Look forward to watching these best-selling stories on the TV or movie screen this year.
Bookworms, prepare yourselves! A library of stories is headed to the big screen and streaming in the back half of 2023.
While we love letting our imaginations go wild as we turn pages (or swipe pages, depending on our book format of choice!), it's thrilling to see our favorite stories from literature transposed onto the screen. Included in these stories is author Carley Fortune's best-selling romance novel Meet Me at the Lake, which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are adapting for Netflix.
Meet Me at the Lake
Fern's life was once full of potential, but now she's back home running her mom's lakeside resort, which she never wanted to do. Her life is turned upside down when a man from her past shows up offering to help.
One of the biggest book-to-screen adaptations of 2023 is Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, the story of how the brilliant J. Robert Oppenheimer played a pivotal role in the creation of the nuclear bomb. The film that's currently in theaters is inspired by the novel American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
If you want to get a jump on the story without cracking a history book, the movie is based on American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
Many of your required readings from high school are also getting a makeover, classics like The Color Purple and Dune are being reimagined for the silver screen. Watch as Celie's troubled life is transformed into a musical and see the sand-covered planet of Arrakis outside of your own imagination. But it's not just the oldies you can see transformed into a different medium. New favorites like Lessons in Chemistry and Uglies will debut on streaming this year and feature some of our favorite stars including Brie Larson and Laverne Cox.
It's time to call an emergency book club meeting because we've rounded all the books you'll want to peruse that are coming to life this year. If you want to be in the camp that decides whether the on-screen version lives up to the book, check out these celebrated titles in a hurry. Bragging rights are on the line.
Below, check out all the books being transformed into movies and television series this year and find out where and when you can start watching your favorite literary characters come to life.
Books Coming to the Big Screen
How will you discern that the book is better than the adaptation if you haven't read it yet? Below, check these stories out for yourself.
The film The Last Voyage of Demeter, which comes to theaters on August 11, is based on the classic novel Dracula.
Killers of the Flower Moon
Killers of the Flower Moon is a true story based on the devastating tale of the Osage murders and the creation of FBI. Martin Scorsese is directing the movie adaptation that will be released to theaters in October. In addition to the riveting, historical story, the movie will feature an immensely talented cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser and Robert De Niro.
The Color Purple
Written in 1982, The Color Purple is a now-classic novel that was quickly adapted into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover. This December, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey and a truly amazing cast will bring the musical version of this story to the screen.
Dune: Part 2
Dune: Part Two, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Florence Pugh and other huge names in Hollywood, is based on the second half of the story from Frank Herbert's original novel. Unlike the first movie which was released to HBO Max and cinemas, the sequel will be exclusively released to theaters first in November before heading to Max at a later date.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Harold and the Purple Crayon
With an all-star cast including Zachary Levi, Zooey Deschanel and Lil Rel Howery, we are expecting big things for the movie adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon. The theatrical release date has been pushed back a few times with a new date of August 2, 2024.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Hunger Games fans won't want to miss this one. Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has been in production and is expected to premiere in theaters sometime in November.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age story about two teen boys in El Paso, Texas and their journey to self discovery. The movie produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda is rumored to premiere in theaters sometime in September.
Books Coming to Television and Streaming
Read your favorites below, then enjoy these stories again when they're translated to the small screen.
Turtles All The Way Down
John Green's novel was picked up to be adapted soon after it published in 2017. Turtles All the Way Down will premiere on Max, but as of this time no date has been set.
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
While the date has yet to be released, Netflix has confirmed a third season of Bridgerton. If you can't wait, catch up on the story by reading the third book in the series: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.
Lessons in Chemistry
In a story that takes place in the 1960s, a profound chemist turned cooking show host makes women viewers realize they can change the status quo in the book Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. The book has been transformed into a drama series at Apple TV+ starring Brie Larson that's set to be released in mid-October.
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
Edgar Allen Poe's chilling stories from The Fall of the House of Usher are being modernized for Netflix. While no release date has been set, we're hoping it arrives in time for Halloween.
All the Light We Cannot See
Taking place during WWII, the beautifully written book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr explores the lives of two young teens navigating tumultuous times. Picked up by Netflix, Hugh Laurie and Mark Ruffalo will star in the four-episode mini-series will be released in early November.
Upon her 16th birthday, Tally will have surgery to turn her into a pretty where all she has to do the rest of her life is have fun. But is it really going to be paradise like she has been promised? Scott Westerfeld's New York Times' best-selling series is coming to Netflix sometime in 2023 or 2024 and stars big names like Joey King and Laverne Cox.
2023 Book Adaptations Streaming Now
Here are the books that you can currently enjoy in a new video medium.
Daisy Jones & the Six
This Amazon Prime Video mini-series finds inspiration from the book Daisy Jones & the Six written by author Taylor Jenkins Reid. The story centers around a fictional band in the '70s that becomes a global sensation.
One of Apple TV+'s greatest sci-fi series of the year so far, Silo is based on the book Wool, a post-apocalyptic story written by Hugh Howey. In the story, a community is forced to live in a silo for their own protection. But what happens when members want to see the world outside? Find out by reading the book or streaming the first season.
American Born Chinese
Jin Wang is the only Chinese-American at his school, but when a new student arrives, both their worlds are forever changed in the graphic novel American Born Chinese. The thought-provoking story is now streaming on Disney+ and stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu who all recently worked together in the award-winning film Everything, Everywhere All At Once.
The Last Thing He Told Me
When a women's husband disappears, she must work with her teenage stepdaughter to find him in the Apple TV+ show premiering April 14 starring Jennifer Garner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Angourie Rice. It's based on the book The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.
Tiny Beautiful Things
Author of the New York Times best-selling book Wild, Cheryl Strayed has another novel being adapted for the screen: Tiny Beautiful Things. Now streaming on Hulu, the story follows an advice columnist whose own life is falling apart.
Shadow and Bone
A second season of Netflix's Shadow and Bone series was released on March 16. Based on the book series by the same name, this season will follow along with the second book written by Leigh Bardugo: Siege and Storm.
City on Fire
Apple TV+ released City on Fire this May, a gritty saga about love, betrayal and rock and roll set in the early 2000s. The show is inspired by the book by Garth Risk Hallberg.
Detective Will Trent struggles with his difficult past, but he can solve any crime that comes his way on the hit ABC show, Will Trent, which streams now on Hulu. The show is based on the Will Trent book series by Karin Slaughter and begins with the novel Triptych.
Based on the book written by Naomi Alderman, the complete first season of The Power is now streaming on Prime Video. Starring Toni Collette and Toheeb Jimoh from Ted Lasso, the story explores what would happen if teenage girls were suddenly given special powers that allowed them to electrocute people.
See the classic tale in a new light while you watch the FX Original now streaming on Hulu.
Love Again is based on a 2016 German movie that is based on the novel Text for You by Sofie Cramer. Starring Priyanka Chopra, Sam Heughan and Celine Dion (as herself) the movie can be rented via Apple TV or Prime Video.