Books Coming to TV in 2017

 

Check out these novels before their television adaptations begin airing this year:

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: January 13, 2017
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
Network: HBO
Premiere date: February 19, 2017
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Time After Time by Karl Alexander – Speculates what might have happened if H. G. Wells had built a real time machine to travel to the 1870s in search of Jack the Ripper.
Network: ABC
Premiere date: March 5, 2017
Starring: Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Ferrin, Josh Bowman
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American Gods by Neil Gaiman – Just released from prison, Shadow encounters Mr. Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and when Mr. Wednesday offers him a job as his bodyguard, Shadow accepts and is plunged into a dark and perilous world.
Network: Starz
Premiere date: April 2017
Starring: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle – When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Now she must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is, and who she wants, as the whole world watches.
Network: Freeform
Premiere date: April 18, 2017
Starring: Bella Thorne, Carter Jenkins, Keith Powers
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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
Network: Hulu
Premiere date: April 26, 2017
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris – The first book in a new trilogy describes what happens in Midnight, Texas, a dried-up, one traffic light town, when a mysterious new resident, Manfred Bernardo, moves in.
Adapted into: Midnight, Texas
Network: NBC
Premiere date: April 30, 2017
Starring: Francois Arnaud, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – Takes readers into the life and mind of Grace Marks, one of the most notorious women of the 1840s, who is serving a life sentence for murders she claims she cannot remember.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: TBD 2017
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Anna Paquin

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub – Struggling to maintain the peace between the rivaling Montagues and Capulets after the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, Prince Escalus of Verona arranges a marriage between Romeo’s best friend, Benvolio, and Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline, whose unwilling match forges unexpected bonds.
Network: ABC
Premiere date: TBD 2017
Starring: Ebonee Noel, Lashana Lynch, Wade Briggs

The Terror by Dan Simmons – Captain Crozier must find a way for his crew to survive the deadly attacks of a mysterious and insatiable sea monster, in a novel loosely based on the mid-nineteenth-century Arctic expedition originally led by Sir John Franklin.
Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBD 2017
Starring: Jared Harris, Ciaran Hinds, Edward Ashley

From Page to Screen in 2017

Check out these novels before their movie adaptations hit theaters this year:

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – Documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

Movie release date: March 31, 2017
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

Movie release date: April 7, 2017
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

The Circle by Dave Eggers – Hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

Movie release date: April 28, 2017
Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan Continue reading

“She murdered her entire family!”

5180ubrqqzlBooks on Tap read  We Have Always Lived in the Castle   by Shirley Jackson at  Champion Brewery on January 5. Starting at the ending, most attendees didn’t care for the novella. A few had read Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” but the majority had not read any of her works, especially her memoirs of raising her family. The revelation of the murderer at the end was not a surprise to half the readers and the other half agreed that it was obvious upon a re-read. A few readers were enthusiastic about the spooky tone while others failed to find a moral in the story. However, after learning more about Jackson’s own agoraphobia and ostracization, many readers appreciated the symbolism more.

And symbolism abounds. Taking her source material from a real-life crime in England, Jackson transposed the setting to her small-town Vermont and based the the sister protagonists on her own daughters’ characters. Indeed, the fictional sisters read like two sides of the same person. Child-like 18-year-old Mericat, her older sister Constance and their uncle Julian live isolated in a grand house outside of town. Dogged by rumors that Constance poisoned her parents, brother and Julian’s wife, the trio seldom receive visitors and Mericat is the only one to leave the grounds. Variously teased and shunned by the townsfolk, she resorts to  magical thinking and rituals to defend her property. Uncle Julian is supposedly working on a family history but repeatedly asks Constance if his memories are true. Along comes cousin Charles, whom the reader and Uncle Julian know is bad news, upending Mericats rituals and routines  and thawing Constance. Mericat’s reaction to Charles tightens the underlying tension until the house burns down (debatably Mericat’s fault) and the fire chief implicitly gives the gathered townspeople permission to ransack the once forbidden house. While the townspeople then react by bringing food and other gifts to the sisters, Mericat manifests their psychological barriers by enclosing them in the kitchen and blacking out the windows. The futility of their hiding and rituals is exposed by rain pouring into the kitchen and neighbors, formerly kept at bay, pouring onto the footpath along the house. One reader pointed out that this was Mericat’s use of the feminine power available to her, versus the masculine power of Charles. Another thought the towns’ reaction was analogous to society’s fear of young women’s potential and the impulse to cage them. We all discussed the fine line Mericat rode between insanity and eccentricity, the distancing her peculiarities forced on the narrative and  how much better the story would have been as a Young Adult movie franchise.

Finally, we wish founding member Emily best of luck in the new Vermont chapter of her life!

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