Books You Should Read Before Their Screen Adaptations Come Out
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Books You Should Read Before Their Screen Adaptations Come Out

Maddy Burgess May 30, 2022

Not to be one of those people, but like the age old saying, the book is always better than the movie. Except in some circumstances where the directors get it spot on, for example BBC’s Normal People adapted from Sally Rooney’s novel. Nevertheless, it’s always better to read the book before the TV series or film comes out. It makes the viewing experience more exciting and gives you something to look forward to. You always know more about what’s going on in the characters’ minds than the average viewer. 

So, if you’re a book over movie person (if you’re not you should be), add these to your reading list before we see them on the big screen.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This has been on my to-read list for a while and admittedly I haven’t got around to it yet. It will be hitting the cinema screen on 26 August so there’s still time. The book was published in 2018 and is set in 1969. It follows the story of the “Marsh Girl” Kya Clarke. She is immediately suspected by locals after handsome Chase Andrews, who she was previously involved with, is found dead. However, Kya is not what she seems.

The film’s cast will include Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson. It will also feature a brand new song from Taylor Swift, and it’s being produced by Reese Witherspoon.

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you use TikTok, and especially follow BookTok trends, you won’t have missed this novel. It’s the number one book on BookTok and its popularity soared on the app. Daisy Jones and the Six follows  “a rock band in the 1970s from their rise in the LA music scene to becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world and explores the reason behind their split at the height of their success.”

It’s becoming a miniseries set to consist of 10 episodes on Amazon Prime Video and the cast includes Riley Keough, Sam Claflin and Suki Waterhouse. We don’t know exactly when it will be released, but it’s one to look forward to

Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I know about love explores female relationships, friendship and overall life in your twenties. It was released in 2018 and is now set to be a BBC TV series. It will be set in London in 2012 and stars Emma Appleton, Marli Siu, Bel Powley and Elizabeth Twells. The book is a favourite among millennials and is a great one to watch with your friends, so get reading.

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

Harry Styles stars in it. Need I say more? My Policeman follows a heart breaking love triangle in 1950’s Brighton, between two men and a woman. It doesn’t yet have a confirmed release date so you have a while to read it, although it’s expected to be released this year. If you love a book you can have a good cry to, this is the one for you.

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Madison Burgess is a final year journalism student at the University of Sheffield. As well as writing for Freshered, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Liberty Belle Magazine, a student-run publication. She is currently freelancing and has written for publications such as the Sheffield Star, Reader's Digest and Pick Me Up! Magazine. She is working towards her NCTJ qualification and her favourite topics to write about are lifestyle, entertainment and fashion.