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These 10 book to screen picks of 2022 are already creating some awards show buzz. Remember to read it before you see it because the books is (almost) always better!

1.

Doctor Strange & the Multiverse of Madness

The latest blockbuster in the Marvel Cinematic universe draws its inspiration from multiple comics. These two spotlight the main characters of the film, Wanda Maximoff and Doctor Strange himself as they deal with dark magic, fantastic creatures from other dimensions, and of course travels through the multiverse.
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2.

Where the Crawdads Sing

This 2018 novel has been flying off the shelves since its publication, so it’s no surprise that it was quickly scooped up for an adaptation. Crawdads tells the story of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina in the 1950’s and ‘60s, intertwined with the story of a modern-day murder investigation. Reese Witherspoon and her production company Hello Sunshine are producing the film.
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3.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Ringers, get ready to go back to Middle-earth! A new television prequel series from Amazon, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be here in September 2022. The new series covers a time long before Frodo & Samwise, when the legendary rings were first formed. This world before Frodo can be explored more with Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.
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4.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author Jenny Han might be a little more well-known for her other recently adapted YA coming-of-age tale, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but she actually wrote the trilogy behind the latest Amazon Prime sensation nearly a decade ago. The Summer Trilogy focuses on teenager Isabel "Belly" Conklin while on her family’s annual summer vacation and the two brothers she grows to care for.
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5.

The Dark Phone

Some of the most successful movie adaptations are based on short-stories and Joe Hill’s The Black Phone is another success on the list, premiering to critical acclaim this year. The short story was originally included in his collection of stories, 20th Century Ghosts. This particularly creepy tale focuses on a killer known as The Grabber, and a boy named Finney who is trapped in his basement with a mysterious phone that rings with calls of the dead.
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6.

White Bird

Coming in October 2022 is another adaptation from the author of Wonder. White Bird is a graphic novel by RJ Palacio in the same world as Wonder, this time with the story’s spotlight on Julian’s Grandmère and her harrowing story of being a young Jewish girl, hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II. The movie’s cast features Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren.
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7.

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee’s epic generational saga, Pachinko, was adapted as a television series this spring by Apple+. The novel and the show follow four generations of a family in Korea, beginning with Hoonie and his daughter Sunja in the 1900s, and follows the tale of her children and grandchildren over the next 80 years.
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8.

Under the Banner of Heaven

From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air comes another bestselling true story, though in this one the dangers are more man than nature. At the core of Krakauer’s investigative novel are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. The story was adapted into a series by FX & Hulu and stars Andrew Garfield.
9.

Bullet Train

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka is a Japanese thriller that follows a train ride with five assassins. Each assassin is on the same mission, to secure a suitcase, but each for different reasons. The mission becomes perilous as each becomes aware of the dangers of the others on the train. This engaging thriller hits movie screens on July 29, 2022.
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10.

Matilda

The well-loved children's classic from Roald Dahl about a small bookworm who has to get "a little bit naughty" to fight the cruel adults in her life is being adapted for screens again, but this time it’s a musical! Hitting Netflix in December 2022 is a screen-version of the Tony-winning Broadway show with music by Tim Minchin. We can’t wait to experience the wonder and optimism of this heartwarming story in a new way. (And the 1996 movie isn't bad either!)
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The book is always better. You've probably heard this adage your entire life. It's still true. And while we may all thrill to see the special effects, no amount of big-budget CGI can compare with your own imagination.

In addition, reading the book first gives you the following advantages:

  • You get more character detail and point of view from a book.
  • You're free to envision the protagonists any way you want.
  • The author's original message or moral comes through more clearly.
  • More of the author's unique voice is evident in descriptions, backstory, and other literary devices that get cut from screenplays.

Many outstanding books have been turned into movies or a television series, and even more will be making their way to your theater or TV soon. Get your copies from Thriftbooks so you will be ready.

Classic Book to Movie & TV Adaptations

Classic literature is defined by the novels that resonate across generations, with memorable characters, unforgettable story-telling, and universal appeal. It’s no wonder that classis books are a common inspiration for movies and TV shows. Stories like The Great Gatsby, Little Women, and Pride and Prejudice have been adapted for film and television several times over.

Romance Book to Movie & TV Adaptations

Romance, love, and relationships are other categories in which books excel. Different narrations and points of view allow us to enter the characters' heads and know how they really feel. Nicholas Sparks’ classics like The Notebook and A Walk To Remember became unforgettable films. Bridgerton, based on the novels by Julia Quinn has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix.

Thriller Book to Movie & TV Adaptations

Who doesn't love a little suspense or a nice psychological thriller? Books excel at ratcheting up the tension and misdirecting the reader as the plot twists and turns. Some of the most popular thriller and horror movies come from the works of Stephen King, like The Shining, It, and Carrie.

Fantasy Book to Movie & TV Adaptations

Some of the most beloved film and television series are adapted from sci-fi and fantasy books. From Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, the expansive worlds created in fantasy novels have paved the way for Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

Not just on the big screen- more and more fantasy books are being adapted into television shows. HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Gamers may have recognized Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series from the popular video game franchise, but both are based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Pick up these titles or other favorites from ThriftBooks. Immerse yourself in the world of reading at prices you can afford.

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