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All the books you'll be welcoming to your screens in 2019


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Book to TV adaptations are becoming more and more popular, with many authors preferring the extended time given to material in a TV series over a film.

After the successes of series like A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix and Outlander on Amazon Prime, it's unsurprising that we have many exciting adaptations to look forward to this year.

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1. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The long awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book Good Omens is finally hitting the small screen in 2019. The release date has yet to be confirmed by Amazon, but it's expected to be early this year on Amazon Prime, before later being shown on BBC 2.

2. Pure - Rose Bretecher

Rose Bretecher's crowdfunded biography, based on her own experiences with OCD, has just landed on the small screen, with the first episode airing yesterday on Channel 4. This mental health drama follows a young woman with a form of OCD called "Pure O", where obstrusive thoughts become compulsions.

3. The Perfectionists - Sara Shephard

Pretty Little Liars is getting a spin-off! The PLL spin off was announced last year and will be based on another of Sara Shephard's books, The Perfectionists (though the original novel has no relation to PLL). The series will be airing in the Spring, though no definitive release date has been announced yet.

4. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

The adaptation of Phillip Pullman's bestselling book series is set to make its way to the BBC this year (no confirmed release date yet) with names like Lin Manuel-Miranda and James McAvoy attached to the project. The first novel was already adapted into a movie, but this was not well received, so hopefully the TV series does better!

5. Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman's bestselling YA novel Noughts and Crosses is also set to make its way to the BBC this year, with filming beginning at the end of last year. No release date for this one has been confirmed yet either, but given that the fifth book in the series is being released in July, it seems likely that the TV show release might coincide. 

6. The Umbrella Academy - Gerard Way

This comic book series from My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way is hitting the small screen, with the series coming to Netflix next month. The series is about 43 babies born on the same day to women who were unable to get pregnant the day before. 7 of the kids are then adopted by a millionaire who creates the Umbrella Academy to make his kids save the world.

If you liked this, check out this article on the 12 most anticipated book releases of 2019.

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