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  • Writer's pictureDemi Lynch

12 Books You Must Read Before They're Brought To Our Screens

It's only February and 2024 has already brought us numerous book adaptations to the screen.

TV series 'Boy Swallows Universe' and 'One Day' are already mega hits on Netflix; and 'Force Of Nature' has just been released in cinemas.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg - Hollywood is churning out a smorgasbord of movies and shows inspired by our favourite books.

We highly recommend checking out these 12 extraordinary books before they're brought to life on our screens.


Book synopsis: A comedy writer thinks she's sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions.

What we know so far about the adaption: Just this week it was announced NewLine Cinemas will be adapting the book with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter from Hello Sunshine. The author Curtis Sittenfeld is set to be an executive producer for the film.

Book synopsis: Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

What we know so far about the adaption: Harry Broadbeer from 'Fleabag' is set to direct the film inspired by the award winning novel. Reese Witherspoon will produce the film for Hello Sunshine alongside Lauren Neustadter.

Book synopsis: Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she'll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally's choice will change her world forever....

What we know so far about the adaption: The award winning series will star some of our favourite actresses including Joey King and Laverne Cox.

Book synopsis: In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.

What we know so far about the adaption: This Guy Ritchie action spy film will hit the big screens on April 19 2024. It features a star studded cast including Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Henry Golding, Eiza González and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.

Book synopsis: Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pip Fitz-Adeleke chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality.

What we know so far about the adaption: The popular trilogy series is set to become a TV show produced by the BBC. 'Wednesday' star Emma Myers has been cast as Pippa. Filming has already begun but it's unknown when the series will be brought to our screens.

Book synopsis: At thirty-nine, Solène Marchand is a devoted mother, a dedicated colleague and a considerate ex-wife. But it's a long time since she's felt like herself. So when someone comes along who seems to see her - to want her - for who she really is, the attraction is instant. And so begins a jet-setting, earth-shattering secret love affair. But what if that someone is world-famous sex symbol Hayes Campbell? Captivating frontman of boy band of the moment August Moon - whose face is everywhere. Including Solène's teenage daughter's bedroom wall.

What we know so far about the adaption: Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine are set to star in the film which has already garnered a lot of buzz. The movie will be out May 2nd 2024.

Book synopsis: The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II.

What we know so far about the adaption: Real life siblings Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning are set to star in the film. It's been over two decades since the Fanning sisters starred in the same film together.

Book synopsis: Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

What we know so far about the adaption: The crime classic has been adapted into multiple movies over the years, but this is the first time it's been made into a TV series. The beloved Andrew Scott will play the famous Mr Ripley. The series is set to be released on April 4 2024.

Book synopsis: An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn't match any of his "requirements", but might be the perfect woman for him.

What we know so far about the adaption: The film is currently in pre-production and already Henry Cavill has been cast to play the leading role.

Book synopsis: A satirical comedic fantasy series that reimagines the rise and reign of Lady Jane Grey. When her ambitious mother sells Jane's hand to the highest bidder, Jane is dismayed to discover that her dreaded husband-to-be, Guildford Dudley, is an infuriatingly attractive stranger with a dark secret, one that has the potential to get them both killed. But there are greater conspiracies afoot, like a plot to murder her cousin, King Edward, and throw the entire kingdom into chaos.

What we know so far about the adaption: The upcoming British television series is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2024.

Book synopsis: Lily moves to a new city and falls in love, but her newfound romance faces unforeseen challenges when her first love arrives on her doorstep. Memories of her abusive home resurface and Lily faces patterns of violence that mirror her youth as her world is turned upside down.

What we know so far about the adaption: The film adaptation is set to be released on the 21st of June this year. It stars Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni, Brandon Sklenar and Jenny Slate.

Book synopsis: Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing. Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun - wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can't imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

What we know so far about the adaption: The detective novel is being made into an Apple TV+ limited series. It stars Natalie Portman and is set to be released in 2024.



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