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If you’re a sucker for great book to movie adaptations, 2022 is going to be a standout year! Sure, when Hollywood types decide to turn a book into a movie or TV series, we all have fears something will get lost in translation. But the fact is, it’s been done brilliantly time and time again (hello, Lord of the Rings!), and when the rich world of books is reimagined for the screen – big or small – it can elevate our favourites to a whole new level.

We’ve got a really good feeling about the incredible books being made into movies and TV series this year. From romance to comedy, drama and horror, our roundup of book to screen adaptations has something for fans of every genre.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

Mark August 11 in your diaries, folks, because that’s when this book-to-screen adaptation’s set to hit Australian screens. Daisy Edgar-Jones takes on the lead role of Kya, a young woman who has essentially raised herself in the marshlands of America’s deep south after being abandoned by her mum and left with her abusive alcoholic father as a child.

Also starring David Strathairn and Taylor John Smith, and with original music by Taylor Swift, this Olivia Newman-directed mystery has all the makings of a box office hit.

 
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn

Anatomy of a Scandal
Sarah Vaughn

Sarah Vaughn’s bestseller has already been turned into a wildly successful miniseries, which you can catch right now on Netflix. The compelling six-part courtroom drama stars Sienna Miller and dives deep into the world of privilege enjoyed by Westminster’s elite, with scandal, surprise and shock twists at every turn.

For fans of the thriller-drama genre, this is one of 2022’s best book to screen adaptations – add it to your watch list, stat!

 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko
Min Jin Lee

Another big win for 2022 is the Apple TV+ adaptation of Pachinko, which tells the story of a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland to head for Japan, and later, America. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking story, based on Min Jin Lee’s heralded novel of the same name.

As far as book to screen adaptations go, this one is absolutely epic – the trilingual series had no fewer than 20 historical consultants from the US, Korea and Japan on board to help bring the bestseller to life.

 
The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil
Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno

Of all the books being made into movies this year, this has to be one of the most highly anticipated. The film adaptation of the eight-part series by Soman Chainani (which follows, as you might have guessed, a school where kids are trained to be heroes or villains) boasts some huge names on its cast.

From Academy Award winner Charlize Theron to Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh and heaps more, the YA cult series is set to light up Netflix when it drops later in the year.

 
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper
Alice Oseman

Chances are you’ve already fallen head over heels for Heartstopper season 1, which dropped on Netflix in April – and if you haven’t, you’ve certainly heard everyone from your best friend to the barista raving about the streaming series.

Based on the 2016 webcomic-turned-graphic novel by Alice Oseman (which went viral, by the way), this YA winner is a beautifully accurate account of teen LGBTQIA+ love that follows the romance of British schoolboys Nick and Charlie. Season 1 is based on volumes one and two of the series, but you can get a jump on a yet-to-be-announced second series with volumes three and four.

 
Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy Jones and the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid

Streaming services really are making the most of the whole ‘turning a book into a movie’ trend, with Amazon Prime Video scooping up the rights to make Taylor Jenkins Reid’s New York Times bestselling book into a miniseries.

Starring Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, ICYMI), alongside Sam Claflin (of Hunger Games movie fame) and Sebastian Chacon, the 13-part limited series is being produced by actress-turned-producer extraordinaire Reese Witherspoon, under her production company, Hello Sunshine.

 
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain
Douglas Stuart

The debut novel from Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize – so you already know there’s something seriously special within these pages. Why else would the BBC have jumped at the chance to turn this literary marvel, about a young boy growing up with an alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow, into a limited TV series?

There’s no word yet as to a release date or who we’ll see light up the screen when they turn this book into a movie, although The Crown’s Stephen Daldry is rumoured to be involved. Watch this space!

 
Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Salem's Lot
Stephen King

Calling all horror movie buffs! The bigwigs at Warner Bros are turning Stephen King’s epic 1975 book into a movie… again! Salem’s Lot first landed on screens as a miniseries in 1979, while a 2004 TV adaptation of the classic vampire novel scored an Emmy nomination. And now, the story of a writer who travels to his hometown only to find people are being turned into vampires, is set to hit cinemas September 9, this time directed by Gary Dauberman and starring Lewis Pullman.

But a warning – this is no sparkly-skinned, dangerous romance flick. Dauberman’s mission this time around is to ‘make vampires frightening again’.

 
The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring
J. R. R. Tolkien

Don’t worry, nobody’s trying to one up the absolutely epic first Lord of the Rings movie! What they are doing, however, is telling the tale of what went down thousands of years before Frodo Baggins and his mates set out to take that pesky troublesome bling back to Mordor.

Amazon paid almost a billion bucks US for this franchise ($250 million for the rights plus another $465 million to produce the first season) so you can bet they put everything into making it phenomenal. Catch the TV adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video.

