Book-to-TV/Movie Adaptations You May Have Missed

Personally, if there’s a film adaptation, I want to watch it before I read the book.

Before you decide I’m delusional, hear me out: it doesn’t go against the concept that “the book is always better than the movie.” Usually, I agree. Usually, I also can’t actually enjoy the movie if I’ve already read the book. I sulk in the theater and mutter, “That’s not how it happened.”

When I watch the adaptation first, though, it’s like a primer to the book, almost a trailer. Whichever direction you prefer to experience your stories, one thing is for sure: 2022 has brought the heat when delivering book adaptations. Here are a few TV and film adaptations you might have missed.



Mary Kay McBrayer is the author of America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster. You can find her short works at Oxford American, Narratively, Mental Floss, New/Lines Magazine, and FANGORIA, among other publications. She co-hosts Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that analyzes your favorite horror movies from the perspectives of women of color. Follow Mary Kay McBrayer on Instagram and Twitter, or check out her author site here.