19 TV Show Adaptations of Best Books in 2021

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TV show adaptations of books have become a trend in recent times. With so many famous novels like The fault in Our Stars, The Witcher, You, Gossip Girl, etc. ruling both our tv screens and reading list, tv show, or miniseries reboot has become a must for the best selling novels and books. This not only gives a boost to the platform on which the show is streaming but also gives a boost to the book’s sales. 

With the past full-year spent at our home, the entertainment industry has conquered our undivided attention, and watching our favorite book squeezed into a series or movie was nothing less than sipping a glass of fine wine on a Friday night. Although, we have often heard The Book is Better  but trust me there are a lot of tv show adaptations that are on the same level as books and some might even be better(book lovers pardon me) 

Just like every year, this year is also going to witness a lot of books and novels coming to life with tv shows and miniseries. Some of the books may be adapted into two to three-part miniseries whereas others will get a full-fledged run time with 1-2 seasons and you can enjoy the characters in a world that belongs to them. 

We have created a list of the best-selling and most exciting books that are coming to tv screens this year. Some of these books have already dropped on our screens while others are in the pre-production and developing stages. With all the tv show adaptations of books coming out this year, we may gather the strength to face another lockdown. 

19 TV Show Adaptations of Best Books in 2021

Read along the list to find out which books will come to life this year and where you can stream them. Read here 19 Best Shows To Improve English Language Skills 

Conversations with Friends 

Conversations with Friends: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: PBS

Synopsis: Sally Rooney’s first-ever novel Conversations with Friends is being adapted into a series of 12 half-hour episodes of the same name by director Lenny Abrahamson. The book’s story revolved around the lives of four main characters Nick, Bobbi, Frances, Melissa, and how their relationships and lives take a devastating turn when they gave away into the vulnerabilities and strange intimacies that surround them. 

Starring: Jemima Kirke, Joe Alwyn, Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane 

Release Date: 2021 on BBC Three

Where the Crawdad’s Sing 

Where the Crawdad's sing: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Read It Forward

Synopsis: The book written by Delia Owen depicts the story of a young girl kya who isn’t anything that she looks like. While being accused of murder in Barkley Cove, a small village kya is left to live alone which she can forever with the fireflies being the light of her life. One day Kya finds herself vulnerable to the human touch and emotions of love when she is drawn to two young boys from the village. What will happen when Kya opens herself to the vulnerabilities that she never had before? 

Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, harris Dickinson

Release Date: To be announced 

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: NPR

Synopsis: Cora a slave working on the cotton plantation in Georgia gets her chance to escape from this hell for her life and she takes the bold without even thinking about it for a second. Cora along with Caesar runs away through the underground railroad but things are not easy for them as they are being hunted by a bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to catch them and bring them back to the ruthless world of slavery. The tv series adaptation of the Pulitzer award-winning novel will be lead by Director Barry Jenkins.  

Starring: Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre, Joel Edgerton 

Release Date:  2021 on Amazon prime Video

Firefly Lane 

Firefly Lane: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Book Club Chat

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Kristen Hannah, firefly lane follows the story of two young girls Katherine Heigl and Sarh Chalke as they become inseparable and go through the ups and downs of their lives while cherishing 30 years of their unbreakable bond. But there is jealousy, anger and hurt towards each other that the two buried for a long time but now with one act of betrayal the tables may turn for their friendship. 

Starring: Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke 

Release Date: May 2021 on Netflix 

The Pursuit of Love

The Pursuit of Love: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Good Housekeeping

Synopsis: The tv show adaptation of the classic novel will be adapted by Emily Mortimer who will be starring in the series as well. The book revolves around the life of Linda and her cousin Fanny, who travel across Europe in the pursuit of finding their perfect husbands amidst the shadow of World War II crawling over them. Follow the journey of these sisters into a world filled with unguided marriages, complicated relationships, and above all in the pursuit of finding true love. 

