This year is all about the book adaptation. Game of Thrones, Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures and World War Z (sort of) were all books first! So here is our extensive guide to just about every movie and TV series turning your favorite book into a live-action wonder. Get out your reading lists so you too can say "the book was better."


A must-read, as the excellent Kimberly Peirce promises her movie version of Stephen King's classic is much closer to the novel than Brian De Palma's work. Additional book details include the epic end-town takedown, and details on Margaret White's backstory and singing (so much singing). Note: Peirce is still a HUGE fan of the original, so that wasn't a knock.

Author: Stephen King

Release Date: October 18th, 2013


Speaking of the very talented King family, Stephen's son Joe Hill is getting a movie this year starring Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe will bring Hill's gothic fiction Horns novel to life, in which he plays main character Ig Perrish, who grows horns after his girlfriend is murdered. And then he uses these magical horns to find out whodunnit. While we're painting a cute picture, this book is crazy bloody (and great).

Author: Joe Hill

Release Date: October 11th, 2013

The Hundred

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the human population is trapped in space, Earth being ruined with radiation and whatnot. But now enough time has passed that it might be habitable again... might. So the government sends 100 expendable kids from the space Juvenile Detention center to test it out. The CW picked up this just released book for a TV series; the trailer was just released, and you can watch it here.

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: Fall of 2013

Under the Dome

An invisible forcefield traps a small town under an impenetrable dome. Then everything goes to hell, as it so often does in the small towns of Stephen King's imagination. The series just aired this week on CBS, thanks to showrunner Brian K. Vaughan. The book is long as hell, but there's nothing better than knowing the doom that awaits your favorite towny.

Author: Stephen King

Release Date: Now (it's only one episode deep, there's still time!)

Ender's Game

Boy genius Ender is plucked from obscurity and placed in the middle of an alien war in the future, because kids' minds are the best weapon in this future world. Gavin Hood is directing Hugo star Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggins, who will join Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Harrison Ford in space to fight for the future of humanity. Many folks cut their scifi teeth on this novel. It's a lightning fast read — you should probably just get through it one weekend before the trailers spoil the whole thing for you anyway.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Release Date: November 1st, 2013


A lot of people have been calling Divergent the new Hunger Games, and as far as the books go, they're right. Set in a future world of Chicago where the population is broken down by personalities (factions), the book features fantastic characters, great action and the love scenes are hot. Granted, it's not the most poetic prose, but you'll burn through it. The movie is being directed by Neil Burger of Limitless, starring a cast of kids. Think knife-throwing, death and hard kisses mixed with conspiracy.

Author: Veronica Roth

Release Date: March 21st, 2014

The Futurological Congress/The Congress

Loosely (very loosely) based on Stanislaw Lem's work, the upcoming movie blends cartoons and live-action. Its severely dark humor focuses around actress Robin Wright, playing herself, who's stuck in actor's limbo in L.A. Wright signs away her life rights to a futuristic machine that allows everything about her to be used for profit. She enters a utopian oasis that (just like all utopias) turns out to be a lie, but there's a twist to the twist.

Author: Stanislaw Lem

Release Date: It premiered at Cannes, but doesn't have an official release date yet (look for it at future festivals)

The Maze Runner

The hugely popular YA novel is coming to the big screen starring that kid everyone likes from Teen Wolf. Set in the future, the main character wakes up in a giant maze and no memories. Thus begins the running.

Author: James Dashner

Release Date: February 14th, 2014

If I Stay

A strange, out-of-body movie about a teenager who falls into a coma after a terrible accident. From outside her human shell she watches as friends and family visit her hospital room and is faced with a complicated choice: return to her body and lead a hard life... or die. This adaptation has been floating around FOREVER. First, Catherine Hardwicke was attached to direct, then Heitor Dhalia (both are out). Dakota Fanning was originally going to star, but now the torch has been past to Chloe Moretz, who is still attached to the project with RJ Cutler from Nashville as director. We have all our fingers crossed for the future of this film.

