Books We Hope Get The Netflix Treatment

Thanks to Bird BoxYouDumplin, and A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix adaptations of books are all the buzz right now. While the question of whether the film/TV series can ever be as good as the book is still up for debate (the answer is obviously no…), we thought it’d be a little fun to pick some books that we think would make wicked Netflix adaptations. So, without further ado, here is our bid to Netflix!


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Who: Henry Zaga (Ben); Jake Short (Arthur); Lin-Manuel Miranda (somewhere, because he needs to be in everything from now on)

What: Movie (or play, in a perfect world!), of course

Why: If you’ve read this book, you know exactly why we need a movie. (Also, we can’t just keep on watching Love, Simon, right?)


Freefall by Jessica Barry

Who: Alice Eve; Sissy Spacek

What: Movie, of course

Why: This thrilling novel has so much adventure and suspense that it’s just begging to be made into a film, and, given the recent successes of films like The Woman In The Window, we think it’s the perfect time to pull the trigger!


Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Who: Chosen Jacobs (Young Wash); Russell Hornsby (Adult Wash); Jude Law (Titch)

What: Movie, of course

Why: It’s not often that a work of literary fiction would translate well into a film, but enter Washington Black. The story is so epic and the characters are so rich that it would make a truly powerful movie-going experience.

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Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink

Who: Jassika Nicole (of course!)

What: TV series, of course

Why: This book is quite unlike anything else you’ll read. Think, like, Twin Peaks meets IT? That’s about as good of a comp as I can think of… Either way, there’s so much to dig into in the Alice Isn’t Dead universe that makes it perfect as a TV series!


The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Who: Emma Stone

What: Movie, of course!

Why: The Perfect Girlfriend is another thriller that’s just begging to be made into a film, and for good reason! Most (okay, maybe all?) of Juliette’s actions are completely bonkers and unbelievable, so maybe, just maybe, they need to be seen to be believed?


Noir by Christopher Moore

Who: Bobby Cannavale (Sammy)

What: TV, of course

Why: There’s so much weird going on in Noir that it’d be impossible to make it work as a movie, so a mini-series where you can really dig into the characters in all their strange and bizarre glory would be perfect!


On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Who: Sierra McClain (Bri); Taraji P. Henson (Jay); Janelle Monae (still-to-be-determined role, but she definitely needs to be in it somewhere)

What: Movie, of course

Why: Given how amazing The Hate U Give‘s film adaptation was, it’s only logical that On The Come Up would make the jump to movie form too. And we know that this one is technically cheating because it hasn’t been released yet, but trust us… you’ll feel the same way once you read it, too!


The Cabin At The End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Who: Zachary Quinto, Ben Whishaw, Bill Skarsgaard (to start)

What: Movie, of course

Why: Think HushA Quiet PlaceGet Out, and Hereditary. This book is on the same level as those movies in terms of suspense and horror, so I think it only makes sense that Netflix picks it up ASAP!


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Who: Tom Hiddleston; Benedict Cumberbatch

What: Mini-series, of course

Why: Could you imagine this book as a TV series? It would be so wild! Already described as Murder on the Orient Express meets Groundhog Day meets Quantum Leap, it would be hilarious and suspenseful at the exact same time!

There you have it, Savvy Readers. Do you agree or disagree with us? Which movies do you want to see make the jump to Netflix? And what’s your dream casting? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy reading (and watching!)


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