Adaptations: TV Shows

I've decided to do a series on my favorite book adaptations. I plan to have three different posts (possibly more if I have to split them up): TV shows, movies, and characters.

This first post is a list of my favorite book to TV show (or mini-series) adaptations. They're in no specific order.

-Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin). This is an amazing show on it's own, not to mention how well they adapted the characters and material.

-Outlander (Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon). This is along the same lines as Game of Thrones. An amazing book series filled with amazing characters that they turned into an awesome TV show.

-And Then There Were None (2017) (And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie). This mini-series is what inspired me to do this series of posts. I love the novel and it was just such an amazing adaptation.

-The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood). This show is just so unsettling due to the events happening right now. They did an amazing job expanding Atwood's novel.

-American Gods (American Gods by Neil Gaiman). I've always loved this novel and am in love with the adaptation. They've managed to expand the novel and its characters in exciting ways. I'm looking forward to the second season. And the Good Omens series.

-Big Little Lies (Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty) I was surprised when they announced they were doing a series and not a movie for this book. But it worked out really well and I'm excited about rumors of a second season. This show has such an amazing cast.

-Penny Dreadful (various novels). This one's a little different from others on the list because it combines elements from several different novels (Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Picture of Dorian Gray to name a few). They manage to weave all of the stories together in really interesting ways. And they stay true to the characters.

-Sherlock (Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). I'm generally not a fan of modern adaptations of classic works, so I was skeptical when the series came out. However, I ended up loving it and the unique spin on the stories.

Honorable Mentions:
-The Night Manager (The Night Manager by John le CarrĂ©). This is an honorable mention because I haven't read the novel myself. I have, however, been told by several people it's a good adaptation. And I loved the series.

-Robin Hood (BBC) (Robin Hood legends). I've always loved the Robin Hood stories and absolutely loved the BBC series. It's an honorable mention because it's based on folklore rather than a specific book.

-Merlin (King Arthur legends). Same as above. It's based on a series of legends but it's an interesting re-telling focusing on Merlin and set when he and Arthur were young.

I may update if I think of any shows I have left off. But that's it for now. My next post (or two) will be about movies. Feel free to leave your favorite book to TV series adaptation in the comments.




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