Starring: Emily Mortimer, Lily James, Dominic West, Andrew Scott 

Release Date: March 2021 on BBC 

The North Water

the North Water: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Gay Times

Synopsis: The novel of the same name written by Ian McGuire revolves around the life of an ex-army surgeon Patrick Sumner whose reputation was shattered in the British army now has taken up the offer to be the ship doctor to the voyage through the Arctic circle. The ship also carries a murderer amongst the passengers and soon, Patrick is forced into having an encounter with this monster. 

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Colin Farrell, Stephen Graham 

Release Date: April 2021 on BBC Two  

Nine Perfect Strangers 

Nine Perfect Strangers: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Book Club Chat

Synopsis: Nine perfect strangers will be brought to life for a mini-series by Nicole Kidman and BLL creator David E. Kelley. Nine perfect strangers is a story of nine strangers who meet at a health resort. The main character of the story is Frances Welty, a romantic novelist who has lost her spark in love forever and arrives at the health resort to seek answers she doesn’t even know she wants. Frances is intrigued by the owner of the Tranquilium house but should she go after him or run far away from her? 

Starring: Luke Evans, Tiffany Boone, Samara Weaving, Grace Van Patten 

Release Date: To be announced on Hulu 

Anatomy of A Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Sarah Vaughan

Synopsis: Brough to life on paper by Sarah Vaughan Anatomy of a Scandal revolves around the life of James Whitehouse, a successful politician and loving husband to Sophie Whitehouse. However, Sophie’s happiness is short-lived when her husband is being accused of rape by his aide. Is James a rapist? Will Sophie’s faith in her husband win or will she lose her loving family? Where is Holley? Why did she leave Oxford all of a sudden, David E.Kelley will bring answers to all these questions on Netflix in 2021. 

Starring: Michelle Dockery, Sienna Miller, and Rupert Friend

Release Date:  To be announced on Netflix 

This Is going To Hurt 

This Is Going To Hurt: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Official London Theatre

Synopsis: Adam Kay, who worked as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline gives a glimpse into his and several other doctors’ life who work on the frontline. Kay will be bringing his memoir into an eight-part series on BBC himself. The book holds account of all the horrifying, heartbreaking, and sometimes even hilarious things a medical professional goes through both on and off the hospital life. 

Starring: Ben Whishaw 

Release Date: To be announced on BBC Two 

Lupin 

Lupin: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: The Guardian

Synopsis: Gentleman thief lupin gets a modern-day tv show adaptation With Netflix series Lupin. The show revolves around the life of a man, who one day discovers a book that grants him wealth and many lives to live and enjoy. But is that all? Is this the happy ending the man gets? Or there is something mysterious about the book still left? How far will the man go to quench his thirst for money and how many lives will the book grant him? 

Starring: Omar Sy, Vincent Londez 

Release Date: Streaming on Netflix 

Trickster 

Trickster: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Los Angeles Times

Synopsis: The tv show adaptation of the famous novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson revolves around the life of Jared. A stoner boy who sells the best weed cookies and cannot rely on his mom because she is wasted all the time and neither his dad to pay the bills and take care of his family(both old and new) Jared can only on himself, only he can support his family, but things eventually become tough for him and he blacks out more often. But wait who is the mysterious stranger waiting for Jared? Is Jared the son of a Trickster? 

Starring: Joel Oulette, Crystle Lightning, Kalani Queypo

Release Date: streaming on The CW 

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Den of Geek

Synopsis: The best-selling novel written by Sarah Pinborough follows the life of a single mother Louise, a secretary, and a hard-working mother who finds herself stuck between David and Adele’s estranged relationship. Louise is having an affair with her boss(David) and forms a friendship with his wife Adele at the same time. The two are a perfect fairytale couple then why does the husband keep coming back to Louise? What is the secret the couple is hiding about their marriage? 

Starring: Eve Hewson, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman 

Release Date:  Streaming on Netflix 

The One 

The One: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: BBC

Synopsis: The tv show adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Marrs was released on Netflix a week ago. The story is set in the future where only one DNA test can set you up with your perfect match. A match that suits you perfectly based on your genetics. But not every relationship can work on genetics. It is not possible for two strangers to fall in love and have happily ever after because of this discovery. How are the perfect soulmates going to hide the secrets from each other? 

