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Top 10 books coming to screen in 2018. Part 1: TV

Even though 2018 has advanced enough that I can safely sign any documents without the fear of writing 2017 first and then asking for a new document to try again, there are still 9 full months left of it and many great book-to-screen adaptations that I’m eagerly awaiting. Some of these are getting constantly delayed, as is the custom these days, so this shouldn’t be observed as a final list, but more as a “we’re looking forward to it” list. And when I say look forward for some of these shows, I actually mean something along the lines of give it to me already because I’ll die and shrivel in the pain of eternal waiting. Let us begin:

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This psychological horror novel is coming to Netflix in 2018, with confirmed actors such as Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline), Carla Gugino (Gerald’s Game, Sin City, Wayward Pines), and Henry Thomas (E.T., Legends of the Fall, 11:14). There is no specific release date yet, but it’s known that it will be a 10-episode limited series.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Another treat for the mystery/horror fans, this five-part BBC adaptation will star Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mary Shelley), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace, Taboo), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Gosford Park, The Imitation Game). No official date yet.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

This cult novel is rumored to come out in late 2018 as a co-production between the BBC and Netflix. The Fantastic Mr. Fox animator, Pete Dodd will bring this new adaptation to life, along with actors as James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and many others.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

A five-part series adaptation from BBC starring Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra has reportedly started shooting, and it will bring us a fresh adaptation of Pullman’s well-known trilogy, consisting of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in America), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, after a failed movie adaptation that started in 2007 with The Golden Compass, and was cancelled due to mixed reception even though it had a stellar cast.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This eagerly awaited adaptation of the hilarious novel about modern-day apocalypse was unfortunately moved to 2019, but as it will be set in 2018 I’ll count it here. With writers such as Pratchett and Gaiman, and actors David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Michael McKean, Nick Offerman, Mark Gatiss, and many more, all under Gaiman’s watchful eye – I don’t see anything going wrong here.

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Castle Rock – based on several works by Stephen King

A Stephen King mythology show? Count me in! As many King’s fans know, a lot of his work is set in the US state of Main but of a fictional kind, in cities Castle Rock, Derry and Jerusalem’s Lot. Castle Rock will bring together characters and themes from It, Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile, Misery, The Shining, Different Seasons and more. Starring Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård and others. Premiere is set to mid-2018 on Hulu.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects will debut on HBO in the summer, starring the amazing Amy Adams. This eight-episode series will cover Flynn’s debut mystery novel, which will hopefully haunt us as much as Gone Girl did.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

In late 2018, Britain’s Sky One channel will air the first of eight episodes covering the first novel in Harkness’s All Souls trilogy. This is great news for all fans of this romantic fantasy, but also for all of us who didn’t enjoy the novels because there is always a chance of an adaptation surpassing the original work.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

I know this already started two weeks ago, but I haven’t yet had the chance to watch this amazing adaptation of Dan Simmons’ novel. Its rating is very high so far, and that doesn’t surprise me considering Tobias Menzies, Jared Harris and Ciarán Hinds are starring in this chilling Arctic thriller, currently airing on AMC.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I just couldn’t compile this list without mentioning the fourth season of this amazing historical adventure, which will probably air late this year. Based on Drums of Autumn, this season will transport the setting to the American Colonies where we continue to follow the adventures of Jamie and Claire.


 

I’m sure I skipped some titles, but these are the ones that interest me the most. Which titles are you excited about? Have you read any of these books, or do you plan to, before watching the series?

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34 thoughts on “Top 10 books coming to screen in 2018. Part 1: TV

  1. Can’t wait for Sharp Objects!
    I loved the book, and i’m super curious how it’s gonna be on TV. Usually when they make series out of books i don’t have as many complaints as with books 😀

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    1. Me too but I haven’t read it yet ughh! From this list I’ve either read the books or they are on my urgent tbr, no in-between xD If you meant to say movies – then yes, series work much better and I’m glad they’re doing them more and more these years 😀

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  2. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE!!!!!! And Good Omens, obv, but I LOVE Shirley Jackson and I can’t wait to see that adaptation!!! Also. A Discovery of Witches. I picked that book up from a free pile months ago cause the cover was pretty. I didn’t even know what it was about (though I figured it had something to do with witches, lol). Did you not like it??

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    1. Me too! Though I have to read it first xD Nooo pls don’t read A Discovery of Witches before you read my review on goodreads xD Just go to the book’s page and scroll a bit down. I’d send it to you but I’m on my phone 🙂 It’s either described as Twilight for adults or 50 shades of gray with witches and vampires xD I wasted hours of my life.

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        1. I think it’s good I can’t remember the purring hahaha but I do remember the vampire guy constantly controling the witch blonde, like choosing what she eats and when, carrying her over 2 feet distance because she mustn’t strain herself etc, like Christian Grey hahaha. I know, the cover deceived me too 😡 and not just once -.-

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