Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Upcoming 2017 TV Shows Based on Books

Books being into adapted into other media (especially movies) is nothing new, but there are a lot of books getting made into TV Series now as well. So far there have been four series to kick-off 2017: Emerald City loosely based on L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz debuted on NBC on January 6, A Series of Unfortunate Events based on Lemony Snicket's same-titled series debuted on Netflix on January 13, Riverdale (very) loosely based on the long-running Archie Comics debuted on January 26 on the CW, and Big Little Lies based on Lianne Moriarty's novel just premiered on HBO on February 19.

Get ahead of the curve and make sure to read the following books before they are scheduled to make their TV debuts in 2017!

1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
13 Reasons Why will be premiering on Netflix on March 31.

2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.
American Gods is set to premiere on Starz in April 30.

3. The
Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
The Handmaid's Tale will be premiering on Hulu on April 26.

4. Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
The first book in a new trilogy describes what happens in Midnight, Texas, a dried-up, one traffic light town, when a mysterious new resident, Manfred Bernardo, moves in.
Midnight, Texas is set to premiere on NBC in June.

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Anne will be premiering on Netflix on May 12. To tide you over, you can also check out the 2016 made-for-TV-movie or the wonderful CBC mini-series from the 80s.

6. The Mist by Stephen King
A group of neighbors trapped in a grocery store by a supernatural mist--which may have been unintentionally unleashed by a nearby military base--must fight the horrific monsters that live within it.
The Mist is set to premiere on Spike during summer 2017. To tide you over, you can also check out the film adaptation from  2007.

7. The Terror by Dan Simmons
Captain Crozier must find a way for his crew to survive the deadly attacks of a mysterious and insatiable sea monster that is stalking the men trapped in the Arctic ice, in a novel loosely based on the mid-nineteenth-century Arctic expedition originally led by Sir John Franklin.
The Terror is set to premiere on AMC late 2017.

8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers, and hedonist pursuits.
Cormoran Strike is set to premiere on BBC sometime 2017 with HBO picking up rights of the US release.

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