Book-to-Screen Adaptations

2023 is the year of books being made into television and movies! It seems like everywhere I turn, a book is being adapted for the screen. When adaptations hit the screen, people run to the library to check out the books to read! To help you get a jump on your reading, check out this list of new book-to-screen adaptations. Let us know your favorite or the one you’re looking forward to the most in the comments below!

This is not all of the new book-to-screen adaptations coming out. Instead I wanted to focus on the higher profile adaptations that have hit the screen the fall and winter of 2023. All of the descriptions have been provided by the publishers.

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career. Having joined Wagner Books to honor the legacy of Burning Heart, a novel written and edited by two Black women, she had thought that this animosity was a relic of the past. Is Nella ready to take on the fight of a new generation? – Simon & Schuster

This book has been made into a Hulu original series developed by the author Zakiya Dalila Harris and Rashida Jones, and starring Sinclair Daniel, Bellamy Young, and Ashleigh Murray.

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The Changeling by Victor LaValle

When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, he left his son a box of books and strange recurring dreams. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. At first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression. But before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act and vanishes. Thus begins Apollo’s quest to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His odyssey takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. – Penguin Random House

This title is now an Apple TV+ series starring Lakeith Stanfield.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. – Simon & Schuster

This book is now a major motion picture starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, and Eva Longoria.

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A Haunting in Venice by Agatha Christie

Enjoy Agatha Christie’s beloved classic, Hallowe’en Party—the inspiration for the major motion picture A Haunting in Venice, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh—with a new introduction by Michael Green, screenwriter of the film.

When a Halloween party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirot to unmask a murderer.

At a Halloween party, Joyce—a surly thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

Famed detective Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. Set against a night of trickery and the occult, it’s up to Poirot to uncover the real evil presence responsible for this ghastly deed. – HarperCollins

This title is now a major motion picture. Did you know that the movie is actually based on the book Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie? After the movie was released, they then published the book A Haunting in Venice, which is inspired by Hallowe’en Party.

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Foe by Iain Reid

Severe climate change has ravaged the country, leaving behind a charred wasteland. Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable if solitary life on one of the last remaining farms. Their private existence is disturbed the day a stranger comes to the door with alarming news.

Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm, but the most unusual part is that arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him. She won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company. – Simon & Schuster

This is a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (book 4 in Bridgerton series)

COLIN AND PENELOPE’S STORY

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat— or his promise of a happy ending? – HarperCollins

This book is the inspiration for season three of Bridgerton, a series on Netflix.

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You might be thinking to yourself ‘I know there are more options for this fall/winter! Where are the rest?’ Below you will find book-to-screen adaptations that we have talked about on the blog before as well as links to the blogs to read more!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This book is now a series on Netflix. Check out Ann’s 2014 blog about this title.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson – This book is now a series on Hulu. Stephanie wrote about this title in 2022 after Jenna Bush Hager selected it for her book club.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – This book is a movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023. It is supposed to hit theaters in December 2023. Check out Claire’s 2022 blog about this title.

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann – This book is a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone. Bianca wrote a 2023 blog about the movie and book.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam – This is a movie on Netflix starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la, and Kevin Bacon. It will be released in December 2023. Stephanie wrote about this title in 2020 when Jenna Bush Hager selected it for her book club.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – This title is now a series on Apple TV+ starring Brie Larson, Lewis Pullma, and Aja Naomi King. Check out Ann’s 2022 blog about this title.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – This title is now a major motion picture starring Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera, and Viola Davis. Bianca wrote a blog about the movie and book in 2023.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – In addition to the 1985 film, a 2023 film starring Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, and Halle Bailey is scheduled to be released late December 2023. Check out Ann’s 2008 blog about this title and its status as a frequently banned and challenged book. You can also check out Bianca’s recent blog about the new 2023 musical.

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