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Book-to-Screen Bounty!

24 Literary adaptations you can enjoy this spring

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • March 16, 2023

If you're the type of reader who enjoys seeing your favorite books adapted for the screen, you're in luck. With the ever-growing demand for streaming content, there seem to be more literary adaptations than ever. This spring's crop of options includes programming from a variety of genres and for all ages. Here is a list of the book-to-screen bounty (including a few Oscar winners) that you can enjoy during the upcoming months.

Available now

My Father's Dragon (Neflix)
This animated fantasy adventure film is based on the 1948 children's novel of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett (the first in a series). The narrator tells the story of her father, Elmer Elevator, and his quest to rescue an imprisoned dragon.

Wolf Pack (Paramount+ 8 episodes)
A supernatural teen drama series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is based on the YA novel (and series) of the same name by Edo van Belkom. Two teens see their lives change forever when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying creature.

The Lockwood & Co Series (Netflix, 8 episodes)
A renegade ghost-hunting trio, consisting of two teenage boys and a psychically gifted girl, must work to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history. Based on the middle-grade series by Jonathan Stroud.

Jesus Revolution (in theaters)
This film chronicling the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s within a Southern California community of teenage hippies drew from this nonfiction book by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn.

Shadow and Bone, season 2 (Netflix, 8 episodes)
Alina's power has grown, but not without a price. New characters are introduced and the stakes are raised during this season in the Grishaverse, combining events from both Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising from Leigh Bardugo's trilogy.

Fleishman Is In Trouble (Hulu, 8 episodes)
Recently divorced, Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) is just starting to enjoy his new sexual freedom, when his ex-wife (Claire Danes) takes off leaving him caring for his two young children. Based on the bestseller by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

Women Talking (on demand)
Sarah Polley won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for her film based on a novel by Miriam Toews. It is the story of a group of women in a Mennonite colony who learn that men in their community have been drugging and raping the community's women and girls.

The Lying Life of Adults (Netflix, 6 episodes)
Giovanna navigates her passage from childhood into adolescence as she experiences the different sides of Naples during the 1990s. Elena Ferrante wrote the bestselling novel that inspired this series.

Mayfair Witches (AMC 8 episodes)
Fans of Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy, have been waiting a long time for this series about a neurosurgeon who discovers she is the unlikely heir to a family of witches and a sinister presence that has haunted her family for generations.

Dear Edward (Apple TV+, 10 episodes)
Ann Napolitano wrote the tear-jerker that is the basis of this Jason Katims-directed series about a young boy who is the lone survivor of a plane crash. Connie Britton and Taylor Schilling head up the cast.   

Daisy Jones & the Six (Amazon Prime Video, 10 episodes)
A miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Set in the Los Angeles music scene of the late 1970s, the series charts the rise and fall of the fictional titular rock band.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
Based on the powerful anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, this German adaptation won four Oscars, including Best International Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design.

Upcoming March releases

Lucky Hank (March 19, AMC)
Starring Bob Odenkirk, this series is based on Richard Russo's witty, compassionate novel, Straight Man. The story follows the cranky chairman of an English department at an underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt.

The Power (March 31, Prime Video)
Inspired by Naomi Alderman's bestselling novel of the same name, this British sci-fi drama series imagines a world in which teenage girls all over the world suddenly develop the ability to electrocute people with their hands.

Eva the Owlet (March 31, Apple TV+)
The cheeky young owl at the center of this animated series was introduced in the charming Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliott. The early chapter book series features bright, cheerful illustrations and a fun cast of woodland characters.

White House Plumbers (HBO miniseries, date TBA)
From the creators of Veep and Succession, comes this adaptation of Integrity by Egil Krogh. The true story of how Watergate masterminds E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy accidentally toppled the presidency they were trying to protect stars Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux.

April Releases

One True Loves (April 7, in theaters)
Starring Phillipa Soo and Simu Liu, this dramatic romance is based on a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. When her husband, Jesse, is presumed dead after his helicopter crashes over the ocean, Emma reluctantly moves on and falls in love again. But then Jesse turns up. Awkward.

Tiny Beautiful Things (April 7, Hulu)
For more than a decade, author Cheryl Strayed was the anonymous advice columnist, Dear Sugar. The book that inspired this series, starring Kathryn Hahn, is a selection of her raw, powerful letters to readers, which drew deeply from her own life and struggles.

The Last Thing He Told Me (April 14, Apple TV+)
This miniseries about a woman trying to solve the mystery around her husband's sudden disappearance is based on a bestselling thriller by Laura Dave and stars Jennifer Garner and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Renfield (April 14, in theaters)
Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, and Akwafina lead the cast for this comedy horror film. The screenplay was inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. The titular character was Count Dracula's deranged, fanatically devoted servant. 

Frog and Toad (April 28, Apple TV+)
This animated series is based on the cherished children's book series starting with Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel. The show will follow the cozy adventures of the amphibious best friends. 

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret (April 28, in theaters)
It's taken over fifty years, but finally Judy Blume's touchstone middle-grade novel is coming to the screen. The story is about a sixth-grade girl navigating adolescence after her family moves from New York City to the suburbs. Time for a reread! 

May Releases

Silo (May 5, Apple TV+)
Based on the Silo series by Hugh Howey, this sci-fi series is set in a toxic dystopian future where a community exists in a giant underground silo hundreds of stories deep. A restrictive set of regulations control life within this society.   

Killers of the Flower Moon
David Grann's bestselling nonfiction book about a series of murders targeting members of the Osage Nation inspired this film directed by Martin Scorcese. Producer Leonardo DiCaprio stars alongside Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, and Brendan Fraser.

Quite the bumper crop for anyone who enjoys book-to-screen experiences! Let us know which ones you're excited to read and see!

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