Bookworms like nothing better than to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea or coffee, as the world turns. However sometimes bookworms like to see how their imagined worlds would like in the closest thing to reality – tv shows or movies. So, here are eight television series we have watched over time that was based on books.
Lev Grossman’s new adult fantasy novel from 2009 about Quentin Coldwater who attends advance school with friends James and Julia and obsesses over a fictional series set in Fillory was made into a TV series. Quentin gets accepted into Brakesbill University that teaches magic and meets a number of other characters too. The show has had a successful run for two seasons and the third season is set to premiere in 2018. Of course there are a number of differences in the tv series from the book, but if you like fantasy fiction with a touch of the dark, this is something you would enjoy.
13 Reasons Why
Jay Asher’s much acclaimed young adult novel about Hannah Baker who had been bullied by her fellow classmates to the point where living seemed pointless and Clay Jensen the guy who has to bear witness to everything, was made into a Netflix series. While controversies arose aplenty because of the themes involved in this series, 13 Reasons Why tried to dig deeper than the book had about what would drive a teenager to take as drastic a measure as suicide.
We have all grown up reading The Archie Comics and we are pretty familiar with the world of Riverdale. Archie’s gang that consists of Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Cheryl Blossom, their parents, their teachers and we remember the splashes of colours as we flicked through their lighthearted stories. Well, Riverdale is the dark reimaging of the world of Archies. Currently in its second season, the show has enjoyed high ratings. And it’s definitely on our list to checkout over the next weekend!
Neil Gaiman can weave magic with his words. And since he was one of the writers on board while turning his novel, American Gods, into the TV series, one could expect nothing but perfection from him. Of course there had to be a few changes (as their always are during adaptations) but American Gods got into a roaring start. And will be back with a second season.
Back in 2003, based on Meg Cabot’s 1-800-WHERE-R-U series, was based Season 1 of Missing. It was the story of a young lady named Jess Mastriani who after getting struck by lightning is able to find missing people. While the original concept was borrowed from Cabot’s work, the series was far removed from the books. Still season 1 made for a good watch and continues to be the only season to stream on Netflix.
Pretty Little Liars
Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars was made into a TV series that ran successfully for seven seasons. The story followed Spencer, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Allison, as the latter disappeared and reappeared in their lives and in the wake of everything else they are tormented by an anonymous figure who calls themselves A. Through the web works and confusing storylines and often times cliff hanger episodes (which were never resolved satisfactorily) Pretty Little Liars grew into its own series and was removed far from the books, bringing in its own set of characters created exclusively for the show.
The Vampire Diaries
L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries about a high school girl named, Elena, torn between two vampire brothers Stephan and Damon, was turned into a TV series. When Nina Dobrev was cast as Elena, the fandom was upset because in the books Elena had red hair. A lot of other changes were made from the book in the TV series in so much that it became far removed from the books. The Vampire Diaries ended after a successful eight season run.
Anne (Anne with an E)
Styled as Anne with an E is a series that takes you back into the world of Green Gables that had been created by L. M. Montgomery all those years ago about the redheaded girl Anne Shirley with a wild imagination and very high spirits. She struggles to fit into the world of Green Gables, fights her obvious attraction to Gilbert Blythe (because her pride wouldn’t let her become friends with him), swears to be best friends with Diana Barry forever and emerges stronger from her experiences at Green Gables. The series was renewed for a second season which means we’d get to see more of Anne’s story!
Do you think we have missed anything from our list? Let us know in the comments.