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#ReadMore2022: 7 Books to Pick Up Before They Hit the Screens This Year

#ReadMore2022: 7 Books to Pick Up Before They Hit the Screens This Year

One of the best things about a good book being adapted into a film or television show is that the story does not end at the final page–there is still more to come. Last year, we saw an impressive run of adaptations including sci-fi epic Dune, crime thriller House of Gucci, and the third installment of the hit rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Always + Forever, Lara Jean. 

Luckily, this year’s release slate is also brimming with promising titles across a variety of genres as they make their way through the book-to-screen pipeline. Read it first before it hits the theaters: add a literary adaptation in your 2022 reading list and join the Read More 2022 challenge. To check out the reading prompts, visit the Fully Booked Facebook or Instagram socials to view the reading prompts.

Here are seven literary adaptations we are excited to see on the big and small screens in 2022. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Delia Owens’ debut and #1 New York Times Bestselling novel is expected to hit the big screen in June 2022 as reported by Deadline. Normal People’s breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones will take on the role of Kya, a young girl raised by the marshlands of the south in the 1950s. Edgar-Jones played Marianne in the Emmy-nominated miniseries adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel.

Where the Crawdads Sing, which was also a Reese Witherspoon book club pick in 2018, is a deeply moving coming-of-age story about loneliness, survival, determination, and strength.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Studio eOne has acquired the rights for V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which will be produced by Gerard Butler’s company G-Base, according to Variety. Augustine Frizell, director of Euphoria, is set to spearhead the project with her husband, filmmaker David Lowery.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a story about a woman who makes a Faustian bargain to live forever. For 300 years, everyone she meets forgets her as soon as she leaves their sight, until one day, she meets a man who remembers her name.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Alison Oliver will play 21-year-old college student Frances in BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Conversations with Friends. The 12-episode series is set to premiere on Hulu and BBC this year. Lenny Abrahamson, who directed and executive produced Normal People, has reprised both roles on this series as reported by Variety.

Sally Rooney’s first book Conversations With Friends deals with a love quadrangle between two best friends and a married couple–a reflective novel that is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth.

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

Harry Styles (who needs no further introduction) and Emma Corrin (who played the younger Princess Diana in The Crown) star in Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel. According to Vogue, director Michael Grandage took the directorial role while Oscar-nominated Ron Nyswaner is on board as the film’s screenwriter.

My Policeman is akin to Brokeback Mountain, a triangular love story between Tom, Patrick, and Tom’s wife, Marion. Set in 1957 when homosexuality was still criminalized in Britain, this beautifully-old story is a tale of wasted years, misguided love, and thwarted hope.

The Maid by Nita Prose

In a competitive pursuit, Universal came on top to acquire the rights to Nita Prose’s soon-to-be-released novel The Maid. Oscar nominee Florence Pugh will play the title character in the film while Josh McLaughlin and Chris Goldberg will be producing through Wink Pictures and Winterlight Pictures.

The Maid is a clue-like, locked-room mystery, and a heartwarming journey that explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different. This is the debut novel of Nita Prose, Simon & Schuster Canada’s Vice President and Editorial Director.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

After experiencing major release setbacks for two years, Sony announced The Nightingale will finally premiere on December 23, 2022. For the first time in their careers, real-life siblings Dakota and Elle Fanning will co-star in the movie based on the 2015 novel by Kristin Hannah.

Published in 45 languages and with more than 3.5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone, The Nightingale follows two sisters each embarking on a dangerous path towards survival, love, and freedom in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Another Jane Austen work will have its retelling as Dakota Johnson, best known for playing Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, will play Austen’s most mature lead character in Persuasion. The Netflix feature (which has no release date yet) is said to include a modern, witty approach to the story which was originally published in 1817. 

Persuasion revolves around the story’s heroine Anne Elliot’s reconnection with Captain Frederick Wentworth, her former fiance whom she left because of societal pressures. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited with their love? 

Tick off one of the prompts in the Fully Booked Read More 2022 Challenge when you read a book-to-screen adaptation. For more recommendations, book reviews, and events, visit Fully Booked Online

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