In the past few years, book to screen adaptations have been all the rage. The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People earlier this year seriously raised the bar, dominationg social media and group chats everywhere. There’s even an Instagram account for Connell’s chain.
However, this is not the only book to series adaptation that’s worth the watch. Whether you’re a bookworm who is curious to see how your favourite novels and characters are portrayed on screen, or someone who doesn’t enjoy sitting down to read but loves getting right into a good storyline, while away the endless lockdown hours with these must-see adaptations. Clear your diary, binging will be necessary.
The BBC smash-hit Killing Eve is based on a series of novels by Luke Jennings entitled Codename Vilanelle. It follows the twisted relationship between a trained assassin and the MI5 security officer hired to track her down. The show is now on its third season, and if you’re not already hooked then you certainly will be from the moment you start watching. Honestly, it’s worth watching just for Jodie Comer (Vilanelle), whose performance is flawless from start to finish.
Available on BBC iPlayer
A Series of Unfortunate Events
This series came as the best treat for anyone who, like me, was the biggest fan of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books growing up. Ever since the 2004 film only covered the first three books, we’ve been longing for something more. The style might take a couple of episodes to get into as it’s pretty quirky, but once you’re in you will be stuck. It’s exactly what everyone needs right now, a series filled with whimsical storytelling and twisted humour.
Available on Netflix