8 (More) Netflix Original Series Based on Books

As Netflix continues to grow, the company has been able to add more original programming to their streaming service. Do you know which of your favorite shows started out as books before being adapted into television series for Netflix?

Click here to read the first list of Netflix book adaptations JMRL posted.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – When four seekers arrive at a notorious old mansion, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

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.

Mindhunter by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker – The head of the FBI’s investigative unit that deals with serial killers demonstrates his celebrated talent for getting inside their minds, creating their profiles, and predicting their next moves.

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – In a 25th-century world in which death is nearly obsolete, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat – A master class in cooking distills decades of professional experience into four elements: salt, fat, acid, and heat, which when properly applied in the kitchen will produce delicious meals.

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra – Receiving an anonymous tip that could lead to the capture of a powerful criminal overlord, Bombay police officer Sartaj Singh is nearing his goal when he realizes that his imminent confrontation with the crime lord is part of a more sinister agenda.

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach – Leila, a sheltered young misfit, discovers an online chat forum where she feels accepted and falls under the spell of the website’s charismatic founder, who entices her into assuming the stolen identity of a glamorous but desperate woman.

From Page to Screen in 2019

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

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron – Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that disallow pitbulls in their community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel back to the person she loves.
Movie release date: January 11, 2019
Starring: Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edward James Olmos

How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell – When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World,” a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Adapted movie title: The Hidden World
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrara

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell – When Stephanie Patrick learns that a terrorist bomb was responsible for the plane crash that killed her family, she embarks on a plan for revenge that includes training to become a terrorist herself.
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they set out across New World, searching for answers about their colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing settlers from Old World.
Movie release date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook – Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
Movie release date: March 15, 2019
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From Page to Screen in 2018

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

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton – Describes the secret mission of a small band of U.S. soldiers who battled against Taliban forces on horseback and captured the Afghan city of Mazåar-i Sharåif, a critical location for further campaigns.
Adapted title: 12 Strong
Movie release date: January 19, 2018
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian – Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer’s patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66.
Movie release date: January 19, 2018
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Kirsty Mitchell

Ophelia by Lisa Klein – In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting.
Movie release date: January 22, 2018 (Sundance)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton

Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner – A conclusion to the best-selling trilogy that began with The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials finds Thomas placing the success of their mission into the hands of the Gladers, who must complete a blueprint for the cure to the Flare, an effort that is compromised by undisclosed memories.
Movie release date: January 26, 2018
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. Grey – Even though Christian and Anastasia are now a proper couple, they still have many obstacles to overcome, including Christian’s past coming back to haunt Anastasia. This book is intended for mature audiences.
Movie release date: February 9, 2018
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Arielle Kebbel

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – Adventurous Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother and wanders into Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Adapted title: Peter Rabbit
Movie release date: February 9, 2018
Starring (voices): Rose Byrne, James Corden, Daisy Ridley

Black Panther by Marvel Comics – When a violent uprising is sparked in the land of Wakanda, a African nation famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions, can its king, the Black Panther, save it from this fate?
Movie release date: February 16, 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – Describes the 12th expedition to “Area X,” a region cut off from the continent for decades, by a group of intrepid women scientists who try to ignore the high mortality rates of those on the previous 11 missions.
Movie release date: February 23, 2018
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