10 TV Shows Based On Books

Some television shows aren’t just created out of the blue. Some are inspired by the written word aka books. Several written works have been used to create TV shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “True Blood,” but those aren’t the only ones. Keep reading to see which of your favorite series are based on books.

1. Pretty Little Liars
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) didn’t just appear out of thin air. These beautiful ladies and their hit ABC Family mystery drama came to life thanks to Sara Shepard’s popular books also titled, “Pretty Little Liars.” Fourteen books are included in the series - so far. Shepard also briefly appeared in the show, as a substitute English teacher.

2. True Blood
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Fans of HBO’s hit series “True Blood” should send Charlaine Harris a big thanks for originally creating Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and the gang. They first appeared in “The Sookie Stackhouse Novels” or “The Southern Vampire Mysteries.” Harris wrote 13 novels, and just released the final one earlier this May.

3. Game of Thrones
10 TV Shows Based On Books
In 2011, “Game of Thrones” swept the TV nation and quickly became an award-winning success. Originally written by author George R. R. Martin, the book is actually titled “A Game of Thrones,” and is the first in the five-book epic fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Martin was also heavily involved in the HBO production and adaptation of his story.

4. The Vampire Diaries
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Vampires, werewolves, hybrids and witches, oh my! The beloved CW supernatural series first came to life when author L.J.Smith wrote “The Vampire Diaries” novels. Like the TV version, the books detail the lives of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), and many other favorite TVD characters.

5. The Lying Game
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Like “Pretty Little Liars,” Sara Shepard’s talented works are also the basis for ABC Family’s “The Lying Game.” Unlike the TV show, Sutton is dead in the books, but Emma’s journey is told from her twin sister’s perspective. The six books are quite different than the TV series. Alexandra Chando plays both Emma and Sutton on TV. It is still unclear if the drama will return for another season.

6. Dexter
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Michael C. Hall is everybody’s favorite serial killer on “Dexter.” If fans want to see how it all began, then they should check out author Jeff Lindsay’s “Dexter” series. So far, Lindsay has released six books, and is set to release “Dexter’s Final Cut: A Novel,” on Sept. 17, 2013. The Showtime hit will begin its last season this June.

7. Friday Night Lights
10 TV Shows Based On Books
The “Friday Night Lights” audience still pines for the series that went off the air in 2011, after five seasons. The beloved football show that starred Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton found inspiration from the 1990 non-fiction book, “Friday Night Lights: A town, a team, a dream,” written by H. G. Bissinger. It chronicles the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team, similar to the series.

8. Sex and the City
10 TV Shows Based On Books
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) are four ladies that definitely made an impact on TV, but it was  Candace Bushnell’s book that really brought them to life. It first started out as a column based on Bushnell’s dating life and those of her friends; look where it is now. Bushnell’s other book, “The Carrie Diaries,” has also been turned into a TV show and can currently be seen on The CW.

9. Gossip Girl
10 TV Shows Based On Books
“Gossip Girl” was known as a controversial show - for it’s sexier material - but if anything, it just followed in its creator’s, author Cecily von Ziegesar, footsteps. The young adult novel and TV show both focus on the lives of high society teenagers living in New York City. The story primarily details the lives, relationships and friendships of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Currently, there are 12 books.

10. Little House on the Prairie
10 TV Shows Based On Books
This is the book of all books. The 1935 book titled, “Little House on the Prairie,” was written by the historical Laura Ingalls Wilder. It depicts her pioneer family and what it was like growing up in the United States, during the 19th century. It was turned into a TV version in 1974 and starred Melissa Gilbert, as Laura. It remained on the air for nine seasons.

Other TV shows based on books include, “Bones,” “Elementary,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Walking Dead,” among many others. Which do you prefer? Books or TV shows?


Message Posted On Aug 3rd, 2014, 9:18 pm
Completely depends on the adaptation, some tv shows remain fully faithful to the source material, whereas others are so removed they may as well have not bothered to even mention the book (Sword Of Truth series, I'm looking at you). Truth is, you will always get book to film or tv adaptations, just goes with the territory, and some will hit, and some will miss. I enjoy both, and often it is interesting to see what a studio does with characters you have built in your own mind from reading the book. Oh, and Saffron? That is your opinion re: number of good shows in the list, all of these shows have garnered a decent fan following, and most of them, to my knowledge, have also won awards, so just because you only liked one, doesn't mean other people didnt, so saying that bacause you only liked one of the shows makes it a bad practice, is kinda egotistical. :P

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Message Posted On May 23rd, 2013, 10:59 pm

One good show out of 10.  Shows what a generally bad practice it is.


Message Posted On May 23rd, 2013, 9:01 am
Hey, House of Lies too!