Variety has just announced Netflix is in final negotiations to adapt Jay Asher’s novel ’13 Reasons Why’, but not as a movie, as a 13 episode series. The growing trend is for books to be adapted into TV series instead of blockbuster movie franchises. This means we get more of the original book without the long lines for popcorn.

Check these YA novels that are getting the small screen treatment:

  1. 13 Reasons Why. Backed by Selena Gomez, Jay Asher’s 2011 novel about a boy who unravels the reasons his crush committed suicide through 13 cassette tapes she leaves him, will be adapted into a 13 episode series for Netflix in 2017.  Sorry Selena fans, Ms. Gomez will be producing, not starring in this one.
  2. Shadowhunters. ABC Family (soon to be FreeForm) will bring Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series to television in the form of Shadowhunters premiering January 2016. With six books in the series and several spin-off books, Shadowhunters has enough source material to keep it on the air for an eternity!
  3. Shatter Me. It is not an exaggeration to say that we at YA Wednesdays LOVE Tahereh Mafi’s brilliant dystopia series. Obsessed might be more accurate.  You can imagine our reaction when we heard the series was being optioned by ABC Signature Studios as a television show and Tahereh was a consulting producer. We. Died. No release date as of yet, but we’re keeping a close eye on this one.
  4. The Magicians Trilogy. Lev Grossman’s best selling trilogy can be described as Harry Potter for adults.  Sexier, weirder and definitely darker. The tagline- “Magic is a drug. Get hooked.”  We’re ready for this magical epic to hit the screen January 2016.
  5. His Dark Materials. After a failed attempt to adapt this trilogy for the big screen, Philip Pullman’s books just might get the screen time they deserve, even if that means the small screen instead.  For our full article on this news, check here.

This is just a sample of the bookish TV series to look out for. With so many book to small screen adaptions in the works, staying in is the new going out.


Here’s a sneak peek of Grossman’s The Magicians hitting the Syfy Network January 2016.