It is amazing how you can read and visualize all the fantastic stories from the books you read! But some of you may enjoy watching these words come to life in movies or TV series.
With the growth of streaming platforms, streaming sites such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, etc. have all been making both series and film adaptations from books. 2021 too, saw many such adaptations on these platforms and some of them were just awesome! We’ve compiled a list of some of this year’s gripping TV series that are based on novels or books.
Shadow and Bone
‘Shadow and Bone’ is the adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels. Released on April 23, an orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov unleashes an extraordinary power. A power so strong that could change the fate of her war-torn world. This is when sinister forces plot against the young soldier Starkov.
Alina (Jessie Mei Li) reveals a magical power that may unite her world in the series. The series will be back with another season. Apart from Jesse, the series also stars Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, Daisy Head, and more!
Find ‘Shadow and Bone’ on Netflix: HERE
One of Us Is Lying
‘One Of Us Is Lying’ is Peacock’s drama following the mystery surrounding Bayview High. Here, five students walk into detention, and only four walk out alive. This series is based on the novel ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus. One of those afore-mentioned five students is left dead just as he was about to reveal life-changing secrets. The series stars Mark McKenna, Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, and Chibuikem Uche as the main suspects. ‘One of Us Is Lying’ premiered on 7th October.
Find ‘One of us is lying’ on Peacock: HERE
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The Underground Railroad
Adapted from the novel ‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead is about a young woman named Cora. Cora boards a train embarking on a harrowing trip, making an amazing discovery. She does this during her attempt to break free from slavery.
Cora seeks true freedom after escaping a Georgia plantation in the limited series titled ‘The Underground Railroad’. It is directed by Barry Jenkins, an Academy Award winner for Best Writing. In this series, Cors (Thuso Mbedu) is being hunted by a notorious slave catcher. ‘The Underground Railroad’ features Chase Dillon, Joel Edgerton, William Jackson Harper, Aaron Pierre, Will Poulter, Sheila Atim, and more!
Find ‘The Underground Railroad’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
Netflix’s ‘Maid’ is a series that follows a young single mother, Alex’s (Margaret Qualley) incredible story of survival and resilience. She turns to housekeeping to make ends meet after escaping an abusive relationship. Alex navigates the world of poverty and abuse. She redefines her worth against all odds to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy.
The series stars the ‘Love, Simon’ star Nick Robinson, Ready or Not’s Andie MacDowell (who is also Margaret’s real-life mother). It also features Tracy Vilar, Twilight and its sequels’ Billy Burke, and the ‘Everything, Everything’ actor Anika Noni Rose. Inspired by the New York Times Best-selling memoir by Stephanie Land, ‘Maid’ has been streaming on Netflix since 1st October.
Find ‘Maid’ on Netflix: HERE
Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ is a series inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise. It is a retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin and in ‘Lupin’ Assane Diop has a plan.
Diop (Omar Sy) “sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family” as per IMDb. Netflix’s Lupin is not a strict adaptation of Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, it uses Leblanc’s work. The author’s central character informs the viewers of many of Assane’s choices and motivations.
Find ‘Lupin’ on Netflix: HERE
Nine Perfect Strangers
Nine Perfect Strangers is a Hulu Original based on The New York Times best-selling book of the same name. Its author is Liane Moriarty. This eight-part series follows nine stressed city-dwellers who head to a ten-day retreat at a boutique health-and-wellness resort. This resort promises healing, transformation as they try to improve, get on a path to a better way of living.
The resort’s director Martha (Nicole Kidman) makes it her mission to re-energize the tired minds and bodies of the group. However, the nine strangers at this picturesque wellness retreat have no idea what is about to hit them. Along with Nicole Kidman, ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ features Regina Hall, Melissa McCarthy, Manny Jacinto, Samara Weaving, and more amazing actors!
Find ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ on Hulu: HERE
Find ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
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The Mysterious Benedict Society
Based on The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, four gifted orphans are recruited by an eccentric benefactor. In this Disney Plus series, the four kids are recruited to go on a secret mission. They are placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute. The kids must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications to save the world.
Find ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ on Disney+: HERE
The Wheel of Time
‘The Wheel of Time’ is based on the book series by Robert Jordan. The series is set in a high fantasy world where magic exists, however, only some can access it. A woman named Moiraine, a member of a magical organization crosses paths with five young men and women.
This sparks a dangerous, world-spanning journey as she believes that one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon. ‘The Wheel of Time’ has been streaming on Amazon Prime Video since November 19.
Find ‘The Wheel of Time’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
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Foundation is based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov. This Apple+ series follows a band of exiles on their monumental journey. On this journey, they save humanity as well as rebuild civilization amidst the fall of the Galactic Empire.
The ten-episode series is a complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy. All these humans live under the rule of the Galactic Empire. ‘Foundation’ premiered on 24th September wherein Dr. Hari Seldon and his loyal followers attempt to preserve their culture. All this happens as the galaxy collapses around them.
Find ‘Foundation’ on Apple TV+: HERE
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‘Firefly Lane’ follows Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) who meet as young girls on Firefly Lane. In this Netflix series, the two become inseparable friends throughout thirty years of ups and downs. It is based on the book ‘Firefly Lane’ by Kristin Hannah.
Find ‘Firefly Lane’ on Netflix: HERE
Inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy, ‘Dopesick’ is a Hulu series. It examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. It “takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA” as per What’s on Disney Plus.
Starring Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Peter Sarsgaard, Kaitlyn Dever, and Will Poulter in ‘Dopesick’. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces. Watch them take down the corporate forces and their allies behind this national crisis on Hulu and Disney+ Hotstar.
Find ‘Dopesick’ on Hulu: HERE
Find ‘Dopesick’ on Disney+: HERE
‘The Witcher‘ follows Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter. Geralt is played by the handsome Henry Cavill. He “struggles to find his place in a world” in which “people often prove more wicked than beasts”. This Netflix series is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. It also stars Anya Chalotra, Freya Allen, Joey Batey, and more! Watch the second season of the series in which Geralt journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world. Season 2 launches on Netflix on December 17!
Find ‘The Witcher’ on Netflix: HERE
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