 
Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends
Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s beloved 2017 novel hit the small screen earlier this year after being snapped up by streaming giant Amazon Prime Video. The story follows Dublin university students and friends Frances and Bobbi and their unexpected and somewhat weird relationship with an older married couple. It’s already out so you won’t have to wait to watch this adaptation, which stars Jemima Kirke (of Girls fame) and Joe Alwyn (of dating Taylor Swift fame).

Everything I Know About Love

Everything I Know About Love
Dolly Alderton

Bad dates, heartbreaks and the friends who stay with you through it all. That’s what’s on the agenda in the BBC adaptation of award-winning journo Dolly Alderton’s international bestseller.

While we’re yet to hear word of just where we can watch it Down Under, we do have some intel on who’s in the small-screen offering (The Witcher’s Emma Appleton and The Morning Show’s Bel Powley) and just how they’ve turned an anecdote-driven memoir into an episodic (hint: it follows two childhood best friends as they navigate growing up).

 
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

Bullet Train
Kotaro Isaka

We’re calling it now: this is going to be one of the best book to movie adaptations of the year. Based on Kōtarō Isaka’s novel Maria Beetle, the action comedy is expected to hit our screens on August 4, and with a stellar cast (ahem, Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock), this is one not to miss.

It follows Ladybug (a professional assassin) on a so-called ‘simple’ job to collect a suitcase from – you guessed it – a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Directed by David Leitch (who was behind Deadpool 2), it’s sure to bring the LOLs.

 
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Exciting Times
Naoise Dolan

Bridgerton fan favourite Phoebe Dynevor (who played season 1’s main gal Daphne, in case you’re not caught up) is set to star in another of the great book adaptations 2022 has to offer us – queer romance novel Exciting Times, by Naoise Dolan.

The project’s still in the works over at Amazon Studios, but with the love-triangle storyline, raw emotion and dry humour within the original book’s pages, we’re convinced it’s going to be a winner.

 
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy
Richelle Mead

Admittedly, the 2014 film version of Richelle Mead’s bestseller fell flat with audiences. But we have faith that the upcoming TV series adaptation is going to do the series (which you must read, BTW) proper justice. With Sisi Stringer and Daniela Nieves in the lead roles of Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir (respectively), plus a few new characters added in for good measure (sorry, VA purists!), this is one of the year’s book to screen adaptations we’re most excited about.

 
The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty
Jenny Han

If you couldn’t get enough of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (same author, BTW), you need to add the coming-of-age romantic drama to both your bookshelf and your Amazon Prime Video watchlist. The novel is a New York Times bestseller, and the TV series (which drops June 17) is set to be every bit as popular.

We’ve got young romance, we’ve got a family beach house and we’ve got a tantalising love triangle – what more could you ask for?

 
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her
Karin Slaughter

Before we all went gaga for the Netflix series Pieces of Her earlier this year, it was a hit novel by Karin Slaughter.

The eight-part series follows Andy (played by Bella Heathcote) and her fractured relationship with her mum, Laura (Toni Collette) as the 30-year-old begins to discover the lifelong secrets her mother has been keeping. It’s a wild ride and it’s currently showing on Netflix, so you can stream it asap.

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls
Lauren Beukes

Elisabeth Moss is no stranger to book-to-screen adaptations after wowing audiences in her turn as June/Offred in the Hulu remake of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. She’s at it again in Shining Girls, bringing her raw, unbridled talent to the role of Kirby Mizrachi – the lead character in the Apple TV+ show and the 2013 book of the same name by Lauren Beukes.

It’s a thriller of the catch-a-serial-killer variety and Moss’ nuanced performance is *chef’s kiss*.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry

We’ve got another all-star cast bringing the Hollywood treatment to Sarah Perry’s unputdownable novel of the same name. Clare Danes, Tom Hiddleston and Clémence Posey all bring their star power to the story of Cora, a London widow who moves to Essex to hunt down a mythical creature in the wake of her abusive husband’s death. It’s already out on Apple TV+, meaning you can binge watch as you please.

One of Us is Lying

One of Us is Lying
Karen M. McManus

If you love Pretty Little Liars, this is the next book-turned-TV-series you need in your life.

High school drama plus a riveting murder mystery is a winning combination, as five students enter detention… but only four make it out again. Everyone’s a suspect when Simon’s death is determined not to be an accident and whether you’re reading the book or watching the series on streaming service Stan, the suspense will get you good!

Fire and Blood

Fire and Blood
George R. R. Martin

It’s the one all Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for… based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood comes House of the Dragon. Set 200 years before Daenarys and friends shook things up in GOT (or, for the O.Gs, A Song of Ice & Fire – aka the book series the hit TV show was based on) the prequel tells the story of House Targaryen.

It’s dropping on Foxtel on August 2, so you have time to read the original books before getting stuck in.


Want to get the most out of these exciting book to screen adaptations? We highly recommend picking up the books from our Page to Screen range asap so you’re ready for what’s coming up on screen as 2022 rolls on! Looking for something that’s purely made for the page? Check out Dymocks’ Top 101 Books of 2022 and our ‘BookTok Made Me Buy It’ titles.

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