Ambarish Ganesh

Book-hoarder, tea-taster, dosa/momo lover, mountain sheep, okayish caricaturist. Also, I pronounce ‘pronouns’ as pronounce.

16 Must-Watch Book-To-Screen Adaptations In Late 2017


While Game of Thrones is a good company to my early Monday breakfast, here are a few other recently-released/upcoming book-inspired TV series and movies I’d bend my knee to and plan for the nights’ watch accordingly.

The Defenders

Four of MCU’s biggest heroes with their unique skill sets team up to save New York City from any and all possible evil conspiracies. A power-packed crime entertainer with an excellent storyline. Now streaming on Netflix.

The Last Tycoon

Reportedly F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best work, published post his demise, The Last Tycoon is a story set in 1930s around the personal and professional life of a Jewish Hollywood movie producer, Monroe Stahr.

FYI, the book is also referenced in John Grisham’s latest novel, Camino Island.

Sharp Objects

A journalist with past issues has to investigate a twin murder of little girls in Missouri. This 8-episode TV-adaptation of the novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) stars Amy Adams in the lead.

Mr. Mercedes

A driver runs a stolen Mercedes over unemployed job-seekers at a job fair, killing eight and injuring many. The detective on the case receives a letter from the killer who threatens an even nastier attack. The series is on air and the initial episodes are excellent.


Adapted from The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (alias of JK Rowling), the first season of the series revolves around Private Investigator Cormoran Strike who’s hired to verify whether a supermodel’s suicide is, in fact, a murder. The series premieres 27th August 2017.

Alias Grace

Alias Grace is the second story by Margaret Atwood to be adapted for the small screen in 2017 (The Handmaid’s Tale premiered earlier this year). Based on true events, it revolves around a housemaid from Ireland who was imprisoned for the murder of her employer.


A bunch of people come together to confront a monster from their past, who has now returned and has brought back all those dreaded memories back.

The Mountain Between Us

A tragic accident force two strangers to forge a connection in order to survive the extremities of the snow-covered mountain. With help nowhere in sight, they set out on a dangerous journey in the wild.

Releasing Oct ’17.

Let It Snow

A Christmas-setting anthology with three intertwining love stories, each written by the best in the industry – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. The film’s expected to come out November ’17.

Murder On The Orient Express

Hercule Poirot comes to small screen pursuing a strange murder on a train. With a star-studded cast, the series based on Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel will premiere on 22nd November 2017.


Based on the 1979 bestseller Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the series produced by Charlize Theron and David Fincher will have two FBI officers interviewing imprisoned serial killers to solve existing cases. The drama will come out on Netflix in October ’17.

The Alienist

Adapted from Caleb Carr’s novel of the same name, a crime reporter meets a psychologist to investigate a case of serial killings in New York in the late 19th century.


A young boy with a facial difference tries to fit in a school of ‘normal-looking’ students, and in the process educates that a person’s beauty is not just on the outside. The film releases 17th November 2017.

Thank You For Your Service

The story looks at how life unfolds for the US soldiers who return from Iraq and try to get back to their family and resume their civilian self when their deployment ends.

Tulip Fever

A married woman falls in love with an artist commissioned to do her portrait and switches identities with her maid to escape her merchant husband. She and her lover try to raise money by investing their small fortune in the tulip market.

The Snowman

In this thriller, Detective Harry Hole investigates a missing woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around a snowman. He discovers that a lot of women have been victimised in a similar way, and thus his chase for a serial killer begins.


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