Whether you sit on the book or movie end of the spectrum, you’re probably all for a TV series. (Your interest in the top Netflix must-watch options for a rainy day confirms it). With some of the best minds in literature now being adapted into binge-able portions, we’re anticipating some of the best rivals to your favourites of old – with such complex characters and brilliant detail in all of the below, there will be a lot of genius to translate to screen. And more is certainly more when it comes to a great show.
Here are six wildly popular novels that you’ll see on your screens by the end of year:
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante (and subsequent books)
Announced today is the TV adaptation of the wildly popular Neapolitan series written by an unknown author under a pseudonym, which follows the turbulent 60-year friendship of two women in pre-war, poverty-stricken Naples. The mysterious (and successful) Italian author has sold in excess of 1.2 million of her books globally, which makes the arrival of a series to HBO, the home of Breaking Bad, Girls, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City and The Sopranos, pretty damn exciting. Production will begin sometime in the northern hemisphere summer.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
The haunting trailer has already caused some hype – namely being the clothing of choice for some female protesters considering the ongoing global debate about women’s right to choose – and we are eagerly anticipating its release.
Originally written in 1985, it follows the life of fertile women in the nation of Gilead who are forced into reproductive servitude in a dystopian future. The sure-fire hit stars Mad Men’s Elizabeth Montgomery, as well as Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel, and will premiere with the first three episodes in late April, through the US streaming site Hulu, with no Australian release yet slated (get going with those VPN blockers, people).
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
Following the success of the bestseller Gone Girl and its haunting film adaptation starring the Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike, the eight-episode TV edition of Sharp Objects will no doubt be up there on your streaming schedule.
The series will follow the story of reporter Camille Preaker, as she battles her own psychological problems following a stint in hospital as she simultaneously attempts to solve a brutal murder mystery involving two young girls. With Oscar-nominee Amy Adams in the lead role, expect intrigue and a lot of twists. Also being produced by HBO, which, luckily for us, is picked up by Australian TV broadcasters and expected to be released in the first half of this year.
Purity, Jonathan Franzen
Expected to hit Showtime screens this year, this tale of Purity ‘Pip’ Tyler was written by Time Magazine cover face Jonathan Franzen, and follows the troubled girl’s journey from her disastrous relationship with her mother to Germany, Bolivia and beyond. Although the TV series version was announced last year, there’s no set release date, but we’ll patiently wait because honestly, we’d take any excuse to have Daniel Craig in our house every evening.
Cormoran Strike, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
BBC One took on this adaptation, which chronicles the cases and consequences of Cormoran Strike, a private investigator and leg amputee, due to a stint in Afghanistan. If this TV series has anything on the film adaptations of Harry Potter, we’re in for a hit.