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Sitting down to dive into a good book is one of our favourite pastimes.
Whether it’s a snatched 15 minutes on the train ride home, on a sun-lounger during a holiday, or in a quiet hour during the weekend, getting lost in a thriller, romance, or real-life book is one of the best ways to wind down and get our brains working at the same time.
Often, one of the most fun parts of a new read is picturing the world of the characters in your head. But when we hear that a favourite book of ours is being made into a TV series or a film, it means that we actually get the chance to see the world we’ve imagined brought to life.
And in 2020, plenty of our most-loved books of the last few years are actually being adapted for the big (and little!) screen…
Books that are set to become TV series or films
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Fans of Big Little Lies were delighted at the release of Nine Perfect Strangers from Liane Moriarty, which follows nine – you got it – strangers, at a wellness retreat that sparks suspicions amongst the guests from the moment they arrive.
It’s reportedly being brought to the big screen towards the end of the year, and has a host of celebrities backing it. Nicole Kidman will be starring seemingly perfect Masha, the retreat’s boss, while Melissa McCarthy will play stressed-out writer Francis.
Postscript, Cecelia Ahern (PS, I Love You sequel)
Postscript is the must-awaited sequel to the gut-wrenching PS, I Love You – where the movie adaption was just as popular as the original book by Ahern. And now, the story continues, catching up with Holly Kennedy six years since the end of the last film/book. In this story, Holly is drawn back her grief after being contacted by the PS, I Love You club.
Cecelia herself confirmed that the book will be made into a film. However, it may be a little while from arriving on our screens yet, as she revealed it’s in the ‘very early stages’ at the moment. So will Hillary Swank be reprising her role? Cecelia has said that she will be back – eek!
This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay
It’s been the talk of the literary scene since it was released in 2018, and now Adam Kay’s chronicles of life as a junior doctor in the NHS is going to be made into a TV series.
The best-selling book, which has been called hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, will be made into eight 45 minute episodes, and will reportedly be set on the labour ward.
Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Though the book was released all the way back in 2001, the fascinating dystopian novel is finally being adapted into a series, which will be on the BBC. Following the story of Sephy, the high class, black ‘Cross’, and Callum, the lower-class, white, ‘Nought’, the book explores what happens when love crosses between races in the imagined world – with interesting comparisons to our real world.
The BBC adaption brings the novel bang up to date, and is set in the modern world of London. The series begins this Thursday (5th March), and there will be three episodes in total.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
Set in Shaker Heights, a predictable but successful Cleveland suburb, we meet Elena Richardson, who plays by the rules, and newbie to the neighbourhood Mia Warren, a single mother who doesn’t play by the rules.
Renee Zellweger loved the book so much that she’s producing the TV adaption, which will be showing on Hulu in the US, and sadly, at the moment there’s no word on if/when it will be coming to the UK. Renee herself will be playing Elena, while Mia will be played by Kerry Washington.
Normal People, Sally Rooney
Sally’s smash-hit novel follows the story of Connell and Marianne, who meet as kids in the same small town in Northern Ireland. As the pair grow up, they begin to realise just how much one person can change another’s life.
The book has been snapped up by the BBC and is set for a 2020 release date – although the exact date it will be on our screens hasn’t yet been confirmed.
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
This Victorian classic by Charles Dickens is being given a modern reboot for 2020, in the form of The Personal History of David Copperfield, which has been reworked as a comedy/drama.
The film, starring Dev Patel and Hugh Laurie, is out now.
The Invisible Man, H.G.Wells
This 2020 film is based on an 1897 science fiction novel by H.G Wells, centred around a scientist, Griffin, who accidently performs an experiment on himself, rendering him essentially invisible.
The film is a horror reworking of the original novel, and stars Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred in Channel 4’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not exactly matched to the original book, with a more sinister plot, but is certainly worth seeing – if you’re brave enough!
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The 1993 classic is finally being made into a movie! It was the whimsical novel we all loved as kids – when little Dixie went to explore the secrets of her uncles Yorkshire garden after being orphaned. The film will also star some big names – including Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Which books will you be buying – or, which films will you be seeing?