Netflix has just announced its plans to turn two romance novels into original series to be produced and streamed on the popular platform. Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias, both bestseller novels, will make their transitions onto the screen in what may mark a new era for the streaming platform.
Virgin River, a book in a series of 20, is written by Robyn Carr, who has sold nearly 13 million copies of her installments of the “Harlequin” series (in which Virgin River is included). The novel follows Melinda Monroe, a woman who has hit a point in her life in which she feels quite lost. In a desperate plan to avoid this emptiness and search for something new, Monroe lands a new job as a nurse in the small town of Virgin River, where she attempts to shed the negative feelings and get back on the right path. This doesn’t come as such an easy task as she would have liked, however, as Monroe learns that defeating the dark parts of her life take time and strength.
Although the cast has not yet been revealed for the series, it is known that the show will be run and executive produced by Sue Tenney, whose past projects include the shows Good Witch, 7th Heaven, and Cedar Cove. Her newest project is expected to begin filming in 2019, but has not yet released a premiere date.
Netflix will similarly be creating a show based on Sherryl Woods’ story Sweet Magnolias, a novel that centers on three longtime best friends living in South Carolina. Together, the three women help each other with some of the most important things in life: love, career, and family. Although the show is slated to be one in the “romantic” genre, it is not yet known exactly what other tones the show will take on. With the immense success Netflix has received with both their dramatic and comedic original series, taking on hints of either (or both) genres could also prove to be very effective for the series, pulling in viewers who may not necessarily reach for a romantic book at the store.
The Sweet Magnolias television series will even bring in the book’s author to work as one of the executive producers, creating a chance for the writer to develop a deep connection between the book and show. Alongside her, Sheryl J. Anderson (Charmed) will serve as the show’s other executive producer.