Thanks no doubt to the success of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Starz’s “Outlander,” TV producers are turning to novels with passionate fan bases more than ever in the hopes of striking a gold mine on the small screen. In 2017 alone five of television’s most talked-about programs started as books: Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Starz’s “American Gods,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Of all of the current book-to-TV adaptations, which one do you think is the best? Vote in our poll below! If you don’t see your favorite listed, be sure to let us know down in the comments section.
“Game of Thrones,” which returns for its seventh season on July 16, is arguably the most successful book-to-TV story on the small screen. Based on the wildly popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” five-book series by George R. R. Martin, the show has now surpassed the novels as the last one was published back in 2011. Two additional books of the epic fantasy story are forthcoming, but Martin doesn’t seem to be in a rush to complete them.
“Outlander” is an eight-book romance/time travel series by Diana Gabaldon, who cameoed on the show back in Season 1. Two seasons have aired so far based on the first two books, with the third novel, 1993’s “Voyager,” being the basis for the upcoming third season that’s set to air in September. A ninth novel in the series, “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone,” is still forthcoming.
“13 Reasons Why” is currently taking America by storm, earning all-important social media buzz and critical raves. Jay Asher wrote the young adult novel “Thirteen Reasons Why” in 2007 about two high school students who commit suicide after recording their reasons for doing so on cassette tapes.
“A Series of Unfortunate Events,” adapted from the children’s novels by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler), follows the lives of the Baudelaire orphans following the mysterious deaths of their parents. Thirteen novels were published between 1999 and 2006, with Season 1 of the program adapting Books 1-4.
“American Gods” comes from the 2001 supernatural novel by Neil Gaiman. This award-winning piece tells the story of new gods battling old gods in America, and was considered by many to be impossible to adapt for television. Reportedly, Season 1 of the drama series will only detail the first half of the novel.
“Big Little Lies” was published in 2014 from author Liane Moriarty. The story centers around the housewives of an upscale California bayside town whose actions get themselves caught up in a murder mystery. While fans are clamoring for a second season, there are currently no plans to continue the story which only lasted seven episodes.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” TV reviews are through the roof for this show based on the wildly influential 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The drama series takes place in a dystopian future where lower class, fertile women like main character Offred are forced to bear children for rich, entitled married couples.
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