10 Book-Inspired TV Shows Out This Year

I usually say that the book is always better, but that doesn’t stop me from getting excited about every big or little screen adaptation of my favorite novels. Even though I know that my expectations will probably be too high, and I’ll end up comparing the movie or TV show to the book despite the fact that it’s a different thing, I still love the excitement of seeing your favorite characters come to life.

The great thing about television adaptations of books, as opposed to film adaptations, is that there’s more time to actually tell the whole story. Whereas films often leave out huge pieces of the story (and understandably so, since there just aren’t enough minutes in a movie to cover everything), television shows have the space to really develop all the characters. There are more episodes and availability for staying true to the original storylines, and there are more moments that will end up as gifs, which also makes me happy.

This year, there are great book-to-movie adaptations to look forward to, and 2017 will be a great year for book-lovers, but I’m especially marking my calendar for these upcoming book-to-television adaptations. Here are some of the series coming out this year that all television and book-lovers will adore.

'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'


Air Date: January 13th

Channel: Netflix

Based on: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Relive your favorite gothic YA series about the Baudelaire orphans and the scheming Count Olaf, starring Neil Patrick Harris and streaming on Netflix.


Air Date: January 26th

Channel: The CW

Based on: Archie Comics

Archie Comics get the teen drama treatment in this new CW series. As a huge fan of Archie and of creepy teen dramas, I can't wait for this to air.

'Big Little Lies'

Air Date: February 19th

Channel: HBO

Based On: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are three women all facing different obstacles in this series, airing on HBO in February.

'Famous In Love'

Air Date: April 18, 2017

Channel: Freeform

Based On: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

College student Paige gets her first big break in Hollywood in this upcoming show starring Bella Thorne.

'The Handmaid's Tale'

Air Date: April 26th

Channel: Hulu

Based On: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian novel about Offred, a woman forced to work as a "handmaid" in the Republic of Gilead, comes to Hulu this April.

'American Gods'


Air Date: April 2017

Channel: Starz

Based On: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Shadow Moon is released from prison and begins working for the mysterious Wednesday in this Neil Gaiman adaptation starring Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane.

'Cormoran Strike'

Air Date: 2017

Channel: HBO

Based On: The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

This series will comprise of seven episodes — three for The Cuckoo's Calling, two for The Silkworm, and two for Career of Evil — adapting Rowling's Cormoran Strike series about a war vet turned private detective and his bold assistant Robin.

'Sharp Objects'

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Air Date: 2017

Channel: HBO

Based On: Sharp Objects By Gillian Flynn

Starring Amy Adams, this eight-episode series is about a newspaper journalist returning home to cover a series of murders.

'Thirteen Reasons Why'

Air Date: 2017

Channel: Netflix

Based On: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

In this YA series adaptation, high school student Hannah explains the thirteen reasons why she committed suicide through a series of cassette tapes passed amongst a group of students.


Air Date: 2017

Channel: Netflix

Based On: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley returns in an eight-episode series written by Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett.