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10 LGBTQ+ Books Being Adapted To Screen Right Now

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

Are you the kind of person who likes to read the book before the film comes out? Us too! Here are 10 queer books and graphic novels currently being made into films and tv shows. Time to get reading!

Note: some release dates of these book adaptations may be pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic.

1. Heartstopper

The Graphic Novel: Heartstopper - Alice Oseman

The TV Show: Heartstopper

Based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name - Alice Oseman's Heartstopper has been eagerly awaited by fans of the YA romance series for several years now. The queer coming-of-age series follows two British teens, Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, at an all-boys grammar school as their friendship quickly blossoms into something more.

The television rights for the series were optioned by See-Saw Films in July of 2019 and in 2021 Netflix ordered an eight-episode season with Oseman herself as writer. Production began three months later and wrapped in June of this year so we expect season one of Heartstopper to be released early 2022 (though no official release date has been announced).

Each episode is set to be 30 minutes long and we've no doubt that fans of the series will be eager for a second season.

Buy Heartstopper HERE

Starring: Kit Connor, Sebastian Croft, Fisayo Akinade Released Date: 2022 on Netflix

2. Conversations With Friends

The Book: Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney

The TV Show: Conversations With Friends

Sally Rooney's 2017 debut novel Conversations with Friends follows two college students, Frances and ex-girlfriend-turned-best friend, Bobbi, as they navigate the messy and often unpredictable world of modern relationships... whilst becoming romantically involved with a married couple in their 30s.

This is Rooney's second book-turned-tv-show adaptation. After the success of Normal People, Hulu & BBC Three are collaborating with the creative team again to adapt Conversations with Friends into a 12-episode miniseries. With Lenny Abrahamson set to direct, we're sure this queer book adaptation is going to be a must-watch.

Buy Conversations With Friends HERE

Starring: Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke, Sasha Lane Released Date: 2022 on BBC Three/Hulu

3. Red, White & Royal Blue

The Book: Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

The Film: Working Title Unknown

Not much is known about the film adaptation of Red, White & Royal Blue other than that Matthew López will be bringing the LGBTQ+ romance to life in his directorial debut for Amazon Studio.

The official synopsis suggests that the film will follow the original story closely - a forbidden, enemies-to-lovers romance between the son of America’s first female president and the prince of England. We can't wait.

Buy Red, White & Royal Blue HERE

Starring: Not yet announced Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video

4. Deadendia

The Graphic Novel: Deadendia - Hamish Steele

The TV Show: Dead End: Paranormal Park

Adapted from Hamish Steele's Deadendia Series, this fantasy-horror animated show is set to follow theme-park employees Barney and Norma as they work their summer job in a haunted house... which may or may not be a portal to hell. Both are joined by Barney's talking dog, Pugsley, and a 912-year-old demon called Courtney as they face zombies, game show hosts, witches, and crushes.

The show has been in the works at Netflix since 2020. Creator Steele has said he hopes the series will help "more trans creators get their chance to tell their stories" adding that there was "no pushback from Netflix about representation," when discussing Barney - the show's trans male protagonist.

Dead End: Paranormal Park is set to be released sometime in early 2022.

Buy Deadendia HERE

Starring: Zach Barack, Kody Kavitha, Emily Osment, Alex Brightman Released Date: 2022 on Netflix

5. Paper Girls

The Graphic Novel: Paper Girls - Brian K Vaughn & Cliff Chiang

The TV Show: Paper Girls

Paper Girls is an action-packed time-traveling coming-of-age graphic novel in which four friends much choose to embrace or reject fate while traveling between the past, present and future. Though the Live-action series' release date hasn't yet been confirmed, filming began in July 2021 and the 8 episode series is said to be released on Amazon Prime sometime in 2022.

Fans of the original science fiction comic series will be glad to hear that writer Brian K Vaughn is set to be involved as an executive producer, so we're hoping that the series will stay true to the original source material.

Buy Paper Girls HERE

Starring: Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video

6. They Both Die At The End

The Book: They Both Die At The End - Adam Silvera

The TV Show: They Both Die At The End

Set in the near-future, They Both Die at the End is the smash-hit YA novel that recently gained critical acclaim on TikTok. The book follows Mateo and Rufus as they live out their last day on earth together. The television series is set to be penned by author Adam Silvera (pictured) and each episode is said to have a runtime of 30 minutes.

A potential TV series adaptation was previously in development at HBO Max with J.J. Abrams’ and Chris Kelly developing the series. However, the project fell through and the rights were re-sold in 2021 to Entertainment One. We don't know much about the current development with Entertainment One other than Andrew Haigh is attached to direct.

Silvera's first novel, More Happy Than Not, is currently in the works of being made into a series of its own for HBO Max.

Buy They Both Die At The End HERE

Starring: Not Yet Announced Released Date: TBC on Unknown

7. Girl, Women, Other

The Book: Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo

The TV Show: Working Title Unknown

Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other tells the story of modern British life through the eyes of twelve different individuals – mostly women, mostly black. The novel became a best seller in the UK, won the Booker Prize 2019, was nominated for numerous other awards and remained on the Sunday Times Bestseller List for nine consecutive weeks.

It's no wonder that the TV rights to this novel were snapped up so quickly last year.

Though not much is known about the show's progress since Potboiler Productions secured the rights in 2020, we're excited to see what happens.

Buy Girl, Woman, Other HERE

Starring: Not Yet Announced Released Date: TBC

8. Feix Ever After

The Book: Felix Ever After - Kacen Callender

The TV Show: Working Title Unknown

Kacen Callender's revolutionary YA romance book Felix Ever After is set to be made into a series for Amazon Studios. The book follows a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Unfortunately, we don't know much about the show's development at the moment and we don't expect the show to be released any time soon, but we have our fingers crossed that more will be announced in 2022.

Buy Feix Ever After HERE

Starring: Not yet announced Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video

8. The Girls I've Been

The Book: The Girls I've Been - Tess Sharpe

The Film: The Girls I've Been

Millie Bobby Brown is attached to play the film's lead character, Nora, a bisexual reformed con artist in Tess Sharpe's twisty YA page-turner The Girls I've Been (published in February of this year.

"For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it."

Jason Bateman is also confirmed to produce after his work on Emmy nominated hit Ozark.

Buy The Girls I've Been HERE

Starring: Millie Bobbie Brown Released Date: TBC on Netflix

9. Exciting Times

The Book: Exciting Times - Naoise Dolan

The TV Show: Working Title Unknown

Not much is known about the television adaptation of Naoise Dolan's brilliant queer novel Exciting Times. What we do know is that “Bridgerton” actress Phoebe Dynevor is attached to both star in and executive produce the series for Amazon Studios.

The book focuses on Ava, an Irish woman living in Hong Kong teaching English grammar to wealthy children as becomes entangled in a love triangle with banker Julian and lawyer Edith.

Buy Exciting Times HERE

Starring: Phoebe Dynevor Released Date: TBC on Amazon Prime Video

10. My Love Mix-Up!

The Manga: My Love Mix-Up! - Wataru Hinekure & Aruko

The TV Show: My Love Mix-Up!

My Love Mix-Up! is a seven-part BL manga series originally released in 2019 with English translations released from October of this year. The live-action adaptation of this queer love story is a television drama mini-series that also premiered in October of this year, following Aoki and Ida in a heartwarming romantic drama about mistaken identity and a blossoming romance between two boys.

Buy My Love Mix-Up! HERE

Starring: Shunsuke Michieda, Ren Meguro, Riko Fukumoto Released Date: 2021 on TV Asahi & Netflix (selected countries)

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