Taking a novel from page to screen is like putting a giant microphone in front of an author. The audience reach mushrooms like a chemical explosion. That’s why I get so excited when I hear a book by a black author has been picked up for a TV or film adaptation. I anticipate the author’s fanbase growing, their stories travelling further, the writer receiving greater recognition and (hopefully) more money for their work. It’s just a steady stream of upsides. Here are 6 books about to make the leap from page to screen. 1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin The American cable network, TNT is working on adapting the first book from N.K. Jemisin’s superb sci-fi series, The Broken Earth. Book 1 is called The Fifth Season and ushers us into a world plagued by catastrophic earthquakes, where mutants who can manipulate the earth are oppressed by humans.