2015 and no updates since then so I really hope it’s still going to happen. I have a lot of faith in British tv so even though I can’t imagine how they’ll do it I’m sure they’ll rock it.

      It is a lot of tv to look forward to hahah. But all great stuff hopefully, 2017 is going to be a crazy year.

  • La La in the Library

    September 9, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    I am looking forward to the His Dark Materials afdaptation. My son and I were extremely disappointed that the movie had no sequels. I am happy that Dakota Blue is interested, but am wondering how she will play a younger Lyra from the first book, unless they get a young lookalike for the Golden Compass part and then switch out to her as an older Lyra.

    Congratulations on your move and new job!

    • ltlibrarian

      September 10, 2016 at 1:52 PM

      I know a lot of people were disappointed that the movies stopped short. Yes! I was wondering that about Dakota Blue myself, but like you said I suppose she would play an older version? But it seems more likely they would go with a younger actress that could grow with the series.

      Thank you!

  • Zoe @ Readabilitea

    September 9, 2016 at 5:05 AM

    I had no idea they were making Sharp Objects into a TV series??! That’s amazing news! I love Gillian Flynn’s writing so much and I thought the Gone Girl film was incredibly well done, Sharp Objects will suit a TV adaptation though, I think.. I’m also really excited for A Series of Unfortunate Events – I used to love the series as a kid and the film just did not do it justice. I think Neil Patrick Harris is going to be a brilliant Count Olaf!

    • ltlibrarian

      September 9, 2016 at 8:36 AM

      I’m hoping they have enough material to get it going. Though honestly I would be happy even with a mini series.

      I agree on the series of unfortunate movie, I think it tried to fit too much into too small a time frame so I think a tv series will suit it much better. Ye! NPH is generally good so I think he’ll do well too

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    September 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    I’M SO SO EXCITED FOR A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS I COULD SHRIEK!! *proceeds to shriek because why not* I loved the movie, but I’m pretty sure the TV series will be wonderfully glorious too. :’) And I forgot about His Dark Materials becoming a TV show!! But yay for that too. Hopefully I’ll actually watch both of those when they come out in, like, a timely manner instead of 93 years late. I’m so bad with keeping up to date with things!

    (Sadness that you didn’t get into pitch wars, by the way. *sends cake*)

    • ltlibrarian

      September 8, 2016 at 8:36 AM

      I think I’m more cautious because I didn’t like the movie haha but Jim Carey is hit and miss with me. But since it’ll be on Netflix I’m very hopeful that it’ll be good!

      Haha even if you don’t watch them until a million years later they’ll still be there

      I’m alright with it actually. Also I moved and got a new job and ended up having to take a week off blogging so I don’t know if I would have a proper amount of time to devout to it. But I’m not giving up on my stuff 🙂

    • ltlibrarian

      September 6, 2016 at 5:30 PM

      Yes! I have a lot of hope for those too. But omg yes, I try not to think too much about wanting the next book because I die thinking about it. The tv series down’t seem to be making much headway but hopefully that changes overtime


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