Starring: Hannah ware, Zoe Tapper, Eric Kofi Abrefa 

Release Date: Streaming on Netflix 

Yes Day 

Yes Day: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: The New York Times

Synopsis: Yes Yes Yes!! The only word kids want to hear from parents to all of their demands. What if there is a yes day where parents have to say yes to all of their kid’s demands. Netflix brings to you a modern-day tv show adaptation of Yes Day! written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. What will happen at the end of 24 hours? How messy will the family’s already chaotic lives become? Find out on Netflix. 

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Jenna Ortega, Edgar Ramirez 

Release Date: Streaming on Netflix 

Made For Love 

Made for Love: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: ComingSoon.net

Synopsis: HBO brings you to the tv show adaptation of the novel Made for Love by Alissa Nutting. After spending a decade trapped in a terrible marriage to a tech-obsessed junkie Byron, Hazel finally finds a way to run for her life and find a home of her own. But the only problem is that Bryon is only a step away from hazel as he has planted a tracking device into her brain. He only needs to tap his fingers into the most sophisticated and high-tech tools to find Hazel and bring her back. What will hazel do? What drastic step will she take to stay away from Bryon?

Starring: Cristin Milioti, Ray Romano 

Release Date: 1 April on HBO Max

Worn Stories 

Worn Stories: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Oliver + S

Synopsis: Worn Stories is a collection of personal memoirs by Emily Spivack. In this memoir, the author has collected memories of clothes from over sixty people. A few of which include Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to the Great Wall of China, Cynthia Rowley on the girl scout uniform, Rosanne Cash, and her memory of the purple shirt that once belonged to her father. Well, the clothes are not only clothes, but they are also more than that. They carry the scent of loved ones and the unforgettable stories of our lives. 

Starring: Real People 

Release Date: 1 April on Netflix 

Shadow and Bone 

Shadow and Bone: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Collider

Synopsis: The story of a young girl Alina who hasn’t been good at anything suddenly discovers that she possesses the power to unite her country with peace once again. After being taken into the royal court to be trained as a member of the magical elite Grisha, Alina realizes that not everything is what it seems like. Will Alina find the dark secrets of the kingdom? Netflix will be seen combining the two novels of Leigh Barudgo Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows into one action-packed series of the same name. 

Starring: Jessie Mei, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman 

Release Date: 23 April on Netflix 

Jupiter’s Legacy 

Jupiter's Legacy: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: Den of Geek

Synopsis: Jupiter’s Legacy by Mark Millar revolves around the story of a world without superheroes. The superheroes have taken retirement from the battles and now the responsibility of saving the world is on their children’s shoulders. Will the new generation be able to fill their parent’s shoes? Will they be able to come out of hiding and take responsibility for their actions? How long will the world survive this stage of global disasters? 

Starring: Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bib, Elena Kampouris 

Release Date: 7 May on Netflix 

The Mysterious Benedict Society 

The Mysterious Benedict Society: 19 TV Show Adaptations Best of Books in 2021
Source: ScienceFiction.com

Synopsis: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trento Lee Stewart revolves around the life of four special children who have passed a series of mysterious tests and puzzles to go undercover at the elite boarding school Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened where the only rule to follow is no rules. What will happen when the newly formed friendship is put at stake? How will the chosen four survive the trials that go far beyond their wildest imaginations? 

Starring: Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal, MaameYaa Boafa, Ryan Hurst 

Release Date: 25 June on Disney+ 

Final Pronouncement: 

If you love reading books, then 2021 is your with a lot of books and novels being turned into tv show adaptation. Prepare yourselves to see your favorites books, characters, and stories coming to life from writers like Sally Rooney, Delia Owen, Kristen Hannah, and many more. If you think of any other book that should be considered for a tv show adaptation, let us know in the comments below. 

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Antra Koul
Antra Koul
For me, writing is something that helps me escape from reality for a while. Even though I am an Engineer, I find my comfort from chaos while I write. I love telling people about my stories, stories that play in my mind only. When I am writing, there is no limit to how far I can go swimming in this deep ocean of words. Reading and writing are the two things that help in organizing my messed up thoughts in a formative way. Come along on this journey with me as I write and you read the stories that I have to tell!

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