There are many books of 2022 that deserve a TV series adaptation. From thrilling dystopian worlds to heartwarming coming-of-age stories, these books offer a wide range of genres and perspectives that would translate perfectly to the small screen. Whether you’re a fan of science fiction, fantasy, or contemporary fiction, there’s something on this list for everyone. Get ready for the books of 2022 that deserve a TV series adaptation.
Books of 2022 That Deserve a TV Series Adaptation
- The School for Good Mothers (Jessamine Chan)
- Lambda (David Musgrave)
- Sea of Tranquility (Emily St. John Mandel)
- Cursed Bunny (Bora Chung)
- Magpie (Elizabeth Day)
- One of the Girls (Lucy Clarke)
- First Born (Will Dean)
- Wrong Place Wrong Time (Gillian McAllister)
- Fairy Tale (Stephen King)
- The Lost Metal (Brandon Sanderson)
The School for Good Mothers (Jessamine Chan)
Frida Liu is struggling to find fulfillment and success in her life, and her relationship with her husband Gust is strained by his infatuation with a younger woman. Her only solace is in her daughter Harriet, but her world is turned upside down when she is targeted by the government for her perceived lapses in parenting. To keep Harriet by her side, Frida must fight to prove her worth as a mother and meet the societal expectations placed upon her. This novel delves into the pressures and dangers facing upper-middle-class mothers, the impact of the state on women, and the intense bond between a mother and her child.
Lambda (David Musgrave)
“David Musgrave’s debut novel “Lambda” tells the story of a new police officer tasked with investigating a group of refugees accused of terrorism. The novel is set in an alternate universe where technology and policing have advanced in bizarre ways, including talking toothbrushes and AI systems that can both accuse and translate suspects. The plot is not linear and the story goes beyond a simple crime thriller, it is a more ambitious and original take on the genre of literary science fiction, borrowing from other works but creating something unique and captivating.”
Sea of Tranquility (Emily St. John Mandel)
Emily St. John Mandel’s latest novel, “Sea of Tranquility,” is a follow-up to her bestselling novels “Station Eleven” and “The Glass Hotel.” The book takes elements from its predecessors and reorganizes them into a new, non-linear narrative. The story follows a time-traveler named Gaspardy as he navigates through different eras, trying to understand whether the universe is a simulation. The novel is set mostly in the future and includes elements of science fiction but ultimately raises deeper philosophical questions about the meaning of life. The book is a beautifully crafted work of fiction.
Cursed Bunny (Bora Chung)
“Bora Chung’s “Cursed Bunny” is a collection of short stories that is not for the faint of heart. The stories are graphic, grotesque, and disturbing, opening with a tale about a woman confronted by a creature made of her own feces and other bodily fluids claiming to be her child. The collection explores themes of horror, exploitation, and moral decay through the eyes of various characters. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a dark and unsettling read, this collection will definitely leave a lasting impression. It has a folkloric quality to it, like reading urban legends put to paper.”
Magpie (Elizabeth Day)
Marisa and Jake are a seemingly perfect couple, and when Kate, their new lodger, moves in, everything seems to fall into place. But as they struggle with infertility and Kate’s behavior becomes increasingly obsessive, Marisa begins to question who Kate really is and what she wants. As Marisa delves deeper, she discovers that Kate’s motives may threaten to destroy the perfect life she’s worked so hard to create. “Magpie” is a tense and twisting novel that explores themes of motherhood, envy, and the dangers of getting everything you’ve ever wanted.
One of the Girls (Lucy Clarke)
Six friends, all with their own secrets, travel to a beautiful Greek island for a bachelorette trip celebrating Lexi’s upcoming wedding. But as the vacation progresses, it becomes clear that someone has a deadly plan to stop the wedding and one of them may not make it back alive. “A Sun-Soaked Killing” is a suspenseful thriller that delves into the darker side of female friendships and the deadly consequences of a relationship gone wrong.
First Born (Will Dean)
Molly and Katie are twin sisters, one living a structured and secure life in London, the other an outgoing and adventurous one in New York. However, when Molly receives the news of her twin’s death, possibly a murder, she sets out to uncover the truth behind her sister’s final moments. But as she delves deeper, she realizes that Katie was not the person she thought she was and there is a web of deceit surrounding them. “Twisted Sister” is a story of sisters, soulmates, and strangers, exploring the complexities of twin relationships and the danger of hidden truths.
Wrong Place Wrong Time (Gillian McAllister)
A mother’s worst nightmare comes true when her teenage son kills a stranger on the streets outside their home. As she watches him being taken into custody, she falls asleep in despair. But when she wakes up, she realizes she’s traveled back in time, a day before the murder. Every morning she wakes up earlier, giving her another chance to stop it. Desperate to find the cause of the crime, she must uncover the truth and the trigger behind her son’s actions before it’s too late. In “Rewind”, the past holds the key to understanding the present and potentially changing the future.
Fairy Tale (Stephen King)
Charlie Reade is a high school student who has had to grow up fast after the loss of his mother and his father’s descent into alcoholism. His life changes when he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse who leaves him a big house, a lot of gold, a cassette tape with a unbelievable story, and a locked shed from which strange sounds come from. Upon opening the shed, Charlie discovers a portal to another world, where he is tasked with saving the inhabitants from their monstrous leaders, and preventing their world from destroying ours. This parallel universe is filled with exiled princesses and princes, dungeons, deadly games and a magic sundial that can turn back time. “Fairy Tale” is a story of an ordinary guy forced into a hero’s role, and it is a thrilling and satisfying read.
The Lost Metal (Brandon Sanderson)
Waxillium Ladrian, a former frontier lawman turned senator, has been tracking the Set, a shadowy organization that kidnaps people with Allomancy powers, for years. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne discover stockpiled weapons bound for the city of Bilming, this leads Wax and his team to a new lead. As tensions rise between the capital, Elendel and the Outer Cities, the Set’s influence spreads to the Elendel Senate and Bilming becomes increasingly entangled. Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can cause unprecedented destruction and realizes the Set already has it. An immortal kandra reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. Marasi is also recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial at any cost. Wax must decide whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and become the hero Scadrial needs to prevent the planet and its millions of people from ruin.