Web series have people in a chokehold for the last few years. There is no limitation in web series adaptation. It has romance, crime/psychological thrillers, horror, young adult, coming-of-age, and whatnot. And, so are the books of 2022. Some of these books will not let you stop till you conclude. Web series offers the same excitement and anxiety of WHAT’S NEXT. In this list, we have 10 books of 2022 that deserve a web series adaptation.
Books of 2022 that Deserve a Web Series Adaptation
- Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
- The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
- The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
- Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
- Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
- Either/Or by Elif Batuman
- Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
- Free Love by Tessa Hadley
- French Braid by Anne Tyler
- Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
Kiara and her brother Marcus are scraping by in an apartment called the Regal-Hi. The siblings have dropped out of high school. Their family is fractured by prison and death. Marcus is clinging to his dream of becoming a rapper. Kiara is looking for jobs to pay the rent which has doubled and keep the nine-year-old neighbor boy, abandoned by his mother, fed and safe. One night, an incident that begins as a drunken miscomprehension with a stranger turns into a job she never imagined but desperately needs. Kiara’s world breaks open further when her name surfaces as the witness of a massive scandal.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
Set in 1980s Sri Lanka, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is written in the second person perspective. Maali Almeida is the main character of the novel. He is a dead photographer who sets out to solve the case of his death and the duration is one week (seven moons). During this time he can travel between the real world and the afterlife. Maali hopes to retrieve a set of photographers and persuade his friends to share the brutality of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
Anders wakes up one morning to find that his reflection seems strange and his skin has turned dark. At first, he only talks about this with his lover Oona. Soon, similar reports of such occurrences surface across the land. There is re-establishment, resistance, loss, and love. This book invites the reader to envision a future that dares to rethink who we perceive we are and how we might still be together.
Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
1822, a secret family moves to Baltimore to farm, hide, and bear ten children for the next 16 years. Junius Booth is a celebrated Shakespearean actor and master of the house in several ways. He is both a man of talent and instability. Year by year, the children year, and the country draw horrifying closer to civil war. As the sense of the world shifts, the Booths emerge from their concealed existence to strengthen their place as one of the leading theatrical families of the country. But what happens and happened behind the curtain is the primary aspect of the story.
Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
1926 – a nation still recovering from the Great War, London has become the center for restless nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm get familiar with starlets, foreign notables with gangsters, and girls move for a shilling. Nellie Coker is the queen of this world. She is ruthless yet ambitious to offer a better life to her six children. However, success breeds foes and her kingdom faces threats from within and without. Beneath the ecstasy and joy of Soho, there is a world where it is easy to become lost.
Either/Or by Elif Batuman
Selin is the fortunate one in the family as she was born in America and got to go to Harvard. 1996, sophomore year and she has to make it count. First, she has to figure out things that happened over the summer. Why did her crush, Ivan find her a job in the Hungarian countryside? Why is Ivan’s ex-girlfriend trying to get in touch with her? Moreover, all of this seems to make a plot of a fascinating novel. How to live an interesting novel-like life? Selin, guided by her literature syllabus concludes the universal significance of sex, parties, and alcohol, and resolves to execute them in practice.
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves a perplexing inheritance for her two children Byron and Benny. There is a voice recording and a black cake baked from a family recipe with a long history. In the recording, Eleanor shares the story of a headstrong young swimmer who escapes home under suspicion of murder. The mystery of a long-lost child challenges the siblings as they thought they knew everything about themselves and their lineage.
Free Love by Tessa Hadley
1967, London is alive with the new youth revolution and the suburban Fischer family still dwelling in an older world of stability. Phyllis is a pretty and responsible homemaker married to Roger. Roger is a devoted father and has a career in the Foreign Office. Their children are bookish teen Colette and golden boy Hugh. However, when an old friend’s son in his 20s pays a visit and kisses Phyllis, something in her is on fire. Phyllis makes a choice that rebels against her expectations as a mother and wife. Nothing in this family is as bleak as it turns out as the disturbance of the family mirrors the transformation of the society around them.
French Braid by Anne Tyler
The Garretts take their first and final vacation in the summer of 1959. They barely ever leave home, however, in certain ways, they have never been apart. Mercy has a tough time resisting the siren call of her ambitions to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband Robin. Their teen daughters Alice and Lily could not have less in common. David is the youngest, determined to leave the family sphere for unfathomable reasons. As their lives go on, the influence ripples one another ineffably, however, unmistakably through generations.
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
In Black Leopard, Red Woolf, Sogolon the Moon Witch proved a worthy adversary to Tracker as they conflict with a mythical African landscape to find out about a strange boy who disappeared. Moon Witch, Spider King, Sogolon takes center stage and reports what happened to the boy and how she plotted, fought, triumphed, and failed as she looked at the boy. It is also the tale of a 177-year-old witch that Sogolon had with the Aesi. Aesi and king work so closely that together they are like the eight limbs of a spider. His power is lethal, it takes courage to challenge Aesi. Sogolon challenges Aesi for her reasons. It is a fascinating novel of realms, power, personality, and a woman who bows in front of no man.
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Books of 2022 that Deserve a Web Series Adaptation