Books Adapted for the Big and Small Screens in 2017

2017 is gearing up to be a great year for awesome books to be adapted into movies and TV shows, whether you watch on streaming platforms, like Netflix and Hulu, or on regular cable. In the past, we’ve all seen some amazing (and not-so-amazing) shows and movies that had previously been a book or book series, such as Game of Thrones, Outlander, Orange is the New Black, The Vampire Diaries, and the Twilight, Harry Potter, Divergent, and The Hunger Games sagas. But if you want to read the book before you watch the movie or become invested in a show, then the Aurora Public Library District has just what you need!

Television and Streaming

Here are some new series coming to the small screen in 2017 that were books first:

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket became available for streaming on January 13 on Netflix, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton.

Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies began airing on HBO on February 19, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

The highly-anticipated Young Adult novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher will become available to stream on Netflix on March 31.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale will become available to stream on Hulu on April 26, starring Alexis Bledel and Elizabeth Moss.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods fantasy series will premiere on Starz on April 30.

Other shows coming later in 2017:

Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas series on NBC

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects on HBO

Dan Simmons’ The Terror on AMC

BBC: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass series and J.K. Rowling’s (as Robert Galbraith) Cormoran Strike series


There are plenty of wonderful books coming to the big screen this year, almost too many to count!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly was released on January 6 (One of the most amazing movies I have ever seen!).

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane was released on January 13.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron was released on January 27.

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James was released on February 10.

The Shack by William P. Young and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver were both released on March 3.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman will be released on March 31.

The Circle by David Eggers will be released on April 28.

Other books-to-movies coming in 2017:

May 19: Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything

June 2: Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants

July 14: Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel

July 28: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

September 8: Stephen King’s It

October 13: Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman

November 17: R.J. Palicio’s Wonder

November 22: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express


Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle

Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach