5 Books to Read Before They Become TV Shows
Paging Gillian Flynn and Lemony Snicket
Forget book-to-movie. This year, tons of big deal books are actually making their way to the small screen. Here, five titles you need to read now so you’re up to speed when they air.
If you’re going through Gone Girl withdrawal, get ready: In early 2017, Gillian Flynn’s debut thriller--about a reporter who, fresh off a stay in a psychiatric hospital, is forced to return to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls--will be turned into an eight-episode TV series on HBO starring Amy Adams. Yeah, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to watch this one with the lights on.
“SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY”
Ben Stiller is set to direct this Showtime series based on the 2010 Gary Shteyngart novel about the budding romance between Lenny, the son of a Russian immigrant, and his Korean-American girlfriend Eunice--all in the midst of the major American financial crisis. As good as the TV version sounds, you have to read the book to fully get Shtenyngart’s tongue-in-cheek, satirical sentiment.
“BIG LITTLE LIES”
Filming has already begun for this HBO series based on Liane Moriarty’s darkly comic novel about three mothers of kindergartners whose lives unravel to the tune of murder. As for the three moms? Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley are all confirmed to star.
“A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS”
Wahoo Netflix for bringing this delightful series by Lemony Snicket to the small screen. Narrated by Snicket himself, it tells the tale of orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who endure many, um, unfortunate events as they try to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths. As for their villainous keeper Count Olaf? He’ll be played by Neil Patrick Harris, of course.
“THE NEOPOLITAN NOVELS”
Great news for Ferrante fans. This four-book series (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Love and Those Who Stay and The Story of the Lost Child) about an intense female friendship in 1950s Italy is getting turned into an eight-episode TV series. Sure, it's airing first overseas--but if all goes according to plan, it will make its way to the U.S. in no time.