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: No date yet (still in development)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There's still time to catch up on everyone's favorite airport reading. The second movie is still months away and while its premise is very similar to the first book, we promise you it's still great. Sexy new characters like Finnick are introduced and ALL THE RULES ARE BROKEN. Meet them now, so you can be disappointed when they all die later.

Author: Suzanne Collins

Release Date: November 22nd, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

It's like Harry Potter meets Constantine. A teenage girl flips out when she starts seeing demons on the streets, and then flips out even more when a sexy guy appears and murders said demons right in front of her eyes. Turns out she's a special lady, because only special people can see the "Shadowhunters" — those who hunt shadows or demons or what have you. Yada, yada, yada, she starts demon hunting, too.

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: August 21st, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson is back with his band of sexy teen Greek gods, and they've got a new mission — they need to find the Golden Fleece. We continue to pledge our love for this cute book series and its similarly adorable movie franchise. It's fun, it's clever and there are centaurs in it. Done and done.

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: August 7th, 2013

Winter's Tale

Oh my god we love this book. Set in an alternate world of New York City where there's magic and Victorian values, Winter's Tale follows the inner workings of the magical gangs of New York. There's a flying horse, too (you're welcome). The movie adaptation's cast is gangbusters: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith. BOOM!

Author: Mark Helprin

Release Date: No date yet

The Last Apprentice/ Seventh Son

While penned for the younger breed of humans, The Last Apprentice is a pretty dark bit of fantasy. Swords, magic, witches and all that good stuff are all over this novel. It's good versus evil, and in the movie the good will be represented as a sorcerer (or Spook) played by Jeff Bridges, and the evil is gorgeous witch woman Julianne Moore.

Author: Joseph Delaney

Release Date: January 17th, 2014

The Ocean at the end of the Lane

This book just hit the shelves on June 13th, and now Joe Wright is turning this modern day fairy tale into a movie.

Author: The Neil Gaiman

Release Date: No date yet

The Leftovers

The author of Election and Little Children takes on The Rapture. This book doesn't describe the end of days, but rather what happens to all the leftovers sill on the planet after God spirited away his followers. Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta are working together on an HBO series of this amazing book, and Perrotta is a freaking genius, so we can not wait.

Author: Tom Perrotta

Release Date: No date yet


Starz has ordered up a 16-episode series of Outlander, the time-traveling, Scottish love story. The show is an adaptation of Gabaldon's book series, centered around a World War II nurse who accidentally travels back in time to 1743 and is caught in the middle of raiding border clans in Scotland. RDM, back on the small screen. We missed you!

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Release Date: No date yet

Vampire Academy

We know, we know vampires, UGH. But hear us out for one second, Richelle Mead is a great writer. And main character, Rose Hathaway, is a bad ass mother who is also a Dhampir (half human, half vampire). At the academy Rose is trained in the art of protecting vampires and is tasked with protecting her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. It's 100% not your average girl meets vampire, vampire bites girl supernatural tale. Crazy gorgeous actress Zoey Deutch has been cast as Road and Lucy Fry will play her vampire friend.

Author: Richelle Mead

Release Date: February 14th, 2014


AMC is gearing up with Ridley Scott's Scott Free TV to bring the horror novel Terror to life. The story is based around a fictionalized account of the lost expedition to the Arctic set in 1845. A snowy band of explorers are caught in snowstorms, plagued by scurvy, mutiny and cannibalism. Plus they're being hunted. Last we heard David Kajganich was still working on the script. So who knows if we'll have this by Halloween (when AMC usually launches their horror series). Author: Dan Simmons

Release Date: No date yet

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Apologies, we forgot one of the most exciting adaptions happening right now. BBC is adapting a series based around this amazing fantasy miniseries set during the Napoleonic Wars. The only news we have right now is Doctor Who and Sherlock director, Toby Haynes, has been hired to direct the series.

Author: Susanna Clarke

Release Date: Possibly in 2013