The slate of upcoming films and tv shows is awash in book adaptations. From classics like Erich Maria Remarque's famed war novel and Anne Rice's masterful and chilling vampire confession to newer fare including a fantasy fairy-tale series and a toxic relationship story told from alternating perspectives, you're sure to find both good reading and good viewing!
Tell Me Lies (September 7, Hulu)
Cast includes Grace Van Patten, Jackson White, Catherine Missal, and Spencer House.
Based on Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Hoping for a fresh start when college takes her far from the mother she will never forgive, Lucy is seduced by the devastatingly complicated Stephen and embarks on a destructively addictive relationship of unimaginable consequences.
Vampire Academy series (September 15, Peacock)
Cast includes Daniela Nieves, Sisi Stringer, Kieron Moore, and André Dae Kim.
Based on a six-book YA series by Richelle Mead kicking off with Vampire Academy.
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.
Blonde (September 28, Netflix)
Cast includes Ana DeArmas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Julianne Nicholson.
Based on Blonde: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates
One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blonde—the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth.
Interview With the Vampire series (October 2, AMC)
The cast includes Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid, Eric Bogosian, and Bailey Bass.
Based on Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
A vampire recounts his tragic two-century life, marked by an endless thirst for human blood.
Luckiest Girl Alive (October 7, Netflix)
Cast includes Mila Kunis, Connie Britton, Jennifer Beals, and Scoot McNairy.
Based on Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessical Knoll
Grooming herself for an ideal life involving a successful career and a happy marriage, a rising young journalist confronts a violent episode from her past that threatens to unravel everything she has worked to achieve.
The Midnight Club series (October 7, Netflix)
Cast includes Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford, Igby Rigney, Iman Benson, Ruth Codd, and Sauriyan Sapkota.
Based on The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
Rotterham Home was a hospice for terminally ill teenagers. It was a place of pain and sorrow, but also, remarkably, a place of humor and adventure. Every night at twelve, a group of young guys and girls at the hospice came together to tell stories—true or false, inspiring or depressing, or somewhere in-between. One night, in the middle of a particularly scary story, the teenagers make a secret pact with each other, which says, “The first one who dies will do whatever he or she can do to contact us from beyond the grave, to give us proof that there is life after death.” Then one of them does die...
The School for Good and Evil (October 19, Netflix)
Cast includes Sophia Anne Caruso, Sofia Wylie, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Charlize Theron, and Kerry Washington.
Based on The School for Good and Evil children's book series by Soman Chainani
Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed: Sophie's dumped into the School for Evil for Uglification and Henchmen Training classes, while Agatha attends Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication at the School for Good, and when a certain prince charming (son of King Arthur) is thrown into the mix, anything can happen!
My Policeman (October 21 in theaters; November 4 Prime Video)
Cast includes: Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, David Dawson, Linus Roache, Gina McKee, and Rupert Everett
Based on My Policeman by Bethan Roberts
It is in 1950's Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom. He teaches her to swim, gently guiding her through the water in the shadow of the city's famous pier and Marion is smitten—determined her love alone will be enough for them both. A few years later near the Brighton Museum, Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted, and opens Tom's eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world of art, travel, and beauty. Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion and meet Patrick in secret. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.
The Good Nurse (October 26, Netflix)
Cast includes Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich, and Nnamdi Asomugha.
Based on The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
All Quiet on the Western Front (October 28, Netflix)
Cast includes Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch, Sebastian Hülk, and Felix Kammerer.
Based on All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.
Book summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.