From Script To Screen: The Best Book Adaptations Available On Netflix

Deciding on your next virtual book club selection? Netflix includes a wide variety of titles based on great reads; ranging from horror to YA-romance, and stories for the whole family to enjoy. 

Ahead of World Book Day (23 April) tomorrow, here’s a guide to titles to queue up on your reading and viewing list:

To transport yourself into a different period in time…

The Ghost Bride (TV series) – Period Piece

In 1890s Malacca, Li Lan finds herself in the afterlife and becomes mired in a mystery linked to the sinister, deceased son of a wealthy family.

Based on The Ghost Bride; by Yangsze Choo

The Last Kingdom (TV series) – Period Piece

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse Invaders, Uhtred — born a Saxon but raised by Vikings — seeks to claim his ancestral birthright. 

Based on The Saxon Series; by Bernard Cornwell 

Alias Grace (TV series) – Period Piece / Crime

In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity. 

Based on Alias Grace; by Margaret Atwood

A watch or read for the whole family… 

A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series) – Family

The extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets. 

Based on A Series of Unfortunate Events; by Lemony Snickett

Anne with an E (TV series) – Teen Show / Family

A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. 

Based on Anne of Green Gables; by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Film) – Action / Family

An orphaned boy raised by animals in the jungle seizes his destiny while confronting a dangerous enemy — and his own human origins.

Based on All the Mowgli Stories; by Rudyard Kipling 

The Little Prince (Film) – Family 

When an overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, he regales her with tales about the adventures of an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid. 

Based on The Little Prince; by ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

White Fang (Film) – Family 

A loyal wolfdog’s curiosity leads him on the adventure of a lifetime while serving a series of three distinctly different masters.

Based on White Fang; by Jack London

The Willoughbys (Film) – Family – Released today, 22 April 2020

Four siblings with horribly selfish parents hatch a plan to get rid of them for good and form a perfectly imperfect family of their own.

Based on The Willoughbys; by Lois Lowry

For the hopeless romantics… 

All the Bright Places (Film) – Romantic Drama

Two teens facing personal struggles form a powerful bond as they embark on a cathartic journey chronicling the wonders of Indiana.

Based on All The Bright Places; by Jennifer Niven

Nappily Ever After (Film) – Romantic Comedy

When a perfectionist ad exec experiences a romantic setback, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that begins with a dramatic hair makeover.

Based on Nappily Ever After; by Adam Brooks and Cee Marcellus

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Film) – Romantic Comedy

When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. 

Based on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; by Jenny Han

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Film) – Romantic Comedy

Lara Jean is officially Peter’s girlfriend, so everything should be perfect, right? But feelings grow complicated when an old crush re-enters her life.

Based on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; by Jenny Han

For the sci-fi & fantasy fanatics…

Altered Carbon (TV series) – Crime / Sci-fi

After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom: by solving a mind-bending murder. 

Based on Altered Carbon; by Richard K. Morgan

The Letter for the King (TV series) – Fantasy / Family 

A young knight in training contends with ancient prophecies, magical powers and fickle companions as he sets out on an epic quest to save his kingdom.

Based on The Letter for the King; by Tonke Dragt

The Witcher (TV series) – Drama / Fantasy 

Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Based on The Witcher‎; by ‎Andrzej Sapkowski

If you want to laugh or cry…

The Fundamentals of Caring (Film) – Comedy

In this inspirational buddy comedy, a young shut-in and his caregiver take a road trip in search of landmarks, but end up finding hope and friendship.

Based on The Revised Fundamentals Of Caring; by Jonathan Evison

Mudbound (Film) – Drama / Emotional

Two Mississippi families — one black, one white — confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era. 

Based on Mudbound; by Hillary Jordan 

Virgin River (TV series) – Drama / Emotional

Searching for a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from LA to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what — and who — she finds. 

Based on Virgin River; by Robyn Carr

Thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seat…

Gerald’s Game (Film) – Thriller 

When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie — handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house — faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice. 

Based on Gerald’s Game; by Stephen King

The Haunting of Hill House (TV series) – Thriller 

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Based on The Haunting of Hill House; by Shirley Jackson

The Last Thing He Wanted (Film) – Thriller 

A hard-hitting reporter becomes entangled in the story she’s trying to break when she helps her ailing father broker an arms deal in Central America.

Based on The Last Thing He Wanted; by Joan Didion

Hold the Dark (Film) – Adventure / Action 

In the grim Alaskan winter, a naturalist hunts for wolves blamed for killing a local boy, but he soon finds himself swept into a chilling mystery.

Based on Hold The Dark; by William Giraldi 

If you’re interested in adaptations of true stories…

Brain on Fire (Film) – Drama / Emotional 

Stricken with seizures, psychosis and memory loss, a young New York Post reporter visits doctor after doctor in search of an elusive diagnosis. 

Based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness 

Orange is the New Black (TV series) – Drama 

A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series from the creator of “Weeds”. 

Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (TV series) – Emotional / Inspiring 

An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire.

Based on A’Lelia Bundles’ biography, On Her Own Ground

Unorthodox  (TV series) – Drama

Born and raised in a New York Hasidic community, Esty struggles after a fruitless first year of marriage. She runs away to Berlin and finds new freedom. 

Based on Deborah Feldman’s autobiography, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Film) – Family 

Inspired by a science book, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba buils a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. 

Based on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope; by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

If you’re in the mood to solve a mystery…

1922 (Film) – Crime / Period Piece

A farmer pens a confession admitting to his wife’s murder, but her death is just the beginning of a macabre tale. 

Based on 1922; by Stephen King

Lost Girls (Film) – Crime 

Desperate to find her missing daughter, a mother fights to uncover the truth — and helps expose a string of unsolved murders. 

Based on Lost Girls; by Robert Kolker 

The Stranger (TV series) – Crime / Mystery 

When a stranger makes a shocking claim about his wife, family man Adam Price becomes entangled in a mystery as he desperately searches for answers. 

Based on The Stranger; by Harlan Coben

YOU (TV series) – Crime / Thriller

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young mang goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

Based on You; by Caroline Kepnes

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