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35 Best Books To Movies In 2023

Uncover the best books to movies in 2023, including a few TV series that we just couldn’t resist.

From the streets of Naples and the music industry in California to other universes and time periods, many of the books being made into movies in 2023 are sure to teach you more and transport you abroad.

Plus, some of the most talked about books of 2022 – like Lessons In Chemistry – should be hitting the big screen along with celebrity book club favorites, award-winning fiction, translated lit, and bestselling authors.

Not to mention those classic books where the copyright expired long ago – and thus, we see endless remakes with a twist or just a chapter highlighted.

So, what are some of the most-anticipated books becoming movies in 2023? And, who is playing the coveted roles of our favorite characters?

Below, discover stories about WW2, love, life, and friendship. Many will keep you on the edge of your seat while others might make you cry.

Be sure to let us know what books turning into movies in 2023 you are most excited (or nervous) about. Let’s get started!

*We added a few TV series adaptations too, and please keep in mind that some of these release dates are subject to change. A lot can get pushed back with production.

You may also enjoy our best-ever movies adapted from books list.

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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante red and orange book cover with woman's face looking through a curtain

1. The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Book translated into English by Ann Goldstein

One of our most-anticipated books becoming a TV series in 2023, The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante seems quite promising.

After HBO produced a critically-acclaimed miniseries adaptation of Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, Netflix was quick to snap up the rights to her 2019 novel, which Goldstein translated into English in 2020.

Fans of the HBO series are sure to enjoy this new take on Ferrante’s work, as it is similarly set (and filmed) in Naples and follows a young woman coming-of-age in a turbulent time of political and social upheaval.

The Netflix series went live on 4 January 2023, so you can dive in straight away.

Uncover even more books about Italy as well as Italian movies to transport you there.

Read The Lying Life of Adults: Amazon | Goodreads

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2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Translated into English by Henning Koch

A Man Called Ove was a real sleeper hit.

Fredrik Backman was a quiet Swedish blogger and writer who had trouble getting publishers interested in his debut novel about a curmudgeonly man who wants to die (they said it had “no commercial potential”).

Ten years later, the English translation has spent nearly a full year on the New York Times Best Seller list, a Swedish film adaptation was released in 2015, and now a major Hollywood adaptation is one of the most anticipated books to movies in 2023.

Renamed for an English-speaking audience, A Man Called Otto stars Tom Hanks, and opened wide on New Year’s Day.

You can find A Man Called Ove on our books about friendship as well as sad books reading lists.

Read A Man Called Ove: Amazon | Goodreads

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One of the most hotly-anticipated books turning into movies in 2023, Daisy Jones & The Six is perfect if you enjoy books about musicians and California-set books.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s sixth novel was a major bestseller and a #Bookstagram darling, topping most summer reading lists in 2019.

Fans were swept away in the story – styled as a Behind The Music-style transcript – of a 1970s rock’n’roll band and the rocky relationships that inspired their biggest hits.

Reese Witherspoon was such a big fan, she jumped at the chance to work on the screen adaptation with her production company Hello Sunshine.

Check out the trailer on her book club’s Instagram page – the Amazon Prime series will debut on 3 March 2023.

Read Daisy Jones & The Six: Amazon | Goodreads | Read More

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

4. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Not a surprise for books being turned into movies in 2023 is Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.

The 1975 horror novel was only the second that King published – back before he’d made himself a household name as the prolific King of Horror – but it still has a dedicated fanbase who have been clamoring for a new adaptation.

It’s been a long-term project for director Gary Dauberman, who first spoke publicly about his dream to bring the story to the screen back in 2019.

The forecast release date of 21 April 2023 was pushed back, due to conflicts and COVID-related delays in post-production, but die-hard horror fans still hope to see the film before the end of the year.

Uncover even more popular vampire novels like Salem’s Lot.

Read Salem’s Lot: Amazon | Goodreads

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5. Love Again by Sofie Cramer (Text For You)

If you’re after heartwarming and romantic books being turned into movies in 2023, look no further!

Text For You by Sofie Cramer has become Love Again, a romantic comedy coming to theaters on 12 May 2023.

It’s a romance for our times, with the story following a bereaved woman seeking comfort by texting her dead fiance’s old cell phone number.

She doesn’t realize that a stranger has now been assigned the number, and he is captivated by her messages of love.

With his own relationship on the rocks, he sets out to find the author of these beautiful texts, but what he finds won’t be exactly what he expects.

Read Text For You: Amazon | Goodreads

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6. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Did you ever wonder why some books seem to be made into movies again and again?

It has a lot to do with copyright and the point at which stories enter the public domain.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was protected by copyright until fifty years after the author’s death. That clock ran out in 1962, so filmmakers have been free to use his work for over sixty years now.

They’re finding ever more inventive ways to do it, too.

For instance, The Last Voyage Of The Demeter takes just one chapter from Dracula – the Captain’s Log – about the doomed ship chartered to carry the vampire’s cargo from Carpathia to London.

It’s certainly one of the most creative books to movies in 2023!

Read Dracula: Amazon | Goodreads

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7. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

For books becoming movies in 2023, Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot fans can rejoice!

The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until 15 September 2023 for A Haunting In Venice to be released in theaters, so here’s hoping those months fly by.

It’s an adaptation of Christie’s 1969 novel Hallowe’en Party, where her beloved detective is called in on the case of a girl who claims she witnessed a murder – also having been murdered herself.

Kenneth Branagh will resume the role of Hercule Poirot, having played the detective in previous adaptations of Murder On The Orient Express and Death On The Nile.

Read Hallowe’en Party: Amazon | Goodreads

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8. Dune by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s Dune is a doorstop of a book, so it’s not surprising that this adaptation has had to come in two parts.

Dune: Part One was a box office smash in 2021, so the follow-up is going to be one of the most hotly anticipated books to movies in 2023.

The second film is going to cover (at least roughly) the second half of the book, the continuing journey of Paul Atreides as he seeks vengeance for his family.

Like the book, the film will focus on the choice between love and duty, and the responsibility for the fate of the universe.

See what other popular books were published in the 1960s.

Read Dune: Amazon | Goodreads

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9. The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins

If the original Hunger Games franchise is anything to go by, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is going to be one of the best books being made into movies in 2023.

The adaptations of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian series were blockbuster hits – and critically acclaimed to boot – with incredible production values and a fantastic cast.

This prequel is set to have the same, with Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow, and both Viola Davis and Peter Dinklage in supporting roles.

The one-minute teaser trailer has whetted our appetites for now, but the full-length film won’t be released until 17 November 2023.

Read The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes: Amazon | Goodreads

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10. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

You’d think that we’ve already mined Charlie And The Chocolate Factory for all the film content that it could possibly produce, but you’d be wrong!

Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is one of the books being turned into movies in 2023 – again.

This time, it’s in the form of a prequel revolving around the world’s most famous fictional chocolatier.

Wonka will star Timothée Chalamet in the titular role (he beat out a shortlist of big-name stars including Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, and Ezra Miller).

Stock up on candy and head to the cinema for its 15 December 2023 release.

Read Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: Amazon | Goodreads

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11. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

One of the most iconic Southern books turning into movies in 2023 is The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Of course, a brilliant film adaptation already exists – directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg in her break-out role.

But this version is something different, something special, bringing the musical stage production to the screen.

Spielberg is one of its producers, as is Oprah Winfrey (who also starred in his 1985 film), and they’ll ensure that the new film remains true to Walker’s story of black girlhood in the American South.

The Color Purple is just one of the many timeless books to come out in the ’80s.

Travel across the U.S. with even more TN books, or peruse these books with colors in the title.

Read The Color Purple: Amazon | Goodreads | Read More

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12. Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann

For exciting nonfiction books becoming movies in 2023, filmmakers are throwing everything they’ve got at Killers Of The Flower Moon.

First off, it’s the most expensive movie ever filmed in Oklahoma, with a reported budget of $200 million.

Second, it’s got an all-star cast, including Leonardo Di Caprio, Robert de Niro, and Brendan Fraser (who is having one heck of a career renaissance).

Third, award-winning director Martin Scorsese has pulled in some of his long-time collaborators – including di Caprio, and Robert Robertson of The Band – to compose the score.

Keep your eyes peeled for its debut at a major film festival later this year.

Read Killers Of The Flower Moon: Amazon | Goodreads

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13. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo’s literary debut, Three Women, took the world by storm.

It’s a frighteningly intimate account of the sexual lives of three very different women, and Taddeo spent eight years researching and interviewing these real-life women to bring their stories to the page.

Now, they’re coming to the screen as well, as Three Women is one of the most-anticipated books being made into a TV series in 2023.

Taddeo has worked on the project as a writer and producer to ensure the power of her original work comes through.

Shailene Woodley is set to star in the series, which will debut on Showtime later this year.

Read Three Women: Amazon | Goodreads

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

14. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Fans of Casey McQuiston’s debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue have been desperately awaiting a screen adaptation since the book came out in 2019.

Finally, after years of fan art and casting conversations on social media, it’s one of the best books to movies in 2023 – and one of our favorite queer books for young and new adults.

The story revolves around a steamy forbidden romance between a British prince and the First Son of the United States.

Taylor Zakhar Perez and Nicholas Galitzine are starring in those main roles, with big names like Uma Thurman and Stephen Fry in supporting roles.

The official release date hasn’t been confirmed, but fans are already lining up outside cinemas.

For romantic comedy books turning into movies in 2023, we are most excited about this one!

Read Red, White & Royal Blue: Amazon | Goodreads | Read More

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15. Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Out of all the books being turned into movies in 2023, Lessons In Chemistry certainly had the quickest turnaround.

The novel topped “best of” book lists around the world in 2022, being both a #1 New York Times Best Seller and a Goodreads Choice Award winner.

Readers responded to Garmus’s story about a female scientist (turned cooking TV show personality) fighting sexism and recruiting women of the ‘60s to her cause.

Not to mention that Six-Thirty became one of the new favorite dogs in literary fiction.

Capitalizing on the book’s popularity and momentum, Apple TV+ jumped on the rights and got into production right away.

Keep an eye out on their platform for the release (starring Brie Larson) later this year.

Read Lessons In Chemistry: Amazon | Goodreads

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16. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Translated into English by Ken Liu

Die-hard science fiction fans (and more than a few “real” scientists too) will recognize The Three-Body Problem as one of the most exciting books becoming a TV series in 2023.

After a much-delayed film project hit the skids, readers rejoiced to hear that Liu Cixin’s Hugo Award-winning novel was being given the Netflix treatment sooner rather than later.

The diverse cast includes Eiza González, Chinese actress Tsai Chin, and Game Of Thrones alumni John Bradley and Liam Cunningham.

What’s more, The Three-Body Problem is the first of a trilogy, so the series may play out over years to come if it’s as successful as projected.

For books to movies in 2023 (and series), there’s a lot riding on this one!

Read The Three-Body Problem: Amazon | Goodreads

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17. The Power by Naomi Alderman

Fans of feminist dystopias, like The Handmaid’s Tale and Red Clocks, are eagerly awaiting the upcoming adaptation of The Power.

The premise of Naomi Alderman’s bestselling novel seems made for the screen: teenage girls developing the ability to release electric shocks from their bodies, forever shifting the power dynamics between the sexes.

With the state of reproductive healthcare access (in the U.S. and around the world), many of these books being made into movies in 2023 seem especially auspicious.

Aside from hard-hitting social commentary, we can expect high-quality special effects and powerful performances from Toni Collette, Auliʻi Cravalho, and Halle Bush.

Read The Power: Amazon | Goodreads

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18. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

It’s no surprise that some of the best books becoming movies in 2023 are from Reese Witherspoon’s book club selections.

Laura Dave’s mystery about a woman seeking the truth about her husband’s disappearance and the note he managed to smuggle to her before he vanished captured readers’ attention.

Dave adapted the screenplay herself, and Apple TV+ secured Jennifer Garner to star as Hannah, the woman at the heart of the story.

They’ve yet to confirm an official release date, but we can expect it to hit Apple’s TV+ platform towards the end of this year.

Read The Last Thing He Told Me: Amazon | Goodreads

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

19. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

If you haven’t read All The Light We Cannot See yet, you’ll want to get to it soon!

It’s got two of the strongest endorsements for contemporary books: it won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it’s one of the upcoming book adaptations in 2023 produced by Netflix.

The young girl at the center of the WWII historical fiction story is set to be played by Aria Mia Loberti, with Mark Ruffalo playing her father and Hugh Laurie playing her great-uncle (a star-studded family if there ever was one).

This is going to be one of the biggest books to movies in 2023 for fans of The Book Thief.

Read All The Light We Cannot See: Amazon | Goodreads

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20. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

John Green’s books are beloved by young adults (and more than a few adults) around the world.

The movie adaptations are guaranteed box-office success when they pile in to see their favorite characters brought to life.

Turtles All The Way Down is the latest of John Green’s books turning into movies in 2023.

This is a heart-wrenching-slash-warming story in Green’s typical style about a seventeen-year-old girl who lives with OCD, opening her heart to love while managing her mental illness.

Read Turtles All The Way Down: Amazon | Goodreads

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21. Wellmania by Brigid Delaney

Are you sick of Instagram ads promising get-healthy-quick fixes? Smelly teas, exercise regimes, gadgets, and gizmos?

What if someone was to try every single one she could get her hands on?

For funny nonfiction books being made into TV series in 2023, Wellmania is just that.

Brigid Delaney wrote about her personal journey to ‘wellness’ using every trick in the book, and now her story is being fictionalized for a Netflix series.

Filming took place in Delaney’s homeland (Sydney, Australia), and beloved Australian actress Celeste Barber has the leading role.

(Plus, keep an eye out for Miranda Otto, of Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina fame!)

Watch even more Australian movies.

Read Wellmania: Amazon | Goodreads

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22. The Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay

Great news for horror fans: for books to movies in 2023, M. Night Shyamalan is directing one of them!

Film rights to Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin At The End Of The World were sold before the book was even published, but it’s been a long rumor-filled wait for the story to reach our screens.

Renamed Knock At The Cabin, the adaptation will star Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ben Aldridge, and Jonathan Groff.

It remains to be seen how closely Shyamalan’s version will stick to the original plot, but pre-publicity for the film has at least confirmed that it will follow a family held hostage by four strangers who say they must sacrifice one of their own to avert the apocalypse.

Read The Cabin At The End Of The World: Amazon | Goodreads

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23. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Young readers have traded copies of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret on the playground since the ‘70s.

Even fifty years later, the story of a sixth grader’s quest to discover herself and her spiritual identity still resonates.

Author Judy Blume refused for nearly five decades to sell the rights to her most popular book, but finally –finally! – she relented.

For the most-anticipated, all-ages books turning into movies in 2023, Gen Xers and older Millennials will have a blast rediscovering this story of their youth.

Plus, a whole new generation of tweens will get to experience it for the first time.

Uncover even more iconic books from the 1970s.

Read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: Amazon | Goodreads

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24. Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold And The Purple Crayon has been entertaining and inspiring generations of children for nearly seventy years.

There’s a timeless quality to Crocket Johnson’s story about a four-year-old boy with a purple crayon that allows him to create new worlds by drawing them.

Filmmakers first started trying to bring the story to the screen back in the ‘90s, but production was plagued by obstacles and obfuscation.

Now, finally, the classic children’s tale is one of the most-anticipated books becoming movies in 2023.

A sizzle reel at CinemaCon in 2022 got movie fans young and old excited for the June release.

See what other timeless books we got from the 1950s.

Read Harold And The Purple Crayon: Amazon | Goodreads

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25. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Wait a minute: isn’t The Exorcist already a movie? And a pretty famous one at that?

Don’t worry, it’s not deja vu – and it’s not another tragic reboot either.

The iconic 1973 horror film is getting a(nother) sequel, but one that’s closely related to the original 1971 book by William Peter Blatty (so it still counts for books to movies in 2023, right?).

Most exciting of all, it’s slated to be released mid-October, just in time for Halloween and the spooky reading/watching season.

Keep those Google Alerts on, because the official title hasn’t yet been confirmed.

Read The Exorcist: Amazon | Goodreads

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26. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Many of Neil Gaiman’s books have been made into movies that seem destined to become cult classics: Good Omens, American Gods, Coraline

Anansi Boys is the latest of his books being turned into movies in 2023, and fans fully expect it to be every bit as good as the ones that have come before.

The British production is coming to Amazon Prime Video later this year (official date to be confirmed) and will follow Gaiman’s original plot: two sons of the West African trickster god Anansi explore their common heritage and figure out the nature of their inherited divine powers.

Read Anansi Boys: Amazon | Goodreads

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27. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Netflix is fast becoming the dominant player in adaptations of young adult books and series.

Fans are going to want to keep their subscriptions up to date because Uglies by Scott Westerfield is yet another one of the young adult books being made into movies in 2023 for the platform.

Everyone working on this project has the experience they need to make it amazing.

McG, the director, worked on teen classics like The OC.

The star, Joey King, also headlined the fan-favorite The Kissing Booth. And the writers have credits like Charmed, Divergent, and Game Of Thrones to their names.

Read Uglies: Amazon | Goodreads

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28. Evidence Of Love by Jim Atkinson and John Bloom

Murderinos, listen up!

Evidence Of Love is one of the most fascinating true crime books turning into movies in 2023.

It’s been given the more gripping title of Love And Death, and it’s set to premiere later this year on HBO Max.

Screenwriter veteran David E. Kelley has taken the terrifying true story of Candy Montgomery – who was accused of murdering her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980 – and turned it into a must-watch crime drama for the prestige platform.

If that sounds familiar, it might be because a similar book-to-movie adaptation, Candy, came out last year.

Read Evidence Of Love: Amazon | Goodreads

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29. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

With immigration issues worldwide – exacerbated by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine – it makes sense that Mohsin Hamid’s 2017 novel, Exit West, is having a resurgence.

The story revolves around a young couple from an unnamed city forced to flee by civil war using a series of magical doors that could take them anywhere in the world.

Coinciding with its renewed popularity, it’s also one of the books being turned into movies in 2023.

We don’t know much about the project yet, but what we do is very exciting: it’s set to star Riz Ahmed, and both Barack and Michelle Obama(!) have signed on as producers.

Read Exit West: Amazon | Goodreads

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30. The Fall Of The House Of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

“The Fall Of The House Of Usher” might be ‘just’ a short story as opposed to a full-length book, but Edgar Allen Poe’s haunting horror tale is so rich and juicy, it’s spawned over a dozen screen (and stage) adaptations.

The latest is a miniseries set to launch on Netflix towards the end of 2023.

Creator Mark Flanagan melds the story of an unnamed narrator visiting the sickly Ushers at their mansion home with other equally spooky stories by Poe.

Horror fans will be spoiled for choice with all of the books to movies in 2023, but this one is sure to be a stand-out.

(Plus, Mark Hammill has the best credit ever, as “A Character Surprisingly At Home In The Shadows.”)

Read The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Amazon | Goodreads

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31. Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

So many books in 2020 missed their moment in the spotlight due to the pandemic – but not Leave The World Behind.

Rumaan Alam’s psychological thriller about a Black family who returns to their summer cottage (which they had previously rented to a white family) generated a lot of buzz despite everything else going on.

Netflix quickly snapped up the rights.

Not many of the books being made into movies in 2023 have this caliber of Hollywood royalty in leading roles, either: Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, and Kevin Bacon are all set to star in the adaptation.

Find even more books set in New York.

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32. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter has languished in “development hell” (even the IMDB page says as much!) for years, but finally –finally! – it’s one of the books becoming movies in 2023.

Breaking free of its troubled beginnings with a new director (Neil Burger) and re-cast stars (Daisy Ridley and Ben Mendelsohn), the project got off the ground and is due to be released via Prime Video later this year.

It’s a fascinating psychological thriller about a young woman who must reckon with her past after her father – who abducted her mother and held her captive for years – is released from prison.

Read The Marsh King’s Daughter: Amazon | Goodreads

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33. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

It looks like there might be a trend toward historical WWII fiction books turning into movies in 2023.

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s 2015 novel, is another one to add to the list of upcoming adaptations.

The film will star Dakota and Elle Fanning in the lead roles, as twin sisters surviving the German occupation of France.

Vianne (Dakota Fanning) is shocked by the invasion, even more so when soldiers take over her home; she’s forced to live with them in order to protect her daughter.

Meanwhile, her vivacious sister, Isabelle (Elle Fanning), is fuelled by betrayal in a love affair to fight in the Resistance.

Find more books about WW2 to read from across the globe.

Read The Nightingale: Amazon | Goodreads

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34. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Different illustrators per edition

It wouldn’t be a list of books to movies in 2023 without an honest-to-goodness reboot.

David Lowery is tackling Disney’s 1953 animated film Peter Pan, which (in turn) was an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan.

This version – given the expanded title Peter Pan & Wendy – will be live-action with the leading roles played by Alexander Molony in his film debut, and rising star Ever Anderson.

Fans are nervous, though, because the script has been worked over for years and gone through multiple drafts.

Lowery has repeatedly emphasized that “the number-one priority is getting the script right,” which is never a good sign.

Read Peter Pan: Amazon | Goodreads

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35. Shriver by Chris Belden

A Little White Lie, the upcoming Kate Hudson movie, hasn’t been widely publicized as an adaptation – but it is!

The story is based on the 2013 novel by Chris Belden, originally called Shriver.

The premise is a cracker, too: a handyman (played by Michael Shannon) is mistaken for a famously reclusive author of the same name and decides to simply go along with it.

He ends up falling in love with a woman who doesn’t know who he really is – roped into a criminal investigation – and is responsible for saving a literary festival.

One of the smartest books about books turning into movies in 2023, this is a film for bookworms and bibliophiles.

Read Shriver: Amazon | Goodreads

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Thank you to TUL contributor, Sheree from Keeping Up With The Penguins

Sheree (pronouns: she/her) is a writer and book reviewer living on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation (known as Sydney, Australia). She has been reviewing books on her blog, Keeping Up With The Penguins, since 2017. She reads books of all kinds and shares her thoughts on them all across the internet.

What books being made into movies in 2023 are you eyeing?

It’s an age-old question: Was the book or movie better?

Did the movie stay true to the book? Make it even more fantastic? Make it worse?

What upcoming book adaptations in 2023 are you most looking forward to? Are there ones that are making you nervous too?

Lastly, do you like to watch the movie or read the book it was adapted from first? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. This reading list pairs well with 2023 Uncorked Reading.