The Books are (Usually) Better: 4 Stories You Need to Read Before Watching the Adaptation This October

Do you ever sit around and wonder: What’s it like to be Stephen King? First, he’s published so many books, and now a large number of them are being turned into movies and TV shows. Every time we turn around, there’s news about the latest adaptation of his horror novels. And in some cases — like with It — his stuff gets multiple adaptations. That’s all to say, October is the month of Stephen King.

Oh, John Green is also finally — finally — getting an adaptation for Looking for Alaska. No big deal. If you want to be an overachiever, you can get ready for the far-off release of Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. While you’re at it, you might as well read An Abundance of Katherines. (This is the only one of his handful of novels that’s not gotten a screen adaptation. It feels like only a matter of time.)

Anyway. Here’s more on the books you should be reading this month to keep up with culture:

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

Stephen King rules October. It Chapter Two is still terrorizing theaters, and the second season of the Hulu series Castle Rock, which plays off some of King’s favorite fictional stories and locales, comes out this month. Plus, an adaptation of In the Tall Grass, a horror novella he wrote with his son Joe Hill, hits Netflix just in time for Halloween. When they hear a child cry for help, a sister and brother head into a maze-like field, only to discover something very, very frightening lurks in the grass, hunting them.

Also available as an audiobook.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s debut novel — partially based on the beloved novelist’s own experiences at boarding school — instantly put him on the map as a writer to watch. After over a decade of languishing in development hell (Green sold the rights to the book to Paramount all the way back in 2005), Looking for Alaska is finally getting a TV series following Miles Halter and Alaska Young (played by Charlie Plummer and Kristine Froseth), courtesy of Hulu. A touching story of teens seeking their own Great Perhaps.

Limetown by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie

Have you binge listened to the first two seasons of the chart-topping sci-fi podcast Limetown? This prequel novel is compulsively readable, and just as mysterious and mind-bending as the podcast. It rewinds to radio journalist Lia Haddock’s teenage days when her investigative instincts and questioning mind first begin to surface. The Facebook Watch series stars Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci.

Also available as an audiobook.

It by Stephen King

Like we said, ’tis the season of Stephen King. The master of horror captures the magic of childhood, and lifts the reader’s spirit high with his depiction of the shielding power of friendship in the face of evil for a group of grammar school kids. “It” will terrify you. But read it. It’s worth losing a couple nights of sleep. “It Chapter Two” (the sequel to the initial movie adaptation from 2017) stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

Also available as an audiobook.

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