A Book Adapted into a TV Series
A book adapted into a TV series is the next reading challenge category. This was actually quite an easy category to find books for. There are so many programmes out there that have either been based on a book or gotten the inspiration from a book. The majority of suggestions that I have listed below are programmes that I have watched and only realised during that they are based on a book. There are a few on the list that are on my 'To Be Watched' list. However, out of all the books listed below, I have only read one of the series, which is Vampire Diaries. That is definitely a slapped wrist moment for me that I haven't ever picked up the books for some of my favourite shows. Although, I did read Candace Bushnell's latest offering 'Is There Still Sex in the City' and that didn't work out too well for me. My review resulted in her blocking me on Twitter, oops! I've only posted the first book if it's part of a series, as often is the case that the TV series often veers away from the content of books. So as always, these are just suggestions based on my own preferences. There is, however, quite a variety, so if you haven't watched/read them, then I definitely recommend. If you have any of your own suggestions, please comment below.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is a Netflix original which started in 2017. It's not one I've seen mainly as there are currently only two seasons, so I'd like to wait to give this a little more time to grow, and I can really binge watch a good couple of seasons.
Clay Jensen comes home from school to find outside his front door a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did - and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he got onto the list - what he hears will change his life forever.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Well, I never knew this was based on a book until I started doing research for this blog. It aired between 2006 and 2013. It was gripping and thrilling; however, I'll never rewatch it because the ending is so bad. Really disappointing. I wonder if the books are the same, only one way to find out!
Introducing Dexter Morgan, a serial killer to fall in love with... Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum. At heart, he's the perfect gentleman: he has a shy girlfriend, and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But Dexter also has a secret hobby: he is an accomplished serial killer. So far, he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he's not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by only killing the bad guys. However, Dexter's well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to 'come out and play'...
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
This is Piper Kerman's true story about her time in prison. It was adapted for TV by Netflix in 2013 and will air it's final season this June. Kerman has said that the TV show veers away from her reality quite a bit in the later seasons. I've loved this series, and I'm gutted it is coming to an end. I will have to read the book once it's done to make the comparisons!
With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance. Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shephard
I was bored one day and wanted something new which had a lot of seasons, this had seven, so I thought I'd give it a go. I was hooked instantly! It ran for seven years between 2010 and 2017.
Aria, Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Alison have been best friends since the third grade. They go everywhere together, thinking no-one can come between them. If anyone is the ringleader of the group it is Alison, and the other girls cannot help but confide all their secrets to her. One night, during a sleepover, Alison goes missing. Her body is never found. The girls mourn her death but move apart after time, assuming their secrets have disappeared with Alison too. Three years later and Aria is having an affair with her teacher; Emily is questioning her sexuality; Hanna is a thief; and Spencer is flirting with her sister's fiance. They all think their secrets are safe, until they starting receiving messages from the mysterious A - who knows exactly what they are all up to, and is threatening to spill the beans . . .
Sex and the City by Candace Buhnell
This is one of my all-time favourite programmes, and I've watched it so many times I've lost count. I can't even listen to the song played at the very end 'You Got the Love' without tearing up. It was such a fantastic ending. I did try and read this book years ago, but I just couldn't get into it, I think I just felt too close to the show, and any slight differences annoyed me! I may try again one day! It ran from 1998 to 2004 (wow I feel old now, didn't realise it was this long ago!)
Wildly funny, unexpectedly poignant, wickedly observant, SEX AND THE CITY blazes a glorious, drunken cocktail trail through New York, as Candace Bushnell, columnist and social critic par excellence, trips on her Manolo Blahnik kitten heels from the Baby Doll Lounge to the Bowery Bar. An Armistead Maupin for the real world, she has the gift of assembling a huge and irresistible cast of freaks and wonders, while remaining faithful to her hard core of friends and fans: those glamorous, rebellious, crazy single women, too close to forty, who are trying hard not to turn from the Audrey Hepburn of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S into the Glen Close of FATAL ATTRACTION, and are - still - looking for love.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
I only discovered this programme the other month, and Morgan and I devoured every episode going. We are currently chomping at the bit for season six released later on this month! It started in 2014.
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries - until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents - considered expendable by society - are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves - but will she ever forgive him Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I haven't watched the series or read the book. It is my choice for this category of the reading challenge. Then if I enjoy the book I will give the series a go! The programme first started in 2017 and is ongoing!
‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’ Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs. Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
I love this series, I do like things set around World War 2, and this is just so different. It was started in 2015 and continues (thank goodness!)
'Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find.' America, fifteen years after the end of the Second World War. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese. But between these two states - locked in a cold war - lies a neutal buffer zone in which legendary author Hawthorne Abendsen is rumoured to live. Abendsen lives in fear of his life for he has written a book in which World War Two was won by the Allies. . .
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
I think I read the books before I watched the series. Morgan randomly bought me the first one years ago to try, and I loved them. They are VERY different from the programme, other than the characters there aren't that many similarities. I kept hoping they would adopt some of the storylines from the books, but they didn't. It ran from 2009 until 2017 and has had two spin-off series 'The Originals' and 'Legacies'.
The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret - a secret that will change Elena's life for ever ...
You by Caroline Kepnes
This took Netflix by storm earlier this year, and oh my goodness it's phenomenal. It is the only programme where I have watched it twice within a couple of weeks. It is only one season at the moment, and I can't wait for the second. When I saw it was based on a book, it got added to my TBR list immediately just to get a fix of this story!
When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. But there's more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences...