4 book-to-screen adaptations you need to watch this year


4 book-to-screen adaptations you need to watch this year

Dubai - If you loved the novels, the on-screen versions are sure to be a treat


Janice Rodrigues

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Published: Mon 7 Aug 2017, 12:36 PM

Last updated: Mon 7 Aug 2017, 3:11 PM

There was a time where every big blockbuster seemed to be based on a best-selling novel. But since it's all too easy to compress or ignore the intricacies of a good novel in its movie adaptation, the trend now seems to have shifted to television series as well. No complains here.
Here are some 2017 movies and TV series based on novels that are not just a visual treat, but have managed to shine a new limelight onto their print counterparts.

The Handmaid's Tale

Ordered by streaming service Hulu, this 10-episode series premiered in April and took the world by storm. Based on the dystopian 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the series features the United States run by a totalitarian regime, in the aftermath of a civil war, where women are subjugated and their rights restricted.
The show follows the plot of the book, but also adds new nuances and details. Did we mention that it's also renewed for a second season in 2018?

Big Little Lies

Based on the hit 2014 novel of the same name by Australian author Liane Moriarty, this dark comedy mini-series by HBO features Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in the lead roles. Much like the book, the show features a light-hearted town, with seemingly trivial problems - like kindergarten children fighting - but there are also darker themes and secrets hidden underneath.

3 Reasons Why

This one created a storm, and rightly so. 13 Reasons Why is based on the young adult book by Jay Asher and follows the suicide of Hannah Baker, following which 13 cassettes recorded by her are distributed to select people. The show is mature and managed to portray issues such as bullying in a serious way, making it worth a watch.


If you've enjoyed Dark Tower, here's another movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel. This time it's based on IT, his 1986 masterpiece which follows a stranger creature that disguises itself as its prey's worse fear. Although mostly appearing as a terrifying clown, 'It' also has darker forms as it terrorises the residents of a small town. Stay tuned for the horror flick, set to release in September.

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