6 books to read before they become TV series

The next wave of hit TV shows is taking inspiration from the bookshelf. A Margaret Atwood HBO series? Be still, our hearts.
6 books to read before they become TV series

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Books to TV series

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

There's a huge buzz surrounding the adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestseller about three mothers of kindergarteners, who get caught up in a murder. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have signed on to produce and star in this HBO scandal-in-the-playground series.

6 books to read before they become TV seriesBig Little Lies

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

This long-in-the-making series will finally run on ABC this summer (June 18), with a cast of fresh-faced, mostly unknown actors. It's based on Lily Koppel's fictional account of the first families of space travel. The women in the book go from anonymous military wives to celebrities — and as the world follows the exploits of their husbands, they form a strong bond.

6 books to read before they become TV seriesThe Astronaut Wives Club

Margaret Atwood trilogy

Acclaimed film director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is turning Margaret Atwood's dystopian trilogy — Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam — into a series for HBO. Atwood's acting as a consultant and told Entertainment Weekly that she hopes to "just stay alive long enough to see it."

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6 books to read before they become TV seriesMaddAddam

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Stephen King is working with J.J. Abrams (Lost) to turn his 2011 time-travel novel into a nine-hour miniseries for Hulu. James Franco will star as an English teacher who travels back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

6 books to read before they become TV series11/22/63

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart's 2010 bestseller and award-winner is being made into a series by the same team that created Netflix's House of Cards. And they've set their sights on Ben Stiller to play the lead character, an old-fashioned guy in a tech-obsessed culture, who falls for a materialistic Korean-American woman.

6 books to read before they become TV seriesSuper Sad True Love Story

A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler's children's book series has already been adapted into the 2004 feature film starring Jim Carrey. Now Netflix is ordering up a show based on all 13 novels about the Baudelaire orphans. No director or stars are currently attached, but Handler is involved in finding the people to execute his unique creation.

6 books to read before they become TV seriesA Series of Unfortunate Events

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